Spider Lake, Unforgetable Island Experience

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Main Deck on the water with Picnic Tables and Chairs


Last updated: 06/27/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

One of a Kind Unique Island Adventure, Spider Lake

The island provides some of the best sandy beach on Spider Lake and it will become your sole vacation site as no one else lives on the island. The only cabin is both rustic and modern with a large refrigerator and flat top electric stove. WI-FI wireless internet is on site. A large flat screen digital TV with local channels and DVD player is included. The cabin is completely furnished and will sleep 8, although privacy is limited due its open floor plan. A large front porch and deck, plus a lakeside deck are great for gatherings. The island features several picnic tables for dining. A canoe, kayak, row boat and paddle boat are included for your use. You are allowed use of a pontoon boat if a responsibility waiver is signed. Lots of water toys for the kids. Shower facilities are provided outside the main cabin and are clean and convenient. Parking is available for two cars at the owners home about 1/3 of a mile away. This is an island paradise from which you will not want to leave. It is wonderful for children and adults alike as everyone can find room to relax and explore. Horseshoe courts and several other games are on the island. The island also has many areas for tent camping or overflow sleeping and many little nooks for space to yourself. A brief description, such as this, can not adequately explain the island amenities. It will truly be a matchless experience. This, one of a kind, island is available because it helps the retired owners pay the island expenses. The East end of the island has a gate that must be opened which affords additional privacy from an occasional boater parking on the nearby sandbar. The island will be available for no more than 6 weeks during the months of June-August. We interlace our island time between guests so an exact calendar is hard to generate. A first come, first serve basis is used to reserve your vacation dates.

Rent is $2750.00 per week and is discounted for multiple weeks and returning guests. Check-in is at 3 PM and check out is 10 AM on Saturdays, unless otherwise arranged. A $500.00 reservation/booking fee must be paid to reserve your dates. Payment in full is required on arrival. Shorter stays may be allowed at the last moment, but generally the island is rented on a weekly basis.

As soon as the $500.00 booking fee is paid, your reservation will lock-in. The booking fee will become your refundable damage deposit. We would anticipate a full return upon your departure. We have never collected damages.

Spider Lake is an all sports lake 10 miles SE of Traverse City, conveniently located in the heart of vacation land. We hope you can make Treasure Island your summer getaway. The island is safe for children and pets, as there are no cars.

We understand how important it is to make your vacation perfect, so we will do everything in our power to insure your vacation is everything you would expect. Your vacation investment will not be taken lightly.

Since we spend much of our time on the island during non rental periods., we may be able to accommodate shorter or last minute reservations. We rent the island for only six prime time weeks.

Call us for further information.

Keywords: Island, Waterfront, Beach, Boat, Water ski, Camp, Very Unique Experience, family vacation with pets

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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 06/27/2016

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed


  • Bedroom 2 loft: 1 queen


  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Single Bed (1) in bunk style, Queen Sleep Sofa (1), Also sleeping area on porch or tents. Many families also pitch tents which adds to fun. 2 outdoor hammocks....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Guests are on their own and allowed maximum privacy. Owners field questions and respond only to guest issues. Garbage pickup on Thursday or drop off at any time at the owners mainland location. 5 gallon water cooler is supplied. More drinking water is available upon request. ...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    board games...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Inside and outside speakers...moreless

  • Television:

    Netflix available via broadband and your account. 42 inch digital TV, 19 inch digital TV. Local Stations only....moreless

  • Toys:

    water toys, kayaks, canoe, horseshoes, peddleboat, others...moreless

  • Video Library:

    several various DVDs...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Water views from every cabin window and location on the island...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Approximately 1000 feet of sandy beach with swim rafts....moreless

  • Downtown:

    Downtown Traverse City is about 10 miles...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Large dining tables inside and out. Inside table seats 8. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    window air, but barely adequate in very hot weather. Ceiling fan....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    for Netflix, Email, Surfing, etc...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Clothesline outside....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    simple older desk top, but your own computer is recommended. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    large sectional with pull out bed....moreless

  • Parking:

    space for two cars and single boast trailer...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    space for 1 trailer at the house space for anything including RV hookup about 5 miles away...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet:

    Laptop/cellphone Hot Spot...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Common spices and cooking supplies ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Will allow use of a pontoon boat with waiver of liability and is included in rent. It will not pull skiers or tubers. All USCG equipment on board. Suggest bringing your own boat for skiing or tubing...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    lots of seating...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 kayaks (1 single, 1 double) and a canoe are provided. 2 person Peddle Boat....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    2 gas grills...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    life jackets, boogie boards, floaties, swim rafts...moreless



Write a review 4.9
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$450 $500
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,750 $8,500

Changeover Day: Saturday

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


We prefer to rent by the week or longer, but will consider shorter stays when time periods permit. Our normal rental is Saturday to Saturday, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekends are available if the following week is not already reserved. We prefer shortened stays be booked within a Saturday to Saturday time slot so as not to hinder the next full week rental. A discount is available for more than 1 week. A full refund of your booking deposit will be made if a cancellation is made 30 days prior to your arrival date. Other cancellations are done on an individual basis.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 06/27/2016
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7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Elmbrook or Grand Traverse Resort
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US-31, US-131 and I-75 Interstate
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Island Adventure, Spider Lake in Traverse City

The island features rustic living with just the right touch of modern convenience. Several picnic tables are scattered around for privacy and dining. A canoe, 2 person kayak, rowboat and paddle boat are included for your use. Parking is available for two cars at the owners home about 1/3 of a mile across the lake. A pontoon is provided for those that do not own a boat, but you must sign a responsibility waiver for its usage. No one else lives on the island so it will become yours exclusively. Feel safe and protected as the island is great for children and pets, as there are no cars. Other water toys are available for rental from other parties.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: Sue and I are now retired and spend much our time on the island during the summer weeks. We reserve time for ourselves and family, therefore it is difficult to keep an accurate calendar. If you are planning a last minute vacation, possibly we can accommodate your time frame by moving family time around. Those that have reserved dates know what they are and we have them locked in on our on-line booking calendar.

Why the Owner Chose Forest Lakes, East Bay Township, MI, USA:
The Traverse City area is a haven for tourists and offers many venues for fun. The island is our preferred residence and we believe you will love as much as we do. We have lived on Spider lake since 1974 and treasure the lake as much as our private island retreat. The morning solitude is is a favorite time for us. The island provides maximum privacy from neighbors. The island is directly across the lake from our house and this is your lakeside departure and parking location.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
You will experience the full gamut of life on an island. Everywhere you look is water. The beach areas are safe for children, but youngsters will still require close supervision. Two anchored swim rafts are provided. It is about a 5 minute ride by boat to your car. The island has been a longtime favorite summer destination for many. We do not to rent it for more than 4 weeks per year. Pets are free to swim and roam. It is a wonderland for pets and children and comes without worry of cars or roads. The inclusion of a personal pontoon boat and the ability to bring your pets makes Treasure Island quite affordable. Read our feedback and rent with confidence. Water Trampolines, Jet Skis and Ski Boats are available on the lake as rentals by other parties.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 06/27/2016

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  • Main Deck on the water with Picnic Tables and Chairs

    Main Deck on the water with Picnic Tables and Chairs

  • Wade all around the island with sandy bottom.

    Wade all around the island with sandy bottom.

  • Good Fishing near Dusk

    Good Fishing near Dusk

  • Inside Old boat Shelves

    Inside Old boat Shelves

  • Queen bed

    Queen bed

  • Folds to Queen Bed

    Folds to Queen Bed

  • Dinning Area

    Dinning Area

  • Detached Shower Area

    Detached Shower Area

  • South Side of Cabin

    South Side of Cabin

  • South Deck

    South Deck

  • Fire Pit and Picnic table

    Fire Pit and Picnic table

  • Island Sandbar with Float Plane.  Planes Welcome!

    Island Sandbar with Float Plane. Planes Welcome!

  • 2 of 3 docks for your boat

    2 of 3 docks for your boat

  • South boat dock and island pontoon.

    South boat dock and island pontoon.

  • Front deck on cabin

    Front deck on cabin

  • Single/Double bed bunk

    Single/Double bed bunk

  • Queen bed

    Queen bed

  • Approaching the Island

    Approaching the Island

  • Water cooler provided

    Water cooler provided

  • Island Pontoon

    Island Pontoon

  • Outdoor John

    Outdoor John

  • Morning Sun and Shower Room

    Morning Sun and Shower Room

  • Front Porch

    Front Porch

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Sunday, October 23, 2016

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