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Unique Cabin with Private Beach on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath with full kitchen/laundry and stunning lake view.

This unique two bedroom cabin is like nothing you've ever seen or stayed at before. Located in the woods at the tip of Leelanau County, it lies on the shores of beautiful Cathead Bay - a natural, pristine, sandy bay with shallow water for great swimming, kayaking, and water sports. This is the getaway location with access to an inland lake for fishing, bird watching, and hiking. Miles of uninterrupted beach makes for pleasant walks searching for Petoskey stones or enjoying the ever changing shoreline, natural dunes, and area wildlife.

This distinctive cabin sleeps 4 with two Queen Beds. It includes a fire-pit, horseshoes, gas-grill, and an open deck that allows for awesome sunrises, sunsets, and star-gazing. Don't let your fantastic 'Up North' experience end with summer. This area is well known for its spectacular Fall Color Tour. You can enjoy being in the center of the amazing color changes with biking, golfing, hiking and wine tasting.

The Cabin at Cathead Bay is a place to take you 'Off The Grid' and enjoy a peaceful, affordable get away.

More Details

Cynthia Jackson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2018

Why Cynthia Jackson chose Northport

This lakefront property was purchased in the early 1900's by the Bradley family and passed down to the current owner. The cabin was started in 1968 and became a summer working project for the entire family.

What makes this cabin unique

Clear days provide views of both North and South Fox Islands. Mackinac sailboats can be seen during the annual race. Not uncommon for sailboats to anchor in the bay overnight. Light from the Lighthouse can be seen at night along with excellent star gazing. This property has the best section of beach on Cathead Bay!


Northport Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Refer to Rental Agreement for specifics on Cancellation Policy.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full Bathroom with Shower/Tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second bedroom - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2) Upstairs bedroom overlooking Lake Michigan.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

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Unique Cabin with Private Beach on Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews

Third fall visit to Cathead Bay

  • 5 of 5

This was our third fall visit to the Cabin on Cathead Bay, and we enjoyed it in every way. During our three night stay, we had one stormy day, with ferocious winds and 6 foot waves just outside the door, and two lovely fall days, good for hiking the many nearby trails and visits to Northport and Leland. This is the perfect place for a quiet getaway, a lot of book reading and relaxing with Lake Michigan steps away. I expect we will return again.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Indian Summer

  • 4 of 5

The view and weather were absolutely beautiful! Could not have picked a more perfect week for my California friends to experience what northern Michigan is all about. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Northern Escape

  • 5 of 5

We had a thoroughly delightful stay at the Cabin on Cathead Bay. The setting is superb! Nestled in the woods north of Northport, it is very peaceful and quiet, no automotive traffic, only beach walkers, boaters and wildlife! During one kayaking adventure we sighted three bald eagles flying over the Bay.

The cottage is compact, clean and well equipt. Unlike many rentals, this cabin does not have an excess of unnecessary items including owners personal belongings that clutter up space. It is spartan, but addresses all your needs. In other words you won't find every cup, plate, dish or glass that the owner doesn't want in his/her home. If you've rented much, you know what I mean!

The cottage is a good space for a couple, two couples or a family of 3 or 4. The large living room window and deck provided spectacular views of Lake Michigan. Easy access to the beach made beach combing and walks a breeze. We really enjoyed building fires in the fire pit and making s'mores.

While a bit remote (which adds to its charm), the cottage is about a 15 minute drive to Northport, a quaint town with shops, restaurants and a grocery store - the town has most anything you might need. And Northport is just one of many wonderful places to visit in Leelanau county. We also very much enjoyed visiting nearby farm markets and shared in their August bounty. We plan to return to the Cabin on Cathead Bay!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The proper is wonderful, remote and wild.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was clean and thoughtful provisions were made but the true delight is the setting. Tucked back in the woods, we heard wolves and loons, walked long distances on the beach, enjoyed the total silence and sense of being alone in the world. Fires in the fire pit in the evening added to the fun.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 had a wonderful time at the cabin on cathead bay. We took a couple of day trips in between days of soaking up the sun. We went to Northport, Leland, Pyramid Point, Glen Arbor and Glen Haven. The beach the cabin is on is amazing and cabin is very comfortable. We cooked dinner every night at the cabin and used the fire pit to roast marshmallows and hotdogs. The area surrounding the cabin is very secluded. Even though it's short drive to Northport you still feel like you are faraway! The beach is perfect for finding petoskey stones (we found over 25!), swimming, running and hiking into Leelanau State Park. The cabin is situated close enough to the beach so we could watch our kids safely play on beach while we enjoyed the view from the deck. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and feel very relaxed and happy after our week of vacation at the cabin. Thank you to our wonderful hosts for providing this cabin and who were very responsive to our needs and questions!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cabin on Cathead Bay is lovely and the view is outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed the peace and tranquility that this location afforded us. The cabin was cozy, comfortable, and nicely appointed. I would heartily recommend this spot for those looking for a quiet, get a way vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Traverse Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Garage
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Northport Creek
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Car: necessary

Leelanau State Park - Lighthouse, Peterson Park for amazing sunsets, Sleeping Bear Dunes (Glen Arbor), Fishtown in Leland, local vineyards and wine tasting, and Woolsey Airport - grass runway with annual pancake fly-in / antique car show.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Weekly rental during Summer season is Sunday 5pm to Sunday 11am. Sorry - No early check-ins or late checkouts. Cancellation Policy: 30+ days prior - 25% of rate. All others 75% of rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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