INDIAN LAKE CABIN #1
SLEEPS: 4 standard + 2 small children (max)
LAKEFRONT (Indian Lake)
*DOCK (new in 2018, private, between May 15-October 15)
*RENT 1 CABIN OR ALL 3 TOGETHER
Consider this cabin an upgrade from camping. Along the shoreline of Indian Lake, this old-school (1940s) cabin is an ideal get-away for the small family or couple who used to like to camp, or wants a more rustic experience. Walking around the cabin, the ground is uneven in places. Please watch your steps. There are cottages within earshot, as this was once the Mountain Ash Resort, a historic spot for many years. The shoreline is rocky, so it isn't easy (though not impossible) to hop into the water directly in front of the cabin. Due to the rocks, swim shoes are suggested. Swimming directly n front of the cabin is not ideal for small children.
When you are at Indian Lake Cabin #1, feel like you are a part of the water at Indian Lake. We are located in Manistique, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Located along Indian Lake, which is 8,400 acre Spring fed lake. Indian Lake is the fourth largest inland lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with an area of 8,400 acres. It is 5 miles long and 3 miles wide. Indian Lake has a maximum depth of 18 feet with about 90 percent of the lake less than 15 feet deep. Game fish include perch, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, rock bass, small mouth bass, bluegill, sturgeon and brown trout. It is rocky along the shoreline, except in a tiny, sandy area. The lake has a sandy bottom, yet you have to walk through the rocks in order to hit the sand.
This area is great for swimming, hiking, golfing, biking, fishing, hunting and sight seeing. Spend the day boating, read a book on the deck under the umbrella, or enjoying the tiny sandy beach area. Then, spend the evening having a tasty barbecue and a soothing bonfire. You are literally steps (10 or so) from the lake. Gorgeous, wide open view of the water. Enjoy being outside in the fresh air! This cabin provides a kitchen with dishes, cooking utensils, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, fridge and a gas stove. Artesian well water.
Feel free to enjoy time under the community pavilion with the newly paved sitting area, and sandy bottom swimming.
Bedroom#1: Bunk Bed style: a full-size bed on bottom and a twin bed on the top (only suitable for children under 100 lbs)
Bedroom#2: Bunk Bed Style: a full-size bed on bottom and a twin bed on the top (only suitable for children under 100 lbs)
Big Springs "Kich-iti-kipi": Michigan's largest freshwater spring. Two hundred feet across, and 40-feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit. By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.
Indian Lake Golf Course: A very popular, 18 hole golf course along Indian Lake. Just 5 miles from the Cabin.
The Kewadin Casino: It is approximately 10 minutes (7 miles) from the Lodge.
Historic Manistique Water Tower : The Old Water Tower is one of the many historic sites in Schoolcraft County. Built in 1923 and constructed in the “Roman revival” style, it is also listed in the national register. The renovated building will provide space for arts related public events and public rest room facilities while preserving one of Manistique's unique and historic buildings.
Fayette State Park & Historic Townsite: Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Located on the Garden Peninsula at Snail Shell Harbor. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. It is now a completely restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October. The historic site is located in Fayette State Park.
*Mackinac Bridge- approximately 1 hour away.
*Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore- approximately 1 hour away.
*Tahquamenon Falls State Park- approximately 2 hours away.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Association: This cabin is a part of the Mountain Ash Condo Association. Back in the 1980's this was known as the Mountain Ash Resort. Each of the cabins is now privately owned. Freshwater Vacation Rentals manages 3 of the cottages: Indian Lake Lodge, Indian Lake #1 and Indian Lake #3. There are no other rentals on this property. The rest are the owners you see are just enjoying their home. Many of the owners live here all summer.
Beach: The beach area outside the pavilion is small, and it is just used for swimming. It is not for docking boats. The association does not allow boats to be pulled up and left all night. They must be taken to the Indian Lake State Park and trailered back and forth each night.
Boats: While we love the new dock, if your boat has a deep bottom, it may be too rocky to pull your boat up as far as you would like. We highly recommend you pull your boat each night due to the high winds and waves that Indian Lake creates. A friend's boat was actually sunk by the waves a few year's back, so now we are extra cautious. Need a rental? Check out the Curtis Fish and Hunt Shop http://www.fishandhuntshop.com/boatrentals.htm
Cell phone service: Cell phone service is generally unreliable in the Upper Peninsula when you travel outside of Marquette and Escanaba.
Firepit & Firewood: There is a portable fire pit on wheels. We do not guarantee there will be firewood available during your stay. Many times, you will find firewood left in close proximity to the cottage, that you are welcome to use. Firewood Rick at (906) 341-5698. He's just down the road and generally can deliver a face chord of wood for approximately $60 - delivered.
Fish cleaning hut: We have a communal fish cleaning hut that is used by 12 cabins within the Mountain Ash Association. Still, if you are fishing for & henceforth cleaning your salmon, we do need you to clean your salmon at the Harbor Boat ramp fish cleaning station where they have a large grinder for the leftover fish parts. (Open May-end of September)
Grill: There is a charcoal grill provided for your use.
Guns: We can not allow target shooting anywhere near the Indian Lake (Mountain Ash Association) Cottages. There are neighbors close by. Plus, there are local 2 gun ranges in the area that are accessible.
Pavilion: As a guest, you are welcome to use the pavilion to spend time along the water, cook or enjoy the small beachy area. The Indian Lake State Park, just 1 mile around the bend has a more expansive pavilion/ sandy beach area.
Pets: I'm sorry, yet due to safety concerns, we will no longer be able to welcome pets of guests to any of the cabins at the Mountain Ash Association. The only way to have a pet with the Mountain Ash Association is to purchase a cottage. Owners are allowed to have pets, yet guests are not. My apologies for this inconsistency, yet it is a part of the association by-laws.
Play area/ Swing set: There is a small children's play area with a swing-set and plenty of room for outdoor children's games across from the community grilling area.
Towels: Yes, we have both basic towels and linens for your stay.
Swimming: The sandy swimming beach area right next to the cabin, with a convenient pavilion and community grilling area.
Water (well): Our water has passed all the county water tests. You are welcome to use the water as you would at home.