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TIOGA FALLS CABIN: Very Secluded cabin with waterfalls right outside door, 80 acres, pets welcome!

Covington, MI, USA
  • Cabin1400 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

2 bedrooms (incl. 1 loft), 1 full bathroom (with a shower) , sleeps 6, 80 acres


The only place with soul, private access to THE true Tioga Falls!




*ON THE RIVER (Tioga Falls)


*VERY SECLUDED - "off the grid"




Please keep in mind that the Tioga Falls Cabin/secluded 80 acres experience is not ideal in consideration of the average city person's level of comfort. 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. Ideally, it is best to bring a truck, though with good, careful driving, a regular car can make it down the 2 mile-2 track. Still, you will probably bottom-out at least once, and it is hard to avoid the tree branches close to your car.

When you are at the Tioga Falls Cabin, it's so refreshing to wade in the water, hike around the property, fish and read a good book. Perfect for the family vacation if the whole family is agile, adventurous and relishing exploring nature. This cabin is perfect for up to 6 adult friends and will be remembered by all. Or it can be the romantic retreat for two (if BOTH people enjoy the outdoors.) It isn't ideal for families with young children, or multiple couples traveling together, as there is only one bedroom with a door. Families with children who love nature, and can entertain themselves without electronic devices will absolutely love it! It is wonderful to fall asleep to the gentle sound of water falls right outside of the screened in porch.

Your nature-loving family will love this unique, full custom log (not a kit) home to call home for a week and beg to return again. Perfect privacy and deep relaxation await. Keep in mind that being deep in the woods requires you to be comfortable with nature. Yes, bugs do exist in the woods. Yes, when you open the door in the evening, bugs may get into the cabin. You have to be very conscious of your environment, even though this beautiful cabin has many of the amenities from home. Here you can escape from technology, though some cell phones do work, if you must turn them on. No TV or Internet-- just connecting with nature. Keep in mind that being at a place this secluded brings out everyone in the group's idiosyncrasies. In our personal experience, if even one person isn't a true, adventurous nature-lover, then that energy WILL negatively effect the whole group & your experience.

Experiencing the Fall colors at Tioga Falls is incredible. Imagine being surrounded by 80 acres of unique colors. Many photography opportunities are possible. In the Fall, feel free to cozy up to the wood stove with the provided wood. Even though the refrigerator and generator use propane, the cabin is heated by the wood-burning stove, as needed.


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.

Bed Configuration:

Downstairs = 1 Queen

Upstairs = 2 Full

2 Twins

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/mosquitoes love to sneak in. We do not spray for bugs, as with the natural landscape, along comes bugs. Depending on our level of rainfall, mosquitoes 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.

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 dish soap 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.

Land: There is not a lot of cleared or flattened land around the property. We have a small space around the fire pit. The most clear and leveled land is in the parking area, at the entrance of the cabin, where there is a dirt/gravel parking area.

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.

*Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet.

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 adult 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 source 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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About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals 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. 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 Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Covington

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.

What makes this Cabin unique

The sound of waterfalls-- all day and all night. A deep relaxation experience like no other.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, Sleeps 4: 3 twin beds and 1 full-size
      • 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.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • The full-sized bathroom with a shower and toilet is very comfortable.

      Location Type

        • Rural
          Very secluded
        • Water View
        • Waterfront
          On the Tioga River, overlooking the beautiful waterfalls


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Heating
                      wood-burning stove
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      walk down 15 steps to the cabin
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          Propane - it doesn't blow cold air like a standard fridge
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Kayak / Canoe
                              2 canoes provided one on the Tioga and the other on Sturgeon
                            • Outdoor Grill


                                • wheelchair inaccessible


                                    • autumn foliage
                                    • forests
                                    • waterfalls

                                      Leisure Activities

                                        • bird watching
                                        • eco tourism
                                        • photography
                                        • sight seeing
                                        • walking

                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                            • fishing
                                            • fly fishing
                                            • freshwater fishing
                                            • hiking
                                            • hunting


                                                • 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.

                                                  18 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  Beautiful & Secluded

                                                  Nicole A.CenterLine MI

                                                  This was exactly what my husband and I needed after the craziness of planning a wedding and having one. It was very secluded and deep in the woods. The falls are loud but beautiful. We enjoyed hiking the very woodsy/swampy trails, it's some rough terrain! Slippery rocks, hilly, sinking muck and mosquitoes but so worth it. We got to see fresh moose tracks and lots of deer. The log cabin was stunning, I loved the wood work! Overall this was an amazing vacation and we thank you for sharing your beautiful land with us.

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  We are happy you enjoyed your stay and am thrilled you enjoyed hiking around the cabin!  Please consider renting one of our 54 other properties the next time you plan your Michigan adventure. We thank you for the compliments and appreciate your recommendation to others! Hope to see you soon!

                                                  ~Freshwater Team

                                                  Beautiful and relaxing!

                                                  Lyn M.

                                                  This location is great! It's a rare gem. For the true outdoorsman! It had everything we needed and was a nice relief from " social media". We hope to come back next year!

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  AWESOME! We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay. We would love to host you next year; give us a call to book your dates when your ready!


                                                  Susan K.

                                                  Loved everything. Super quiet. Lack of access to the river from overgrown weeds. Beaver dams blocking canoe access.

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  We are so happy you loved the Tioga Falls Cabin and would love to have you back in the future. Thank you for letting us know about the overgrown weeds we will get right on getting rid of them. If you would have given us a call we could of sent someone right out to take care of them for you. The beavers do love to damn up the rivers and what we have learned is if they get broken by a person in a canoe, they build them right back the next day.

                                                  Thank you

                                                  Freshwater Team

                                                  Peaceful and Relaxing Cabin in the Woods

                                                  CHRISTOPHER B.

                                                  The Tioga Falls Cabin was a peaceful and relaxing getaway for the whole family. It rained for the bulk of our stay but the porch provided lots of outdoor time with no rain and bugs. We spent most of the time reading and playing games together. It is great living off the grid but still being able to take a nice hot shower, cook on a stove, and have a refrigerator. The road in was a little rough due to the rain but you just had to drive slow. The wood stove was great for taking the chill and damp out of the cabin. The beds could be a little softer but otherwise I am hoping to make this a regular trip. BTW didn't see any bears, moose, or wolves, saw some tracks but there were lots of snapping turtles laying eggs around the cabin which was interesting to see.

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay regardless of the uncooperative weather! We love the porch too! We agree that the blend of no technology, but modern amenities is ideal for a week. Turtles...hmmm interesting. Be sure to check out our 54 other properties across Michigan for your next vacation!

                                                  Freshwater Team

                                                  Beautiful Serenity!

                                                  Bird Camp 1.0West Michigan

                                                  We had an awesome stay in the UP. This cabin was perfect for a Grouse Hunting trip. The cabin was well stocked with supplies, and we tried to leave it with more than it came with (we left things behind like oil for cooking and coffee). We seen over 30 Grouse near the cabin, Snowshoe Rabbits, Deer, and we even ran into a Bull Moose eating on a tree on the cabin road. Felt very blessed to experience this cabin.

                                                  We called the rental company to let them know that the cleaners had not come in and changed the bedding between visitors, and they were kind enough to give us a partial credit towards our next rental (I have rented twice from Fresh Water and really enjoy their customer service).

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoy the Tioga Falls Cabin. I love that you were able to see so many animals during your stay. The amount of grouse is fabulous surrounding the cabin. To see a Bull Moose on the road is a blessing in itself.

                                                  I felt so bad that the cleaners had fallen short in getting your cleaning finished for your stay. I'm grateful you were returning guests so that you immediately realized this is not our standard. I'm so sorry. Our regular cleaner was scheduled for surgery and the back-up didn't follow through as planned.

                                                  We look forward to having you back again in the future. Thank you for being so understanding.



                                                  Peaceful getaway with so much to explore!

                                                  Kate` D.

                                                  This was a perfect getaway for my husband. The cabin had everything we needed and then some. The property was gorgeous! We loved hiking the trails and taking the canoes out. We saw a family of otters and quite a few beaver dams while we were on the river. We were there for four days and it was the perfect amount of time to completely unplug and get away. The only surprise was a couple of mice that made caught us a little off guard. Mice aside I would definitely recommend this rental


                                                  Covington, MI, USA

                                                  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.


                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                  No more than 6 adults allowed.

                                                  18 Reviews
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