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Yearround Lake Superior Beach House in Michigan's Pristine E.Upper Peninsula

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding woods. Catch a glimpse of the eagles or go to sleep to the sound of the waves of Lake Superior. See the wonderful sunsets over the crystal clear lake and breathe in the fresh pure air of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Be one of the lucky ones to capture the mystical moments of the occasional 'Northern Lights'. Our beach house is only 12 steps down to Lake Superior which can be viewed right from our beach house windows or decks. In Summer lay on the sandy beach or walk the shore of Lake Superior, Longfellow's 'Gitcheegumee', selecting your favorite colored rocks. Make your own footsteps in the sand on our lonely beach. Follow the shoreline in your kayak. Hear the beating of the hummingbird's wings as they feed from the flowers and drink their nectar. Sit on the deck and read 'The Song of Hiawatha'. Feed the chipmunks. Listen to nature and view the freighters as they quietly pass by. Use binoculars and keep track of all the ships names bound for the Soo Locks.

Walk the North Country Hiking Trail while surrounded by miles and miles of Hiawatha National Forest. Venture into 'blueberry, blackberry, and black bear country'. Find the elusive Morrell Mushrooms. See the black bears at Newberry's Oswald Black Bear Ranch thru Sept. Attend the Blueberry Festival in Paradise mid-August. Savor the flavor of locally made pies, jams/jelly's and maple syrup sold in Paradise, and at the downtown Sault Farmer's Market on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm. Join the fall harvest of the flooded cranberry fields near the famous Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum & Lighthouse, and check out the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. See the famous picturesque Taquahmenon Falls (second only to Niagara Falls in size) any time of year.

Make an appointment to have a tour of the Pendill's Creek National Fish Hatchery where brood stock supply Lake Trout eggs that are incubated and hatched into fingerlings and fed in raceways waiting to be distributed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to major lakes and streams in MI to encourage sport/commercial fishing. Don't forget to stop at their Lake Superior Public Access site across the road and have a picnic lunch under the Pavilion built by the Friends of Pendills Creek NFH where you will find one of the most beautiful beaches in the world where Pendill's Creek meets Lake Superior.

Visit the local Point Iroquois Light Station built in the 1800's and one mile east of our beach house. Walk its coastal boardwalk or climb the tower for a clear view of Canada. Visit the museum and gift shop and see the 1950's keeper's apartment. Don't forget your camera for some breathtaking photo ops of the grounds and signature rock fence.

Drive to the top of Mission Hill for a spectacular sunset view of Spectacle Lake, St. Mary's River, Lake Superior, and Canada, all at once. While up there visit the historic Mission Hill Cemetery where lay the crew of a Lake Superior shipwreck. Don't miss the Bay Mills Indian Community's Old Indian Cemetery with its cedar spirit boxes. Stop at the rustic Dancing Crane Coffee Shop for your favorite latte or cappachino. Visit the Wheels of History Train Museum and Replica Depot in the nearby town of Brimley to learn about the old logging mills, schools, fisheries and history of the town including the list of names of those buried in local nearby cemeteries.

Ride thru or view the mighty Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie and watch the ships pass thru. Engineer's Day in June allows you to cross the lock gates and tour the other side. The downtown River of History Museum displays the history of Sault Ste Marie, one of the oldest cities in our country. Visit the renovated historic homes on Water Street where once lived Henry Schoolcraft and the John Johnston trading family. Attend festivals along the riverfront. Take in a play at the revived downtown Soo Theater or at Lake Superior State University. During the summer listen to the "Music in the Park" at the Soo Locks Fountain by the St. Mary's River in Sault Ste Marie. Also visit all the tourist shops across from the Soo Locks that the locals call "Fudgie Row!" They have some great T-shirts on sale as well as delicious fudge.

Visit the historic Mackinac Island Fort and the Grand Hotel and taste the famous Mackinac Island Fudge or Ice Cream made on the island by crafters. Take a horse and carriage tour around the island where only horses and bicycles are allowed, no cars allowed on this island! Visit the Michillemackinac Fort in Mackinac City where interpreters dress in period costumes and tell the stories and history of this fort from the 1800's.

In the dead silence of winter glide through the captivating Hiawatha Forest Trails on a snowmobile (rentals available at the casino) or connect with other established snowmobile trails nearby (maps available). Enjoy hot cocoa in the well-insulated cabin as you view the wonderful snow-scape of Lake Superior waves. Go cross country skiing on the Hiawatha National Forest Ski Trails off of Ranger Road. Stay for the winter at our Lake Superior Beach House at reduced monthly rates with a six month lease from Dec. to May. Call for details (906) 437-4349.

Taste the fresh locally caught whitefish specials, gamble the night away in Brimley at the Kings Club Casino, the Bay Mills Resort & Casino or in the Sault at the Vegas Kewadin Casino. Sample Sacy's all-you-can-eat crab leg buffet at the Bay Mills Resort's restaurant. Attend the Native American Pow-Wow's in June & July when you will see the colorful regalia they wear as they dance. See the views of Lake Superior as you golf at the Premier Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley.

Take part in the Fourth of July Celebration in Brimley with flea markets, kids games, bake sales, food tent and all kinds of crafters at the Wheels of History Museum. Enjoy the night fireworks displayed at the Bay Mills Indian Community Ball Diamond. All this awaits you within one hour or less from our Lake Superior Beach House.

Check the on-line calendar and call or email as soon as possible as summers are booked 6 mos. to a year ahead so don't wait! See our current rates and ask for a quote. After paying the booking fee by credit card, pay the balance in two easy payments by check to us, the owners. Pay when you book and again two weeks prior to arrival. Mail checks to: George Goetz PO Box 294 Brimley, MI 49715. Call (906) 437-4349 or email to let us know when you are mailing a check for our Lake Superior Beach House.

Keywords: Lake Superior

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Pauline G. Rice-Goetz & George Goetz
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About Pauline G. Rice-Goetz & George Goetz

George is a retired store owner and teacher. Pauline is retired from a State of MI job. We are in our late-sixties and work part-time while enjoying retirement and the income from our rental units. George was born in Cologne, Germany and became a US citizen in 1976. I was born and raised in Detroit. He and I have been together as partners for over 30 years. We moved to the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) in 1993 and became the owners of the small Iroquois Grocery Store in Brimley, which we sold in 2004. We are enjoying our grandchildren and great grandchildren. We love living on the shores of Lake Superior in the North Country called the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Pauline G. Rice-Goetz & George Goetz purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Pauline G. Rice-Goetz & George Goetz chose Brimley

We chose to buy this property because it is on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay and also because of the sparse population, clean air, bountiful water and surrounding national forest. Our Lake Superior Beach House rental was just a run-down shack that my husband and brother renovated completely in 2006 adding a lot of insulation, thicker walls, a full bathroom, new roof and exterior log siding and tongue and groove pine on the inside. We then added onto it in 2008 a full kitchen and master bedroom, and attached deck. Another deck was added to the top of the 6 steps leading to the beach in 2012. Six new steps down to the beach were added in 2014 after water levels rose then fell again requiring more steps. We love the yearly changes of the lake. The woods between the road and the beach house help to make it secluded and you don't hear any traffic. We are pet friendly and dogs love to walk the beach with their human companions.

What makes this cabin unique

The benefits we enjoy while staying at this property is that we get to meet such great people and share our beautiful pristine Upper Peninsula and clean Pure Michigan air. What a difference from being in the city! I rarely make the 6 hour trip to my Detroit hometown unless I have to.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We all had a wonderful time. the days were warm and nights were great. We relaxed and also went on day trips to the falls, pictured rocks, the Soo, Shipwreck Museum, and also canoeing. The "Know Your Ships" book was valuable. It was similar to playing the license plate game with the ships. We cooked over the campfire several nights and sat our under the stars each night. Pauline allowed us to pitch a tent on the beach and we slept outside on the beach listening to the waves lap the shore. LGreat time and great place. Thank you!! PS. Water was also warm- and no bugs!!
Jun 2012
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Brimley Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
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  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
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  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
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  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , New corner shower and sink, cabinet in 2016.
  • Bathroom includes commode, sink/cabinet, and corner shower. All towels, washcloths, and hand towels are supplied. Soap, shampoo and conditioner are also available in medicine cabinet or shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleeps two.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Sleeps 3
  • Master bedroom has one queen-size bed. Bedroom # 2 has one set of bunk beds that sleeps two people. Children love it, but it can accommodate either children or adults. There is also a twin/single bed for another person. This rooms sleeps 3 people comfortably. We no longer have a sleeper sofa in the living room, but do have a very comfortable leather sofa with two reclining seats and swivel cable flat screen TV with a DVD player built into the top.
  • Books ...
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  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Many area attractions within 10 minutes to 1 hour away. Information pamphlets are available in the Beach House. Some attractions within one hour include: Mackinac Island, Soo Locks, Sault River of History Museums, Valley Camp Ship Museum, Whitefish Point Lighthouse & Ship Wreck Museum, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, Oswald's Black Bear Ranch, Newberry's Lumber Camp Museum, Paradise Blueberry Festival, Brimley's Wheels of History Train Museum & Fourth of July Festival, Pte Iroquois Lighthouse, Old Indian Burial Grounds, Mission Hill Overlook of Canada & Whitefish Bay, the Bay Mills Resort & Casino and Wild Bluff Golf Course in the Bay Mills Indian Community. Try these other local spots too: the Dancing Crane Coffee House, Pickles Bar & Grill in the Back Bay, Jack's Grub & Pub, and the Cozy Bar & Grill in Brimley, and Wilcox Fish House. Brimley also has a local IGA Market near the Brimley State Park for great cuts of meat and lunchmeats as well as a full line of groceries.


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Yearround Lake Superior Beach House in Michigan's Pristine E.Upper Peninsula
average rating of 4.266667 based on 30 reviews

Location was fabulous, just steps from sandy Lake Superior beach.

  • 4 of 5

Nice cottage with great view of Lake Superior. Cottage had plenty of room and clean. Cable tv and Wi-Fi available; although we were never able to connect. Located close (45 min) to Taq falls and White Fish point, also just a short drive to the locks in Ste. Marie. Could see the large freighters from the nice deck overlooking the lake. We were also able to bring our dog for a very small fee, well worth it!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having you as a guest. We always appreciate kind remarks and love to hear that you enjoyed your vacation at our Lake Superior Beach House. It is only one hour or less to many area attractions that allow you to get back and kick off your shoes to relax for your evening meal and watch the sunset. Thank you for taking the time to reflect.
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end of summer getaway

  • 5 of 5

We loved this little house. It was the perfect size for our little family. The walk to the beach was perfect and we enjoyed spending time on the beach every day! The weather was a little cool all week, so no swimming, but we still enjoyed beach time exploring for pretty rocks, or just walking along skipping rocks! We were within driving distance of many amazing UP landmarks. We spent time in Mackinac Island, Sault Sainte Marie, visited Tahquemon Falls, The Shipwreck Museum and just enjoyed exploring the area. We had hoped for some fishing opportunities, but unfortunately if you do not have a boat, this is not the area for fishing. It was amazing watching the ships heading into and out of the Soo Locks.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great location

  • 4 of 5

Loved the lake views and the peacefulness

plumbing in cabin is sketchy but nothing serious

great location, not far from restaurants and casinos

great summer destination but the lake water is a little too cold for us Texans LOL

No complaints at all

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I want to thank our guest for his 4-star review of our Lake Superior Beach House. I fully understand the culture shock of the cold waters of Lake Superior for anyone from Texas who is used to extremely hot weather and warm temperatures of lakes. This Great Lake is well-known for its extremely cold temperature that attracts many people who want to experience it and enjoy its healing power. It is actually its warmest in the month of September after the warm days of summer sun. Our kitchen sink faucet had a leak the likes of which I have never seen, sending a light spray of water under the entire length of the long spout. We have purchased a new faucet and have an appointment scheduled for replacing it. New bathroom flooring will also be installed soon. We will not intrude on guests unless emergency action is needed. We try to schedule regular maintenance in the slower seasons of fall and winter in-between reservations. We appreciate all comments and suggestions.
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Absolutely wonderful cabin with deck right on the water overlooking Lake Superior.

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and private. Seeing the ships go by toward the St. Mary's River while sitting on the deck with your favorite beverage is a dream come true. Good location for many sites and attractions to see. The renters are absolutely wonderful people also. I would definitely make a return visit in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our two decks each offer fantastic views of Lake Superior, with one right at the cabin and the other closer to the beach. Every year we try to update and improve our Lake Superior Beach House. In 2016 we removed the older studio pull-out couch and replaced it with a more comfortable leather two seat reclining sofa that includes cup holders and a middle section to store the remotes for our cable TV with the built in DVD player on top. That said we had no room for any recliners, but added a chair on rollers that is easy to relax in and position for the TV. In the spring of 2017 we will do more landscaping by removing more trees to open up the view. This is necessary every few years as brush/trees grow fast near the edge by the water. We will see how winter winds and erosion affects our property this spring of 2017. Hope to add new flooring in the bathroom and possibly the living room. High winds took our outside table umbrella and threw if onto the roof! Looks like each year requires a new one. As any homeowner knows, maintenance is always required. We usually try to address issues as soon as possible. We regret having to inconvenience any of our guests, but once in awhile it happens. That is especially so in the Upper Peninsula of MI, where small jobs are not popular for most construction workers during what punsters call two of our seasons: swatting and shoveling. The rest is called summer, when most of our guests are here enjoying their stay!
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Spectacular view

  • 4 of 5

The cabin is perfectally located with a perfect view and access to Lake Superior and it's beach. My husband, 12 year old daughter, and 2 yr old Lab had a great time. We could walk the beach and let the dog run and play in the water. I would start and end my days on the deck over looking the beach.

The accommodations were fair to good. It could use some updating. Being a pet friendly cabin, area rugs should not be used since they keep pet odors, past and present. Along with pet friendly, there needs to be a spiket and a hose outside to wash the sand off the dog. It is not easy giving a dog a bath in a corner shower stall. The grill is missing the handle and needs fixed/replaced so it can be used without the risk of burning yourself.

The bedrooms were cozy and the kitchen had all we needed.

All in all it was just the place our family needed.

The owners were very friendly and were available if anything was needed. Perfect location to get away and unplugged.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate any comments and treat them as gifts. We are aware that updating is always needed and every year we add something new or change something. This year we had little time to prepare for new guests as they started arriving right after our 6 month winter lease guests left. We had to rush to get some plumbing repairs done and replace some tongue and groove in the bathroom. We also replaced the bathroom vanity with a new one. We knew the grill needed fixing and bought some parts when these guests were here, then realized the whole thing was rusted through. We just provided a whole new outdoor gas grill that will please everyone. Our desire is to replace the corner shower with a tub/shower enclosure. However, we are booked every week into September and will have to sqeeze-in this major change during the off season. There is an outdoor water spicket that was turned off due to the plumbing problems. We still will need to cover the new plumbing and calk which will have to wait until we a day without guests. Any rugs are always a problem with long-haired dogs. They are washed frequently and some old ones have been replaced. The vacuum is also being replaced. Two master bedroom lamps have been replaced as a dog chewed off the plug end of one. I also just bought a new comforter for the master bedroom as one of my quilts is getting worn. I am looking for just the right comforters for the twin beds too. I also just purchased a new outdoor patio umbrella and tablecloth for the round wooden patio table. Last year we purchased many outdoor chairs. I am always looking for ways to improve our beach house. This spring I also rearranged the living room/dining area and as soon as possible will take new pictures for our website. I am glad to hear the positive remarks and greatly appreciate them, too.
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Ottawa ON

Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, albeit short, stay at this charming and beautifully located beach cottage. The views of Superior were fabulous and the house was very well located for taking in all there is to see on the upper peninsula. The hosts were most welcoming and the house was immaculate and incredibly cozy.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Chippewa County International Airport in Kinross
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Pete's Cozy Inn in Brimley
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
St. Ignace or Mackinac City to Mackinac Island
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Bay Mills Resort & Casino's Wild Bluff Golf Course
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Algoma Central RR in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario CN
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
M-28 and I-75
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Sacy's Restaurant at Bay Mills Resort & Casino
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Searchmont in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, CN
Nearest Beach
located right on Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay
Car: necessary

Fires on the beach are permitted. Wild Berry Picking, Mushroom hunting, lighthouse viewing, rock hunting, and feeling the lonely and great expansiveness of Lake Superior when you bring your own Kayak to explore nature and nearby islands and do geo-caching.

Point Iroquois Light Station is only one mile east and offers a museum, gift shop & book store, self-guided tour, climb the tower for a view of Lake Superior, St. Mary's River, and Canada, a circa 1950's keeper's apartment display, and a boardwalk around the grounds and along the shore. Visit for free or a small donation.

In the town of Brimley you may also visit for free or a small donation the Wheels of History Train Museum and Replica Depot managed by the Bay Mills Brimley Historical Research Society. The museum displays local history of the logging era, commercial fisheries/farms/trains, and many local one-room and larger schools. It also lists local cemetery information and has changing exhibits in the Depot each season.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $5
One-time cleaning fee $85

To book it mail a check or money order to George Goetz PO Box 294 Brimley, MI 49715 for half the quote. We confirm your reservation by email after receiving your first payment. We mail a receipt and booking confirmation to the address on your check. We also mail you a short rental agreement to sign and return to us with your final payment due 15 days before arrival. We call or email you when final payment is received. Please add a pet fee of $35.00 per pet per week if applicable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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