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Come enjoy a quiet retreat beside a crystal clear river in the Cascades. This is an original 1941 mill owner's home, recently renovated and stocked with turn of the century antiques. It has three bedrooms upstairs, and a large room downstairs we've equipped with a unique triple bunk bed for kids. It's really too large to be called a cabin at about 2,600 sq. feet. We prefer family rentals of up to six but no more than eight people at a time. There is a formal sitting room with a fireplace, dining room, kitchen, and sunroom in the back with a card table, futon and television. There is no phone or cable service.
The home is 3 miles upstream from Detroit Lake, and at the end of the road on a large 3 acre riverside lot. There is nobody immediately upstream or across the river, affording great solitude. The Santiam River is a perfect kayaking and fishing base. Many hunters also use the area. (I don't hunt) Rainbow trout are easily catchable by fly or spin casting in the backyard during the summer months. I keep my riverbank mostly clear of trees and there are several jetties that make very good, private fly fishing locations.
Detroit Lake has two marinas and a variety of fish species including trout, salmon, kokanee, a few steelhead, and catfish. Waterskiing and swimming is also popular in the clear, warmer lake water. There is a convenient public boat launch at Hoover Park just a couple miles away. Mongold Park offers good swimming access.
If you like heath spas, Breitenbush Hot Springs is a few miles away and offers scheduled massages, classes, and natural hot springs. It's been there since the 1920s in one form or another and you'll find a large lodge where refreshments may be served. Note that this is a popular nudist friendly establishment.
The main attraction is the wilderness. There are many, many lakes and hiking trails in the vicinity. Marion Lake is the largest hike-in lake in the state. Our favorite fishing lake is Daly Lake about 30 minutes away, and there is a restaurant in that direction called Marion Forks that offers scenic riverside dining. If you continue on to Sisters there are many shopping and dining options available in this quaint western-themed small town. Clear Lake (20 minutes) is interesting with flooded old growth trees standing on the bottom. A small lodge rents boats and serves meals. The McKenzie river is also in that area and has over 20 miles of trails.
Another really great hike is along the Metolious River, if you're heading to Sisters for dinner. I just don't know where to begin in describing the options! If you like the outdoors, and are interested in a quiet, eclectic home with great fishing on the premises, our place makes a wonderful base off the beaten path.
bunk beds downstairs in master bedroom. 1/2 bath, tv, games...moreless
Queen size Beds (1) In the middle bedroom. Pretty firm., Double Beds (1) In the end bedroom on the right., Twin or Single Beds (1) In the smallest end bedroom on the left., Bunk Beds (1) A one-on-a-kind triple bunk bed with TWO upper bunks and one lower. No need for fighting over the top bunk. It's L-shaped, not three stories tall. :)...moreless
Both bathrooms are newly built in the last couple years and clean. One has a basin sink on sideboard with shower tub, and the other is a small half bath in the bunk room. Both are on the first floor. ...moreless
Trout in the backyard. 45 minutes to skiing. 30 minutes to hot springs. 10 minutes to lake with boats and water skiing. Hiking & and mountain lakes. Snakes in the yard!
Logging! (not really)
fishing and outdoor, a few kids titles and novels. ...moreless
DVD player in the living room and DVD TV game system in the bunk room for kids. There is NO CABLE or tv service...moreless
The street really ends before our driveway, which is gravel. So I guess it's all more or less off street. Drive SLOWLY on the gravel out of respect for our neighbors and your vehicle....moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
We've created a large grassy knoll in the back with electrical, water, and septic hook-ups. We do not anticipate anybody will need to use this. Our plan was to park an RV or Yurt there someday if we rented the main home more permanently. It is negotiably available if you need it for some reason....moreless
The living room has an original heatilator fireplace with two fans on either side built into the mantel. It's pretty neat to see work and does heat up the room....moreless
Automatic coffee/espresso maker. Bring your coffee. ...moreless
Pans, pots, silverware, place settings for 12, knives, strainers, spatulas. There are marshmallow sticks and grilling utensils to go with the iron grate on the fire ring by the river. I think we've covered all the basics you'd need like corkscrews, bottle openers....moreless
Plain old toaster, nothing exciting here. :)...moreless
Deck / Patio:
We just installed a new 16' x 20' deck with wrap around bench seating. ...moreless
Kayak / Canoe:
People do kayak through our back yard river in the summer. I haven't personally done it, and i would suggest experience and safety gear. People do drown regularly on the Santiam. It's very cold. ...moreless
Lawn / Garden:
There is a huge two acre lawn area surrounding the home. We have a couple yard games and a child's archery set....moreless
We have an iron grate by the river for campfires, and a Weber charcoal kettle on the porch with a chimney starter. Bring your own charcoal if you want to use it. ...moreless
Water Sports Gear:
I keep a life jacket for children you want to protect by the river. ...moreless
Spring Season Feb 1 - May 4, 2015 2 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall Season Oct 5 - Jan 1, 2016 3 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$300
No smoking in the house and never any pets, thanks. Six people maximum preferred, up to 8 for +$25/night. Trash must be taken with you when you leave because we have no pick up. Thanks!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Idanha is a small town 3 miles east of Detroit lake, about halfway between Salem and Sisters. It is the last town before going over the Santiam Pass through the Cascade Mountains. Our location provides a quiet and private base from which to explore Detroit Lake, the most popular recreational lake in Oregon, or many other high mountain lakes in the immediate vicinity. Breittenbush Hot Springs offers massages, hot tubs, and therapy classes of a wide variety. Hoodoo Ski resort is about 40 minutes away for winter fun. Clear Lake is about 20 minutes away and also features a small lodge and boat rentals for exploring this natural wonder that has visible upright sunken old growth trees all over the bottom.
The Santiam River, which flows ice cold through our backyard above Detroit Lake, is a popular kayak river that is navigable from above and below our property. Rainbow trout are stocked weekly from Memorial to Labor Day weekend, and are easily caught fly fishing or by dangling a worm. This is a great place to practice your technique or teach a friend, as the fish are quite willing to play on most days. We keep an iron campfire grill and chairs on the bank for star gazing at night far from the city lights and noise. All you'll hear is the river and the stories friends tell around the fire.
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: We think a good vacation home should be far enough away to feel away but close enough to reasonably get to and enjoy. Idanha is about 2 hours from Portland, where we live. There are many things to do in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness that we wouldn't get to on a day trip and that offer a variety of outdoor activities... hiking, fishing, fun on a mountain lake. We love the area and the people in Detroit Lake are really friendly and love tourists.
Why the Owner Chose Detroit: We loved the location that features a remote, quiet location that is still on city water and services. The home is a rarity in its close proximity to a scenic river, and this was 'grandfathered in' from 1942. The Detroit lake properties view a drained reservoir most of the year, while our backyard river is always flowing beautifully.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Large, quiet home at the end of the road, on a river
Good rainbow trout fishing on the property
Kayaking access if you want to float to the lake downstream
Many high mountain lakes and hikes in the vicinity
Detroit Lake is three miles away
Clear Lake is about a 20 mile, beautiful drive
Hoodoo ski area is also about 40 miles
Sisters and Camp Sherman are about 45 miles
But many guests never leave the property because you can walk out back and sit by the river reading or drop a line and catch your dinner just about anytime in the summer.