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Squaw Beach Retreat on Lake Superior--View Lovely Fall Colors from the Deck

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A stroll on the beach toward the Big Bay Lighthouse on the eastern arm of bay.

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Big Bay cabin description

Welcome to Big Bay (the village's namesake), a large secluded bay on Lake Superior.

Squaw Beach Retreat is private, but not remote--the way we describe our place. Imagine a cozy, but roomy-enough log cabin built of 10 inch native wood logs and hardwood floors on a clean sandy beach surrounded by a pristine bay. As you look straight north from the deck towards Canada across the world's biggest fresh water lake, the bay 'arms' rise to over 60 feet of forested cliffs on either side. Big Bay (the bay, not the village) is designated as a safe harbor of refuge because a working 1897 lighthouse perches atop one of these arms on the eastern point, and a welcoming harbor with a small marina is tucked in on the western side of the bay, a short stroll from here. We are dog friendly, and when we had ours here, they absolutely loved splashing through the shallow water at lake's edge!

More about the cabin itself: we have a loft area upstairs with two twin beds and a futon/couch looking down to the great room. The master bedroom with the log 4-poster King is directly off the great room downstairs. There is a a full kitchen with a pass-through bar, a separate dining room/lounge area, a roomy bathroom, a small office/all purpose room, and an enclosed entry hall. The great room looks through sliding glass doors to the deck overlooking the water. You can watch the entire bay from inside due to the expanse of long windows on 3 sides.

Scattered family vacation getaways and permanent homes are nestled along the beach shaded by a variety of Northern evergreens.

Across the private lane leading to the cabin is a wooded area which backs up to a protected wetlands that stretches for more than a mile-- home to eagles, red-headed woodpeckers, and numerous other rare birds as well as an abundance of wild ducks and geese and native wildlife. There are even moose sightings in the area from time to time, and their numbers are growing, according to a recent survey and some lucky residents around 'this neck of the woods.'

The charming little village of Big Bay is on a slope about a mile and a half from here, offering most things needed in the way of restaurants (3) grocery/general store, gas, outdoor outfitting supplies, laundromat, and two historic churches. All of that, and not a single stop light! The uniqueness of Big Bay that made us want to have a place here is that it maintains the charm of a village at the end of a road--when you look at a map, you see the road stops here where the Huron Mountains take over! Not a drive-through community, so there are no franchises, just 'Mom and Pop' type of businesses that are friendly and helpful.

The history of Big Bay is so very interesting and varied, ranging from Henry Ford's enterprises here to the exclusive Huron Mountain Club (over a century old) to movie-making to the rich tradition of the early lumberjacks of the U.P. Big Bay is also very proud of the one-of-kind and very special Big Bay Bay Health Camp.

While you may just want to get away from city life and partake of the abundance of outdoor activities or simply unwind on the deck gazing at the ever-changing moods of Lake Superior, the city of Marquette (population around 19,000) is only 25 miles through the woods to the south and offers any service or amenity that you might want or need. Marquette is considered the 'hub' of the Upper Peninsula, home to Northern Michigan University, a regional medical complex, as well as sightseeing, museums, shopping, historical sights,golfing, restaurants, and way more.

Since you will need to pass by or through Marquette to reach Big Bay, we recommend that you make a stop at the Tourist Center in Marquette or the Visitors' Welcome Center in Harvey to arm yourselves with brochures on this entire area, so you won't need to waste a moment of your time here wondering what to do next in Michigan's awesome Upper Peninsula. The only problem you might encounter? So much to do--so little time! In our 15 years here, we are still exploring and discovering.


Keywords: lake superior beachfront cottage, northwoods log cabin on lake superior, lakefront cabin, dog friendly vacation rental, beachfront rental, waterfront cabin

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Cabin
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Ours is an adult rental, but you will find many family rentals in Big Bay on the vrbo site. ...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Not Suitable For Children
              • Pets Considered:

                Dogs are welcome here. Dogs love to run along the sandy beach! We only ask that your dog or dogs are housebroken and well behaved--the usual dog etiquette is observed along the beach. ...moreless

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

                Futon couch in loft makes into bed. ...moreless

              • King size beds (1) The master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling has a massive four-poster King made of polished logs. It faces a large window view to Lake Superior, Cool breezes from the lake, and a ceiling fan along with soothing water sounds make for good sleeping., Twin or Single Beds (1) Twins and a futon are in the roomy loft bedroom overlooking dramatic vaulted great room. Privacy screens are in place....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

                Roomy--also has two mirrors and dressing table. ...moreless

              • Wood paneled shower with native stone floor, built-in dressing cabinet with large mirror on one side--cabinet sink and mirror on other side. Large window between commode and dressing cabinet. ...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • We are a short walking distance to the lovely little harbor/marina; also within walking distance to town (1 and a half to 2 miles, depending on where you want to go), numerous scenic walks or bike rides in all directions around the cabin and the Big Bay area, seemingly endless beach strolling. Cliff formations to explore by kayaks on the western arm of the bay. More to explore on the lighthouse side (the eastern arm) Very dramatic! Lots of waterfalls, hiking trails, and scenic views in the surrounding area. Be sure to see information basket in cabin for directions and details to local beauty spots, or ask us by email, phone. We love to talk about what this area offers....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    A bookcase of various interest books is in the dining room to enjoy, as well as a reading 'nook' in the corner entry area....moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Games:

                    Some board games, cribbage board, jigsaw puzzles, cards....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Direct TV. Lots of cable channels available....moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    5-CD stereo...moreless

                  • Television:

                    New in 2013...moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    We have a small video library in the cabinet underneath the TV....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Festivals
                  • Marina
                  • Restaurants

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Laundromat
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Beachfront:

                    Visitors have called this view awesome with the forested cliffs rising on either side, forming the protective arms of the bay There is more beach to walk than most people have the energy for in one stroll on the clean, (sugar) sand. Interesting driftwood and rocks wash up frequently. We have had driftwood that dates back to the 19th century from old piers....moreless

                  • Lakefront:

                    Lake-gazing is one of the favorite activities of folks around here. Lake Superior is famous for its many moods, changing appearance several times a day--always a source of wonder (and respect)....moreless

                  • Mountain View:

                    The Huron Mountains are all around this area. There are good views from various parts of the deck and cabin, even the bathroom window! ...moreless

                  • Village:

                    Quaint small village of Big Bay sits on a small slope about 1 1/2 miles from here within easy hiking or biking distance. Just about anything you need can be had at Cram's General Store. ...moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    Visitors have commented that they love relaxing on the deck watching the variety of boats going into the harbor. ...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Parasailing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Rafting
                  • Sailing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  Dining

                  • Dining:

                    Dining room has large picture window view of Lake Superior to watch the bay. We also like to eat at the bar that opens to the great room. ...moreless

                  • Dining Room
                  • Seating for 6 people

                  General

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    Our so-called 'clothes dryer' is an old-fashioned clothesline by the woods--so handy for hanging up beach towels, wet bathing suits, that we left it for that purpose....moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Central heating available year round....moreless

                  • Internet:

                    High Speed Internet...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Clean sheets, dish towels, blankets, pillows, and all paper products provided.....moreless

                  • Living Room:

                    Soaring cathedral ceiling with ceiling fan in great room with large sliding glass door going out to deck and beach. ...moreless

                  • Mobile Phone:

                    In spite of the many tall trees and Huron Mountains, we get excellent cell phone reception here. Not a problem....moreless

                  • Parking:

                    Parking for two cars in drive, and one parking space in front of woodshed....moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Temporary day parking for one vehicle across the lane from the cabin. ...moreless

                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                    We have an area that can be used for parking a boat or ATVs next to the woodshed. . ....moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Cell phones work quite well here in spite of the landscape....moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

                    All towels except beach towels are provided. ...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Fully connected as of summer (2011). It has been a good experience. Wish we would have done it sooner....moreless

                  • Wood Stove:

                    The wood stove is available for use between the dates of Oct. 8 and May 1st. There is a fire ring on the beach to gather around on cool nights. Wood is in the woodshed. ...moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Automatic 12 cup drip. ...moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    Cooking utensils, pots and pans, and baking dishes are provided. ...moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Full set of dishes and silverware provided, everything needed to prepare meals....moreless

                  • Kitchen:

                    Full sized, fully equipped kitchen with all large and small applicances and a pass-through bar to the great room. Two bar stools for casual meals in that area. ...moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven:

                    Full-sized....moreless

                  • Pantry Items:

                    We leave many basic supplies in the pantry like cooking spices, flour, salt, sugar, etc. Feel free to use....moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    Full sized. New in 2011...moreless

                  • Stove:

                    Full-sized ...moreless

                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Boat:

                    If you bring a boat, there is a public launch in the marina/harbor just around the corner from here with a paved parking area. You can also park a boat next to the woodshed....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    The deck has a direct north panoramic view of Lake Superior, which laps at the beach just beyond the edge of the yard. Comfortable and sturdy hand-made deck furniture with pads. Watch the bay and harbor activity from here as well as enjoy the lake breezes and the serene view of the Huron Mountains....moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Kayaks and canoe rentals are availabe at the outfitter's place in Big Bay, about a mile and a half from here. Can easily launch in the front of the cabin. Gradual dropoff there. ...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Propane gas grill...moreless

                  • Tennis:

                    There is a tennis court for public use in town by the school. Also, a basketball court there....moreless

                  • Water Sports Gear:

                    This is available for rental in Big Bay at the outfitter's shop. About a mile and a half from cabin. Also in Marquette....moreless

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included
                       

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                      Nightly:$180.00 summer season 3-night minimum  $40 cleaning fee  all taxes incl.
                      Weekly: $1100.00 summer season Sat.to Sat. $40.00 cleaning fee   all taxes incl.
                      These rates are for 1-5 persons.  A charge of $20 per night for each extra person.
                      A 50% deposit(check)within 7 days to hold. Balance and $40 cleaning fee on arrival
                      Fall rates:  $165 per night (September 8-Oct.4) 3 night min.Call for weekly rate.
                      Late Fall:  $900 per week/$140/night  (October 10 - Nov. 1) - Booked for 2013
                      Cancellation policy: full refund:21 days notice or if we rebook cabin
                      

                      Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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                      Location

                      55 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Marquette Airport
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Lumberjack Tavern
                      31 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Marquette Golf Club
                      2.2 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      County Road 550
                      1.5 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Thunder Bay Inn, Hungry Hollow Cafe & the tavern
                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Marquette Mountain

                      Car: Necessary

                      Many waterfalls in the area, birdwatching, rock hunting, chipmunk feeding, baywatching, year-round special events in town, tours of the 1897 Big Bay Lighthouse (still working), a picnic at panoramic Thomas Rock, countless marked and unmarked trails for hiking and biking through beautiful natural landscapes, a small harbor/ marina within easy walking distance. Big Bay is also a place with a fascinating history for history buffs. Among the many well- known people who built vacation getaways here was Henry Ford, who established a branch of his business in Big Bay in another era. Movie

                      buffs will enjoy the story line behind the filming of parts of 'The Anatomy of a Murder' here. Just down the road in Marquette. discover a full range of activities, including golf, tennis, movies, gyms,shopping, restaurants, museums, mine tours, and more While there, be sure to watch one of the giant Great Lakes ore boats unloading at the ore dock and then take a drive around Presque Isle. A must-see.There are also many 1 to 2 hour day trips to other interesting spots in the UP.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1997

                      About the owner: We are a semi-retired couple who divide our time between here and a farm on the other side of Marquette. We grew up in a metropolitan area, so this place has been a refreshing change from the busy, urban life we knew. Our log cabin on Lake Superior is a vacation home which we have loved for several years, and we open it up for guests to enjoy during the warm season when we are tending our garden and hay south of here.

                      Why the Owner Chose Big Bay:
                      We were drawn to this location initially by the unspoiled natural beauty that abounds in every part of the U.P. Then, we kept finding other benefits that made traveling here an awe-inspiring experience. There are outdoor recreational opportunities to be enjoyed in every season, yet Big Bay doesn't have that 'touristy' feel. If you want to venture out, Marquette is only a short drive away (25 miles) with its many points of interest and amenities, but within minutes of here or there, you can be exploring a wilderness area and not encounter another soul-- the only sounds being those of birds and wind whispering through the woods.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                      Where do I begin to describe the special things that we love about living here. We like the fact that it is never crowded, except for the night of the annual summer fireworks display when there are parties and bonfires all up and down the beach. But it is usual that on many mornings you can walk out on the beach and get that fantasy feeling that all of this natural beauty is just for you. Speaking of fireworks displays, there have been a few times that we have witnessed the Northern Lights over Lake Superior. True, it is not often, but it does happen and when it does--pure magic! . Another thing I love about staying here is that we are able to take a nature walk in any direction (except due north, of course). On the quiet, unpaved, but well-maintained lane going past the cabin, I like to walk listening to the protected wetlands between here and town that stretch for over a mile. You can view them in all of their glory if you walk the beach side down to where the family cottages end, and past there climb a gentle slope overlooking a paradise for water birds and all the local wildlife. I also love walking on down the lane or along the beach to the little harbor and marina that often has little fishing boats, large and small sailing boats, along with fancy cabin boats--whoever happens along and ties up. This is an official harbor of refuge, so we have had some very interesting boats coming in when the lake is living up to her reputation for being unpredicatable at times! Last year a gigantic iron ore freighter anchored in our bay for a couple of days to wait out one of those infamous November storms. In the summer and fall months, however, the waters are mostly delightful for recreation and soul inspiration.


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                      Photos

                      • A stroll on the beach toward the Big Bay Lighthouse on the eastern arm of bay.

                        A stroll on the beach toward the Big Bay Lighthouse on the eastern arm of bay.

                      • The loft bedroom above the great room. Couch/futon & armoire is behind me.

                        The loft bedroom above the great room. Couch/futon & armoire is behind me.

                      • Cliffs on western arm of the bay (up to 50 ft. high) to explore by kayak, canoe.

                        Cliffs on western arm of the bay (up to 50 ft. high) to explore by kayak, canoe.

                      • This rock-strewn beach is a 15 minute walk from the cabin.

                        This rock-strewn beach is a 15 minute walk from the cabin.

                      • Path from the cabin down a small slope to the beach.

                        Path from the cabin down a small slope to the beach.

                      • Winter guests - front view of cabin. Lake is on other side and frozen in 2014.

                        Winter guests - front view of cabin. Lake is on other side and frozen in 2014.

                      • Fall day on the beach--view from the deck to the marina entrance breakwall.

                        Fall day on the beach--view from the deck to the marina entrance breakwall.

                      • Greatroom from stairway. Master bedroom to left. Sliding glass doors go to deck.

                        Greatroom from stairway. Master bedroom to left. Sliding glass doors go to deck.

                      • A shady walk down Squaw Beach road either way.

                        A shady walk down Squaw Beach road either way.

                      • A short drive to the many trails leading to this gem--Little Presque Isle.

                        A short drive to the many trails leading to this gem--Little Presque Isle.

                      • Memorial Day on the deck enjoying the lake--spring can't be far away now!

                        Memorial Day on the deck enjoying the lake--spring can't be far away now!

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                      2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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                      Member since: 2011
                      Speaks: english
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