Riverfront Lodge Furnished with Antiques, Close to Mountain Lakes & Detroit Lake(29 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Quiet 3 acres on good trout river, former mill owner's home, recently restored
The home is 3 miles upstream from Detroit Lake, and at the end of the road on a large 3 acre riverside lot. There is nobody immediately upstream or across the river, affording great solitude. The Santiam River is a perfect kayaking and fishing base. Many hunters also use the area. (I don't hunt) Rainbow trout are easily catchable by fly or spin casting in the backyard during the summer months. I keep my riverbank mostly clear of trees and there are several jetties that make very good, private fly fishing locations.
Detroit Lake has two marinas and a variety of fish species including trout, salmon, kokanee, a few steelhead, and catfish. Waterskiing and swimming is also popular in the clear, warmer lake water. There is a convenient public boat launch at Hoover Park just a couple miles away. Mongold Park offers good swimming access.
If you like heath spas, Breitenbush Hot Springs is a few miles away and offers scheduled massages, classes, and natural hot springs. It's been there since the 1920s in one form or another and you'll find a large lodge where refreshments may be served. Note that this is a popular nudist friendly establishment.
The main attraction is the wilderness. There are many, many lakes and hiking trails in the vicinity. Marion Lake is the largest hike-in lake in the state. Our favorite fishing lake is Daly Lake about 30 minutes away, and there is a restaurant in that direction called Marion Forks that offers scenic riverside dining. If you continue on to Sisters there are many shopping and dining options available in this quaint western-themed small town. Clear Lake (20 minutes) is interesting with flooded old growth trees standing on the bottom. A small lodge rents boats and serves meals. The McKenzie river is also in that area and has over 20 miles of trails.
Another really great hike is along the Metolious River, if you're heading to Sisters for dinner. I just don't know where to begin in describing the options! If you like the outdoors, and are interested in a quiet, eclectic home with great fishing on the premises, our place makes a wonderful base off the beaten path. Here's a recent article about the history of Detroit, OR:
Surprising historical discovery made at Ore. lake when it hit lowest level in 46 years.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1YKWMMe
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Member since: 2012
- 2700 sq. ft.
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Beds (1) In the middle bedroom. Pretty firm., Double Beds (1) In the end bedroom on the right., Twin or Single Beds (1) In the smallest end bedroom on the left., Bunk Beds (1) A one-on-a-kind triple bunk bed with TWO upper bunks and one lower. No need for fighting over the top bunk. It's L-shaped, not three stories tall. :)...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- CD Player
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- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Health/Beauty Spa
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View:
There is a great old porch swing looking up river to a bridge on Church street and the mountains beyond. There is also a fire ring with cooking great and adirondack chairs for telling stories. ...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
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The living room has an original heatilator fireplace with two fans on either side built into the mantel. It's pretty neat to see work and does heat up the room. You'll have to buy/bring cut wood....moreless
- Coffee Maker:
Pans, pots, silverware, place settings for 8, knives, strainers, spatulas. There are marshmallow sticks and grilling utensils to go with the iron grate on the fire ring by the river. I think we've covered all the basics you'd need like corkscrews, bottle openers....moreless
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The kitchen has an antique apron sink. Hoosier cabinet, granite slab counters. There is a microwave and nice coffee maker. We try to stock condiments in small packets. There is a store up the hill....moreless
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning fee $75
- Refundable Damage Deposit $300
- Taxes Not included
No smoking in the house and never any pets, thanks. Six people maximum preferred, up to 8 for +$25/night. Trash must be taken with you when you leave because we have no pick up. Thanks!
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Idanha is a small town 3 miles east of Detroit lake, about halfway between Salem and Sisters. It is the last town before going over the Santiam Pass through the Cascade Mountains. Our location provides a quiet and private base from which to explore Detroit Lake, the most popular recreational lake in Oregon, or many other high mountain lakes in the immediate vicinity. Breittenbush Hot Springs offers massages, hot tubs, and therapy classes of a wide variety. Hoodoo Ski resort is about 40 minutes away for winter fun. Clear Lake is about 20 minutes away and also features a small lodge and boat rentals for exploring this natural wonder that has visible upright sunken old growth trees all over the bottom.
The Santiam River, which flows ice cold through our backyard above Detroit Lake, is a popular kayak river that is navigable from above and below our property. Rainbow trout are stocked weekly from Memorial to Labor Day weekend, and are easily caught fly fishing or by dangling a worm. This is a great place to practice your technique or teach a friend, as the fish are quite willing to play on most days. We keep an iron campfire grill and chairs on the bank for star gazing at night far from the city lights and noise. All you'll hear is the river and the stories friends tell around the fire.
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: We think a good vacation home should be far enough away to feel away but close enough to reasonably get to and enjoy. Idanha is about 2 hours from Portland, where we live. There are many things to do in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness that we wouldn't get to on a day trip and that offer a variety of outdoor activities... hiking, fishing, fun on a mountain lake. We love the area and the people in Detroit Lake are really friendly and love tourists.
Why the Owner Chose Idanha, OR, USA:
We loved the location that features a remote, quiet location that is still on city water and services. The home is a rarity in its close proximity to a scenic river, and this was 'grandfathered in' from 1942. The Detroit lake properties view a drained reservoir most of the year, while our backyard river is always flowing beautifully.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Large, quiet home at the end of the road, on a river Good rainbow trout fishing on the property Kayaking access if you want to float to the lake downstream Many high mountain lakes and hikes in the vicinity Detroit Lake is three miles away, the most popular lake in Oregon Clear Lake is about a 20 mile, beautiful drive Hoodoo ski area is also about 40 miles Sisters and Camp Sherman are about 45 miles But many guests never leave the property because you can walk out back and sit by the river reading or drop a line and catch your dinner just about anytime in the summer.
- Primary: 503 708-3410
View of the home from one of the best fishing spots on the Santiam riverbank.
Front of home, two car covered garage and long driveway for a boat and trailer.
Kitchen is equipped with antique sink, stove, and hoosier cabinet. Coffee maker!
Living room with ceiling fan. Cool in the summer, cozy in the winter with a fire
Five new windows in the back look toward the big backyard.
Campfire at night by the river. Lots of wood washes up every year.
River front relaxation.
Clear cold Santiam river, off Mt. Jefferson
Middle bedroom has a queen size bed
upstairs queen size bed looks toward river
A fall deck view from French doors after it was completed in 2012.
River view, upstream.
Back of the house from the river bank. New roof and deck shown.
Dining room and view toward living room fireplace.
Sunroom in the back with a futon and ceiling fan.
Santiam downstream from our property.
Dining room, old stained glass from a retired church in Kansas
Easy trout fishing in the back yard. (Most of the summer)
twin bed in small end bedroom
Unique triple bunk bed in the downstairs room. game cube, small tv w/dvd player
Kanes Marina in Detroit, 5 miles away from our house. They rent boats.
The snow lingers longer by the river, and looks better on trees!
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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