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Lakefront Vacation Home on Apple Canyon Lake

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Beautiful 3 BR, 3.5 Bath Vacation Home on Apple Canyon Lake! (Approximately 2-1/2 hours west of Chicago, near Galena IL)

Experience the peace and tranquility of Apple Canyon Lake in this well appointed lakefront home. Panoramic views of the lake and surrounding countryside can be enjoyed from the dining room, deck, Florida room and lower level family room throughout the entire year. A few steps out the back yard and you are at the sandy beach.

This spacious, newer home can comfortably accomodate up to 8 people (maximum allowed) on a weekly or weekend basis. Please refer to the availabilty calendar for specific dates, or contact us by email or phone for further info.

The historic towns of Galena, Stockton, and Elizabeth are only minutes away for restaurants, shopping and/or antiquing. The Shenandoah Riding Center is also nearby for trail rides.

All amenities available to Apple Canyon Lake homeowners are available to you during your stay. During the winter months you can take part in sledding, ice skating, hiking, ice-fishing and cross-country skiing. Downhill skiing is available nearby at Chestnut Mountain in Galena.

Amenities include:

- 9 hole golf course

- 13 miles of nature trails

- Swimming pool (summer season only)

- Swimming beach

- Tennis courts

- Fishing

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Keywords: luxury lakefront vacation home

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Mike

A husband and wife team that likes to share a relaxing country vacation home with other outdoor enthusiasts.

Mike purchased this house in 2006

Why Mike chose Apple River

Apple Canyon Lake is close to several major metropolitan areas, the ride is a lot shorter than going to northern Wisconsin for the Chicago and Dubuque families. The lake water is very clean and continually ranks in the top 10 cleanest lakes in Illinois. The northwest countryside in Illinois is rolling and beautiful so the drive brings a calming smile on the journey out to the lake.

What makes this house unique

The view from the deck overlooks Blackhawk bay. The water is tranquil, and the bullfrog croaks are mesmerizing. The air is clean and the skies are so clear that lots of stars can be seen at night. Come take in a relaxing atmosphere and enjoy peacefulness at its finest. The swimming, boating and fishing are top quality throughout the lake. Pontoon boats are available for rent at the marina.


Apple River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master suite with dual sinks and a private toilet room.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 8' foot sink for multiple guests to enjoy simultaneously.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Lower level with a walk out door to the back patio.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite with dual sinks and a private toilet room.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , With a large closet and a ceiling fan.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , With a large closet and ceiling fan.
    Lower level - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed , 1 murphy bed , With a full bathroom and a tv.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Apple Canyon State Park is not to far away and has a beautiful river for trout fishing. The lake has a 12 mile hiking and biking path at the waters edge to enjoy. A map is in the kitchen to see where the trail is located.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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Lakefront Vacation Home on Apple Canyon Lake
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Wonderful Property in ACL!!

  • 5 of 5

This house was exactly what I wanted! Plenty of room for 6 adults and one grandchild!! Enough space so everyone had their own space to relax and unwind yet a beautiful open kitchen/dining/living room area for all of us to gather for meals and just being together.

We had an absolutely wonderful vacation with our 'kids'! Spent several nights making smores around the firepit in the backyard and stared at the beautiful stars in the sky.... Can't see stars like that where I live in California! We were even able to spend quality time with old friends of ours who have a lakefront house at ACL! It was great catching up and talking about our camping trips from years ago.

I wouldn't change a thing....except maybe the weather! Storms our first night there but we survived! Born and raised in Illinois but I had forgotten about the Illinois humidity in August! Next visit will be when it's cooler out there!!

Thank you Mike and Linda for sharing your beautiful lake house with us! Am looking forward to our next visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Property, right on the water with boat slip and a little beach for kids to play on

  • 5 of 5

Everything the description says and more. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lombard, IL

Lovely House - Great Layout

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house with a great layout to stay with a few couples. Very well maintained and equipped.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tracy: Glad you and your family enjoyed the stay at the cabin. It was a pleasure having you out. Have a wonderful spring. - Mike and Linda
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Apple Canyon Lake a great property!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at ACL, was a great view overlooking the bay from the outdoor deck. Property was well kept and clean. Owner was very quick to respond to any of our requests.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dave: Great to hear that your stay was so much fun and that the cabin suited your family's needs so well. Stay well, - Mike and Linda
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Chicago, IL

Great Long Weekend Away with Family

  • 5 of 5

The house was great for a long weekend away with the family. The house is well maintained and well stocked with things you might need. It was quiet but kept everyone well entertained for our stay. My kids loved the little beach they could walk down to, the large yard to play in and the pool that was on the other side of the lake. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nikki, Glad to hear you and the family had such a wonderful time, and that the kids enjoyed the beach in the backyard. Thank you for your input, this is always good information to know what's important for future guests. Hope to see you again sometime, have a great fall. - Mike and Linda
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Woodstock IL

What a great place! Will definitely come back!

  • 5 of 5

My family and another family spent a week at this awesome house last week. We are very familiar with ACL as we are both property owners and were extremely pleased with everything about this home. Mike & Linda were both very easy to work with . When I accidently missed the deadline to send in our final payment, I called them up and they said no worries. I mailed it 5 days late with no issue. When we arrived at the house it was clean and tidy. Everything was put away and nothing looked out of place. There was plenty of room for all 8 of us, 4 adults and 4 children, with room to spare. We were so happy to see the twin bed in the 2nd bedroom along with the queen. You should mention that in your description. Great for a family with a younger child.

We had a small issue with the refrigerator the first day and Mike got back to me immediately when I texted him. He contacted a service man but we ended up not needing to use the service when the problem rectified itself. Thanks for being so attentive to this issue!

The house is in a great location with the small sandy beach just at the end of the yard. The kids loved being able to fish right there and they all caught several fish. The boat dock was easily accesible and came in handy since we had our boat with us (a registered boat on ACL).

All in all we had a great vacation and could not have asked for a better location. Thanks for allowing us a week in your home. I will be referring you to others! Do you offer a referral plan? :)

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jessica: That is wonderful that the everybody caught some fish. It was a pleasure having you and your friends out for the stay. The neighbors said you were a pleasure to talk with and had a lot in common. What a small world. Hope to hear from you again sometime in the future. All the best to you, - Linda and Mike
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Dubuque Iowa Regional or Rockford IL International
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Cove Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Galena IL
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Apple Canyon Lake
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Cove Restaurant
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Chestnut Mountain
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: necessary

Apple Canyon Lake is a private 480 acre lake open only to owners and their guests. Fishing and sand beach area are just a few short steps out the back yard.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $170
Refundable damage deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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