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Big Bear Lake Cottage & 150' Private Beach - Great Swimming, Boating & Fishing

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Lakefront Cottage - 3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6-8, 150' Private Beach & Dock

Three bedrooms, 1 bathroom with combination shower/tub (bathroom was completely remodeled in 2015), new furnace and air conditioner in 2016, fully equipped kitchen, living room with fireplace, lakeside deck, covered back porch, picnic table and outdoor grill. 150 feet of sunny private beach, sandy bottom, safe swimming for children. Private dock, fire pit on beach, beautiful sunsets, 2 kayaks, 2 canoes and a 12' Starcraft aluminum row boat with accessories are included. You may bring your own motor (maximum 10 horsepower) for the 12' Starcraft, or rent our 14' Sea Nymph aluminum fishing boat with 8 hp outboard motor for $60/day or $300/week.

Discounted rates for monthly rentals are available for snowmobile season. There are hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails which are accessible out the cottage driveway.

More Details

Gregg Kabacinski
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Gregg Kabacinski

We have owned our cottage on Big Bear Lake for 28 years. Our family has grown over the years, so we purchased the cottage next door for extra room for family reunions. We would be very pleased to host your family and friends in our lakefront guest cottage which has its own dock, beach, fire pit, and 150 feet of private lake frontage.

Gregg Kabacinski purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Gregg Kabacinski chose Johannesburg

Big Bear Lake has a real 'up north' feel, surrounded by woods and quiet. Our 435 acre lake is crystal clear with great swimming, water skiing, boating and fishing. You will be amazed at the bald eagles and loons that frequent our lake. The loons often provide a serenade, along with the brilliance of the stars as you sit around a campfire on the beach. Oh, and don't get me going on the fishing (smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, muskie, northern pike and panfish - and I've got the pictures to prove it)!!

What makes this cottage unique

Our lakefront is the best, providing full sun on the beach all day long, and shade in the woods surrounding the cottage. Our location on the south side of the lake provides refreshing breezes and beautiful sunsets. We have 5 acres of private woods behind the cottage for children to explore, gather campfire wood, and pick blueberries. For our more adventurous guests there are thousands of acres of federal and state forests, and numerous rivers, within minutes of our cottage. The owner will provide maps and guidance upon request, or if you prefer he will share his 30 plus years of outdoors experience with a fully guided trip for spring turkey hunting, spring morel picking, and fall bird hunting for grouse and woodcock with his well trained Brittany.


Johannesburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The bathroom was completely remodeled in 2015.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Queen size hide-a-bed in living room. Cots are available (please ask owner).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • 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
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We provide free firewood for the lakeside firepit and the living room fireplace.


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Big Bear Lake Cottage & 150' Private Beach - Great Swimming, Boating & Fishing
average rating of 4.638889 based on 36 reviews

A great vacation in northern Michigan

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I decided to rent this cottage at Big Bear Lake after seeing the photos and reading the reviews on VRBO. I had not been to this area for a vacation since I was a teenager in the mid-1960's. We also brought along our oldest grandson, Brandon, who lives in New Jersey and turned 17 this summer. Brandon has been vacationing with us since he was 9. We arrived at the cottage on a sunny Sunday afternoon and fell in love with it instantly! It is everything we were looking for. This is a very comfy, quiet and well-laid-out cottage with good views of the lake. There were nice breezes day and night. The new gas stove, new refrigerator and Weber gas grill were wonderful. I used my 5-hp motor on the 12-foot fishing boat and we got around the lake with no problem. The boat is a StarCraft, in excellent condition, and is rated up to a 10-hp motor. Brandon and I caught bluegill, rock bass, large- and smallmouth bass, and walleye. We may have caught more perch and pan fish if I had taken some worms. There is a good map of the lake bottom in the cottage. We also took our kayaks with us, and they were fun to paddle, and occasionally fish, close to shore. The beach is mostly sand and small gravel, and drops off very gradually as you walk out into the water. This would make it nice for parents with small children who want to play in the lake. The dock has space for a pontoon if you were to rent one. Brandon spent quite a bit of time hiking and biking the drives and trails around the lake, and also rated his week as excellent.

Overall, this was one of our best rentals ever, and my wife and I have rented quite a few across the country. We owned our own cottage in Canada for 25 years, and this Big Bear Lake cottage is on par with that! Our thanks to Gregg for a wonderful week, and we look forward to coming back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Derelict plumbing.

  • 1 of 5

If your ideal vacation spot involves filling up toilet tanks with bathwater, or completing being left without running water, this is the cottage for you!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review leaves out a number of mitigating facts which the owner would like to share with prospective renters: There is nothing deficient with the plumbing. In fact, it was recently installed by a "master" plumber along with a new hot water tank, furnace and air conditioner (to which several previous reviews have commented very positively). The Cottage was without water for one day because pipes froze following an extended period of severe freezing temperatures down to 20 degrees BELOW ZERO (29 below zero with wind chill). Immediately upon being notified of the problem, the owner spent the next several hours contacting a number of plumbers in the area until reaching one who was available for an emergency service call on New Years weekend. An auxiliary heater was placed in the area of the frozen pipes and water was restored within a days time. Throughout this process the owner followed up regularly with the renters to resolve the problem. Last, but not least, the owner offered the renter/reviewer several options as follows to deal with the hand Mother Nature dealt: (1) a COMPLETE REFUND was offered along with referrals to nearby lodging; (2) continue using the cottage while the water was being restored, and go next door to the owner's home for showers and toilet as needed; or (3) move the rental party next door to the owner's home for the remaining day of their stay (a free upgrade). It is noteworthy that the rental party elected option 2, and the owner gave the renter/reviewer the above full use of his home while the owner was away for the weekend.
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Exactly what we wanted!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin and location were perfect. Clean, quiet with a beautiful view. We will go back again.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful cottage on Big Bear Lake. The cottage is all knotty pine, nicely decorated, well stocked and very clean. The owner Gregg is very nice and even though out of the country at the time of our stay he was very attentive. He made sure we had everything we needed. We used the boat that was available to rent which was handy. The boat is in great condition. The lake and the view was beautiful. I wound highly recommend and will definitely stay here again. Thank you Gregg for allowing others to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cottage Big Bear Lake

  • 5 of 5

Excellent 2 weeks were spent in this quaint cottage on beautiful Big Bear Lake. Our only complaint was the weather, but that's Michigan! Location is great for outings to the Mackinaw City or the UP. Have reserved time for summer of 2018!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Me and my family had a great time. Very nice set-up.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2 Miles
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15 Miles
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20 Miles
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15 Miles
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Private beach is 150 feet from the front deck!!!

Our cottage is located on 435 acre Big Bear Lake in southeast Otsego County, providing great boating, swimming and fishing right out your front door. The nearest towns are Lewiston (7 miles), Gaylord (20 miles), and Grayling (33 miles). Mackinaw City, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Boyne Falls, Boyne City, East Jordan, Alden, Traverse City and Alpena are each about 1 hour away by scenic roads providing nice daytrips. Nearby historical sites include Hartwick Pines State Forest lumbering museum, Deward lumber town ruins, and Fort Michilimackinac. Our cottage is surrounded by state and federal forests which provide great opportunities for hunting, fishing, morel mushroom picking, wildlife viewing, hiking, ATVs, snowmobiling, and canoeing. Nearby trout streams within 1/2 hour drive include: AuSable River (mainstream, North Branch and South Branch), Pigeon River, Black River, Sturgeon River and upper Manistee River. This is golf paradise with Treetops, Garland, The Loon, The Lakes, Michawaye (The Pines), Otsego Club, The Natural, and the Gaylord Country Club all within a 1/2 hour drive! The owner provides guided grouse and woodcock hunts with his Brittany, spring turkey hunts, and morel mushroom hunts.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

The quoted rates are for groups of 6 or fewer.
There is an additional charge for each person over 6 people of $25 per person per night.
There is a pet fee of $25 per night.
A security deposit may be requested in some circumstances.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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