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Beautiful 4 Season Home on the Upper Manistee River - Kalkaska/Grayling Area

(38 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Dates still available for Deer hunting season - Bow and Rifle!!!

It's impossible not to sit back and relax on this quiet 3/4 acres vacation rental situated on the Manistee River. We affectionately refer to it as 'Lee-Sures Way.' Enjoy our favorite pastime - railing, which is reclining in a chair on the spacious wrap around deck with your feet up on the railing just watching the river go by! From that vantage point you actually look down into the river. The splendor of unspoiled state land is right across the river.

***House and Lot ***
The house is a well kept, modern A-frame with vaulted ceilings, 3 bedrooms (one is a large loft). Total beds include 1 queen, 2 full, and 2 twins. 8 can sleep comfortably. It also includes an updated full bath, carpeting throughout with stone tile in the kitchen, 2 large picture windows which provide breath-taking views of the river, satellite TV, DVD and stereo units (with small libraries), central air conditioning, forced air propane heating, wood burning stove, washer and dryer, wrap around deck on 3 sides, Wii video unit and games, outdoor propane grill, fire pit, firewood, dock, and access to a 2-1/2 car garage. An automatic backup generator provides electrical comfort in the event of a power failure. Bed linens, pillows, towels, dishes, silverware, pots and pans are all provided. Just bring your, clothes, food, and toys!

*** The River (fishing, canoeing, kayaking) ***
This portion of the Upper Manistee River has been given special designation by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a 'Michigan Natural River' because of it's pristine water quality and abundant and unspoiled natural environs and wildlife. This section of the river is designated for fly fishing only and offers some of Michigan's best trout fishing. Brown, Brook, and Rainbow trout abound. Nearby fisherman landmarks are Yellow Tree, Burnt Cabin, Pearls on a Necklace, and the CCC Bridge. The river also affords excellent canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and swimming opportunities. Two canoe liveries are located nearby. Many inland lakes as well as Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are nearby offering several fine beaches and fishing.

*** ORV, Snowmobiling ***
Off the river the area is prime for ORV enthusiasts in the summertime and snowmobilers in the winter. You can step right out the door and right on to your machine. State land surrounds the area and the Kalkaska Blue Bear Trailhead and the Grayling M72 West Trail head are in close proximity. In addition thousands of acres of Camp Grayling property, open to the public, are almost right out the door. There are shops in Grayling and Kalkaska which provide parts, service, and rentals.

*** Hunting ***
The area also is a haven for deer hunting, turkey hunting, small game and bird hunting. Thousands of acres of public land are in immediate proximity of the house.

*** Centrally Located to Northern Michigan Attractions ***
Lee-Sures Way is centrally located in northern Michigan making it an excellent hub for day trips to all the wonderful attractions at the 'tip of the mitt.'

. Grayling 16 miles
. Kalkaska 20 miles
. Traverse City 45 miles
. Cadillac 47 miles
. Sleeping Bear Dunes 73 miles
. Mackinaw City 97 miles
. Alpena 100 miles

Limit 8 people. Must be 23 to lease. No smoking or pets, please.

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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/29/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    23 years old to rent...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Loft: 1 double, 2 twin/ single

    TV, DVD, Atari type video games (4)...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    TV, DVD, large closet...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    TV, DVD, Large closet ...moreless

  • Queen size Bed (1) in bedroom. Full size Beds (2) - one in bedroom, one in loft. Twins (2) both in loft....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    newly remodeled...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Central Air, forced air heating, Wood burning stove, 4 slice toaster, coffee maker, towels, linens, pillows, blankets, first aid kit, fire wood...moreless


  • Books:

    small library...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    DVD on all TV's...moreless

  • Games:

    cards, Uno, checkers, chess, backgammon, dice, board games, Wii video game, some outdoor games (crocket, beanbag toss, ladder toss, more), Sudoku, crossword puzzles, word puzzle books...moreless

  • Music Library:

    small library with various artist and genres...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    DirecTV in living room. Bedroom and loft only for only DVD's....moreless

  • Stereo:

    AM/FM with multi-disc CD player...moreless

  • Television:

    Living room, both bedrooms, loft ...moreless

  • Toys:

    coloring books and crayons...moreless

  • Video Game Console:

    Wii video game unit with several games in Living Room. Small 4 game Atari type unit in loft...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Wii video game unit with several games in Living Room. Small 4 game Atari type unit in loft...moreless

  • Video Library:

    various DVDs...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    Nestled in a tranquil and pristine area on the Upper Manistee River. Fishing on this section of the river is Fly only....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    In kitchen, extra chairs in hallway closet...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    all sheets, pillows, pillow cases, bed spread, extra blankets...moreless

  • Living Room:

    comfy couch, ottoman, recliner chair, chair, TV, stereo/CD player, wood burning stove. Open to kitchen....moreless

  • Parking:

    in driveway and garage...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    in driveway...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line. Outgoing local calls only. Renter may wish to bring calling card to make long distant calls. Can receive incoming calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    plenty of bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Clothes soap and clothes basket provided...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    firewood provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    including coffee and filters...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    pots, pans, bakeware, cooking sheets, mixer, blender, crock pot...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    16 settings, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, coffee cups, serving bowls, storage bowls, silverware, steak knives, serving utensils, spatulas, everything else you would need...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Paved trail from Grayling to Hartwick Pines State Park. You can mountain bike right from the driveway. Bike shop in Grayling....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    wrap around on 3 sides...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two canoe liveries nearby. They will customize almost any river plan you desire for drop off or pick ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    large lot with fire pit and wood, yard games...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane provided...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Centrally located to several ski areas in northern Michigan. You can cross country ski right out the door....moreless



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from 38 traveler reviews
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Base Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning Fee $90
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/29/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1991

About the owner: Hi, I'm Pat Lee and together with my daughter Kim and son-in-law Paul we have chosen to share this beautiful home with you! Though I was born in North Carolina, I have spent most of my life in Michigan. I have always enjoyed the beauty, tranquility, and abundant recreation and leisure our state has afforded. In fact, our home's name, Lee-sure's Way, is a play on my last name and the leisure one can enjoy just being here.

Why the Owner Chose Fife Lake, MI, USA:
For many years, my husband Marvin and I have enjoyed many wonderful times up here by ourselves and with family and friends. There is so much we have done; hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, canoeing, tubing, campfires, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and yet many times we did absolutely nothing. We just enjoyed and relaxed. Marvin is gone now, but we would like to share these experiences with you - I think he would have liked that.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
When you come up, it will just be natural for you to rail. That is just sitting on a chair on the deck, with your feet up on the railing, just enjoying the river. Every season; summer, winter, spring, and fall are all wonderful up here. And there isn't a more gorgeous river in the state - maybe even the midwest - than the Upper Manistee. It is truly pristine. When you stay with us, Paul and Kim will take care of all your needs. They live just up the river. Don't hesitate to call. Thanks, and enjoy the north, Pat, Kim, and Paul

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/29/2017

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  • From the river

    From the river

  • From the road

    From the road

  • Kitchen


  • kitchen view

    kitchen view

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Mom's room - full size bed

    Mom's room - full size bed

  • Loft


  • loft - 2 twin beds

    loft - 2 twin beds

  • down river

    down river

  • View up river from the dock

    View up river from the dock

  • Another view from the deck

    Another view from the deck

  • Best trout fishing in Michigan!

    Best trout fishing in Michigan!

  • From the road

    From the road

  • Wrap Around Deck (where we do our railing)

    Wrap Around Deck (where we do our railing)

  • Kitchen


  • kitchen


  • new bathroom

    new bathroom

  • Granny's room - queen size bed

    Granny's room - queen size bed

  • loft - full size bed

    loft - full size bed

  • Garage


  • Up river, our dock

    Up river, our dock

  • View from the deck

    View from the deck

  • Fisherman's dream

    Fisherman's dream

  • Fly fishing right in front of the house!

    Fly fishing right in front of the house!

VRBO #429581

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 29, 2017

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