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Waterfalls at Your Doorstep, Excellent Fishing!

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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The Tioga Falls Cabin on 80 private acres is a very unique vacation experience. Do you love to connect with nature? Have you always wanted to experience living 'off the grid'? Can you (and everyone in your group) accept the imperfections and pitfalls of what the bugs, little creatures and weather may bring to an area? As much as I would like to hope it is, the Tioga Falls Cabin isn't for everyone.

In consideration of many of my city friends level of comfort, it is a challenge to be so secluded and surrounded by nothing but the log cabin and nature itself.

Everyone in your group must be avid, authentic,outdoor-loving people. This is a technology-FREE vacation. Cell phones don't work well at all. It's not for everyone, yet absolutely IDEAL for the right people. In this environment, one unhappy or non-outdoorsy person in the group has a direct, negative impact on everyone traveling together in this secluded space.

Have you every backpacked or camped in a tent, at any point in your life? Did you love the experience? Please ask this question to everyone in your group. If your answer is yes, then this is the ideal creature comfort step-up you've been looking for. As a backpacker myself, as I age, I find myself deeply appreciating the indoor plumbing and sleeping on a standard mattress that an experience such as staying in this gorgeous, custom-crafted log cabin deep, in the U.P. woods, provides.

Sitting on the fully screened-in porch watching and listening to the soothing waterfalls below as you enjoy the amenities from home, feels as though you are truly in the heart of a wilderness oasis. Fish for trout to your heart's content. Canoe down the river. Melt into your vacation within the 80 wooded acres surrounding the cabin and take this opportunity to truly get away from it all. Drive the 2 mile 2-track trail from the main road into this peaceful log cabin. Wade in the water, hike around the property, fish and read a good book. Perfect for the family vacation that will be remembered by all. Or the romantic retreat for two. Fall asleep to the gentle sound of water falls right out your window! Your nature-loving family will love this unique, full log home to call home for a week and beg to return again. Perfect privacy and relaxation. Escape from technology, though most cell phones do work if you must turn them on. Cozy up to the wood stove with the provided wood.

Fly Fishing: The Tioga is an excellent brook trout stream with slow and fast moving sections plus beaver ponds. The Sturgeon is an excellent brown and brook trout stream.

This 80 acre property is surrounded by state forest.Paddle down the river in the provided canoe. The Tioga River runs next to the cabin and the Sturgeon River is 1000 feet from the cabin door. There are marked trails throughout the property.

Sturgeon River: Paddle down the river in the provided canoes. The Tioga River runs next to the cabin and the Sturgeon River is 1000 feet from the cabin door. There are marked trails throughout the property.

The cabin experience, deep in the woods: After carefully driving the 2 mile 2-track rocky road toward the cabin, you will find the cabin resting perched almost on top of the soothing Tioga Falls. If you are interested in staying at the cabin, you need to keep in mind that you are actually in the wilderness. Nature abounds, creatures great and small are part of your experience. Yes, there are bugs when you explore the woods. Please bring your insect repellent. Still, the fully screened in (floor included) porch protects you inside.

The cabin is ideal for outdoorsy couples seeking romance and peace or for small families with older children who don't need to be entertained by technology, yet love to fish, explore, hike and read books, with most of the creature comforts of home. It can be challenging with more than 1 couple traveling together, as there is only 1 bedroom door. A outdoorsy couple, small outdoorsy family or a group of 6 or fewer friends have had the most positive experience at Tioga Falls

It can be a challenge if any member of your group is afraid of the sounds, sites or smells of the wilderness. Plus, everyone in your group must be able to entertain themselves (fishing, reading, exploring nature, listening to the radio) in order to enjoy the woodsy experience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ATV: Yes, you are welcome to bring your ATVs. There is plenty of room to park and turn around your trailer as well. Keep in mind that while there are hundreds of miles of trails, while most of the trails are not groomed.

Bathroom: The bathroom is a very comfortable size with a standard toilet, vanity/sink and a shower. There is NOT a bathtub at the Tioga Falls Cabin. Please bring your own soap and shampoo. At times, we do have these supplies, yet we do not inventory them weekly.

Blow Dryer: We ask that you please limit the use of your hair blow dyer as it may drain the power enough to inhibit the well from working properly.

Boats: Are boats provided? Yes, we normally have 2 canoes awaiting you on the rivers. One on the Tioga River and another on the Sturgeon River.

Bugs: Yes, there are plenty of bugs in the wilderness, surrounding the waterfalls and on the 80 private acres. If doors are left open, even for short periods of time at the cabin, then bugs/flies/mosquitos love to sneak in. We do not spray for bugs, as with the natural landscape, along comes bugs. Depending on our level of rainfall, moquitos can be plentiful. Bug spray is highly recommended. Hence, we love the screened in patio porch. If you are at all concerned about bugs, critters or small animals, the Tioga Falls Cabin may be too much of a challenge. It is important to us that all of our guests have a positive experience.

Campfires and Fireworks: Please keep your campfires in the provided ring away from the cabin. Plus, we do not allow fireworks at the Tioga Falls Cabin.

Cell phone service: Cell phone service is generally unreliable in the Upper Peninsula when you travel outside of Marquette and Escanaba. While it has improved over the years, it still varies by your provider and actually cell phone. Please give your family the office contact number (734) 284-5677 and we can always send someone out if you needed to be reached.

Critters: Even though we deep clean the cabin between each stay, at various times, especially after heavy rains, mice do get into the cabin. The Tioga Falls Cabin is in the middle of 80 private acres along the water.

Energy: Since the Tioga Falls Cabin is powered by solar (with a generator back-up that we try to keep the use at a minimum), we have to be sensitive to the electrical use. Therefore, there is NOT a TV or microwave. We ask that you please limit the use of your hair blow dyer as it may drain the power enough to inhibit the well from working properly. There are no power lines to look at anywhere you turn.

Fall Colors: Generally, the peak time period to see the colors is between mid-September through mid-October.

Fishing: There is primarily brook and brown trout in the Tioga and Sturgeon Rivers which surround the Tioga Falls Cabin. It is best to use worms, small trout flies or small spinners as bait.

Heat: The wood Stove is the only source of heat at the cabin. To date, it has provided plenty of heat for our guests.

Kitchen Supplies: We have many basic kitchen supplies at the cabin. If there is something that you can't live without, I strongly advise you to bring it. We do have a coffee pot, toaster, refrigerator, stove/oven. There is a cast-iron skillet, though keep in mind that the skillet is is washed differently than standard dishes. There is NOT a dishwasher. We normally have dishsoap on hand for your use.

Propane Refrigerator: Keep in mind that the refrigerator may be a little smaller than most of us have in the city Also, with a propane refrigerator, you don't get the blast of cold air coming out, as you do with an electric fridge most of us have at home.

Stove/Oven: 4 burners, yet probably a bit smaller than most of us have a home.

Linens/towels: We do provide the linens for the beds, which are fully made upon your arrival. Also, we provide basic towels. Please bring your own linens if you are particular about the thread count or are bringing a dog who sleeps with you. We provid basic bathroom and kitchen towels as well.

Paper products: We do our best to make sure there is plenty of toilet paper and paper towels during your stay.

Shopping: Where is the nearest grocery store? The nearest grocery store is about 1/2 hour north, in LÁnse.

Trails: Yes, there are trails surrounding the cabin and the 80 private acres, yet they are not groomed, nor regularly maintained. It is a rugged adventure. The walking trail to the Sturgeon River is not straightforward, nor does it have a perfect walkway. You do need to have decent mobility skills to maneuver around the 80 acres comfortably.

2 mile Two-Track Entry: Depending on the weather, the 2-track can get quite rough.The 2 mile two-track is never predictable. You'd have to be prepared for a possible adventure. It's not your average cottage experience. You may have to travel the 2 miles at a snails pace, getting out to move a branch of a tree if needed. We have care-takers who drive in and out of the cabin on a regular basis in a regular car, yet we have also seen a storm come through before guests arrive and there are limbs that had to be moved as they drive in. We try our best to keep the road as functional as possible. The road has only been actually impossible in the winter. We are maintaining the road on a regular basis, yet in 2 miles of wilderness, sometimes it's a breeze to get in and sometimes it's a challenge.

Waterfalls: The falls are right outside the screened in porch. Still, the terrain isn't simple for a child or a non-agile adulte to navigate. Still, if you are truly adventurous, you will love it! I can attest to the fact that it is tons of fun, and the beating of the falls on your back is a fantastic "natural spa" experience. Water shoes are essential.

Wood Stove: Yes, there is a wood stove at the cabin. It is the only sourse of heat at the cabin. Guests have always talked about how toasty they feel with the wood burning stove. Plus, we provide the wood!

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    without wi-fi and tv, it can be challenging for kids...moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master bedroom-main floor: 1 queen

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  • Loft bedroom-upstairs: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    Sleeps 4: 3 twin beds and 1 full-size...moreless

  • Bed linens and bath towels (1 per person) provided. The cabin is not child-proof. Extra caution is required with little ones both on the staircase and in the loft....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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  • The full-sized bathroom with a shower and toilet is very comfortable.

Other Amenities

  • The cabin is not child-proof. Also, some of the surrounding areas are rocky and may be unsuitable for very young children. Dogs are possible, ask when booking. Extra security deposit. Cell service is very spotty, though better outdoors vs. inside the cabin. The service depends on service provider. Based on our experience, Verizon, T-Mobile, Altel and AT&T have been ok. Sprint is almost nonexistant. NOTE: This cabin is 'off the grid' which means it is solar powered with a quiet generator backup. The system will provide normal electricity except that electric hair dryers and other electric heating devices can not be used. The refrigerator runs on propane gas, as does the stove, hot water heater, and gas lights. Basic energy conservation - turning off lights and not letting water run - is required for staying in the cabin....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Forests
  • Waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    On the Tioga River, overlooking the beautiful waterfalls...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting

Arrival Day

  • Flexible

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    wood-burning stove...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    walk down 15 steps to the cabin...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Propane - it doesn't blow cold air like a standard fridge...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 canoes provided one on the Tioga and the other on Sturgeon...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in: $
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid-Fall
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016
2 night min stay
$150 $175
$800 $2,200
Dicey November
Nov 1 - Dec 1, 2016
4 night min stay
$300 $300
$1,000
Spring 2017
Apr 1 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
$130 $140
$750
Early Summer 2017
May 26 - Jun 15, 2017
3 night min stay
$170 $180
$750
Summer 2017
Jun 16 - Aug 14, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,200 $4,000
Late Summer 2017
Aug 15 - Sep 5, 2017
3 night min stay

$1,100
Fall 2017
Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$150 $175
$880
Dicey November 2017
Nov 1 - Dec 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$250 $250
$1,000

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No more than 6 adults allowed.

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Location

45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Marquette (MQT)
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Hardwood Steakhouse, Covington
200 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Mackinac Island- St. Ignace
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
L'Anse Golf Club
180 Miles
Nearest Train
Green Bay, WI
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 41
14 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Hardwood Steakhouse, Covington
46 Miles
Nearest Ski
Marquette Mountain
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Craig's Lake State Park

Car: Necessary

At the meeting of the Tioga Falls and the Sturgeon River, just 2 miles North of US 41 on a 2-track road. The 2-track road is hilly, rocky and uneven. While in comparison to most 2-track roads in the UP, the 2-track is in pretty good condition (and excellent for running or mountain biking). Still, it requires caution as you venture into the cabin. A truck or SUV is the recommended mode of transportation. A perfect place to get away from it all. Search google.maps for 'Tioga Falls' - the cabin is next to the falls! Enjoy the 80 acres with many acres of State land to explore too. ATV and snowmobiling trails are near.

Other Activities: Hiking, mountain biking (2 bikes provided), and soaking in the cool pools of the Tioga River and Falls. The terrain is not easy, so traditional swimming is not to be expected. This is a wonderful, unique adventure-filled natural vacation spot.

 

Manager info

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

About: Freshwater Vacation Rentals • Established in 2005 • 734-284-5677 • reservations@freshwatervacationrentals.com • http://www.freshwatervacationrentals.com If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes. If you feel like a social vacation where you have neighbors to enjoy the evening fires together, to remote places where you won't see another soul, give us a call and we'll find the right place for you. Our philosophy We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 10 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.

Why Covington, MI, USA:
A true dream for someone who truly loves and appreciates nature, exactly as it is, with many of the creature comforts from home. An opportunity to truly live green.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The sound of waterfalls-- all day and all night. A deep relaxation experience like no other.


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Speaks: english, spanish

 

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