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Great location on inland lake within minutes of Lake MI beaches, M-22, & ATV fun

Irons, MI, USA
  • Cottage900 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 6 nights

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, Sleeps up to 10 people.

Welcome to your lakefront cottage experience! Listen to the loons on this 80-acre all-sports lake. Cottage has dock to tie up your boat you have launched at Harper Lake paved public boat launch. We provide canoe, paddles, swimming raft and paddleboat for your enjoyment.

This vacation rental on Harper Lake is in Irons, Michigan. Irons is a small town located just northwest of Baldwin, about 30 minutes from Ludington and Manistee and just 50 minutes from Traverse City.

White Pines Cottage is quiet, super-clean, and nestled in a peaceful wooded setting with 129 feet of lake frontage. Bass, perch, and pike can be found in Harper Lake.

Besides dining area and eating bar, there is a large deck with gas grill, sitting benches and picnic table overlooking the lake. Lawn and beach chairs available along with a lakeside fire-pit for nighttime relaxing and/or marshmallow roasting.

Location is perfect for relaxing and also for fun day trips to the surrounding area. Only 30 minutes from Lake Michigan beaches - Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee, located on a bluff providing stunning views of Lake Michigan, is the perfect place to spend an afternoon on the Big Lake.

Ludington State Park offers some of the best hiking in the area. It covers 5300 acres and features dunes, beaches, marshes and forest. Big Sable Point Lighthouse is located inside this park and it makes for a great 2-mile hike.Nearby, Steans Park Beach has free parking and views of Ludington North Breakwater Light.

Ludington is known as the #1 Salmon Fishing Port in Michigan. Take a charterboat fishing trip for some adventure and great memories.

Canoeing, kayaking or tubing on the Little Manistee River, Pere Marquette River and Pine River is available only a few minutes away. For renting of canoes, kayaks or rafts for families and groups - Baldwin is the best place for beginning your day on the Pere Marquette River.

Tippy Dam is one of the finest fishing areas in all of Michigan. Located just 20 minutes from cottage, the area just below the dam is an excellent location to catch trout, steelhead and salmon.

Also, Irons has miles of public trails for quad, dirt-biking, and mountain biking as well as hiking. For hikers, take advantage of the North Country National Scenic Trail system and hike a few miles. This national hiking trail stretches over 4000 miles linking seven northern states from New York to North Dakota. One of the finest segments of the 575 miles through Michigan follows the Manistee River valley. A trailhead is located only 1.5 miles from cottage on FreeSoil Road.

Another trail system is Big M Cross-Country Ski and Mountain Bike Trail. This is a 37.9 mile loop trail system located 20 minutes from White Pines Cottage. This trail offers a variety of terrain as you traverse up and down hills through the woods.The bike trail is open from April to September. Although the trail is primarily used by mountain bikers, it is open to hiking also.

http://lakecotrails.com/ is the perfect website for you to check out if you are an ORV/ATV enthusiast! The Lake County trail system has several great trails for the beginner to expert.

Famous Dublin jerky (plus all your grocery needs) can be bought at the Dublin store - only a few miles away! Don't forget to try Dublin fudge...we think it's better than any other fudge in Michigan!

Traverse City is located 50 minutes to the north. Wineries and vineyards can be found all over Traverse City making it a perfect destination for wine tours and tastings. Also known for quality dining and shopping Traverse City makes for a great day trip!

Located at the corner of US-31 and M-22 in Manistee - Little Manistee Casino features over 1300 slots and video poker games, along with popular table games like blackjack, poker, craps, roulette and more. Check out the concert schedule featuring national acts and entertainment.

White Pines is located only 1/2 hour from M-22. M-22, one of Michigan's most beloved scenic byways, starts in Manistee and follows the Lake Michigan coast up north to the Leelanau Penisula. You have the lake on one side of the road and the forest-lined landscape on the other! M-22 is 116 miles of scenic highway known for one of the prettiest color tours you will ever experience! M-22 will allow you to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline, climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes, discover art galleries, wineries and dining. The colors are delightful even in other seasons!

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been named by Good Morning America as "The Most Beautiful Place in America" and voted one of America's top 10 Family Destinations by Family Fun magazine is reached by M-22 and is a must-see destination while you are staying at White Pines Cottage!

Kids will love the Kaleva Bottle House Museum, a registered historic site, built with over 60,000 soft drink bottles from a local bottling factory.The hours to visit are Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 PM.

Another great thing to check out is the Little Manistee River Wier. This is an egg-take and salmon harvest facility operated by the Michigan DNR. this is the only steelhead egg-take operation in Michigan. Between 10-20,000 fish travel through this wier for egg-take each fall.

Check-in is Saturday after 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and checkout the following Saturday 11:00 a.m.Eastern time.

Keywords: Cottage, vacation home, lakefront getaway near Traverse City and Ludington, bungalow, wooded setting, all- sports lake, fall color tour, M-22, Little River Casino, ORV, ATV, quads, trails, North Country Trail System, hiking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, fire pit, Lake Michigan beaches, wine tours, Manistee, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pere Marquette River, Little Manistee River, Tippy Dam, Little Manistee River Wier, lake fishing, Lake County Trails


Kathy Rose

Member Since 2010
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Kathy Rose

We are working professionals who are extremely busy with work, families, and friends. When the weekends roll around, we head up to our favorite lake 'up-north.' When we are not entertaining, we love to take advantage of the lake as we canoe, kayak, and boat.

Kathy Rose purchased this Cottage in 2008

Why Kathy Rose chose Elk

Our family has been retreating to Harper Lake for the past 30 years. We have found Harper Lake to be one of the most relaxing places to unwind and de-stress after a busy workweek. Nothing beats the soothing nature of being on the water and the tranquility of star-gazing away from city lights. In August, the aurora borealis display is awesome! We bought our cottage because it is an easy drive from home and the perfect getaway from the busyness of our normal lives.

What makes this Cottage unique

The wooded setting with the private lake frontage creates a beautiful view no matter what window we look out. Our most favorite ritual is going for a walk around the lake each morning sipping our favorite coffee. We love this location because it is surrounded by national forest and recreation areas - all of which are beautiful places to hike and walk.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        optional queen size sleeper sofa
      • Loft
        1 queen, 1 double, 2 twin/ single
      • Queen size Beds (2) 1 queen in main floor bedroom and 1 in sleeping loft, Double Beds (1) located in sleeping loft, Twin or Single Beds (2) located in sleeping loft, for additional sleeping - 1 queen-size sleeper sofa in living area- all pillows have pillow covers changed weekly to guard against stains and cross-contamination - need to bring your own linens


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • full bath with shower and tub - need to bring your own towels

      Location Type

        • Lakefront
          White Pines is located right on the shore of Harper Lake. The cottage is nestled in a wooded setting with privacy from the neighboring cottages.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Heating
                      newly installed gas furnace
                    • Living Room
                      sleeper sofa can be used to accommodate 1-2 more guests, 2 chairs, TV, stereo, DVD player
                    • Parking
                      on-site parking for vehicles
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                    • Wireless Internet
                      password protected - renters will be notified of password


                        • Coffee Maker
                          10-cup electric coffee maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          all included
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          all included
                        • Kitchen
                          fully stocked with dishes, pots, pans and utensils - need to bring your own towels for kitchen and dishes
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          gas powered
                        • Pantry Items
                          toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, lightbulbs, coffee filters
                        • Refrigerator
                          large sized with top freezer compartment
                        • Stove
                          gas powered 4 burner stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              table has 4 chairs, but does extend out to accommodate more - also 2 bar stools at kitchen counter
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Boat
                                      a paddleboat is available with rental
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      http://www.fawncrestgolf.com/ - Fawn Crest is public nine hole course 11 miles away in Wellston
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      a canoe and paddles are available with rental as well as 2 float cushions for the purpose of life preservers
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      new gas grill


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • churches
                                            • library
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • sledding
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • laundromat

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snowmobiling
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • private dock, paddleboat, canoe, swimming raft, picnic table, fire pit, firewood and kindling provided, lawn and beach chairs, coffeemaker, toaster, toilet paper, paper towels, pillows, blankets, gas grill

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              31 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Deer Camp

                                                              Denise C.Clarkston Michigan

                                                              It was awesome as soon as I opened the door it was super clean and plenty of room for everyone!!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Hi guys! We are so glad you liked staying in our cottage! We work really hard at keeping it extra clean and happy you noticed!

                                                              It sounds like you are interested in staying with us again. We will definitely accommodate you in the best way we know how!

                                                              Thank you.

                                                              Cozy getaway!

                                                              Amy C.

                                                              Super clean, very cute cabin. Close to downtown Manistee and great hiking! Will definitely come back with our kids in the summer to enjoy the lake and all its amenities.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              So glad you enjoyed your stay at White Pines Cottage on Harper Lake!

                                                              We are glad you explored Manistee - one of many places to visit and explore near here. Please come back with your kids - they will love the canoeing, paddle-boating, swimming and hunting for our plentiful turtles!

                                                              Beauty by the lake

                                                              Michael N.

                                                              Had a very nice time! Just didn't seem like enough time to get all we wanted to do done. By the time we got to cottage and unloaded at 3pm. We need to go to the store. Which we got lost because of no wifi in the boonies lol. But found our way. It rained most of our next whole day there. So we did not get to enjoy the lake for fishing. Which was gorgeous. It was peaceful there. And next morning was packing and cleaning to be out by 11. Just wish we could of had another night! Thank you Kathy and Roger! We hope to make up again next year for an extra night.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are glad you had a great time! We agree with you about the peacefulness and the gorgeousness of the area. Please do come again next year and stay a little longer! Roger and Kathy


                                                              Michelle T.Chicago, IL

                                                              A lovely, cozy home. Great view of the lake. We love that it provided a canoe and paddle boat. Overall, great stay. We would definitely come here again. Thank you!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              October is a beautiful month to visit Harper Lake and stay at White Pines Cottage! We are so glad you took advantage of the canoe and paddle boat to explore our awesome 70+ acre lake.

                                                              You are welcome back anytime!

                                                              Lovely Quiet Place in the Woods, plus lots to do

                                                              steven r.

                                                              Very much enjoyed the lovely cabin, the quiet and peacefulness of the area, and the great fishing. Caught a 15" large mouth bass right off the dock at dusk. Caught several more on the lake near the swim platforms.

                                                              Fun eating spot in Irons, the Oak Grove Tavern. All the locals turned out on a Tue. for $1 hotdog night, and they had a fun 7 piece lively band. The BBQ ribs were also good.

                                                              Great supermarket/hardware store/jerky superstore, the Dublin General Store is a few miles away.

                                                              Walk around the lake, or cross the road for some hiking trails in the woods. Take a drive to Lake Michigan, we went up to Traverse City and enjoyed it.

                                                              Overall, great stay!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              So glad you had fun fishing! And it is so fun you discovered one of the local eating places. Oak Grove Tavern does some really fun events throughout the year and it is always an experience!

                                                              We would love for you to stay with us again.

                                                              We had a wonderful time!

                                                              Jill H.

                                                              We had such a great time! The cottage and lake were so peaceful, relaxing, quiet and fun. The owners are very friendly and helpful, plus the cottage is wonderfully clean. Since the cottage is only 30 minutes from Ludington, Manistee and Lake Michigan, we expected to do quite a bit of exploring. We changed our minds once we got to the cottage, however, and spent the majority of our time at the cottage and on the lake because we had such a great time! Definitely a do-over! :)

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are so glad you had a great time!

                                                              We, of course, are prejudiced - but we think the location is perfect. We can stay "at home" and relax and enjoy the peace and quiet at the lake OR we have a short drive to all kinds of sightseeing, shopping and exploring the west coast of Michigan.

                                                              We would love for you to come again!


                                                              Irons, MI, USA

                                                              Lake Michigan is 30 minutes away - great beaches at both Ludington State Park and Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee.Rivers - Little Manistee, Pere Marquette, and Pine River for canoeing, kayaking or tubing, Tippy Dam, North Country Trail system and other public trails for hiking, dirt-biking, ATVs or quads, Famous Dublin jerky, Boat rentals available in Traverse City, fishing charters on Lake Michigan offered right out of Irons, Big M Mountain Bike trails for biking and hiking, Little River Casino in Manistee, M-22 for the most popular scenic drive in Michigan, Manistee National Forest, Sand Lake swimming and sandy beach, winery tours near Traverse City, Great Wolf Lodge Resort, Lake Michigan public beaches only 30 minutes away, geocaching, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a 1 1/2 hour beautiful scenic drive. For golfers, there are numerous golf courses from 15 - 30 minute drive.

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