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Uncle Pat's Bear Lake Cottage on Beautiful Bear Lake

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7-8)

Relax and enjoy northern Michigan on crystal clear Bear Lake. 3 night minimum...lower rates for weekly stay.

Spend your days on the water or on the sandy beach, Bear Lake is great for trout and bass fishing and is an all sports lake. Enjoy water skiing and tubing, there is a public boat launch area for putting in your boat. A paddle boat is provided.

Uncle Pat's cottage is a family owned cottage built in the 1950's. It has knotty pine panelling throughout. Upstairs are three bedrooms: a double, a queen, a third bedroom with one bunk bed and another twin bed. Clean linens and towels are provided. Kitchen is fully furnished with dishes, pots and pans, utinsels and microwave. There is a wood burning fireplace. Ample parking. Pet friendly. Maximum occupancy including children 8.

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Kimberly Beckman
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english,
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Kimberly Beckman

I grew up traveling to Bear Lake and can't imagine not having had those experiences! We spent several weeks each summer there and used it heavily in the winters for snowmobiling. Great family memories and memories we are so thrilled to be able to pass on to our children! Hearing the loons call to each other, fishing, boating, camp fires with s'mores...and just enjoying Northern Michigan has created treasured memories. Our children are mostly college aged now and we still hear them say 'I want to go to the cottage this weekend'--great!

Kimberly Beckman purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Kimberly Beckman chose Kalkaska

Bear Lake is one of the clearest lakes in Michigan with clarity to over 30'. Great for swimming, boating, fishing. It is an all sports lake. Can't beat Northern Michigan in the summer!

What makes this cottage unique

Lakefront cottage updated in 2010 with new flooring, bedding, dishes and other furnishings. A dock a paddle boat are on the property for your enjoyment. A public boat launch allows you to launch your boat. Great fishing, skiing, and tubing on this crystal clear lake. Canoe the Manistee (15 minutes away), 30 minutes Turtle Creek Casino, 40 minutes to Traverse City.


Kalkaska Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • License agreement must be complete and returned at time of booking. No more than 2 pets allowed.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Dock, paddle boat


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

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Uncle Pat's Bear Lake Cottage on Beautiful Bear Lake
average rating of 4.076923 based on 13 reviews

The Way Up North Should Be!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd visit to Uncle Pat's it's the perfect no-frills get away. Just the way Up North should be. Bear Lake has been a treasured vacation for our entire lives. Uncle Pat's takes you back to simple care free days. There is WiFi, but no television. It is a great way to unplug and really enjoy the lake and nature. The lake is a pristine all sports lake perfect for just about any water activity. The owners are absolutely wonderful, and readily available should you have any problems.

There is plenty to do in the area and the wineries & brewery's of Traverse City are under an hour away should you need a rainy day adventure. Make sure that you eat at Shirley's at least once during your visit.

... and remember, Any Day Up North Is A Good Day!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

Was quiet and private even though there were houses nearby. Steps up and down the beach could be challenging for some. Lake was nice but a bit noisy. The inside of the cottage was a little smaller and more outdated than we thought. We were pleasantly surprised with the Wi-Fi and did enjoy the fireplace on cool nights. Inside steps were a bit challenging to negotiate. Overall it was fine for a short getaway. It might be a bit crowded for a family. Owners were friendly and fairly communicative.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time everything in the cottage worked as it should. A very nice peaceful setting once the weekend was over. The fishing was great once you figure out what they like. The water was the cleanest I have ever seen. I have heard a lot of good things about the lake just took me 59 yrs to get there. We will be going back. The only bad thing was the steps leading down to the water. 7/12/2017

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice little cabin on a beautiful lake!

  • 5 of 5

Children and the dog loved swimming in the lake all day (parents too)! We tubed the manistee river just down the road, and made trips into Kalkaska and Grayling. Great location for a Northern Michigan vacation!!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute, lake-front property

  • 3 of 5

The property was cute from the outside, however when we went in we found that there were spider webs in nearly every corner. It was as if no one had cleaned in some time. Beds were not bad, aside from the bottom

Bed of the bunk beds which was nearly impossible to sleep on.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry that you found some spiderwebs! I opened the cottage myself and you were the first group in for this season. Normally we receive very positive comments regarding the cleanliness! We did replace the mattress on the bottom bunk this weekend. We added a box mattress to it as well so it be much better.
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Quaint cabin on a beautiful lake

  • 2 of 5

This was a simple cabin on a beautiful northern Michigan lake. Things to know: The lake is a great all sports lake, we enjoyed lots of swimming, wake boarding and fishing here without ever seeing a single weed, it is the most beautiful blue and crystal clear. Although we would have loved to be out skiing at 8 am, the no wake rule was in effect until 11 am so make sure to plan your day on the lake for that. If you are going to bring a boat to the lake, do not plan on using the dock to tie the boat off, you will need to either anchor or stake it but the water is shallow and it really wasn't a problem for us since the kids did quite a bit of fishing off the dock anyway. The "steps" going down to the lake are treacherous at best so that may be a concern if you have small children or someone who is not sure footed. There is no A/C in the house but were a few fans available to use, there is a small tv in one bedroom but the color doesn't work so the kids watched movies in black and white (which they called "the 80's tv"), lot's of movies to pick from too. The biggest issue for us was the "fire pit" which is extremely small and not big enough to put more than twigs in. We were hoping to cook a few hot dogs or possibly a dinner on it and this isn't the case but it would be perfect for 2 people to sit near and enjoy the lake view. If you don't feel like cooking, Bear's Lair pizza was very good!! There is a magnet on the refrigerator for the phone number.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Hartwick Pines State Park
Schuss Village-Shanty Creek Resorts
Skiing, Golf
Jordan River Fish Hatchery
Shel-Haven Canoe Rental
Shirley's In the Woods Cafe'
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Access and Boat Launch
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Housekeeping $95

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.