Private Torch River Retreat a Short Boat Ride to Torch Lake Sand Bar!

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Last updated: 11/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-8 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Sitting over 300 feet off the road the long driveway leads you through birch trees, pines and ferns to the Torch River A-frame. This classic cottage is tucked away on the river's edge in a great location on the Antrim Chain of Lakes and just a mile from beautiful Torch Lake. The sand bar is just minutes away by water from the dock out front where you can keep your boat during your stay.

There's a small deck at the rear entrance which opens into the kitchen, featuring granite counter tops with seating area, stainless appliances and modern amenities including a dishwasher. The view of the river is immediately visible looking through the the house towards the living room. There is a small laundry room off the kitchen and a large full bathroom with tub on the main floor.

The open living room features a natural stone fireplace and sliding glass door which opens onto a deck just feet from river's edge and a few steps away from the dock. The living room features leather furniture for lounging on including a comfortable sleeper sofa. The opposite side of the room has a HDTV, stereo & a DVD player.

The spiral stairway leads to the second floor which has 2 comfortable bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. The master bedroom over looks the river and features a Queen bed. The back bedroom includes a full bed, two twins. The third floor is accessed by a compact stairway and has a small bedroom to either side, it's a fairly tight space but affords awesome birds eye views of the surrounding scenery giving the feel of being in a tree house.

The property is wooded on both sides affording privacy from neighbors and the view across the river overlooks the Torch river natural area. It as a great spot for bird and wildlife watching as well as beautiful sunsets over the trees. There is plenty of room for yard games and an evening around the campfire in a private and relaxing atmosphere.

The L shaped dock is large enough to accommodate most boats and watercraft that are suitable for the chain of lakes. The river is a no wake zone and you can dock your boat just a few steps from the front door.

You'll find plenty of parking on the property including a pad adjacent to the garage that's a good spot for parking a boat trailer or RV.

Its a wonderfully unique location where you'll feel like your away from everything while being right in the middle of the most beautiful waters in Michigan and within a quick drive to many great Up-North attractions.


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Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Cottage
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    24 and up please....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    There is a spiral stairway and the compact stairway can be dangerous for children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Will consider allowing up to 2 well behaved dogs with a $100 pet fee and signed pet addendum....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 2 twin/ single

    2nd floor bedroom sleeps 4 also has a sink....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 double

    small 3rd floor bedroom at the treetops...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    Small bedroom on 3rd floor overlooking the river....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master bedroom on 2nd floor with a view of the water....moreless

  • Each of the 2nd floor bedrooms are a good size and feature their own sink/vanity. The 3rd floor is compact featuring angled walls at the peak of the A-frame and offers a birds eye view....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    spacious full bathroom on the main floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Bathroom on 2nd floor has a small tile ahower...moreless

  • 2 Full Baths, one with a bathtub, upstairs bath has small shower and no sink but adjcent bedrooms have sinks....moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    With input for MP3 players....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    101' of Private frontage on the Torch River with a nice westward view of a wooded area across a wide section of the river....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There are stools to sit at the counter in the kitchen and a dining table adjacent to the living room with leafs to expand and additional folding chairs to accommodate up to 8 people....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Natural fireplace...moreless

  • Garage:

    The Garage is available for a spot to hangout outside if it happens to rain....moreless

  • Heating:

    Forced air...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Nice 650 Thread count sheets on Queen, 400 TC for twins....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Overlooks the river with a sliding door to the deck and a large stone natural fireplace....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking on the long driveway and pad next to the Garage for boat trailers etc....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Hotel quality bath towels. Bring Beach towels as needed....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Stack unit...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    10 cup with Carafe...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    12 piece setting with silverware, new this year....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Updated kitchen with seating area along the counter....moreless

  • Microwave:

    New stainless microwave....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Most standard cooking utensils, bottle opener, can opener etc supplied....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    With ice maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric oven with convection/speed bake option....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Boat:

    Rentals available at nearby marina's...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck on the front facing the river & small deck on the back entrance side....moreless

  • Golf:

    Many excellent courses a short drive away including 4 at Shanty Creek and A-Ga-Ming on the North East side of Torch....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Includes 3 person Mad River Canoe....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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from 10 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 1 - Mar 18, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,250 $1,400
Mar 19 - May 21, 2016
3 night min stay
$225 $240
Fri, Sat, Sun
Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 - May 30, 2016
4 night min stay
Late Spring Early Summer
May 31 - Jun 17, 2016
3 night min stay
Jun 18 - Sep 5, 2016
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

4th of July week!
Jul 2 - Jul 9, 2016
8 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Cleaning $100
  • Tax Rate 6%


Weekly rentals are from Saturday - Saturday, we only offer weekly rentals in peak Summer months. Payment of $500 security deposit required to confirm reservation.

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Last updated: 11/16/2015
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22 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capitol Airport, Traverse City MI
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Torch Rivera
40 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Beaver Island Ferry
14 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Chief Golf Course
7.8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Torch Rivera
14 Miles
Nearest Ski
Schuss Mountain Shanty Creek
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Torch Lake public access at Division Street NW

Car: Necessary

Beautiful secluded wooded acre lot on the Torch River as it widens approaching Torch Lake. A short boat ride or paddle up river to the famous Torch Lake Sand Bar. The location is an ideal home base for boating and fishing the beautiful Elk River Chain of Lakes with a DNR boat launch just 1/3 of a mile down the street. You can keep your boat docked just 35 feet from the front door while being less than a mile from the amazing coral blue waters of Torch Lake to the north and Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake to the south.

Downtown Alden is just 5 miles away, a quick boat or bike ride away.

If you enjoy gambling or are looking for some evening entertainment the Turtle Creek Casino is just a 15 minute drive away. One of our favorite destinations is Short's Brewery in Bellaire where you can sample some of the best brew's anywhere and get a growler to bring back and enjoy on the deck while bird watching or having a fire by the river's edge.

There are some great restaurants in and on the way to Elk Rapids which is 20 minutes away by car or take the boat and dock at the Elk River marina.

It is 20 miles to Traverse City where you can enjoy many opportunities for dining, entertainment and more.

The A-frame is ideal for kicking back, relaxing on the rivers edge and experiencing the peaceful tranquility of Northern Michigan in a private wooded setting that is hard to find an inland lake.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: We grew up spending summers on the rivers and lakes around the state, we now reside in West Michigan. I've always loved boating, biking and traveling. I was introduced to the Antrim Chain of Lakes many years ago & fell in love the first time I laid eyes on the amazing teal blue waters of Torch Lake and the miles of beautiful waterway's.

Why the Owner Chose Torch Lake Township:
We have been visiting the Torch Lake and Bellaire area for years and dreamt of some day owning a place on the chain of lakes. Nearly every time boating on the chain of lakes my we commented how nice and peaceful the rivers were & if we ever had a chance to buy in the area that would be ideal. In 2011 we were blessed with an opportunity to buy a little piece of paradise in what we feel is one of the most peaceful locations on the chain of lakes, close to the sand bar but just far enough away that you're not disturbed by the noise of boats speeding around the lakes. Although we'd like to spend everyday at the A-Frame we're happy to be able to share this little piece of paradise with others that want to live a little bit of the dream.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Its hard to find a nicer spot on the chain of lakes to enjoy some of the best boating and fishing the state has to offer. With Elk and Torch lake so close but away from the occasional rough waters that can develop it is a great location that touches on the best of everything the area has to offer. Being 5 minutes from the Torch Sand Bar and 20 miles from Traverse while feeling miles away from everything is hard to match. Having the ability to boat up to Dockside on the Clam River for lunch or cruise over to Elk Rapids for the afternoon is really nice. Just sitting back at the rivers edge watching the water flow by and boaters pass is a relaxing enjoyable experience.

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  • The A-frame ready for Summer

    The A-frame ready for Summer

  • Trees along drive

    Trees along drive

  • The Dock.

    The Dock.

  • Kitchen


  • Dining Table adjacent to living room.

    Dining Table adjacent to living room.

  • Vanity in Master bedroom

    Vanity in Master bedroom

  • Stairway to 3rd floor

    Stairway to 3rd floor

  • Awesome tree top view from the 3rd floor bed.

    Awesome tree top view from the 3rd floor bed.

  • View to the north towards Torch Lake

    View to the north towards Torch Lake

  • Aerial view of the south end of Torch meeting the river and fall colors

    Aerial view of the south end of Torch meeting the river and fall colors

  • Entrance and back deck

    Entrance and back deck

  • Back of house

    Back of house

  • Sunset in the Fall

    Sunset in the Fall

  • Kitchen from entrance looking towards the living room & waterfront

    Kitchen from entrance looking towards the living room & waterfront

  • Spiral Stairway

    Spiral Stairway

  • Master Bedroom, Queen bed.

    Master Bedroom, Queen bed.

  • Bed in 2nd room with full bed and two singles.

    Bed in 2nd room with full bed and two singles.

  • One of the 3rd Floor bedrooms with a full bed.

    One of the 3rd Floor bedrooms with a full bed.

  • View looking southwest, Luhrs Landing Marina is southwest across the river.

    View looking southwest, Luhrs Landing Marina is southwest across the river.

  • Across the river to the northwest.

    Across the river to the northwest.

  • The Famous Torch Lake Sand bar, the place to be 'All Summer Long'

    The Famous Torch Lake Sand bar, the place to be 'All Summer Long'

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, November 16, 2015

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Private Torch River retreat a short boat ride to Torch Lake Sand Bar!

Torch Lake Township #451119

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