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Sand Beach, Crystal Clear Water, Beautiful Sunrises and Quiet Tranquility

Onaway, MI, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Sleeps 10, 3 Bd, 1&1/2 Bath, Full Kitchen, Linens

Located on the Western shore of Black Lake in Northern Michigan and boasting over 10,000 acres of fun. The flat sandy lake bottom is great for small children, approximately 2' deep at the end of the 40' dock. Sunbathe on the all sand beach during the day and enjoy an evening bonfire. A large picnic table and charcoal grill are at your disposal. ATV trails are located a quarter mile from the house providing access to the State Forest. The fishing is fantastic, walleye, northern pike, perch, and panfish. The fly fishing is also worth exploring in the surrounding rivers. This family home is extremely clean and sits fifty feet off the water. The master bedroom has a new pillow top king bed, while the other bedrooms contain one double and four twins. Full kitchen with all the utensils, pots, range/oven, fridge, micro, coffee pot, toaster, washer and dryer. Bed linens and towels are included. The premier Black Lake Golf Course is 3 miles down the street.

Enjoy the all sand beach and lake bottom. A 40' private dock provides for easy access to your boat. Inside the home you will find everything you need to enjoy your stay. The home is fully furnished and includes all the kitchen accessories you will need. Gas stove, microwave, full size fridge and freezer ,washer, dryer, DVD player, Nintendo and TV. You can enjoy every evening at the campfire on the beach. A picnic table and charcoal barbecue grill are ready for sunny outdoor lunches or dinner overlooking the beach and lake.

Swimming, Power Boating, Water-skiing, Fishing, Canoeing, ORV Trails, Motor Speedway in Onaway, Hiking, Trout fishing at several nearby streams.

Black Lake is a four to five hour drive from Detroit, four hours from Lansing, and four hours from Gran Rapids. It is approximately 45 miles SE of Mackinaw City and the Bridge.


Bob Dunston

Member Since 2006
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within two days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Bob Dunston

This property was purchased by our great grandfather after they had camped in this location for several years.

Bob Dunston purchased this House in 1920

Why Bob Dunston chose Onaway

The fifth generation of our family is enjoying the splendors of Black Lake and creating a lifetime of memories with family and close friends.

What makes this House unique

Small rural community, beautiful sunrises, quiet campfires, crystal clear skies, beautiful clear water with fantastic fishing, and plenty of great places to eat, and no lines of traffic or people anywhere!!!


    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Pillowtop King Mattress
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 2 twin/ single, Bunk Bed & Twin Bed
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Two Twin Beds
      • Family Room
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Sleeper Sofa
      • The master bedroom is very large with a wonderful pillow top, King size mattress. Bedroom 2 has a bunk bed with double on the bottom twin on the top and a stand alone twin. Bedroom 3 has two twin beds.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Two sinks
      • Bathroom 2

        Location Type

          • Lake
          • Lakefront
            50' Sand beach
          • Waterfront


              • Away From It All
              • Family


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Driveway will hold four cars
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Microwave
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Freezer
                          • Kitchen
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full size with freezer.
                          • Stove
                            Gas Stove with oven
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Additional card table and chairs for 4 people
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Game Console
                                    Super Nintendo
                                  • Video Games


                                      • Boat Dock
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        14' aluminum canoe with life vests
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Charcoal Grill
                                      • Patio


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • forests
                                              • restaurants
                                              • waterfalls

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • fly fishing
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • golf privileges optional
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • hunting
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                      • skiing
                                                      • snorkeling
                                                      • spelunking
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • water skiing
                                                      • water tubing
                                                      • wind-surfing


                                                          • The Onaway State Park has a boat launch. The Black Lake State Park located on the south side has a boat launch for large boats. Small fishing boats and jet skis can be launched at the Corbat Rd public access located 1/2 mile south of the cottage.

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            9 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Everything was as pictured. Very clean. Everything we needed was there.

                                                            Janet C.

                                                            Great place for family vacation. Nice beach area & awesome swimming for kids. Inside was nice & clean. Plenty of sleeping room.

                                                            Great fishing too!

                                                            Would recommend staying there .

                                                            Just as described

                                                            Michelle M.

                                                            Loved it, Perfect

                                                            Great property

                                                            Julie N.

                                                            For close to 10 years we have been renting cabins/houses on lakes in northern Michigan. There are only 2 cabins we would consider returning too, and this is one of them. The kitchen has everything you need, the house is clean and there is plenty of sleeping space. The kind bed in the master is more comfortable than our king mattress! Best of all, there is a sandy beach and the water is shallow well past the end of the dock. In addition, this area of Black Lake is very calm, which meant our boat didn't get beat up. The owner was very helpful and wanted to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Definitely a great place to stay!

                                                            Great place on a beautiful lake!

                                                            James K.

                                                            This place is a great cottage on the sandy west side of Blake Lake. The cottage itself is larger than the pictures lead you to believe, and although a bit outdated it is clean and very confortable. We had a large party of 4 adults and 6 young children and this place accommodated us with no problem. The beds were comfortable and the place was packed full of everything you need for your stay with the exception of beach towels. The full bathroom was large and clean and the addition of another half bath that can be accessed without walking through the main living area is great when you are spending the day on the beach that is right out the front door. The beach was very clean and free of any grass, rocks or weeds which the kids had an awesome time playing on! The lake was warm and extremely clean. Very shallow waters extend very far into the lake and we had to walk out a long distance just to reach waist deep water. Perfect for the little ones! The water is extremely clean! We were also amazed on how few others seemed to be using this wonderful lake. Most days it felt like we were the only ones there! We were able to rent a pontoon from another person on the lake that the cottage owner Bob was able to put us in touch with. It was well worth the extra money to be able to get out to explore and enjoy this beautiful lake. We will recommend this place to our family and friends and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!!

                                                            Clean Cottage, Sandy Kid-Friendly Beach...

                                                            Chris S.

                                                            We’ve stayed at several cottages in the northern lower with two families (4 adults, 5 smaller children) over the past several years and would rank this one among our favorite for a few reasons. The cottage itself isn’t new, as most aren’t, but it was exceptionally clean and well cared for, and proved to be much larger than the pictures give it credit. The large bedroom had a newer queen and was very comfortable. Enough floor space to add a pack-n-play and a small air mattress to comfortably sleep Ma/Dad a 4 year old and a 2 month old without ever feeling cramped. The 2nd bedroom was also large enough to be comfortable, and the two small beds were easily pushed together to form a sudo-queen. I’m told the beds were acceptable, though not overly enjoyable. The kids seemed perfectly content in the 3rd bedroom with the bunk and single. Living, Dining, Baths, and Kitchen were again clean and large enough to be comfortable. Well enough stocked to have everything we needed without seeming cluttered.

                                                            Outside, the beach was nice, close, and exceptionally sandy. The water was shallow and sandy for a long ways out, which allowed the boys to venture waaaay out into the lake in their paddle boat or the provided canoe without the adults ever having to worry. The dock was a nice addition, though somewhat useless given the water depth… but the mooring bouy did provide a suitable tie-up for the ski boat. We grilled on the charcoal grill every night while enjoying a fire in the fireplace and a beautiful view of the lake.

                                                            Black Lake itself was warm, clean, and much quieter throughout the weekends and week itself than most others. The location of the cottage protected us from the prevailing west winds almost every day, offering calm waters and a nice balance of sun and shade. We ventured to many of the other sand bars ranging in depth from about a foot to 5-6 feet, which provided many great places to take the kids to swim and explore. We even cruised (slowly… no wake) up Black River a ways just to take a boat ride, which was a great way to spend a few hours.

                                                            Although we did not fish much ourselves, there was a nice weed bed out front (beyond swimming depths) that other fishermen would work their way through each morning and evening. I wasn’t paying much attention, but they kept coming back, so they had to know something….

                                                            The neighboring cottages are closer than we usually aim for, but they were primarily empty and the folks that were there were either qui

                                                            Lovely quiet spot. Sandy shallow beach ideal for children. Enjoyed clean Black Lake and comfortBle c

                                                            valerie p.

                                                            Lovely quiet spot. Sandy shallow beach ideal for children. Enjoyed clean Black Lake and comfortBle cozy cottage. Will return!


                                                            Onaway, MI, USA

                                                            The home is located just over a half mile North of Lorenzo's Resturaunt on South Black River Rd. Golf: The premier Black Lake UAW golf course is just three miles away. Stoney Creek golf course is located 10 miles away in Onaway on M-68.

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