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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.
The Island is only accessible via a boat. Be your own captain with our provided boats! A Jon boat (best in low water), simple pontoon (best in high water) with electric motor, canoe, aluminum boat, and a paddle boat for 2 are all provided for your sole use during your stay.
Off-street and alongside road parking. Republic Island is the home of excellent fishing, bird watching (a bald eagle nests nearby), and canoeing.
Activities near the Island/Large group option: Canoeing, pontooning along the river, fishing and swimming at the beach are all fun activities. Relaxing with a good book and listening to the sounds of nature is my personal favorite.
Marquette County: Rated as a Top 5 Mountain Biking Destination by Bike Magazine
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 www.freshwatervacationrentals.com
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.
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
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
We have 5 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 fish boat 4. paddle ...moreless
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1st Boats in Water
May 1 - May 21, 2015
2 night min stay
May 22 - Jun 18, 2015
2 night min stay
Jun 19 - Aug 27, 2015
7 night min stay
Early Fall 2015
Aug 28 - Sep 30, 2015
2 night min stay
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2015
2 night min stay
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The Island is on the Michigamme River, a wide part of the river where you feel like you are on a lake!
Lake Michigamme is nearby. 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.
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.
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.
The relaxing living room and natural fireplace.
A real private island- Republic Island
The sunset view from the island
Republic Island on the Michigamme River- just 300 feet- boats provided
Island in February
The deck off of the kitchen on the Island
This rustic bathroom has heated floors! Logs of the 1800s surround the shower.
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
Convenient breakfast nook and relaxing living room
Double bed one of 3
Galley kitchen- appliances/utensils. Stove aside
On the Island side- here are the simple pontoon and the jon boat for your use
Private island oasis on the Michigamme River. Just 300 feet from shore. Gorgeous
Take a peacerful boat ride along the Michigamme River from the Island.
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.
River view of fishing boat at dock from pontoon.
The pontoon at the landing dock. Island in back.
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