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Manistee Lakefront Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1-1/2 bath wooded cottage with lakeview

This spacious beach front lake home is perfect for family vacations or a getaway with friends.

The ash paneled dining room and kitchen is fully stocked with microwave and dishwasher. The open floor plan allows families and friends to relax and enjoy a fire after a long day of activities.

The home is slightly set back to allow privacy from the neighbors while still allowing great views of the lake. Your own private beach front allows families to enjoy swimming in the shallow, sandy beach water of Manistee Lake.

Manistee Lake is an 860 acre, 6'-18' deep all sports recreation lake. It has good walleye and pan fishing and is known for its beautiful sunsets. Perfect for waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, fishing, jet skiing, etc… A public boat launch is available for easy access to get your boat into the lake.

The nearby attractions are endless;

-Boyne Mountain and Shanty Creek are a short drive away which have a ton to offer including hiking trails, biking trails, golf, indoor water park, concerts, and restaurants.

-Traverse City is about 20 minutes away. There are many restaurants, bars, shopping, public beach ect…

-Mackinaw Island is within a day trip. Jump on the ferry to the island and enjoy a day of biking around the island, horse back riding, horse carriage ride, and the famous FUDGE!

The Marathon gas station just down the road has many amenities for any last minute needs. It also has great pizza and ice cream.

Bed and bath linens included.

More Details

Edward & Maryann Smart
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 2, 2017

About Edward & Maryann Smart

Property owners have a cottage across the lake for easy accessibility should you need anything. The property owners live in Southeast Michigan and spend a great amount of time in the area enjoying the many activities the area offers.

Edward & Maryann Smart purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Edward & Maryann Smart chose Kalkaska

Our cottage is centrally located between Grayling, Traverse City and Boyne Mtn.

What makes this cottage unique

Campfire pit.

Beach area has gently sloping sandy grade for easy access into the water.

The cottage offers some privacy being set back from the other cottages a bit.


Kalkaska Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Canoeing the Manistee and Ausabe (Holy Waters) and famous fly fishing is close by. Shell Haven canoeing rental is on M-72 approximately 8 miles west of Grayling, canoes, kayaks, inner tubes, ect... available for rent to floating down the river. The sandbar on the Caribbean blue Torch Lake is 20 minutes away with possible pontoon rental. Turtle Creek Casino is 25 minutes away on the way to Traverse City. The year starts with the Trout Festival in May and proceeds with very good Morrell Mushroom hunting peaking around Mother's Day. There are many area festivals including the Cherry Festival in July and also the TC Film Festival. The year concludes with the Ice Man Cometh Off Road Bicycle in November. ORV trails are about 2 miles away. Grandview Golf Club is just around the corner 2 miles. Additionally, Twin Birch Golf Course is about 5 miles with their Friday night fish fry! Please inquire about any/all of the surrounding activities in the area for more detailed informat


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Manistee Lakefront Cottage
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews

Manistee Lake Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for 6 nights. The cottage was very nice and well supplied, comfortable and clean. Did not go in lake but looks like nice sandy beach for the kids. Great location for exploring Traverse City, Charlevoix ,Petoskey and Gaylord.

Only suggestion would be to install a battery operated smoke detector. Would like to go back someday. I had a phone chat with Edward and he was very sincere in his effort to make sure we enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is the cleanest, coziest, and the best stocked cabin my family and I have ever stayed in, and we have stayed in a lot of places over the years! We will definitely be coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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July 26-July 31 2017

  • 5 of 5

We had a great family vacation. The weather was perfect. The place was very roomy and everyone had there own bed. The house was clean and kitchen well stocked with what we needed. The lake was sandy and beautiful. The dock had a nice extra platform area with a table for relaxing and enjoying the sun. It's a great location to stay if you wanna head to TC for a day trip. My favorite part was the sunsets. They were just stunning. !! Hope to stay again next year!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Perfect for a peaceful vacation

  • 5 of 5

This cottage had everything we needed!! It was just like being at home! Would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great couple of days.

  • 5 of 5

In spite of the rainy, cold weather, we had a great couple of days. Cottage was near and very comfortable. Nice lake- close for dAy trips to Gaylord and Traverse City. Owner was very friendly and attentive. Would recommend it highly for a good old fashioned Michigan lake vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your nice review and we're so glad you enjoyed the review.
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June 24, thru June 28, 2017

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay on Manistee Lake near Kalkaska. We had a family get together. We own a place on the Lake which my sister and her family were staying at. With 6 adults and 2 children there wasn't room for myself and our family. This rental worked out great. Just down the road with all the space you could need. We had 4 adults and 3 children. With the unfortunate weather we had enough room to feed all the family here. The place is well stocked with all the cookware, towels and linens you need. The exterior and interior and beautifully decorated. Makes you feel right at home. All my family is think about renting for future get together.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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G's Pizzeria & Deli
Breakfast and Burger Express
Trout Town Tavern & Eatery
Burger King
ATM (Next Door Store)
Little Caesars Pizza Pizza Pizza Pan Pan
Marathon Gas Station and Store
Twin Birch Restaurant
B C Pizza
Third Street Cafe
Cherry Street Market
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Dingman's Bar/Hideaway Bar
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Ironton Ferry/Beaver Island Ferry/Mackinaw Ferry
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Grand Traverse Resort/Boyne/Schuss Mtn
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Manistee Lake Inn/Shirley's on M-72
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Schuss Mtn./Boyne Mtn./15
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Manistee Lake Beach
Car: necessary

Beautiful sandy beachfront on (860 acre) Manistee lake.

Public boat launch available for boat drop off.

Dock to tie off your boat

Thirty minutes from Traverse City and the many wine country tours.

Kalkaska is 15 minutes away it only takes 25 minutes to get to Turtle Creek Casino.

Torch Lake 20 minute drive with the beautiful clear Caribbean blue water and famous sandbar.

Day trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes and coast of Lake Michigan. Take a day trip to the Mackinaw Straits Area.

ORV trails are close and can be driven to; Sunset and Blue Bear and CCC Trail.

Take a motorcycle ride to the Tunnel of Trees on M-119 in Harbor Springs and visit the famous Leggs Inn Polish Restaurant with its bluff view overlooking Lake Michigan.

Enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables available at the quaint Cherry Street Market on M-72.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

75.00 Cleaning Fee. We would prefer to rent to for full weeks at a time, Saturday to Saturday.

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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