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Week of August 25th Special! Free use of 2 kayaks, 2 Paddle boards, 2 fat bikes

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property




Have a LARGE group? Planning a Family Reunion? Rent both our properties for your event. The Cottages are less than one mile apart by land and less by water. See our sister property on Lake Mitchell listing on VRBO #235240 (The Boathouse Cottage)

Thank you for taking the time to check out this beautiful property! We welcome your inquiries regarding a possible stay with us! Please note the vrbo calendar located on this website is kept current with both booked and available dates for rental. We ask you please review the calendar located on the upper right portion of this page for your desired dates before contacting us. Although we do accept phone call inquiries, we strongly recommend you contact us via the link provided on our vrbo site, as those who do will be given preference in the order their request was received.

Please note: While we do encourage good-times and life-long happy memories to be made at the cottage, we ask you reconsider if your group is only focused on alcohol consumption during your stay; we want to keep our property secure and protected for those who will treat it as we treat it, ourselves. We also value our neighbors and do not want to disturb them with loud parties. Lastly, please, do not inquire if you want to host a Senior Class graduation party, or an after party for prom, as we also have a minimum age limit of 25 years of age for renters. If you want to have family-fun, reunions, or couples' or friends' weekends, then we are the place for, you and your group!

The Mangy Moose offers a sugar-sand bottomed lake area, shallow for 50-60 yards. Quiet and private, this is one of only a few places on Lake Mitchell or Lake Cadillac that does not have a busy road running right behind the property. The cottage is located on a private cul-de-sac with an additional lot buffering it from the property behind.

Well maintained and immaculate this 2000 square foot lodge offers a floor to ceiling field stone wood-burning fireplace, open living room and dining room featuring entire wall of windows overlooking beautiful Lake Mitchell! Air conditioning is not necessary as the lake breezes and ceiling fans are prevalent. Four bedrooms and four bathrooms, each tastefully decorated, featuring high quality bedding and luxurious linens.

Master bedroom is located upstairs w/king size bed; master bath features a large walk-in terrazzo tiled and jetted shower as well as a heated floor; second and third bedrooms are downstairs each featuring a queen size bed and private bathrooms with showers; fourth bedroom is located upstairs and offers a bathroom with a tub and shower. The bedroom sleeps eight with one queen bed, 2 double bed/futons and 2 twin bunks.

Large 42 inch Flat Screen LCD TV offering cable with premium channels, wireless internet, eight person hot tub off the deck, a dock extending 160 feet out into the lake, water volleyball, Caribbean island lounger and a water trampoline.

The MANGY MOOSE CLUBHOUSE (Optional Rental $295 total for the week) offers an additional 1000 square feet of living space via a professionally finished 2 story, detached 5 stall garage; this space is GREAT for kids or adults of all ages! It contains a bunk bed with twin upper and double lower, a double futon, a fold out double couch, pool table, ping-pong table, air hockey, shuffle board, darts, cable TV, PS2 video games, and stereo. The Clubhouse is heated by a gas burning woodstove and furnished but does not have running water, nor a bathroom. Please note: The Clubhouse may be rented in cooler seasons, however, it does not have forced-air heat; the gas wood stove will keep it warm enough for daytime use, but we do not recommend using it as sleeping quarters during the winter months which is why we discount the cost of the clubhouse in the off-season.

ASK ABOUT ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO RENT: Note; These items are available on a first come first serve basis; we have more than 1 property and they may not be available even if the cottage is available. Please inquire right away if you are interested!

24' PONTOON BOAT with 90 horse motor, tube included ($250/day or $1295/week).

17' FOUR WINNS SPEED BOAT 170 Freedom BOW RIDER, I/O V6, includes tube, life jackets, skis included ($300/day or $1250 per week)

12' FISHING BOAT with a 9 1/2 horse motor ($125/day or $295/week)

4 single KAYAKS, 1 double KAYAK and a PADDLE BOAT ($100/week for each item).

2 CBC 10 Foot Stand-Up Paddleboards ($125 per week for each item)

4 Adult MOUNTAIN BIKES and 1 child's bike($125 for all per week).

Take the total recreation package (includes all items listed above) for $2750/week - a $965 savings if rented individually for the week!

4 Fat Tire Bicycles ($75 per week for each bike).

Classic Accessories Wilderness 9" Pontoon Fishing Boat ($195 for the week)

Minn Kota Trolling Motor and Battery ($95 for the week)

The water toys are rented between several cottages please inquire as to the availability of the water toys, bikes, watercraft.

With prior approval we do allow a well-behaved, well-trained pet to vacation with you during your stay. The pet fee is $95. Please know we require you to clean-up after your pet inside and outside the house. Any additional heavy cleaning due to your pet will be deducted from your security deposit. You are fully responsible for your pet and its safety during your stay. We also require you are a good neighbor and not allow your pet to wander, bark, or be left alone on the property. Contact us for additional details regarding pets.

CADILLAC AREA VISITOR INFORMATION (Check the Cadillac visitors links offered later on this page)

Lake Mitchell is 2580 acres in size and is connected to Lake Cadillac by a navigable canal, combining over 3700 acres of all-sports water fun! Many casual restaurants and eateries shore up to both lakes, offering docking for dining and/or drinks. Ice cream shops, party stores, and gas docks are also directly available by watercraft.

Like to hike or mountain bike? You will be surrounded by the Manistee National Forest boasting six-hundred thousand acres of pristine wooded wonderland! The Big Manistee, Little Manistee and Pine River (the fastest moving river in Michigan) are only minutes away. Fish the Tippy Dam, providing world class salmon, steelhead and trout opportunities. On a larger scale, the dunes of Lake Michigan located in Manistee are just a short drive away.

Winter activities abound! Cadillac is also the host site of the North American Snowmobile Festival. Snowmobile trails are accessible right from the front yard. Access these trails from Lake Mitchell, and you can sled directly onto the Lake from the front of the cottage. Downhill skiing at Caberfae is 15 minutes away, and Crystal is 35 minutes from the cottage. Cross Country ski in the surrounding woods or directly onto the lake. Excellent ice fishing can be had right in front of the cottage. Or, simply sit back and enjoy the quiet over a cup of hot chocolate and a crackling fire from your cozy abode!

You will not be disappointed! This is truly one of the nicest rentals on the Lake. Please email all initial inquiries, Thanks!

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John Johnson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About John Johnson

I grew up in the Cadillac area and appreciate it's natural beauty even more after moving away. I've always enjoyed the year round activities Cadillac offers! No matter the season you are never at a loss for something to do - hiking, biking, trail riding, swimming, skiing, wake boarding, tubing, fishing, hunting, shopping and so much more!

John Johnson purchased this lodge in 1998

Why John Johnson chose Northwest

The Moose Lodge is lakefront and located on a private drive away from the busy road which typically borders Lake Mitchell. We also offer additional amenities (available at an additional cost) such as the Clubhouse and the Recreation Package which include kayaks, speedboat, pontoon, fishing boat, bikes and a paddle boat, too.

What makes this lodge unique

Water Trampoline for the young and young at heart! Floating Relaxation Station provides an on the water experience for those who want to kick-back and relax; Great for toddlers & younger children who love to splash about in the shallow shoreline area. Guests love the private 150 foot dock and lakefront fire pit with 10 Adirondack chairs. Quality linens, fully stocked kitchen, 8 person hot tub, hammock chairs, direct lake access and optional clubhouse area filled with electronic games, pool table, foosball, air hockey, ping pong, darts, TV, game console, refrigerator, dining table and three person sauna. The Recreational Package is an amenity other properties do not offer. Check out the weekly rental rates on power boats, paddle boats, kayaks and bikes - all put in place to help you have the best possible vacation experience.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Moose Lodge worked out really well for us. We all had our own bedroom and bath and we made good use of the deck. When we ate there, that's where we were. We did lots of side trips to places like Sleeping Bear and the wineries. The weather really cooperated too.

We also went twice to breakfast to a new place in Cadillac in the restored old train station called "After 26". It is partially staffed by people with disabilities. The after 26 refers to the age when they leave the "system" and can't get anymore training or help. They are open for breakfast and lunch. The food was good and the restaurant itself is nice, a really good restoration.

Thanks again,

Aug 2013
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Cadillac Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Ski-In
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bathroom Upstairs - toilet , shower , Walk in limestone shower w/full body jetted shower.
    Bathroom 3 Downstairs - toilet , shower , en suite to bedroom 3
    Bathroom 4 Downstairs - toilet , shower , access from bedroom 4 also access from main living area
  • 4 Bathrooms. 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs. One full bath with tub/shower combo is upstairs. Remaining bathrooms are full baths with showers only. Two bathrooms upstairs and two downstairs. Master bath and one downstairs bedrooms are private en suite bathrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Downstairs Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Connected to bathroom w/shower.
    Downstairs Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , en suite bathroom w/shower.
    Master Bedroom 1 (Upstairs) - 1 king , en suite to a limestone, full body shower.
    Optional Clubhouse Rental - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Clubhouse accommodates 7 for sleeping
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed , Sleeping for 8. Queen bed and two sets of bunk beds.
  • The cottage itself sleeps a total of 14 in its bedrooms. It features: (1) King bed, (3) Queen beds, (2) bunk beds (each bunk has a double futon on the lower bunk and a twin bed on the upper bunk. The bedrooms are arranged as follows: King size beds (1) Master bedroom features a king bed. (2) Queen size Beds - One in each of the two bedrooms on the main level. Queen bed in the upstairs bunk room also has (2) sets of Bunk beds with lower level double futons in the upstairs bedroom. This upstairs bedroom will accommodate up to (8) people. The clubhouse is an addition rental and features additional sleeping for 7; one set of bunks (double futon on the lower and twin on the upper) a double fold out sofa and a double futon sofa.
  • Air Hockey
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Personal Chef available for one night, or more. Personal Chef is Chef Hermann; owner/proprietor of Hermann's Restaurant in Cadillac, MI. Please contact Chef Hermann at Phone: 231-775-9563 - Fax: 231-775-2090 - Email: House cleaning, laundry, also available. Additional rates apply. Please schedule in advance for desired services.


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(31 traveler reviews)

Week of August 25th Special! Free use of 2 kayaks, 2 Paddle boards, 2 fat bikes
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Great family memories!

  • 5 of 5

My family had a fabulous time at Mangy Moose. Can't wait to return. We had plenty of space for everyone. There is 16 in our family 10 adults and 6 children. John is wonderful to work with and if you need anything he takes care of it. One of the things we liked about the lake is that there is not a lot of boats on the lake. It was perfect for the kids when they were tubing. I highly recommend Mangy Moose.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great golf getaway, Beautiful home and property

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this property on 3 different occasions. The house and property is beautiful. We played golf all weekend, and enjoyed the cabins amenities to relax in the evening. We would recommend to anyone looking in the area

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Had 13 member family reunion and had a blast. Cottage(really a home) was beautifully appointed and had plenty of room for us. Facility can sleep 20. We really enjoyed the fire pit and used it nightly. If reserving with children, would strongly suggest booking the game room at the rear of the property. Many games and TV kept our kids busy for hours. Owners are super nice people who will do everything possible to be sure you have a good time. This is by far the nicest rental on the lake. Fishing can be done right off the dock and a great swim area for the little ones. Booking the Mangy Moose will be the best vacation you can have. The superior reviews that this facility receives are for a reason. It is by far the BEST. Enjoy everyone. It is hard to leave this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great Golf getaway

  • 5 of 5

Everything was exactly as described, the location was perfect and the Moose worked out perfectly for our golf foursome - even the weather co-operated. We had a minor key access problem to the games room and the owners responded immediately. The entire transaction was very professionally handled and the owners were a pleasure to deal with. We hope to come again.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, great views, great location, super responsive owner!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a weekend ski trip. It's obvious that Laurie really cares about the property -- it has a lot of personal touches and very nice like-home feel. We LOVED the hot tub and the lake-front view. The beds were great! (new memory foam mattresses) The kitchen was well equipped for our pot-luck night. The layout really worked well for our group -- it was nice to have mix of large bunks for adult singles and private rooms for couples plus lots of bathrooms! They also have summertime add-on amenities such as a game room and boat rental that we'll probably take them up on over the Summer!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Great Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time at the lake with children and grandchildren. The owners were immediately responsive to all of our needs.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Wexford County Airpport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
The Clam Lake Beer Co.
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
El Dorado Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Helsel's& Lakeside Charlies & Timbers Restaurant
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Caberfae Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
Outside your front door!
Nearest Point of Interest
YMCA Camp Torenta
Nearest Point of Interest
Little Cove
Nearest Point of Interest
Big Cove
Nearest Point of Interest
Canal To Lake Cadillac
Nearest Point of Interest
Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Little Cove Boat Launch
Nearest Point of Interest
Boat Launch @ Hemlock Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Boat Launch at Lake Mitchell State Park

Cadillac offers a wide variety of recreational activities, mouthwatering cuisine, appealing attractions, unique shopping and is clearly a small town with a ‘vigorous economy, a healthy environment and a vibrant sense of community.

There are large chain grocery stores and the usual fast food restaurants, but we encourage you to try the locally owned businesses and restaurants created by those who live, here. For instance, The Clam Lake Beer Co is a newly opened brew pub offering 20+ beers, brewed on site; the sport a great menu and wine is offered, too :)

To wear off that great food and drink; we offer over 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, 34 downhill ski runs with over 485 feet of vertical drop, over 58 miles of cross country ski and snow shoe trails (15 groomed miles), 90,000+ acres of state and national forest, and three major rivers with two large lakes offering year around world record fishing. Recreation defines our lives and offers ‘naturally inviting’ reasons to visit us.

After the day in the great outdoors, Cadillac offers unique shopping boutiques, three bowling centers, a roller skating rink, a championship ice rink, two full service health & fitness facilities, a 3D movie complex, and of course mouthwatering cuisine at the many locally owned restaurants around the area. Add these attractions to a full line-up of winter festivals and you can spend a fun-filled, or relaxing vacation – either way, come connect in Cadillac, you’ll keep coming back for more.

Once you arrive at the Moose you will most likely not want to leave the property; however, should you decide to take a day trip we have recommendations!

Are you a golfer? Enjoy fine dining? Sunsets on Lake Michigan? Check out Arcadia Bluffs located in Empire, Michigan. Arcadia Bluffs is just over an hour's drive, West of the cottage.

Even if you don't enjoy golf you will enjoy this location's ambiance of gorgeous views and scrumptious food! Drop off the golfers and head to Frankfort for the day! Rejoin them at night for the sunset and dinner :)

Don't Miss Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park! An hour from the cottage and less than 20 minutes North of Arcadia Bluffs is often the highlight of our guests' day trips. Pack a lunch, take a hike and experience the stuff lifetime memories are made of!

Manistee is 45 minutes, West and offers both a casino and Lake Michigan shores. Traverse City is less than an hour and hosts many festivals throughout the year, including the World Famous Cherry Festival in July. Also in Traverse City - the Leelanau Peninsula is home to many wineries and shops.

You will never lack for something to do when you stay at The Moose! Or, just kick-back and do nothing at all and still experience one of the best vacations of your life!


Rates & Availability

Cadillac Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late summer
Aug 11 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late summer 2
Aug 25 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 6 2017 - Sep 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Fall
Sep 22 2017 - Oct 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 13 2017 - Nov 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2017
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017-2018
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 3 2018 - Apr 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 3 2018 - May 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
Mid Spring 2018
May 4 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend 2018
May 25 2018 - May 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2018
May 30 2018 - Jun 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 15 2018 - Sep 14 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $195
Refundable damage deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. A signed contract and deposit secure your stay and remove the dates from the VRBO calendar. Total balance is due 2 weeks prior to arrival. $500 Security Deposit is refundable and returned within two weeks provided there is no damage to the cottage property. Cancellation fee of $250 provided we are able to book your dates of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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