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Beautiful Hiawatha Forest Home,Tranquil Lake,King Bed,Stone Fireplace

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms,1.5 bath plus Powder Room and second shower, Sleeps 10-12

Dancing Bear Lodge on Boot Lake is one of a kind in the heart of the Hiawatha Forest. Enjoy the best of ALL worlds in this unique, custom home available during all four beautiful Michigan seasons. Private location with 200 foot frontage on quiet, tranquil Boot Lake and just 13 minutes from the Pictured Rocks. This 2600 square foot home was designed with artistic elements in mind and boasts a one of a kind view from the Master bedroom. Master is vaulted with natural wood beams and celing fan. Master adjoins personal powder room with sink/vanity and walk-in closet. Master bedroom also has sitting area with windows on lakeside of house. Wake up in the King Size bed and see picturesque view of Boot Lake from windows perched high up in the tree tops. Enjoy gourmet kitchen with custom island and cooktop, double oven, and stone archway. A walk-around stone fireplace opens to large cathedral ceiling living room adorned with windows facing lake. Dining table with plenty of eating space also provides beautiful view of lake. Wrap around deck provides outdoor enjoyment and view of lake. Amenities include cable TV, Wifi, washer, dryer, jacuzzi tub.

Outdoor Amenities: Enjoy the 'treehouse' like feeling as you descend the 67 step deck walkway down to the lake. Dock your own boat on this peaceful inland lake or use Dancing Bear 12 ft and 14ft aluminum boats and 15 ft canoe. Campfires can be enjoyed down by the lake or up by the house. Barbecue and picnic table are included. Two garages are available to pull your recreational equipment into. A kennel is available for hunting or outdoor dogs. Fish cleaning table is available in walk-out basement. Enjoy nearby snowmobile, ATV, and bike trails.

Enjoy a drink, a book, or relaxed conversation on the wrap-around deck facing the lake or the deck off master bedroom. Many guests enjoy spending their entire vacation at the property while others enjoy the property and also take advantage of the many nearby sightseeing and recreational opportunities.

Boot Lake is approximately 110 acres with depths up to 30-40 feet. It is a quiet lake where the homeowners prefer the use of boats with electric trolling motors or small gas motors. Fish in the lake include Pike, Large Mouth Bass, Walleye, Blue Gill, Sunfish, Rock Bass, and Perch.

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About Robin

Joe and Robin live in the lower peninsula in a smaller community close to the Ann Arbor area. We have 2 children and 2 labs that we bring to Boot Lake along with family and friends. It is our wonderfully relaxing 'home away from home' where many activities are enjoyed including fishing, hunting, walking and swimming along the Lake Superior shoreline and beaches, enjoying waterfalls, hikes, bike-riding, canoeing, and all of the special attractions that the town of Munising and the Pictured Rocks National Park provide. At the property we fish off the dock, enjoy campfires and dinners at the picnic table in the summer. During the winter we love to see the freshly fallen snow on the pine bows while looking out at the lake and curling up to read a book or to enjoy family conversations by the fireplace.

Robin purchased this house in 2003

Why Robin chose Upper Peninsula Michigan

Joe has a rustic cabin located nearby along the Driggs River. Although it is a Men's paradise and it is beautiful, it does not have electricity and other common amenities that we wanted to enjoy during family vacations. For several years while our children were little, we rented cabins along Lake Superior in Grand Marais and also west of Munising in the Autrain area. We realized that the central location of Munising is what felt most like home to us. We started looking for a cottage or cabin, but when we stumbled upon this very unique home we decided to make it our own. It has been the source of wonderful traditions and experiences for our family as well as many of our guests.

What makes this house unique

Dancing Bear Lodge on Boot Lake is a very unique, custom built home and we are proud to be the third owners of this special property built in 1980. The original owners designed and built the home with him being a custom builder and her being a highschool art teacher. You will enjoy many of the artistic elements in the design as well as the planning that maximized all views of the lake. For historic considerations, the stone foundation lamp-posts that welcome guests to Dancing Bear Lodge were originally located at the entry of the old Munising Walter Mather Highschool. When it closed in 1979 to make way for the current highschool which is located on Lake Superior, the lamp-posts were gifted to the original owner. We named our vacation property the Dancing Bear Lodge on Boot Lake based on the current interior decor which includes elements of the dancing bears made famous by the 19th Century Artist, William Holbrook Beard.


Manistique House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Powder Room Sink/Vanity off Master
    Bathroom 4 - Shower in basement
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Loft
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Shed
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


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average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Beautiful home on Boot lake with an amazing view. Very clean spacious house

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay on Boot lake! Worked with a very nice lady that got back to us right away, hope it works to stay there again! Great location too, didn't have to travel too far to sight see and take in all of Michigan .

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful quiet spot, lovely view of the lake would stay again.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful big house with a terrific overview of Boot Lake. Boot lake is a super quiet peaceful lake w out a bunch of boat engine noise. The house was very clean, full kitchen utensils etc.

We had a great stay: visited Tahquamenon Falls, Pictured Rocks in our own boat and had an overall great visit. Recommend to all.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

This property was an absolute joy to stay at. Everything was perfect!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Munising fun

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful and comfortable with all the amenities we needed. The only small criticism was that there was only one shower but that didn't really affect our enjoyment at all.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had such a nice time! One small note- although it is a rustic type shower, we do have one additional shower in the basement just off of the room with the fish cleaning table. It's in a great location for jumping into for a quick clean up when coming off of the lake fishing. Thanks so much for staying with us and we look forward to seeing you again!! Sincerely, Robin
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Getting Away From it All

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time staying at Dancing Bear Lodge on Boot Lake and would not hesitate to stay there again. The house was very clean, well maintained, comfortable and very much as described . . . . no surprises upon arrival. And I loved the fact that although there are neighboring homes in the area, you cannot see them from the house so it feels very private. And no road noise/traffic sounds reach the property due to it's location at the end of a cul-de-sac.

Beautiful lake and forest views can be seen from most of the house and there is an amazing set of stairs leading down to the dock. Took the canoe out one day and just paddled around; I wish there had been more time to spend on the lake and just enjoying the house as it has a lot of interesting features. We also spent time walking the Lakehead Trail at Pictured Rocks from Mosquito Beach (so aptly name!) to Chapel Beach along Pictured Rocks one day and bicycling from Boot Lake into Shingleton and back the next. (I would never try this where I live but in the UP it's possible to bicycle on most main roads with peril)

Not having used VRBO or a similar site before, I wasn't sure what to expect and I'm still pinching myself as to how smoothly everything went. But it wasn't random luck; Robin was very thorough, detailed and easy to talk to and that helped put me at ease.

Thank you Robin for opening your home to us and making us feel welcome. We had a great time and loved the house.

Cynthia, Duane, Holly & Josh

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with my friends for long weekend. This was a very wonderful home. Robin was very helpful from start to finish. Kids and adults all loved this home very much. There were many things to do around and we all wished we could have stayed one more day.

During our stay we could not locate the water heater switch and Robin was very responsive and helpful with us when we called her at around 10:30pm. She even called us back that night to make sure everything is fine.

Robin made the whole process very easy on us, even the refund of the security deposit was easy.

If we visit this location again, we would definitely stay here

Thanks again, Robin!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Damage Deposit $250

Summer and Fall rates will be reduced for small parties (Family of 4 or 2 couples).

Cleaning fee based on size of party is $120-$150+.
A signed rental agreement is required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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