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Sugar Island-Waterfront property with pontoon (May-Sept). Open all year!

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


About the property

3 bedroom, waterfront property - great for fishing! Boat included in stay!

If you are looking for a quiet, waterfront place to stay, than this Sugar Island house, referred to as the 'Sugar Suite', is just what you are looking for! Plus, from the middle of May until the middle of September, there is a small pontoon boat for your use!

The Sugar Suite is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, ranch-style house on the Northeast side of the St. Mary's River (the mouth of Lake George). It is the perfect spot for boating, swimming, fishing (great water depths!) or even duck hunting! It is also close enough to the mainland (about 10.5 miles from the car ferry), that a day trip to the Historic Sault Ste. Marie as a 'fudgie' is always possible! In the Sault, you can visit the shops on Portage Avenue (Or 'Fudgie Lane', which is where tourists get the 'fudgie' name from, because they are known for purchasing a lot of fudge!'), the famous Soo Locks, the Tower of History, Valley Camp, the casino, or one of the few golf courses in town.

The property features 165 ft of waterfront, where you can find a fire pit and a grill for your use! We also have an updated dock (2016) and a few bicycles for your use, but you are welcome to bring your own as well! The most traffic you'll see from this location, is on the water!

As you walk into this house, you will enter through an entry way with a washer and dryer for your use. The kitchen features an electric stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. Pots, pans, dishes and utensils provide everything but the food you need to prepare your meals.

The dining room features a dining room table with 6 chairs and a tall top table with 2 stools, views toward the back of the house (where you park) and toward the front of the house (through the large picture window facing the water).

The living room has a couch, an oversized chair with an ottoman, a futon, and the large picture window with water views.

The master bedroom has a Queen bed, with a desk, alarm clock, lamp and a 24' flat screen television with a DVD player included.

The 2nd bedroom 2 queen beds, a full bed, a closet with hanging racks, a night stand, alarm clock, lamp, and a 19' television with a DVD player included and a full size mirror attached to the door.

The 3rd bedroom has a Queen bed, a dresser, a night stand, alarm clock, a lamp, a closet with hanging racks, a 19" TV with DVD player and a full size mirror.

Do you want to bring your boat? You are more than welcome! In fact, there is a DNR boat launch about a mile from this location, so putting it in the water once arrive at the Sugar Suite will not be an issue and we have plenty of room for you park your trailer! OR, per first sentence! Use our Pontoon boat! Again, New for 2016, we have an older Pontoon boat that is available for your use (holds up to 1000 lbs)! If you plan to use the Pontoon boat, please bring life jackets (all children 12 and Under must be wearing their life jackets at all times - US Coast Guard regulation). We make sure the pontoon boat is full of gas for your arrival, and we have additional gas on-site. We will charge you $5/gallon we charge, from your security deposit, based on what you use. It takes mixed gas and we aren't close to any gas stations or marinas, so This is the most convenient method for both parties. If you need more gas than what we have provided, we will work out accordingly.

We'll provide all of the linens, but would appreciate it if you could bring your own beach towels and paper products.

If you possess your Michigan Fishing License, than you can not only use your own boat, or the pontoon boat for fishingC but you also have the option of biking a charter fishing trip just 3 docks down (Blue Heron Sishing Charter). Let us know if you are interested and we'll help you reserve your trip with the captain next door.

Other than that, we welcome your dog(s), but there is an additional $50 fee per animal.

We have a hose for your use, so if you have your own fish cleaning station, bring it and you can hook up to the hose!

Please, let us know if you have any questions! We'll do our best to accomadate special requests!

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Laurie

My husband and I both grew up in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, but he's the 'life-long' Islander! In fact, we live in the house he was born and raised in, which is only 2 houses down from the Sugar Suite.

Laurie purchased this house in 2010

Why Laurie chose Sault Ste. Marie

My husband was determined that if the ranch-style home that his granfather built ever became available for sale, he wanted it! Therefore, when the house became available in 2010, we bought it! And now, we call it the Sugar Suite!

We feel that it is our way of letting others experience Island life!

What makes this house unique

We love the Island and the fact that we can have a camp fire every night if we want, or go for a peaceful boat ride anytime we want - as long at the weather cooperates.

Our nieces and nephews love that they can come over and enjoy, water skiing, wake boarding, tubing or jet skiing. Plus, they have the option of staying on the St. Mary's River system, or heading over to Lake George for some larger waves.

The best part of this 'Island Retreat' is that you can be as active or inactive as you want! There are definitely things that can keep you busy. However, if you are looking for a peaceful location, to read a book or lay in the sun without distraction, than this is also the place for you!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for allowing us to stay at the "cottage" as we called it.

Beautiful location and we loved it!

Thanks again!
Jul 2013
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Sault Ste. Marie House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both Bathrooms were completely remodeled in 2014 (new shower, new toilets, new fixtures, new flooring, new vanities, and new counters.)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , *We do have play pens available if needed.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , There is a futon in the living room (along with couch).
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , *Play pen available upon request.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , 1 double
  • Each bedroom has a closet, dresser, lamp, alarm clock, and a 22' flat screen TV with built-in DVD player.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • swimming
There is room for additional air mattresses in the house, if you would like to bring more people! There is also room for a camper or tents in the yard. The more the merrier! This is YOUR vacation! In 2016 we are adding a "boat" to the stay! We bought an older pontoon boat to rent with the house. If you are interested in using it, please let us know and we'll make sure it is full of gas for you and ready to go! If you are wondering about something, please ask! Chances are - we can try and accomodate!


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Sugar Island-Waterfront property with pontoon (May-Sept). Open all year!
average rating of 4.5238094 based on 22 reviews

Great view of the water - perfect place for large family and friends to stay. It was very clean!

  • 5 of 5

We have our own place on the island, and needed place for more family to stay. We moved our reunion gathering to the "rental" so we could enjoy pontoon rides and have a campfire at the same time.

The kids all said the beds were comfortable and having two full baths was a plus.

We will be return guests thxt time we have all of our children and grandchildren visit at the same time.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and can't wait to have you back!! Thank you for being such wonderful guests!
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Nice cabin with great views

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was great for a long weekend. The view is beautiful, there's a big window in the living room looking out to the river and the mountains in Canada. Laurie was quick to answer any questions and made sure the drive way was plowed for all of our vehicles and trailers.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute and clean home. Just as described. Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this property. Everything was exactly as described, no surprises. Property was so nice and quiet. Owners were very easy to deal with and were very nice. Would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I just realized that my response didn't post earlier! Thank you for the nice feedback! You were a pleasure to have, as well!
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  • 4 of 5

I'm sorry I couldn't be there but my family had a great time.

Laurie could't have been more accommodating.


  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Jordan, MI

Beautiful location! The house was very charming. I would definitely recommend this property !

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing, quiet and great fishing! All my children enjoyed our stay as did my husband and myself! The house itself is very charming. Absolutely loved our stay here! We really didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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generally positive

  • 4 of 5

The dryer was well used during our week due to the weather. There were perpetual puddles in part of the yard. The landlords stopped by and treated us well. The stairs to the boat had overgrown vines. Providing soap, full kitchen and towels was nice. Partly due to rain adjusting windows was difficult. Home is 10.6 miles from ferry. It is close to Blue Heron Fishing, which helped us learn the area better. Out from the dock the water is over 30 feet deep, but parts of the neck upriver were only 3 feet deep, so boaters be aware.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Sault Ste. Marie, MI, US - CIU
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10.5 Miles
Sugar Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Country Club
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10.5 Miles
Clydes Drive-In
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Searchmont - across the border
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Sugar Island Township Park
Car: necessary

There is a DNR boat launch about a mile away from this cottage.

Though Sugar Island may not have all of the things featured above, Sault Ste. Marie is only 10.5 miles away - and once you have reached the ferry, you are within a couple miles of downtown Sault Ste. Marie!

This is a great location for fisherman and duck hunters! Plenty of room in the large entryway for all of your gear (a decent amount of shelving and lots of hooks to hang things up).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning fee $50

The Boat is only available for the "summer months" defined in the rates (Middle of May through the Sunday after Labor Day).
The gas grill will be available for your use.
We have bagged ice for sale ($2/bag) on premises.
We have wood for sale by the wheel barrow load - or you are welcome to bring (or hunt for) your own.
We have additional gas for sale for the boat on the premises. It will be full when you get there and needs to be full when you leave. It takes regular gas, if you want to bring your own can.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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