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Spacious Family Getaway In Onekama With Portage Lake Access. Close To Lake Mi!

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom With Portage Lake Views And Beach Access.

Gorgeous two-level home features 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, a great-room encompassing a fully equipped kitchen, large dining area, and living area. Exterior includes a large deck overlooking the lake, accessible from the living area.

Two bedrooms with adjoining baths are located on the main level, each also with its own access to the inviting deck. Two bedrooms and a third bathroom are located on the lower level. In addition there are two twin beds and a twin roll-away in the common area of the lower level.

A detached bonus room with full bath offers an additional queen bedroom for a private stay from the rest of the house.

A 10-minute walk or a 1-minute drive gets you to a short path and boardwalk to the semi-private shoreline for great swimming in the sandy-bottomed crystal clear waters of Portage Lake.

For nature seekers, take a stroll through the natural trails of the wooded areas of this 8-acre property. Deer and foxes are a common sight. There is also a large open grassy field for any family sporting activities.

A 15-minute drive around Portage Lake takes you to Onekama and all it has to offer, including a city park with its own beach and playground. Great for family picnics.

An additional 10-minute drive around the lake from Onekama and you arrive at the beautiful, expansive public beaches of Lake Michigan.

More Details

Property Manager
West Shore Rental Management
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017


Manistee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Attached upper level bath.
    Bathroom 2 - Attached upper level bath.
    Bathroom 3 - Lower level bath.
    Bathroom 4 - Detached bonus room bath.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main level attached bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main level attached bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Lower Level.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Lower level.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Detached bonus room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


4/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Spacious Family Getaway In Onekama With Portage Lake Access. Close To Lake Mi!
average rating of 4.0 based on 4 reviews
Chicago Suburbs

Summer 2015

  • 4 of 5

We rented this house with another family that we have traveled with many other times. This was the nicest house we have ever rented together in our 13 years of traveling together. The views of Portage Lake were beautiful. The bird feeder was addicting. Since we have a bird feeder at home, my husband made sure they were always fed. We saw so many blue jays and woodpeckers. We actually saw a bald eagle flying by while we were all sitting on the deck.

As far as the house goes, it sleeps a lot of people and is pet friendly. Our two tweens had enough private space for themselves. I would have liked a little more lighting and a larger TV since it rained the first two days we were there. Since we have rented houses before, we knew what supplies to bring. Definitely bring a knife sharpener with you for this house. We saw deer and a fox. In the early morning the crows are really loud. This is definitely a house for anyone who wants to just relax, unwind and enjoy life. There were lots of board games provided. Grocery shopping is not far.

The only reason I did not give this house five stars is because of the lake access. There was no information provided as to how to get to the Portage Lake access. We found it 4 days after we arrived when we were driving to Miller Rd to see a wood working artist that was recommended to us. (His work is awesome, just be prepared to pay for real art.) We saw a last name on a weathered sign on the lake side that was the same as the last name of the house we were renting. If this was the lake access, it seemed as if we were in the backyard of someone. It certainly would not have been an easy walk with supplies, chairs and children. Definitely not what we were expecting. We opted to go to the beach in Onekama and Manistee.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Michell So glad you enjoyed your stay at the Carroll Lakehouse. Sorry about the confusion on the directions to the beach access. I will correct that immediately. Hope to see you back at Portage Lake in the future. Till then, safe travels. John Carroll
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Great place, would highly reccomend!

  • 5 of 5

Was a perfect quiet setting, with plenty of room for a group looking to relax for a weekend.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional - lake view as well as very private with lots of property and woods.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The home is beautiful. It was very adequate for sleeping many people with privacy. The two master suites on the main floor were very nice. There was plenty of space for parking since we had several audlt grandchildren. House is very well stocked as we cooked there most of the time. Beautiful home and property. Thank you for sharing with our family. We look forward to coming back next summer. We're very familiar with the area and there were lots of things to do such as music in the park, the beach and many other things.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandra Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on your stay at the Carroll Lakehouse. My parents and my ten siblings have many wonderful memories of summers in this house and Portage Lake. I hope you and your family now have some too. Please come stay with us again. Safe travels John Carroll Carroll Lakehouse
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okemos mi

Nice older house near Portage Lake

  • 3 of 5

We stayed here with two other families. House is laid out very nicely so the children could have their section downstairs and the adults could have privacy upstairs (and in the bonus space near garage). Portage Lake is beautiful and surprisingly quiet. Views from the deck are lovely and there is much privacy. The listing for the house is a bit misleading though. The path to Portage Lake is across the street and through someone else's side yard and leads to some bramble and marsh rather than a sandy beach. There is also no easy way to walk to Lake Michigan from the house if you plan to swim. It's an easy drive to lots of public beaches on Lake Michigan and the public beach in Onekama is quite nice (with an ice cream/sandwich shop right by). The house is a bit dated and can certainly use some lighting in the dining area. It's also quite a workout bringing the trash down the large hill to the street.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vin, Thank you for taking the time to comment about your stay at our home on Portage Lake. We are glad you and your family enjoyed the house, the lake and some of what Onekama has to offer. We regret the confusion regarding the access to Portage Lake. To remedy any future confusion we have marked more clearly the entrance to the path and boardwalk leading to the lakeshore. In addition there is a map with directions at the house. Again, thank you for your feedback. John (Owner)
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Nearest Airport
56.3 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Shay's Chop House
Nearest Ferry
38.3 Miles
S.S. Badger - Lake Michigan Carferry
Nearest Golf
3.3 Miles
Heathlands Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
7.4 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Shay's Chop House
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Car: necessary

Situated North of historic Manistee; home of pristine Lake Michigan beaches, downtown shopping, river-walk & Little River Casino. Home is just south of the Village of Onekama offering antique stores, dining, parks and public access to Portage Lake and Lake Michigan.


Rates & Availability

Manistee House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 11.0%

A $500.00 security deposit/reservation fee is required to book dates. This fee is refunded within 45 days of departure as long as no damages are found in the property. We require 50% of the total rental amount (rent, taxes and cleaning fee) 90 days prior to your reserved dates and the remaining 50% balance 30 days prior to your reserved dates. Cleaning fee of $150 will be applied to all rentals.

Check or Money Order; PayPal accepted however service charges apply.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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