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Lovely Lakefront House Rental- Big Crooked Lake / Sister Lakes

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7-8)

Our Lovely Lake House is in an ideal location; in the middle of 2 lakes. Look out the Livingroom Picture window and you can watch the sunset on Round Lake, and out the kitchen door is the huge upper deck overlooking Big Crooked, which is your Lake Access only 40 feet away. Across the street is an Ice-Cream/ Souvenir Shop and a Wake Boarding Store. 1 Block away is a Restaurant, Roller Rink, miniature golf and Spa. 3 Blocks away is a Grocery Store, Gas Station, Restaurants, Bank, Boat Rental, Video Store and more. Downtown Dowagiac (newly renovated) is a captivating town with restaurants and shops. Worth an afternoon stroll to look around and shop. Farms and Fruit Stands all around. Don't forget to pick fresh fruit, Michigan's Best!!

This is truly a get-a-way back to nature. You will find plenty of ducks, geese, different types of birds and wildlife. Just don't bring any frogs home in a shoe box, please! We like to keep all creatures in their natural habitat.

Whether you like to enjoy relaxing with a morning cup of coffee watching the fish jump out of the water or watching the tranquility of the waves or just want the excitement of tubing, water skiing, fishing, fruit picking, sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing or just simply watching the excitement of your child finding water creatures, this is the place for you.

Snowmobilers welcome! Because of being in the Snow Belt, winter brings great snow packed trails for Snowmobilers. Trails are marked.

Keywords: Year Round, Single Family Ranch, Lakefront, 35' of Sandy Beach, All Sports Lake, Kid Friendly.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2017

About The Owner

Terry and I bought our Summer Home on Big Crooked Lake about 20 years ago when our daughter was about 8 years old. We share a lot of wonderful memories full of fun, adventure and enjoyment. Currently, we live in the South Suburb of Chicago and are still looking forward to many relaxing weekends in our Year Round Michigan Home.

The Owner purchased this house in 2010

Why The Owner chose Southwest

Sister Lakes is a very popular area full of vacationers, great for families and nearby attractions. It is only 90 miles from Chicago and easy to find where lots of relaxation and stress-free environment awaits you. When you live in a busy city all your life, you need a quick get-a-way from the rat race. Also, Sister Lakes has many adjacents lakes with Public Access. So, if you want to get adventureous, feel free to hop on to another lake.

We are minutes away from quite a few attractions:

** 15 min -- Movie Theatre in Benton Harbor

** 15 min -- Benton Harbor -- Shopping, Many, Many Restaurants, Go Karts/Batting Cages/Miniature Golf.

** 20 min -- Four Winds Casino in Hartford, MI

** 20 min -- St. Joseph, MI (Curious Kids Museum)and much, much more.

** 30 min -- South Haven, Mi

** 30 min -- Deer Forest (Coloma, MI)

** 30 min -- Wine Touring in Kalamazoo

** 30 min -- Kalamazoo -- Air Zoo Museum

** 45 min -- Warren Dunes

** 45 min -- Shopping at the Lighthouse Mall in Michigan City, IN

** 45 min -- Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI

** 60 min -- Saugatuck, MI

** 90 min -- Battle Creek, MI (Binder Zoo)

** 2 hr -- Muskegon's Michigan Adventure Water Park and Amusement Park

** 3 hr -- Henry Ford Museum

You are so close to many attractions that I cannot list them all.

What makes this house unique

Water sports, fishing, watching the sunset over the lake, outdoor dining, late night marshmallow and wieney roasting, telling stories around the campfire, taking nice long evening walks, taking night boat rides. This is really living.

Sister Lakes is a series of Lakes adjacent to one another. This area starts hopping from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

A 3rd Lake, Little Crooked Lake, is connected to Big Crooked by a tunnel that can be accessed with a canoe, row boat or paddle boat. The tunnel is on 95th Street. Make a right from our pier with the paddle boat and it's about 1/2 mile straight up. This is worth exploring. You could always go to the other lake to fish or swim.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Lovely Lakefront House Rental- Big Crooked Lake / Sister Lakes
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
Burbank, IL

Quite Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This house lacks nothing. We rented a pontoon and they quickly accommodated the pier space and bumpers. There were about 35 of my family members down the street at another resort. It was a nice walk, boat ride, car ride over to visit. The whole week was wonderful being with my family and my new granddaughter. The deck gets plenty of sun, and with the beach a few steps away, take a nice swim out to the raft.

I will be back. The owners are just really good people.

All the best.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the good review. Glad to hear everything was to your satisfaction.
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  • 5 of 5

Property was everything promised and more. The home is very well maintained and very updated. Wonderful view of 2 lakes and huge deck with lots of sun. Nice beach area and swim platform for swimming. Location is great as it is right across the street from a restaruant and ice cream shop. Owners were great. We are already booking our stay for next year. Strongly recommend!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. I am glad you had a wonderful time. See you next year.
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2015 Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from spending a week at this cottage. It was a perfect place for my husband and I and my daughter, her husband and their two young children. I picked this cottage as I wanted a location on a beach so that my older grandson could walk into the water and the cottage was close enough whereby we could easily check on the younger grandchild when he was sleeping. The owners, Chris and Terry, were great landlords and the cottage was clean and well maintained. The cottage was equipped with everything you needed to make your stay pleasant and we got to enjoy plenty of time in the sun on the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. It pleases us to know that we have met your expectations of our home. You are very pleasant family and we hope to see you again soon.
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Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful time on our vacation at a different place then we normally stay. Had a great time being on Big Crooked with the sight of Round Lake. Wonderful accomodations with a professional way in handling our reservations. Kids loved the cottage and location. Looking forward to going again next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the positive review. We are very pleased to know that your family had a good time. That is what vacations are all about. Hope to see you next year.
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An amazing place with unbelievable views and service!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently rented this house for a week and it was awesome! The view from the deck is spectacular (can view 2 lakes while sitting on the deck - big crooked and round lake(s). The photos do not do this rental justice....the house is clean, well maintained and the owners, Chris and Terry, are amazing! My kids were calling Terry...."uncle Terry" by the end of the trip. Terry was around throughout the week due to construction on their property next door and couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly. We swam and fished all week (sandy beach w/ pier and floating swam & played in well-maintained sandy beach all week), rented a pontoon for a day (very inexpensive - delivered and pick-up on the lake), picked strawberries, miniature golfed, walked to Driftwood (ice cream parlor across the street) several times throughout the week and walked to an awesome restaurant (pizza) about 2 blocks away! However, the kitchen has all modern amenities and there is no need to leave the property. We have already decided to return next are already asking "how long until we go back to Michigan".

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the impressive review! We take great pride in sharing our home and accomodating our visitors. Vacations are for enjoyment, relaxation and making memories with your family, and it sounds like you covered it all. Thank you for choosing our home and hope to see you next year. Chris & Terry
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Outstanding, by far the best family vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

Traveling from Florida to these beautiful lakes in the July was absolutely one of the most relaxing vacation our family has had. We even brought our own TiKi torches. Our son age 7, made friends quickly, enjoyed the fresh water lake and sand. The home was immaculate and fortunate for me, my husband had every possible grilling tool needed. Plenty of shade when hot, and lots of sun and fun.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the outstanding review. My family and I are happy to know that you relaxed and enjoyed yourselves at our home. Hope to see you next year.
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Nearest Barpub
Nearest Golf
0.3 Miles
Miniature Golf
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrak stops in Dowagiac, MI
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
I 33
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Captain Jack's
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Silver Beach, in St. Joseph, MI

Benton Harbor - 15 minutes away

St. Joseph - 20 minutes away

South Haven - 30 minutes away

Kalamazoo - 30 minutes away

Saugatuck - 1.00 hour away

South Holland - 1.00 hour away


Rates & Availability

Sister Lakes House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Jan 4 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 30 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
Sep 5 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Check In is 3:00PM Eastern Time. Check Out is 11:00AM Eastern Time.
60 day cancellation must be given in order to receive full refund.

Traveler's pay 1/3 of weekly rent ($400.00) to confirm reservation by mail and remainder is due 30 days before arrival. Cleaning Fee of $50.00 is already included in the rate. Payment should be made by check. Damage fee is due upon arrival in cash. I rent from Saturday to Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Sister Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Fold away twin bed stored in closet., Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Forced Air Heat for Winter months, Huge Upper Deck with Patio Furniture, Swimming Raft, 20 ft Boat Dock, Paddle Boat, Fire Pit, BBQ Charcoal Grill, 2 Life Vests for Paddle Boat.

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