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Muskegon River Retreat, Newaygo - Croton, Michigan, River Frontage

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen, porch, private dock steps from the river, 7 acres

The Muskegon River Retreat is a quaint, clean, 2 bedroom cabin only steps from some of the finest cold water river fishing that Michigan has to offer. The river is approximately 200 feet wide and in mid-summer is often shallow enough to wade in front of the cabin. Please see our classified ad in Spring 2014 'Trout' magazine (by Trout Unlimited).

If you are looking for some of the finest spring and fall run steelhead fishing, congratulations you have found it. Steelhead as big as 20 lbs have been caught on flyrods by our spring 2014 guests. Easy access to the river increases your precious fishing time.

Each of the 2 bedrooms have 2 twin beds allowing capacity for 4 fishermen or feel free to push them together for 2 couples. You have the amenities to cook your own meals in the well appointed kitchen or barbecue outside on the gas grill. The cabin has a nice sitting area inside with wall to wall windows where you can unwind while watching the river.

The Muskegon River in front of the cabin is an excellent place for new fly anglers to learn the sport and experience success catching rainbows and browns on dry flys. Lots of room to cast, perfect paced water and epic hatches will not disappoint. We sincerely ask that you consider hook and release fishing for the majority of your catch...after all...the fish are the resource that keeps all of us coming back.

If you have your own drift or motor boat, renters may use the dock at the cabin to get a jump on the day, and the other fishermen. If you are in need of a guide for a day or several days, we refer clients to several of the finest guides on the river. Please inquire if you have interest as they do book out their schedules sometimes months in advance. The Retreat also has room to park boat trailers. The Pine Street public boat launch is convenient for launching of your own watercraft, just upstream.

This is a great place for families with kids. Imagine your kids catching fish from the dock and chasing crayfish, frogs and turtles with a net. Your kids will build memories that will last a lifetime. As with most rivers, while wet wading, we recommend wearing river shoes and proper waders for colder days. Flotation devices are also recommended.

It's a comfortable cabin and your family or friends will love it. Even in the winter, you will be astounded at the quality of the fishing. Give the Muskegon River Retreat a try this year and you won't be disappointed.

More Details

Mike Moldal
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 2, 2018

About Mike Moldal

Our family has owned what now is called the Muskegon River Retreat for over 50 years. Bob headed the mortgage loan department for Old Kent Bank and Jeanne was an elementary school teacher. Bob has been well known in the Grand Rapids area as an avid steelheader and has fished the river all of his life. Over the years, Bob has made several significant improvements, but the Retreat retains its charm, simplicity and wonderful river frontage. We've taken pride in the property and hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Mike Moldal purchased this cabin in 1964

Why Mike Moldal chose Newaygo

Why would you choose this property over others? Two reasons come to mind immediately. #1 is the prime river front location. This cabin isn't on a bluff isolated from the river, it has access to the river around the clock. Steelhead and chinhook salmon from Lake Michigan return in the Spring and Fall to spawn. Just upstream, Croton Dam is the first barrier to the spawning run, so the mile or so below the dam (our location) becomes loaded with big fish. The spawning fish produce eggs, smolt and flesh that steelhead, rainbows, browns, and walleyes eat. The location provides a great starting point to float, row or motor. Reason #2...Fish are plentiful and often can be large in size. Don't be surpised to catch 3 - 5 species of fish in one day. If you haven't held on to a 15+ lb steelhead on a fly rod or spey rod, you need to experience it. And if you like to dry fly fish (of course you do), one of our epic caddis or mayfly hatches will make you shake your head in disbelief.

What makes this cabin unique

What we love most about the Muskegon River Retreat is the tranquility of the river. In this day of constant distractions, it is nice to put it all away for a few days and focus on you, your friends, your family and a lazy river. Late afternoons and evenings are a favorite time when the tubers have gone and the river is quiet and peaceful. Because of the convenient access to this upper stretch of river, you'll feel like you have your own private beat for the evening hatch. There's nothing like finding your casting rhythm while sharing memories with those closest to you.


Newaygo Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Stand up shower, toilet and sink. Very clean.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Push together if you'd like to make a king out of 2 twins
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Push 2 twins together to make a king if you wish.
  • Master bedroom has a dresser. 2nd bedroom has a good size closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • 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
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Please remember to bring your boat. We do have links to some exceptional fishing guides on the Muskegon River, but this location is prime for fishermen with their own watercraft. By docking out front, you can get a jump on the day and finish your day by fishing the top mile in the evening without pressure. Shuttle services can be hired to move your vehicle to the take out while you fish.


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Muskegon River Retreat, Newaygo - Croton, Michigan, River Frontage
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 26 reviews

Hidden gem! Beautiful home, stunning location

  • 5 of 5

I would give it 10 stars if I could. This is a beautiful home at a stunning location, exactly what you need to rejuvenate. Proximity to the muskegon river is the highlight of this home, the serene surrounding help reconnect to the nature. There will be no issue reaching the destination if you follow owner's instructions properly. Coolbough natural area and is just 5 minutes away, perfect for morning hike. The owners are extremely pleasant and more than willing to ensure that you have a nice stay.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We know there are many choices of lodging these days and excellent customer service is important to a successful vacation. We appreciate your business and thank you for your willingness to refer friends and family. All the best to you.
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Poor Experience

  • 1 of 5

This was the second time renting this property and I thought both interactions with the owner were friendly, open and honest until the day after I checked out and the owner called me accusing me of a list of false accusations. After going back and forth with the owner for 20 minutes, he told me he was keeping my security deposit, on top of the additional cleaning fee I already provided up-front and that I would be hearing from his attorney. While the owner did hold true on keeping my money, he provided me no proof of damage and no attorney letter. I tried pursuing mediation through HomeAway but they refused. I didn't want to post this on the site but I wanted others to be aware of the potential monetary loss they may face when renting this property. I highly recommend seeking alternative cabins in the Newaygo area, there are plenty to choose from and you won't have to worry about your security deposit.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As you promised if I did not return you deposit, you followed through on your threat to slander us. Cleaning fees are standard in the rental business. There was not an additional cleaning fee, just a basic cleaning fee. The deposit is used to discourage poor behavior, breach of rental agreement and damage repair. I have eye witness proof that 15 people were on the property having a party. The cabin was left in poor condition with 7 bags of trash for a 2 day rental. Twelve 1.5 liter wine bottles were left in the cabin along with the trash. You would think a rental owner would be disappointed with a poor review. On the contrary, I am glad you testified that if renters behave poorly and don't abide by the lease, damage deposits are retained by the owner. That is the exact purpose of the damage deposit. I urge any prospective renters to do just as this renter encouraged. If you typically disrespect properties and / or exceed the guest capacity specified in a signed lease, please rent from another nearby property. Instead, if you are responsible adults, expect a clean, comfortable, well-run establishment with excellent location that does not allow pets, smoking, drugs or rowdy parties, we are an excellent choice. We only rent to adults over the age of 30, not to unsupervised children or people that behave like children. This renter (who had rented previously) also invited several guests in their young 20's. See Kyle V's previous glowing review below (Sept 18, 2015) in the review history. Decide for yourself. If you are responsible, we look forward to providing you with excellent customer service and a great place on the river.
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Excellent secluded getaway on the river

  • 4 of 5

Great views of the river. Nice patio to sit and watch the river and wildlife. Comfortable home with everything we needed to make our meals at home and relax. Great vacation. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian, Thank you for your kind words and for being our guests. It really is amazing how beautiful it is on the Muskegon River, especially early morning and in the evening. I hope you had a chance to experience some epic fly hatches and fishing while you were there.
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Cabin was excellent!! Clean, quite and Awesome!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a excellent week. Could not ask for a better get away spot. View of the Muskegon river and all the wild life was very relaxing. We are looking forward to our next visit. More fishing this next time for sure🤙

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chris and Julie, Thank you for taking the time to leave such kind comments. It makes us so happy to share this special spot on the river with our new friends. Thank you again for trusting us with your lodging needs and thanks for being our guest. We look forward to having you back when the salmon or steelhead are in the river.
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Dayton, OH

Beautiful property, locale and accommodations! Highly Recommended!

  • 4 of 5

The Muskegon River Retreat is a great getaway on the Muskegon River! The cabin is very well appointed, comfortable, and has many nice amenities. It has many personal touches reflecting many seasons of family enjoyment of the outdoors and the river. Early mornings are the best with fog rolling across the river and bald eagles high in the trees. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wayne, Thank you for your kind words and we are so glad that you and your friends enjoyed your stay. After fishing the Muskegon for many years, I am glad you chose our cabin as your lodging choice. We look forward to having you back for a future trip.
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Muskegon fishing retreat

  • 4 of 5

We had a absolutely wonderful time renting this cabin on the river. It was in a fishing location that I knew well and the access to the river was very good. The accommodations were perfect and slept four big guys without any problem and included all the comforts of home. The kitchen provisions were very helpful, with everything we needed. The owner's instruction for arriving and leaving explained everything clearly.

I would recommend this place to anyone, but I would also prefer to selfishly keep it a hidden gem. :)

The only downside was that we were there during beautifully cool evenings that would have been ideal for campfires at the adjacent fire pit, however, previous renters were irresponsible and made it so campfires were no longer allowed.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jason, Thank you for your kind review. I am so glad our cabin provided enough space for even 4 good sized guys. It is unfortunately true that we are no longer allowing campfires. The seclusion of our location and absence of fire hydrants unfortunately makes for higher risk. Although most renters (but not all) are responsible, we have to respect our remote river neighbors and reduce the potential risk of a campfire becoming a wildfire. We hope this won't dissuade you from returning, it's just smart practice. Thank you again for being our guests. Mike
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Grand Rapids Gerald Ford International Airport
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Muskegon MI
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Pilgrims Run
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Grand Rapids MI
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
US 131
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Anchor Inn
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Croton Pond Beach
Car: recommended

About 10 miles upstream from Newaygo you will find the quiet river town of Croton, Michigan. Croton is a small town on the banks of one of the Muskegon River impoundments. Lake fishing and boating is available on Croton Pond. The town of Croton has available ammenities year-round including a grocery store, restaurants, ice cream shop, a bar and grill and a gas station. The major draw for the area is the Muskegon River and Croton Dam is the furthest upstream that steelhead and salmon can migrate. Fly hatches, spawning fish and small smolt are in abundance so the trout fishing is excellent. The Muskegon River Retreat is about 1.5 miles downstream from Croton Dam near the Pine Street access point (free boat launch access).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Deposit $750

Holiday weekends require a 3 night minimum rental and the nightly rate is $195.00.

Pets or smoking in cottage will cost 100% of damage deposit or actual charges to repair property (whichever is greater). Guests must wash dishes prior to vacating.
Trash must be removed from cottage and placed in can upon vacating. Failure to do so will result in fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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