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Copper Harbor, Cottage on Lake Medora Waters Edge

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom , 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeps 6 (3 queen beds)

Welcome to Medora Cove, a non-smoking , no pet cottage on picturesque Lake Medora, a pristine 680 acre lake, 4 miles from Copper Harbor. Rates are based on occupancy with limit of six guests. For 2017 rate details see below:

Early Spring - May 6 to May 27 - Weekly - 2 guests $775, 3 guests $850, 4 guests $925, 5 guests $1000, 6 guests $1075.

Spring - May 27 to June 17 - Weekly - 2 guests $950, 3 guests 1025, 4 guests - 1100, 5 guests - 1175, 6 guests - 1250.

Summer - June 17 to Sept 9 - Weekly - 2 guests $1300, 3 guests $1375, 4 guests $1450, 5 guests $1525, 6 guests $1600.

Fall Rate Sept 9 to Oct 14 - Weekly - 2 guests $950, 3 guests $1025, 4 guests $1100, 5 guests $1175, 6 guests $1250.

Late Fall Oct 14 to Nov 4 - Weekly - 2 guests $775, 3 guests $850, 4 guests $925, 5 guests $1000, 6 guests $1075.

The Cottage is newly constructed - completed in Oct. 2011 on the footprint of the original 1950's cottage which was torn down in 2009. The 1st floor includes full bath, gourmet kitchen / granite island, living room with leather sofas, hardwood and slate flooring with oriental rugs. The 2nd floor includes laundry, half bath, 1 bedroom w/ one queen bed, and 2nd bedroom with two queen beds, hardwood floors, with Oriental Rugs.

Also for your use are 4 kayaks, a paddle boat and 12' aluminum boat. The aluminum boat is built to accommodate mounting a trolling motor or 10 hp motor The lake has three islands and miles of natural shoreline to explore.

The siting of the cottage, on a rock ledge that juts out into the lake affords breathtaking and beautiful water views on three sides. The cottage is located in the heart of the Keweenaw. As such you can easily make day trips and hikes to all points of interest in the area. Come up and escape the summer heat! It is a relaxing drive up too!

Speaking of hiking - the lake is surrounded by miles of trails that radiate out from the lake in different directions. These can be accessed from lake Medora road, which loops around the East and North sides of the lake and from Waskington Mine road which runs along the West area of the lake.

Adjacent to the cottage is the 8 x 16 Sauna. This sauna was on the site when I bought it. It was built by a Finnish gentleman who built it in the traditional sense. The sauna has a wood fired heater with rocks that, when hot, can be used to produce steam

Also for your use are 4 kayaks, a paddle boat and 12' aluminum boat. The aluminum boat is built to accommodate mounting a trolling motor or 10 hp motor The lake has three islands and miles of natural shoreline to explore.

Additional char

ges - $60 Cleaning Fee. Security deposit $500 (refunded within two weeks).

Pet owners - I'm sorry, pets not allowed in the cottage

Decor: Decorations include - Taxidermy - bear, coyote, pheasant and other misc. ... Large area wall Maps, copper artifacts, Photographs duplicated from the Michigan Tech historical archives..... Oriental rugs throughout the cottage. .....Old oil lamps and pottery jugs.

Additional Ammenities: Enjoy the 8 x 16 Sauna with its wood burning heater, and cedar log bench.... so get ready for a relaxing soak in the lake after a steaming hot sauna. Firewood suplied.

Four kayaks a twelve foot aluminum boat and a paddle boat are here for you use along with a dock to swim or fish from. Also enjoy Flat panel DVD home theater system, bbq grill, fire pit.

Berry patches are abundant in the area in and around the lake. When in season, usually late July through August, massive quantities of Thimbleberry, Blueberry, and Black Rasberry can be picked. I will be happy to let you in on some special spots when you rent!

ATV trails also abound in the area and provide access to beautiful woodlands and senic vistas, so bring them along.

Not for rental use is the garage structure (also part of the property) was turned into a work shop and storage building. It is used by the owner when we are staying at the cottage.

Local Attractions: Lake Medora is the 'hub' of the Keweenaw penninsula. The lake has five trail heads which are accessible for hiking, mt. biking and ATV use.

Local attractions include: Copper Harbor 4 mi., Keweenaw Mt. Lodge 3 mi., Brockaway Mt. 5 mi., Bete Gris beach on Lake Superior 13 mi., Great Sand Bay on Lake Superior 13 mi., Mt. Bohemia 10 mi., Historic Eagle Harbor 12 mi.,

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2017

About The Owner

Like many people, I have a "bucket list". Besides travel with my family, I had dreamed of building my own lake cottage. Having fallen for Lake Medora many years earlier, it was serendipity when this site came on the market in 2008.

In early 2009 I was among the pool of Project Engineer contractors who were "released" from positions at an oil refinery outside Chicago. Having been there over 10 years, it was a dissapointment. Fortunately I had been well paid, and had substantial savings. It also helped that my wife worked.

Having been a contrarian stock market investor since the 1980's, late January 2009 offered thousands of investment opportunities. Although my existing portfolio was withering away, as the Dow collapsed I saw the opportunity to speculate in many beaten down shares. By dumb luck, my largest deployment of cash went into a Canadian chemical company - Nova Chemical. Within two weeks of buying into its beaten down shares, they received and accepted a buyout offer at six time the price it was trading at. This ended up being a lifestyle altering investment, as I was immediately able to re-invest those profits at the market bottom.

By mid March 2009 as the Dow started its long upward climb, I was able to convince my wife to let me go up to the lake and build a new cottage. For the next two months I procured buliding materials and also negotiated the services of three of the best home builders in the Keweenaw.

On May 2nd 2009 I arrived at the lake with a 29 foot U-Haul truck loaded to the rafters. The lake was still frozen over as the seven of us first converted the garage to my current work shop and bunk house. Once we bagan demolitiion of the old cottage I had to move out. So I spent six weeks living in the sauna while the workers who came up from Chicago bunked in the workshop.

During construction there was a two week period when the well was being pounded in. This made for a nice background cadence for us to work.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2008

Why The Owner chose Upper Peninsula Michigan

I had been shopping the lake for many years before this spot came along. 20 years ago there was no power on the lake, so you had to have a noisy generator on when you wanted light, and needed a propane refrigerator. This was a big deterrent to a city boy like me. Also at that time the cottages built along Lake Medora Rd were on Leased land. This was another yet another deterrent - not owning the land under your camp.

Finally in the early 2000's the land company sold the lots to cottage owners and they started selling off lake front lots too.

I looked at many of these but they were so far down the road that I was afraid of being greeted by Black Bears in the morning or at night.

There were always costly issues you had to face if you were going to build on a greenfield site - clearing, power and septic were all costly first steps.

Finally in 2008 I was "in the right place" in life, when the old cottage came on the market. I had been shopping the lake for many years and when this spot came along I jumped on it.

I could see it had an outstanding perspective on the waters edge, and the price was affordable too.

The local contractors still claim that the demolition here was on their top ten list - for most Bat guano that came out of the rafters during demolition.

It is hard to describe how satisfying it was to spend six months along the edge of the water building the cottage. It was truely one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

What makes this cottage unique

The atmosphere inside the cottage is one where you are continuiously exposed to views of the water in three directions.

During the daytime the ceilings are "painted" with shimmering light reflecting off the lake. This brings a "dimension" unique to the cottage interior.

The clear area around the cottage, and the open exposure to the West brings fresh air that also keep the site relatively free of mosquitos.


Mohawk Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Heating
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The cottage is furnished and decorated to be used primarily as our second home. We are renting to couples and families with up to four children. Not for rental use - is a third building on the site (as visible in photo) a 17 x 22 work shop and storage building.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Copper Harbor, Cottage on Lake Medora Waters Edge
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

No Surprises

  • 5 of 5

A few items for future vacationers: the description of the cottage was accurate, clean, and since everything is either self explanatory or there is a note about it, we did not have to get hold of the owner or manager for anything. There are some things like spices and coffee left in the cottage that you will not have to buy. It may be a good idea to see what is in the cupboards before going out and buying items like salt-and-pepper, basil, garlic powder...etc.

We did everything from kayaking to looking for agates on Lake Superior. We caught keeper size perch and small mouth bass (on Lake Medora) and had a great fish fry the following day. I could not rate my stay high enough. What a wonderful and reasonably priced place to spend an awesome vacation with my son and friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Medora Cove. CT
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We had a fantastic week at this wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

The owner is very helpful and ready to make your stay perfect. This is a great location for all the hiking, biking, and kayaking this area has to offer. We had two couples and we enjoyed the sunsets, the grill for cooking fresh whitefish from Jamson's fish market in Copper Harbor, as well as the quiet nights in a safe and secluded location. We'lll be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay! Cary
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Perfect base camp to explore from

  • 5 of 5

This cottage on Lake Medora is a perfect place to stay for exploring the Keweenaw Peninsular. Copper Harbor is just a few miles away, Eagle Harbor, Lac la Belle, and Eagle River easily accessed by road as well. The cottage is well appointed with everything you need. Everything was obvious and "just there". No need to contact the owner or property manager while onsite. Owner is responsive to emails leading up to the stay if needed. The cottage is clean, usable, and beautiful. The area is itself is unique and beautiful. Thanks Cary. -Chris F.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your stay at Medora Cove. Cary
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Most Relaxing Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place for our week in the Keweenah. The cottage is immaculately maintained and has all the comforts of home. We made good use of the fully-appointed kitchen as well as the kayaks and paddle boat. We enjoyed leisurely morning coffee overlooking the lake, day trips to all the Keweenah sites, and nightly drives up Brockway Mountain to see the sunset. It was a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am pleased that you enjoyed the cottage and the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula! Cary
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Great Place; Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a terrific location from which to explore the whole keweenaw peninsula. The cottage is new and in great condition and was clean on arrival. The setting is great as well - right on the water. We were able to dock our boat right at the house and enjoy lake medora. We were able to easily explore lots of great locations from here: great sand bay, copper harbor, fort wilkins, lac la belle and bete gris bay, eagle harbor, etc. The owner was responsive and returned my communications and security deposit promptly. This is definitely a place I would come back to.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review. Great guests! Please come again!
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Beauty and Comfort

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I carefully reviewed many properties before deciding on this one. We wanted the perfect setting without compromising comfort, after all we were celebrating our 50th year together! We were not disappointed! Nature and beauty abound on quiet Lake Medora and the owner provides all of the right things with which to enjoy it---kayaks, a paddle boat, a rowboat, a picnic table, a campfire area, a sauna,and a nice deck for outside enjoyment. Inside the quality built cottage it was beautifully furnished and provided all of the comforts of home with incredible views of the lake, woods and gorgeous sunsets. We could easily access quaint Michigan towns, shops and trails for hiking not to mention the many fine restaurants in the area. The owner was exceptionally helpful and was readily available if we had questions. We will be looking forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests! I am please to be able to share Medora Cove with folks who enjoy the wonders of the Keweenaw peninsula. Cary
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Rates & Availability

Mohawk Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Spring
May 6 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
May 27 2017 - Jun 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Houghton County CMX - direct flights from ORD
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Keweenaw Mt. Lodge
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Copper Harbor - Isle Royal Queen to Isle Royal
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Keweenaw Mt. Lodge
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 41 and Lake Medora Road
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Keweenaw Mt. Lodge
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Mt. Bohemia
Car: necessary

Golf: The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge has a 9 hole course which is mature and quite scenic.


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