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Tricks Retreat, cabins,clear sandy all sports Birch lake, kids, pets, fish

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Northern Michigan Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Front Cabins, sleep 5-7 in beds plus pull out w/1 Bath, Lodge sleeps 7-12 1 Bath

Nestled in the pines, down a two track lane are these enchanting rustic cabins sitting on the banks of Birch Lake. Located just minutes from Elk Rapids, Traverse City, Charlevoix and Schuss Mountain and Shanty Creek. Turtle Creek Casino is only 20 minutes away. Boat, water ski, fish and swim beautiful Birch Lake surrounded by nature at it's best. No TV, No Phone, just you and the nature around you. Perfect for the affordable family vacation! Available by the night in early and late season, by the week in the summer.

Close to Elk Lake, Torch Lake and the entire Chain of Lakes. Access up to 9 lakes connected by rivers with just one boat ride. Make sure and visit the Famous Torch Lake Sandbar and the south end of Torch Lake. Where locals and vacationers gather to visit and have fun.

Pet friendly with $50 of $100 pet fee refundable if you clean up after your pet, neighbors are not pet friendly so you will need to contain your pet while here.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Cindy (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Cindy

I live in the Florida Keys but spent my childhood summers on Elk Lake and look forward all year to returning to Birch and Traverse bay region in the summer!

Cindy purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Cindy chose Northern Michigan

These cabins reminded me of nearby Camp Maplehurst. The idea here is for multiple families to vacation together without having to share space for living all of the time, this spot will take you back to summer camp or the roadside individual cabins of the 50's and 60's.

What makes this cabin unique

One of the best attributes of Birch Lake is its clear, sandy bottom, perfect for little ones to play in while also being all sports lake. It is also a shallow lake which tends to make it warmer for kids (and adults!) You can fish, water ski or just float in Birch Lake!


based on 8 traveler reviews

Tricks Retreat, cabins,clear sandy all sports Birch lake, kids, pets, fish
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Plymouth, Indiana

Tricks Retreat is my family's home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

These cabins, and vacationing "Up North", have become some of the most meaningful times for my family. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing the joy my father gets from doing his various projects around the property and then getting to see him sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of his labor. Not only does he get to enjoy it, we all get to enjoy it as friends and family gather for great quality time spent TOGETHER without the interference from TV, computers, video games, & cell phones, even when we bring them we rarely use them. The board games get used as the grandkids sit around and beat Papa at Sorry & Battleship, the kitchen table is actually used for gathering at meal time, the back decks get used as a place for adults to gather for a cocktail and chat while the kids enjoy their time swimming and paddle boarding, and the fire pits get used for late night s'mores, stars & story/joke telling. There really is just nothing about this place to complain about! I am so thankful Tricks Retreat has become the place that my family will continue making memories for many years to come!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your experiences at Tricks ReTreat are exactly what we were after when we decided to start renting these 1950's cabins again. A place for families to get together and be a family!!! Thanks for sharing your experience, we are so glad you plan to return every year!
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We enjoyed our stay at tricks retreat, great place

  • 5 of 5

Tricks retreat is just like the photos shown on website, great location for us, can visit Lake Michigan, elk rapids, traverse city, or just stay there swim, boat or fish. Have 3 kids so always something for them to explore. We enjoyed, the up north feel. Was wi-fi free, great for us, kids found other ways to entertain.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great! So glad you enjoyed the rustic, find-ways-to-entertain-yourself-feel that we enjoy at Tricks ReTreat! Cool that some folks enjoy technology not making it back that far in the woods. Of course, if you have to connect to the real world there is that great Java Cafe internet spot in Elk Rapids, 3 miles away. Please come back and enjoy nature at Tricks ReTreat again soon!
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Birch Lake 2014

  • 5 of 5

Birch Lake is beautiful - the lake itself, and the cabin we stayed in was great. There are a group of cabins that have been restored to close to their original built version - knotty pine walls, old time fridge, wood furnace. Kids have bunks in their room and parents have the other, w/ kitchen and living area together. Most of our time was spent outside though, playing in the lake, paddle boarding, canoeing or swimming. The lake is sandy bottom, and shallow for a very far distance, so the kids can play for hours! We've been four years now - and have stayed in each cabin, the yellow twice, and the red and lodge the other times. They're all charming, w/ the lodge being a little bit larger, however, doesn't lose it's quaint cabin feel. Shopping and going out to dinner or ice cream (every night!) in Elk Rapids and Traverse City is always fun too. This is a tradition our family treasures, and we can't wait to go back next year!!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! We are so glad that Trick's ReTreat continues to meet your needs every year and that you want to return again and again! Let us know if there are any things we can do to make your stay even more memorable!
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Plymouth, IN

Very relaxing getaway!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely love this place. Kids enjoyed the paddleboards and toys on the lake. Adults had a great time visiting Turtle Creek Casino. Everyone loved the shopping downtown Elk Rapids, Traverse City, and of course the Asylum. Even the canine family member enjoyed this vacation! :) Thank you so much for a wonderful week of fun, relaxation, sightseeing, and most of all family memories!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We could not be happier that all of the family was happy at Tricks ReTreat, even your 4 pawed members! Please let us know if there is anything the property manager can do to make your stay even more enjoyable next time that you stay with us!!!!!
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Wonderful retreat for weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great cabins! More than I ever expected.The lake has a great sandy bottom. Very peaceful. Close to Traverse City and Lake Michigan. My kids keep asking if we can go every year. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed and want to return! Please let us know what we can do to hasten your return!
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Graytown, OH

Unique and Wonderful Northwoods Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a last-minute peaceful Northwoods cabin that would accept pets, and Trick's Retreat was perfect! The description and photos in the listing are very accurate, booking was easy and correspondence with the property management was exceptional. The 1950's cabins are very cozy and well-appointed with amenities, yet rustic enough to provide a real nature getaway. The retro vibe in the Yellow Cabin was homey and relaxing, you could almost picture a '57 Chevy in the driveway. Birch Lake is beautiful with crystal clear water and awesome sunsets. Very nice deck and campfire area. No TV a big plus! We enjoyed reading, crocheting, listening to music as well as watching the birds at the feeder, waterfowl on the lake including a loon and a sandhill crane, deer that crossed the drive each night, squirrels and owls. Lots of hiking and outdoor opportunities, plus Farmers' Markets, orchards, unique shops, and excellent restaurants nearby. Did not want to leave, and sure will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! We could not be happier that you found our cabins and enjoyed our retro touches and close to nature feel. We hope you will return year after year to "your" cabin in the north woods. Please let us know if there is anything that we could add to make your next trip just as magical.
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Car: necessary

5 mins North of Elk Rapids on beautiful clear sandy all-sports Birch lake! This great little cabin complex from the 50's enables big groups to do vacations together with private cabins for three families. Two front cabins sleep 5 in beds with queen sofa sleeper allowing for two more stowaways. Main Lodge sleeps 7 in beds with queen sofa sleeper and loft for extra people. Available with linens, beach towels and warm blankets. Main Lodge has washer and dryer. Available for weekly rentals Saturday to Saturday between Memorial day and Labor Day. Before and during Memorial day and during and after Labor day, we rent for the weekend with discounts for adding extra days. All sports Birch lake allows for a full range of water activites. Canoe, paddleboards, swim rafts and three docks on the premises. One half mile north of Elk Lake, Birch lake is nestled between East Traverse bay and Torch lake, right in the middle of all that this water playground has to offer!


Rates & Availability

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Jul 24 2016 - Aug 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
cleaning fee $65
Property Damage Protection $59

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • Each cabin has shower and toilet and sink. Lodge has combination tub and shower. Lodge has only laundry facilities.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Lodge - 2 queen , 5 twin/ single
    Red cabin - 1 queen , 1 double , 3 twin/ single
    Yellow cabin - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Rent one cabin or all three! Front two cabins are 600 sf and sleep 5 in beds, 7 if you count the pull out queen couch. Main bed in front cabins is a full sized bed and kids bedroom has bunk beds with a trundle bed. Lodge is 800 sf and has queen sized bed with queen sized pull out couch. Lodge has bunk beds and a day bed along with two more trundle beds. Loft in Lodge has single bed and can sleep few extra kids in sleeping bags. Loft to be used only under adult supervision. See picture of ladder to loft in photo gallery.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Gas stove in yellow cabin on thermostat. Wood stove in red cabin. Lodge has enclosed fireplace. All three cabins have charcoal grill and fire pit. Smoking outdoors only.

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