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Clean, Cozy, Waterfront Cottage on Manistee Lake Spells Fun!

(29 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-8 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy your stay at our cozy cottage, on 850 acre Manistee Lake. Centrally located in the northwestern area of Northern Michigan. This cottage on the lake, with your own sandy beach, is quaint, and is a place where wonderful memories can be made! This cottage is clean and comfortable. It is a perfect setting that offers something for everyone in your party. Two kayaks are provided for you, spring to fall.
WALLEYE SEASON opened April 25, don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of the start of the season.
For those who like to cook, there is a newer kitchen and it is stocked with just about all the pots, pans and utensils you would need. We have a waffle iron and mixer for blending some fresh concoctions to enjoy down by the water and fire pit while watching the sunset.
You can buy the freshest fruits and vegetables, locally grown, home made sauces and baked goods in Kalkaska, at the well known -- CHERRY STREET MARKET. See website-- wwwcherrystreetmarket.
Oh' and don't forget, you can cook a great tasting meal using our wood BBQ grill too. (see picture)
WALLEYE SEASON opens April 29, 2017, don't miss this opportunity.
Manistee Lake has good fishing for Walleye, Small and Largemouth Bass, pike and various panfish. The lake is not crowded and is fun to fish, explore and look at wildlife, like the bald eagle. Bring your boat.
Located very close to thousands of acres of state land and small streams. A very good place to go deer and bird hunting, or exploring. The many acres of state land help to reduce overcrowding. All very very close by.
Whether you want to relax and read a good book at the waters edge, play golf nearby at a beautiful golf coarse, go fishing on your boat or kayak on a very uncrowded and scenic lake. Take a picturesque canoe trip down the magnificent Manistee River not very far away. Boat, sail or waterski the wide open Manistee Lake, it's all available.
Great sightseeing is close by, take a short drive to Traverse City, Petoskey, or other surrounding destinations, it is all there for you.
The lovely wooded lot, sandy beach and boat dock, will provide you a place to really relax and have a great time. Just bring your jet ski or boat and launch it across the lake, less than five minutes from the property, and the boat dock to tie up to.
Looking for night life and entertainment? It is just a short 30 minute drive to the newly expanded Turtle Creek Casino!
The cottage is also just a few miles from the GRANDVIEW GOLF COARSE with incredible views and a restaurant. Some great rates and fall colors now. If golf is your pleasure there many more courses within an hour.
The surrounding woods are wonderful for hiking, biking and off roading on the extensive ORV trail system. There is a dirt bike trail just minutes away from the cottage. Take advantage of the cooler spring and fall weather and ride the many trails that are nearby. No need to trailer your rides, you can ride along the side of the road in Kalkaska County.
Manistee Lake is especially popular for families with younger children as the sandy bottom extends out and is shallow and safe for play. The beach and shallow water at the property edge is really great fun for dogs to play as their feet can touch the bottom for quite a way out. Have a BBQ on the outdoor river rock BBQ, and take in the fabulous sunsets our lake is known for. We provide some firewood so you can enjoy campfires in the fire pit at the lakes edge...bring your marshmallows!

Keywords: Lakeside cottage


Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 775 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be responsible adults over 24...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Great lakefront area for children, safe and clean sandy beach, about 3 feet deep at the end of the dock....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the cottage....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets must be house broken, guests must clean up after pets. Fun place for dogs! Responsible owners only! Limit two medium sized dogs please. (no cats) Pet fee charged....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • 1 Double Bed, 1 New sofa bed- queen size, good mattress, 1 twin Bunk Beds, good quality mattresses, these beds are suitable for adults as well as children....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Free use of 10 foot kayaks for guests enjoyment! Including life jackets for adults and kids....moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A small assortment of games...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Flat screen tv and Cable Service, DVD and CD player....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Blue tooth music from your cell phone, lap top or pad....moreless

  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Sandy lakefront and beach, directly on the lake. Facing west looking over Manistee lake, with incredible sunsets! The view from the front window is fantastic....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Large dining table for everyone, seats 6+...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Fireplace:

    wood burning only, with glass doors....moreless

  • Heating:

    Wall furnace...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Good quality bed linens provided. Bring your own bath towels and beach towels!...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Comfortable couch and two chairs. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking is only 25 feet from the door!...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Parking for 1 boat trailer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Access the internet with your Laptop Computer or cell phone....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Wood burning stone fireplace inside, and outside a wood burning BBQ for cooking. Also FIRE PIT by the water....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Thermos coffee pot....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Nicely appointed kitchen, cooking utensils, dishes, quality pots, pans, wineglasses, waffle maker, toaster....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plates, bowls, cups, glasses and silverware provided, along with other necessary cooking utensils....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen, with electric stove/oven and microwave...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt and Pepper and some spices....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Double door, full size with icemaker and water dispenser in door...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Bring your boat and launch it at the park. (max 19' recommended). Unfortunately there is not a boat rental facility located on Manistee Lake. However, one is on M72 about 10 miles west of Grayling....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Paver block patio right outside front door...moreless

  • Golf:

    Very challenging and picturesque 18 hole coarse very close, about 6 miles. It has carts and a restaurant. Stop in for good food and a fabulous views looking west....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Provided are 2-single 10' kayaks. Use them to explore the lake, and check out the calm areas and quite spots located across the lake....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Long grassy front yard...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    The river rock BBQ is like going back in time. The grill uses wood to make a delicious tasting meal....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 29 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 26 - Sep 8, 2017
3 night min stay
$170 $175
Fri, Sat
$824 $2,900

Changeover Day: Friday

july 4th & following Wk
Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2017
8 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$105 $124
Fri, Sat
$614 $1,970
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Cleaning Fee $75
  • Taxes Not included


SPECIAL Spring & Fall - MID-WEEK RATES, Stay 3 nights 4TH night FREE. Sunday through Thursday night ONLY

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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38 Miles
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Grandview Golf Course
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Boat rentals such as fishing or pontoon boats are available to rent near Grayling and Traverse City. Usage of our kayaks (on our lake!) is for you to use, while looking for the bald eagles or pleasure. We are surrounded by beautiful woods and thousands of acres of state land available for exploring, hunting or mountain biking etc. etc.. State ORV trails, dirt bike trails and snowmobile trails are about five minutes away. Just get on the bike and go almost anywhere in Kalkaska County. The beautiful Grandview golf coarse is a very short distance away, with great views and dining. There are more fabulous golf courses within a 1/2 hour drive. 2 exceptional fly fishing and fabulous canoeing rivers close by. Canoe rentals available on the Manistee River.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1993

About the owner: My whole family enjoyed many years going to the cottage. We looked forward to getting away from the city an having fantastic campfires and smelling the fresh air. I always liked to ride the trails on a dirt bike. Also, looked forward to fall and some fantastic bird hunting while the fall colors took hold. Then took many scenic drives in the fall and visited the many local orchards.

Why the Owner Chose Kalkaska, MI, USA:
Easy drive from Southern Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The location is centrally located, and close to some very quant towns.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
There are many, but for starters. The lake is big and not congested. The walleye fishing is very good, thousands of fish planted recently, along with the ability for doing about all of the water sports. There is a fire pit at the waters edge, where you can watch the sunsets while roasting marshmellows. Next, the very close proximity thousands of acres of STATE land with many trails for offloading, biking and hiking etc. Big rivers that are not very far away. They offer excellent fly fishing and canoeing. In the fall there is hunting for deer and birds on many square miles of state land only minutes away. A VERY PICTURESQUE golf coarse close by with great rates. I could keep going!!!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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    bedroom with double bed

VRBO #144270

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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