Save 10% Summer 2016! Private Island on Michigamme River

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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Escape the ordinary vacation. Relax or be adventurous. Fish your heart out! This historic (1800s), 2 bedroom, cedar log cabin is nestled within a 2 acre rustic private island on the Michigamme River. Electricity, running water, land-line phone and WI-fi are some of the creature comforts on this rustic island. Enjoy the wildflowers and wilderness. Rustic Decor. High beam ceilings. Kitchen, breakfast bar, bathroom with shower, plus a gorgeous natural wood-burning cobblestone fireplace warms the living room. TV (2 channels)/VCR/DVD. Linens provided. An open mind and flexibility are keys to fun here.

Off-street and alongside road parking. Republic Island is the home of excellent fishing, bird watching (a bald eagle nests nearby), and canoeing.

Ojibwa Casino: 1 hour, 8 miles East of Marquette or Kewadin Casino in Baraga: 1 hour Northwest of the Island.
Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises: 1 hour 45 minutes (Munising)
Dog sledding: 1 hour 45 minutes (Munising)
Snowmobiling: Enjoy 25,000 miles of trails
Visit the Historic Republic Mine: 2 miles
U.S. Ski Hall of Fame - Ishpeming: 14 miles

If you'd like to visit the Island with more than 4 people, we do have a 1/2 duplex in the town of South Republic, just 6 miles South of the Island. The duplex has 3 bedrooms-sleeps 8 total. We also have a 5 bedroom/4 bath Lodge in Rapid River (1 1/2 hours Southeast of the Island.) Call for details.

For more information: Go to

Getting to our Island is via a boat: You must have at least average agility. plus a relaxed, open mind to have a positive experience.

Getting to and from the island: You can park your car in either the off-street parking or along the small asphalt road. The boat landing is approximately a 8-10 foot walk down to the dock. Then, hop in the boat and either row or use the motor over to the island. It is approximately a 5 minute row or a 1 minute motor ride (approximately 100 yards). Once you've crossed the river, from the dock to the cabin on the island is a casual winding walk of approximately 50 feet up to the cabin.

*Boats and motors subject to change without notice for required maintenance or environmental needs We can guarantee that you will have transportation to the Island, yet we cannot guarantee that all modes will be available when you arrive. We do our best to ensure that they are all available and that the motors are in working order.

*If there is not someone in your group who is willing and able to row/paddle (if needed) 100 yards to the Island, then the Island vacation may not be for you.

The Island Experience: The Island is very quiet. There are many times you can hear silence. An American Bald Eagle has nested and flies near the Island. If you are interested in the Island, you need to keep in mind that you are actually in the wilderness. Nature abounds, creatures great and small are part of your experience.

Yes, there are animals on the island. This is not Disney World. We have seen snakes (non-poisonous), raccoon, skunks, mice and squirrels, to name a few. Deer, moose and bear have not been known to come directly onto the island, yet it would be possible, if they wanted to swim. If you are uncomfortable being so close and surrounded by real nature, then we have other properties where you may be more comfortable.

The Island is ideal for out-doorsy couples seeking romance and peace or for small families who love to fish with creature comforts of home. Beware: If ANY member of your group is not out-doorsy, or is afraid of the sounds, sites or smells of the wilderness, then your trip will be contaminated. The Island is too small of an area to escape from negativity.

**Everyone in your group must be able to entertain themselves (fishing, reading, exploring nature, non-selective TV/DVD watching) in order to enjoy the Island experience.

Budget-minded option for additional guests: We have a 3 bedroom 1/2 duplex in town. It has a large kitchen, big screen TV (cable) and a washer/dryer.


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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Our experience has been that kids either absolutely love or hate the Island experience. The kids who can entertain themselves, don’t need TV or electronics for fun and love the outdoors (especially fishing) think they are in heaven. It’s the best trip of their lives. On the flip side, I’ve had even one parent leave early because her kids were so bored and therefore she couldn’t relax. Plus, they were scared of every sound and never wanted to leave the cabin. When they found out that we only had 3 channels, they were very upset. I just like to make sure everyone is aware of the pros and cons to the Island experience. It isn’t Disney World. It is important to us that our guests have the best experience possible. There is just a lot more to consider when we rent to the Island with families in mind. I’ll admit that it isn’t the easiest place to be when we have our 4 year old with us. He loves to explore, wander, and there are many steep areas on the 2 acres. Extra-vigilance is needed....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Though we do have an indoor fireplace, so if you are allergic to smoke, it still could pose an issue...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Yes, we do accept dogs, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on. Just let us know which bed you will be using with them, and we’ll make sure it is ready for your sheets when you arrive. Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum. Generally, dogs love the Island with all the water and places to explore. They can get quite messy with the mud though. In the last 5 years, we did have one dog sprayed by a skunk. The Island is 100% nature....moreless

  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    sorry--as a special needs teacher, I sincerely wish we could figure out a plan to make the Island experience accessible to everyone...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Master Bedroom: 1 double

    electric fireplace+ extra space...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    wake up to a beautiful view of the river through the trees...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    a closet to hang your belongings,...moreless

  • Front Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    pull out sofa in entryway...moreless

  • Each of the bedrooms have 2+ windows, each with a water view. Bedroom 2 has the best view of the river with the view at eye level of the bed and the trees in perfect position. We have 3 small bedrooms with one double bed in each room. Enjoy the electric fireplace in the Master Bedroom with a strong blower on those chilly nights. For more information go to

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Inside bathroom w/shower: toilet, shower

    heated floor...moreless

  • If you'd like to be truly green, there is an additional composting toilet located in the utility shed. The bathroom has a traditional sink, faucet, toilet and shower with running water electronically pumped from the well on the Island....moreless

Other Amenities

  • * Electricity + running water. * Telephone with local and long distance (voice only) service.Wi-Fi Internet just added this year! *The bathroom w/ indoor toilet, shower and sink. * Boat motors can be sensitive, and challenging, without boating experience. *We guarantee you access to the Island. There is no guarantee which of the boats will be available, although normally they all are up and running. The river fluctuates throughout the seasons, so patience is required. You may have to paddle the 100 yards (1-5 minutes) across. The river may be too low for a motor. *The kitchen has staples and cookware available for your use. * High chair available upon request. *Outdoor fire pit with wood for gazing at the stars or making smores. *Guided fishing (ice or boat) and canoeing on inland lakes and streams can be arranged. *Snowmobiles, cross country skis, and snowshoes can be rented in Ishpeming-20 min...moreless


  • Books:

    I try to keep as many books as possible on the shelf...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    a basic DVD player and a VHS player too!...moreless

  • Games:

    some fun family games are there...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    some good old movies ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Forests

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Water View:

    out of every room in the cabin...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Enjoy your own private island on the Michigamme River, just 300 feet from shore. The island is only accessible by boat....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    If you need the high chair, please let me know. The dining area is all on bar stools with backs....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace:

    A beautiful stone fireplace is in the living room and a faux electric fireplace is in the master bedroom....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    electric base board heaters + heated bathroom floors...moreless

  • Internet:

    Yes-You need to bring your own computer....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    basic sheets...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Comfortable living room couches as you soak in the beautiful surroundings...moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    1 off- road spot available, plus parking for another car along the fence....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Since cell phone services is very spotty, though it gets better each year, we have a land line with unlimited local and long distance service....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    basic towels are provided for both kitchen and bathroom use...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Yes, finally, we have Wi-Fi!...moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    A standard, automatic drip coffee maker. We use the regular filters. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    We try our best to make sure everything you need is there. We are only a phone call away if you need anything....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We should have everything you need for 4 people....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We try to keep some basics on hand, though we don't keep a regular inventory. Most people are pleasantly surprised by all the basics when they arrive. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Boat:

    We have 4 boats for your use on the Island--I can't 100% guarantee that they will all be available, yet 99% of the time they are. 1. simple pontoon boat 2. jon boat 3. basic fishing boat 4. canoe...moreless

  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

    The deck is wide, yet does not yet have a cover. You need to keep your eye on small children and pets, as there are spaces between the side railings where it could be dangerous for them...moreless

  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Yes, we have a canoe for your sole use as well. That is my preferred mode of transportation back and forth, as I'm not an expert with the larger boats or motors....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Electric and charcoal (bring your own charcoal-- I try to keep charcoal on the Island, yet I can never guarantee some will be there)...moreless

  • Pedal Boat
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck


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Rental basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in: $
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
1st Boats in Water
May 1 - May 25, 2016
2 night min stay
$100 $100
Early Summer
May 26 - Jun 21, 2016
3 night min stay
$150 $188
PEAK- Summer
Jun 22 - Aug 15, 2016
7 night min stay

Late Summer
Aug 16 - Sep 6, 2016
3 night min stay
$125 $160
Sep 7 - Sep 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$125 $150
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$110 $125

Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency ($) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the manager / advertiser.

Additional information about rental rates:

**Boats and motors subject to change without notice for required maintenance and water level changes. FYI: During the Fall, at times the pontoon needs to be pulled due to decreasing water levels.
Non-refundable accidental damage deposit waiver fee: In lieu of a security deposit, guest is required to pay a non-refundable accidental damage waiver fee. This fee is automatically included in your rental fees. The waiver does not cover intentional acts that may cause damage or any deliberate violation of a stated Freshwater Vacation Rentals Policy. The damage waiver covers up to $1,500.00 of accidental damage per stay. All damage must be reported to our office prior to your departure. Freshwater Vacation Rentals will assess the nature of the damage and respond accordingly. If damage is not reported, this waiver is void. Cancellation/Refund Policy.Notice of cancellation must be in writing. $100 cancellation fee applies to all bookings. *45 + days prior to your arrival date: You will receive refund of advance payment less $100 cancellation fee. *44-14 days prior to your arrival date: If property is not re-rented, all rents and taxes paid shall be forfeited. If we secure and confir

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Last updated: 11/30/2015
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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
Marquette Sawyer International Airport (MQT)
2.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Pine Grove Bar
180 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Mackinac Island- out of St. Ignace
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Crystal View Municipal Golf Course, Crystal View
259 Miles
Nearest Train
Milwaukee, WI
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
MI-95 (1.5 miles) US41- 8 miles
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Summer Place
45 Miles
Nearest Ski
Marquette Mountain
1.8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Republic Township

Car: Necessary

The Island is on the Michigamme River, a wide part of the river where you feel like you are on a lake!

A beach with playground is a 1.5 mile canoe or car ride away.

34 miles to Marquette and Northern Michigan University.

20 miles to Ishpeming, where you can easily eat out or shop. Visit the National Ski Hall of Fame or the Historic Republic Mine. Plenty to do, or not to do, every season.

Fall: Immerse yourself in the Fall colors. Hunting:deer, duck, grouse and small game on the island or off the boat. Large tracts of public land, which are also available for hunting.

Spring: Fish for Small and Large Mouth Bass, Rock Bass, Walleye, Perch, Northern Pike, Bluegill, Crappie and Trout (boats provided),

Summer: fishing, canoeing, boating, bird watching and some swimming.

Other Activities: x-country skiing, Fall colors, canoeing, absolute relaxation, dog sledding, lighthouses

Golf: GreyWalls Golf is one of the most talked about golf courses in Michigan. The course has tumbling, rugged fairways with few flat lines, some awkward-looking shots and rugged rough and bunkering. Chances are, your ball is going to bounce off one of the granite walls during your round at Greywalls. This is not a pasture-flat golf course. The course has rolling hills to it but many outcroppings on the sides and in fairways. Greywalls is a course worth experiencing because it is one of a kind.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2005

About: Mark and I are both from the Metro Detroit Area (with roots in both Sterling Heights and Allen Park--we now live in Wyandotte.) Mark spent many years of his youth in Buffalo, NY. Mark is superman in disguise and has been a steelworker for 36 years climbing, inspecting and repairing cranes. I spent my 20s traveling the world via my wonderful Peace Corps experience in Paraguay and teaching at the International School Bangkok in Thailand. My 30s were spent teaching high school in Detroit and enjoying working at Borders. Mark and I have 4 children-- 3 adult children + our sweet 4 year old.

Why Republic:
Cara (glancing through a real estate catalog while driving through Michigan's Upper Peninsula) to Mark: 'How cool. A private island for sale!' Mark: 'We can't afford it.'' (implying that as a teacher and steelworker, those ideas are crazy) \Cara: 'But...... perhaps.....other people would find it just as neat of an idea and want to rent it. Mark: 'That's an idea.' Then, the owner let us spend the night on the Island. We realized that this 1800s cabin would take a lot of work to get it up to a good condition. Still, we figured we were up for the challenge, even though we lived 9 hours away. We have since developed many local relationships so that we are able to maintain the property.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Not many people have an opportunity to stay on a deeded private island with no other cabins and a sweet sense of peace and tranquility.. We offer 4 simple boats, as a boat is the only way to get across the 300 feet to the Island. History buffs will love the real logs that were hand cut and placed to create the cabin. Privacy seekers will love the peace and tranquility. Nature lovers will enjoy seeing all types critters and small animals. I love when the eagle nests on the Island. Fishermen/women will love the ease of fishing right off the Island, or taking the boat just feet from shore. Adventure seekers will love the whole experience of an unpredictable vacation where you can truly make the fun your own.

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Speaks: english, spanish



  • Convenient breakfast nook and relaxing living room

    Convenient breakfast nook and relaxing living room

  • Double bed one of 3

    Double bed one of 3

  • The sunset view from the island

    The sunset view from the island

  • Galley kitchen- appliances/utensils. Stove aside

    Galley kitchen- appliances/utensils. Stove aside

  • The deck off of the kitchen on the Island

    The deck off of the kitchen on the Island

  • This rustic bathroom has heated floors! Logs of the 1800s surround the shower.

    This rustic bathroom has heated floors! Logs of the 1800s surround the shower.

  • When you walk into the Island cabin you see the living room with it's comfy sofa

    When you walk into the Island cabin you see the living room with it's comfy sofa

  • The extra space in this bedroom has an electric fireplace and a bit more room.

    The extra space in this bedroom has an electric fireplace and a bit more room.

  • The relaxing living room and natural fireplace.

    The relaxing living room and natural fireplace.

  • Bedroom


  • Republic Island on the Michigamme River

    Republic Island on the Michigamme River

  • Island in February

    Island in February

  • Private island oasis on the Michigamme River. Just 300 feet from shore.

    Private island oasis on the Michigamme River. Just 300 feet from shore.

  • One of the 3 small bedrooms that surround the living room on the Island

    One of the 3 small bedrooms that surround the living room on the Island

  • The deck on Republic Ísland-- plenty of room to relax and enjoy the surroundings

    The deck on Republic Ísland-- plenty of room to relax and enjoy the surroundings

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