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Riverfront lodge furnished with antiques, close to mountain lakes & Detroit Lake

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Quiet 3 acres on good trout river, former mill owner's home, recently restored

Come enjoy a quiet retreat beside a crystal clear river in the Cascades. This is an original 1941 mill owner's home, recently renovated and stocked with turn of the century antiques. It has three bedrooms upstairs, and a large room downstairs we've equipped with a unique triple bunk bed for kids. It's really too large to be called a cabin at about 2,600 sq. feet. We prefer family rentals of up to six but no more than eight people at a time. There is a formal sitting room with a fireplace, dining room, kitchen, and sunroom in the back with a card table, futon and television. There is no phone or cable service.

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.

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Mark Allen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2018

About Mark Allen

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.

Mark Allen purchased this house in 2008

Why Mark Allen chose Idanha

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Idanha House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please drive slowly on the gravel road. We share it with our neighbors.
  • It's a septic system, so NOTHING goes through a drain that hasn't been through you first. Thx
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , New half bath off the bunk room.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Recently remodeled, copper basin sink, antique washstand
  • Both bathrooms are newly built in the last couple years and clean. One has a basin sink on sideboard with shower tub, and the other is a small half bath in the bunk room. Both are on the first floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , upstairs far end toward river
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , upstairs, left of stairs
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , bunk beds downstairs in master bedroom. 1/2 bath, tv, games
  • 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. :)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Trout in the backyard. 45 minutes to skiing. 30 minutes to Breightenbush hot springs. 10 minutes to lake with boats and water skiing. Hiking & and mountain lakes. Snakes in the yard! Logging! (not really)


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Riverfront lodge furnished with antiques, close to mountain lakes & Detroit Lake
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 37 reviews

Amazing Eclipse viewing. Sitting in Adirondak chairs on beautiful river. Perfect viewing experience!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting, yard behind the house backs right up to the river. Very peaceful and relaxing. Enjoyed the house and BBQ on the back patio. House is comfortable, although the one bed up stairs is a level above firm, hard? Otherwise a pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon, USA

This was our second time staying at this house for a Medicine Wheel Ceremony.

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect place for a retreat. Secluded, magical and has a beautiful river to listen too and play in. We are 8 women and this is the second time we have stayed here and loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property!

  • 5 of 5

We loved being by the river and having so much privacy! House was spacious and everything in working order. Hope to come back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salem, OR


  • 4 of 5

Lovely home in a lovely setting. Hope to go in fall when the aspens turn.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. The fall is lovely, though we have no aspens but rather alder and cottonwood trees mixed in with cedars, fir, and a few imports we've hidden here and there.
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Nice Property

  • 4 of 5

We had a good stay and hiked the trails to Bachelor Mountain and Triangulation Peak. Fires down by the river were nice and we enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching the hummingbirds and ospreys. It was too hot at night to sleep upstairs as we went to bed early so used the downstairs which ended up fine. Kitchen had all the amenities we needed and we enjoyed seeing all the historical photos, radios, trunks, and 'artifacts' that were around!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Margo, We keep numerous fans in the house that migrate from room to room with guests. Window fans, desktop fans, and a new ceiling fan in the end room. So my best advice during occasional summer hot spells is to run those window fans AFTER the sun sets, and the cool evening air will bring the upstairs bedroom temps down very nicely. Finally, there is a skylight over the stairs that can be opened and closed to further vent the upstairs. As you observed, the first floor stays pretty cool on it's own. Thanks for visiting and best wishes.
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Stayed June 7-9

  • 5 of 5

Great location with easy access to forest amenities. Be sure to try the coffee at the store right on the highway nearby!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
The Cedars
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 22
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Idanha Grill
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Detroit Lake

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night

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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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