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Idyllic Cottage on Clear Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

Gorgeous waterfront home on Clear Lake offers 3 Bedrooms and 2 full baths (Jacuzzi tub for two), a huge deck overlooking the lake, fireplace, two-car garage, gas barbecue grill, fire pit, wireless internet, and all the conveniences of home. We have a dock out front so bring your boat or jet ski.

Clear Lake is a 200 acre all-sports lake which as its name suggests, is crystal clear. The lake is up to 50' deep, has 3 islands, boat rentals, and a sandy beach. It is great for fishing, swimming, sailing, water skiing, as well as ice skating in the winter.

Clear Lake is a small, friendly community. The property is within walking distance to two restaurants/bar and a convenience store. Also within a few miles are championship golf courses, hunting, 100's of miles of manicured snowmobile and ATV trails, wonderful cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.

Available within a short drive is canoeing/kayaking on the Rifle River or AuSable River. In the picturesque town of West Branch you will find fine dining, a cinema, antique stores, outlet mall shopping and much more!

Keywords: Cottage

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About The Owner

I grew up in Bay City, Michigan and spent my summers at the lake swimming, fishing, waterskiing and well, living the good life. My father eventually moved to the cottage on Clear Lake and it became our family home for many years. Now it is a vacation home and still one of my favorite places on earth. I live in Los Angeles where I work as a director in film and television, but each year I find time to return to my idyllic cottage on Clear Lake. I hope you enjoy it, too.

What makes this cottage unique

The Victorian Art Fair - Irons Park, West Branch, MI 48661

Chamber of Commerce

West Branch Area - 422 W. Houghton Ave. West Branch, MI 48661

Clear Lake Bar - 2212 Clear Lake Road, West branch, MI 48661

Telephone: (989) 345-1155

Boat Rental

Clear Lake Resort - 3802 Grass Lake Road, West branch, MI 48661

Telephone: (989) 345-2459


Beaver Trail Campground - 4408 Grass Lake Road West Branch, MI 48661

Telephone: (989) 345-2971

Ogemaw Sport and Trail Center - 2374 Lentz Rd. Rose City, MI 48654

Telephone: (989) 685-2999


Carol Ann’s Dance Studio - 107 S 2nd St.,West Branch, MI 48661

(989) 345-7055

Golf Courses

(Within 15 Minutes)

Apple Valley Golf Course - 2100 East Maes Road, West Branch, MI 48661

Telephone: (989) 345-2971

The Dream Golf Course - 5266 Old 76, West Branch, Michigan 48661

Telephone: (989) 345-6300

The Nightmare - 5745 Old 76 (M-55), West Branch, MI 48661

Telephone: (989) 345-1500

West Branch Country Club - 1905 Fairview Rd., West Branch, MI 48661

Telephone: (989) 345-2501

Golf Courses

(Within 45 Minutes)

Burning Oak Country Club - 4345 Redwood Drive. Roscommon MI 48653

Telephone: (989) 821-9821

Fox Run Country Club - 5825 West Four Mile Road Grayling, MI 49738

Telephone: (800) 436-9786

Pine View Highlands - 4761 W. Houghton Lake Drive, Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Telephone: (989) 366-7726

White Deer Country Club - 1309 Bright Angel Drive Prudenville, MI 48651

Telephone: (989) 366-5812

Ye’ Olde Country Club - 904 West Sunset Drive Roscommon, Michigan 48653

Telephone: (989) 275-5582

Power Sports

St. Helen Power Sports - 1901 N. Saint Helen Rd. Saint Helen, MI 48656


West Branch Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
cappuccino maker, fire pit


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(18 traveler reviews)

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Idyllic Cottage on Clear Lake
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

Nice relaxing vacation

  • 4 of 5

This cottage was clean and large enough to accommodate 6 adults. Kitchen was well equipped and there was enough seating for everyone to eat at the table. The beds were comfortable with lots of extra blankets for the chilly nights. It is quite close to the neighboring cottages, but still quiet during the week and at night.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Macomb, MI

Family Vaca 2016

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for families withteenaged children and pets. This rustic cottage has all the conveniences of home. The kitchen is well equipped and there is plenty of room. Our family loved the privacy of the lake and enjoyed sitting out on the lawn near the water where we swam, jet skied and watched the sun set and rise. Jackie and Randy were very accommodating and we hope we can do it again next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clinton township mi

Awesome cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time up at Clear Lake! Thank you Jackie and Randy for making our stay so nice! The cottage came with many items to make our stay comfortable. The location was perfect for swimming and boating. I recommend this cottage to everyone who wants to stay on Clear Lake.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Agoura Hills, California


  • 5 of 5

My idea of the perfect, cozy, rustic cottage on a lake in Michigan. Met up with family members that are now spread across the country and we all had a great time. The cabin had plenty of room and the big front deck facing the water offered a beautiful view. We played many games on the spacious front lawn, roasted marshmallows in the fire pit, and took many cruises around the gorgeous lake dotted with tiny islands. It felt like going back home again, eating perch dinners, playing cards & board games, with the setting that made us feel so comfortable and....relaxed. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Charming, warm lake house with beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

Being from California, I had never really seen fall color, so we decided upon Michigan this year to have a real "autumn" experience. We spent several nights at this lovely cottage on Clear Lake. Because of the time of year, it was quiet and tranquil and the view across the water was gorgeous. The autumn weather was lovely and the leaves were vibrant. It was warm enough during the day to go out and walk in the woods, and kayak and paddle board, but cool enough in the evening to snuggle by the fire place (which works and warms great). I don't think the photos of the cabin really fairly show how close you are to the edge of the lake; you can hear the water lapping against the shore. The cottage is a wee bit dated, but I found that entirely charming and warm. The owner has recently added WiFi service, so that is not longer an inconvenience. And the food at the local bar is pretty dang good. Highly recommend a stay here on Clear Lake.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week on Clear Lake. Lots of room at a beautiful location. The renters were very helpful and very nice. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Midland, Bay City, Saginaw (MBS)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Clear Lake Bar
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
West Branch, St Helen
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Clear Lake Bar or Side Door Restaurant (breakfast)
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Treetops - Gaylord
Nearest Beach
Steps outside the front door
Car: recommended

There is a deer park ten minutes away where kids can see deer up-close and feed them.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $115
Tax Rate 6.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.