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Lovely Lakefront House Rental- Big Crooked Lake / Sister Lakes

Dowagiac, MI, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

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.



Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 04, 2018
About 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.

Owner purchased this House in 2010

Why Owner chose Keeler

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.


    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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)


        • 1 Bathroom

            Location Type

              • Downtown
                Downtown Dowagiac is 10 minutes away taking Napier Road to Rt 51. It has several restaurants, ice cream parlor, and plenty of shops. Take a break and stoll downtown to see it is newly renovated.
              • Lake View
                The house sits in between 2 Lakes. Big Crooked is outside the deck doors and is the lake with private access. Outside your livingroom window you will be looking at an awesome Sunset on Round Lake.
              • Lakefront
                Big Crooked Lake (110 acres) is 30 feet outside the door. Sandy beaches which has a gradual drop in depth. Four feet at the end of pier. Raft is sitting in 20 feet of water.


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Parking
                        Cement parking lot for 2 cars, but, additional parking on grass for boat or cars.
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Heating
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Gas Fireplace
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                        Local Calls only.
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wood Fireplace


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Board games available
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • museums
                                          • churches
                                          • festivals
                                          • health/beauty spa
                                          • library
                                          • live theater
                                          • cinemas
                                          • playground
                                          • restaurants
                                          • theme parks
                                          • winery tours
                                          • zoo

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • scenic drives
                                              • antiquing
                                              • gambling casinos
                                              • miniature golf
                                              • paddle boating
                                              • boating
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • sledding
                                              • walking
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • hospital
                                                  • laundromat
                                                  • massage therapist

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • pier fishing
                                                      • basketball court
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • hunting
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • 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.

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            16 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            26 days

                                                            Charlotte H.

                                                            Enjoyed the comfort of the home. My mom couldn't enjoy much due to so many stairs but that was great for the younger bunch. Within walking distance to several spots we enjoyed. Since we had family close by we were able to enjoy alot of time together on the deck & enjoyed the great weather. The owners made sure we had everything we needed. I appreciated their efforts to make our stay an enjoyable one. Thanks for all their understanding with our circumstances.

                                                            Great place!

                                                            Alexandra G.

                                                            We enjoyed our stay. Kids loved to swim out to the raft, play in the sand and they made good use of the kayak. Spacious deck. Well kept and clean cottage. Water pressure in the shower wasn't very good. It was a quiet and relaxing vacation, just what we were looking for!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you for the review. I am glad your family had a good time. And thank you for bringing attention to the poor water pressure. I will change the shower head and that should solve the problem.


                                                            Best place on the lake!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thanks for the great review! See you next year!

                                                            Quite Comfortable

                                                            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.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you for the good review. Glad to hear everything was to your satisfaction.


                                                            MaryJo G.

                                                            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!!!!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thanks for the great review. I am glad you had a wonderful time. See you next year.

                                                            2015 Vacation

                                                            Patricia B.

                                                            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.

                                                            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.


                                                            Dowagiac, MI, USA

                                                            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

                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            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.

                                                            16 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.9/5
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