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Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

100 Wooded Acres With 2000 feet of Lake Frontage On A Very Private Lake.

FAMILY, COUPLES RETREAT. Please read reviews. Welcome to pristine, private Upper Holmes Lake in the center of Iron County. Perfect place for year round activities, Fishing, swimming, Hunting, bear, deer, birds, Color tours. This cabin was totally re-modeled in 2013 with your 'Vacation Satisfaction' as its goal. The lakeside 1/2 of the cabin is all windows with a sliding glass door to the patio where you will find a picnic table and new gas grill. The lakeside half of the cabin has a complete kitchen, dining, and living area. The big bathroom, and 2 private bedrooms adjoin. The lake provides swimming, boating and good panfishing with an occasional bass, pike or walleye. This lake is home to beaver, otter, loons, songbirds and nearby nesting bald eagles. Deer, bear and grouse are abundant and a moose occasionally visits the lake. A firepit is in the yard and firewood is supplied for your hotdogs, snacks and relaxation. This cabin and its private 100 açres on a private lake, allow you to reconnect with nature and enjoy the convenience of a small town only minutes away. We encourage long term stays and will consider reducing the rates for periods over 30 days. The property is centrally located in the Western U.P. which allows day trips to all the scenic and historical sites in this area. 4G service call be utilized via a hike of 1/2 mile to a high bluff on the property. Also this bluff provides scenic views of the Paint river valley and Crystal Falls in the distance. A table located atop this bluff allows you to take a break, enjoy lunch and use your cell phone and computer. A RR train crosses the north end of the lake daily.This property is the total package for guests who want privacy, it is possible that you won't see another person. The cabin is off the grid and electrical power is provided by a Honda, quiet, generator with a start switch inside the cabin. Electrical service is provided through out the cabin and gas lights are also available in every room. The major appliances are powered by propane fuel.


While there are great trails for ATVs and ORVs nearby, these vehicles are not permitted on property itself.

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Crystal Falls Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , spacious
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Large private bedroom with new double bed - 1 double , Large, private, big closet, new bed
    Bedroom - 1 double , Large, private, big closet, new bed
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Remote private family lakeside get-away within minutes of small vacation oriented town. This location allows everyone to interact with Mother Nature and her special creatures. A boat launch, dock and swimmimg area is on the property close to the cabin. Miles and miles of hiking, biking, atv, cross country skiing and snowmobiling are available. A state of Mi. recreation trail is 5 minutes away. 10 minutes away is the gigantic Michigamme Resevoir with its boat launch, truly wilderness boating and trophy pike, walleye and bass fishing. 15 minutes and you are in Crystal Falls for restaurants, shopping and sightseeing in this historic town. It is 30 minutes or less to major trout streams or terrific golf courses. Skiing trails/hills are available. Fishing and hunting opportunities are out the back door with 1000s of available acres. This 100 private acres with 2000 feet of frontage is off the grid. A quiet electrical Honda generator with an in-cabin on/off remote control provides electricity. See the Lodge.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Nature's Healing

  • 5 of 5

David and Nancy Young have a haven of heaven. The place is immaculate and well provisioned and the owners are gracious and most helpful. We so enjoyed it (my wife Corinne, me, brother Tom and his wife Kathy). Extremely convenient to Crystal Falls and the Channing area where we grew up. We took a field trip to Houghton early one morning for a surprise breakfast of pannukakku (Finnish baked custard pancakes with warm raspberry sauce) at the Suomi Restaurant in honor of Kathy's Finnish heritage. Beautiful drive. This is the area where Travis and Angel hung out and did some of their detective work in the crime fiction novels Blood Ice and Lizard Eyes by Chick LaPointe (available on Amazon). This was a wonderful respite on a gorgeous lake. We laughed, enjoyed nature, got reacquainted with our native cuisine and saw much wildlife including deer, loons, turkeys, a hippopotamus (not really) and a grumpy old porcupine waddling on the road. We would return in a heartbeat to this off-the-grid rest from the news and the tired old world. Our batteries are charged and our minds are basking in serenity.

Thank you, Nancy and David for creating this peaceful oasis.

Chick and Corinne LaPointe, Tallahassee, Florida (both born in Iron Mountain)

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado Springs, CO

Wild Paradise

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible locale! This cabin is located on a private lake with incredible sunrises and sunsets. We've stayed here three times now and each time is an improvement upon the previous one. Our last trip we were pleased to discover that "the Lodge" is outfitted with a self-sustaining solar power system that runs the cabin with full electricity both day and night. What an incredible enhancement for this secluded retreat. Every minute in this area can yield new sights and adventures. Whether it's catching a trophy walleye it listening to the wolves howl in the evening, this place will offer the most relaxing experience of a lifetime. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Lakeview

  • 5 of 5

Best getaway I have had in years.We had the lake to ourselves all week saw 2 boats but they were only there for an hour. The fishing was very good.we saw plenty of wildlife grouse,Deer,bear,bald eagle Loons couldn't get enough of sunsets and sun rises very peaceful the only sound you hear is the surrounding widlife. Can't wait to come back the cabin was very clean and comfortable really enjoyed my stay I would like to thank the owner Dave and his wife they do a great job taking care of the property

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific week on this beautiful lake in completely updated cabin with wonderful accommodations. Extremely private and quiet location perfect for complete relaxation. Had all the amenities needed to be comfortable. Plenty of options for hiking and we had the entire lake available for fishing without any other people on the lake. Our hosts were the most accommodating and friendly that we have ever met. They were genuinely interested in make my sure our stay was enjoyable and comfortable. They were available if we needed anything and were very generous in their time to share some wonderful experiences. We can't wait to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a family get-away

  • 5 of 5

After reading so many positive reviews, we booked this amazing cabin for our summer family get-away. We have 10 year-old twins, and wanted a place away from it all but not too far away, with a variety of recreational activities. This was the perfect place for us.

The cabin is beautiful, and has been completely redone. All new woodwork and fixtures through the cabin make this a clean and comfortable place to stay. There is a generator only for use as needed, and we loved the simple nature of the propane lamps in every room. It made it even more cozy as we played games and read our books each night.

The lake is so clean and pristine. We went out in either the row boat or canoe every day. The fishing is amazing, and so is the swimming. The kids played around in the sand bottom beach area for a few hours each day.

There are only a couple of other cabins on the 140 acre lake, and the others are infrequently used as far as we can tell. We saw only a couple other people early in the week and other than that we had the entire lake to ourselves.

Though this cabin is quite remote with abundant wildlife, it is only a 10 minute drive from Crystal Falls, which has a grocery store, bait shop, and a couple restaurants. This cabin is also not far from Iron River and Iron Mountain, and is perfectly placed for a day trip to the Porcupine Mountains or Pictured Rocks.

Lastly, the owners of this beautiful place are great people. They were so friendly and helpful, and made sure we had absolutely everything we needed during our stay. We hope to return to this little gem every summer.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southwest Michigan

Awesome UP Adventure

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Holmes cabin for a week this June 2015. We put in a lot of time and energy to find the perfect place for our first "pre-retirement" experiment. The reviews are what sold us and we were not disappointed. This place had everything we were looking for. Peace and quiet, privacy and the opportunity to experience the UP atmosphere and hospitality. This place was just beautiful, very clean and the cabin was just the perfect size for the two of us. The generator worked flawlessly, when we needed it. So off the grid yes, roughing it, no way! We too were visited by the loons, whippoorwills and other beautiful songbirds. Other wildlife that showed themselves included a wolf swimming across the water and a doe that walked right into the yard off the lake. A couple mornings with light fog on the water, beautiful sunrises and amazing colorful postcard sunsets and breathtaking scenery both day and night. We were lucky to be present when the train sounded its whistle and crossed the trestle. The fishing was awesome. We caught bluegill, pike, perch and bass. Most every cast brought up a great catch. There's nothing like a fresh fish fry to celebrate success on the water! The town is close with very friendly people. Crystal Falls being centrally located was the halfway mark for us to take day trips to The Porcupine Mountains, Lake in the Clouds, Iron River, Copper Harbor and the other many scenic drives. We definitely would love to come back to complete a Fall tour. Our Hosts made sure our stay was everything we were looking for and it was and more. Definitely a diamond in the not so rough!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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David Young
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About David Young

We now own 100 adjoining private acres and 2000 feet of lake frontage. This property is part of our nearby 600 plus acre Certified Tree Farm Ownership of this property was a natural fit with our other farming and family interests. Our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren encouraged us to completely remodel the cabin and rent it out to others who can appreciate all the comforts of home in an off-the-grid private, natural lakeside environment. The kids and grandkids have already made future reservations to insure that the great grandkids can experience this natural environment as they grow up. The grandkids must think this is a magical site as they annually travel from Arizona, Colorado, South Carolina and Indiana to spend their vacation time, even if grandpa and grandma are not in Michigan. We live nearby and will assist renters in any way we can.

David Young purchased this cabin in 2010

Why David Young chose Crystal Falls

The opportunity to purchase this property fulfilled our dream of owning this very private lakeside cabin in a very pristine, natural environment. A private boat launch, dock and swimming area is only a few feet from the cabin. The boat launch won't support boats over 14 feet

What makes this cabin unique

There is high probability that, during your stay on this property, you will not see another person. In season, you may be able to pick your own mushrooms, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Organically grown fruits and vegetables are available to purchase in town. It is possible that you may see a bald eagle fishing for its dinner on the lake and loons swimming with their babies. We encourage stays of a month or more and will consider modifying the rate for stays over 30 days.


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Iron Mountain, Mi.
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Crystal Falls, Mi.
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Crystal Falls, Mi.
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
U.S. 2 and 141
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Crystal Falls, Mi.
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Crystal Falls, Mi.
Car: necessary

This cabin is centrally located in the Western end of the U.P. its an easy day drive to the Porcupine Mts., Lakes Superior and Michigan, historic sites and casinos. Some world famous trout streams are nearby. If you like fishing big water the Michagamme resevior is 5 minutes away with a great boat launch and world class fishing. The area is a photographers delight, for wildlife, birds, landscape, ext. The property is very private/secluded, you may not see another person while staying at this property. Included on this 100 acres 1/4 mile away is our private/secluded Lodge see vrbo list Iisting 673280. This property is 5 Miles from Crystal Falls and 1 mile off Rock Crusher Rd. via a well maintained two track and is behind a locked gate.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $150

Rentals limited to maximum of 4 persons. Guests, is possible, are asked to utilize the vrbo booking process. If the cabin and property is not left sparkling clean, and all linens changed the cleaning fee will be reduced accordingly. Check in=Sat 11.30am. Check out=Sat 9am. After 10-1 the weekly fee increases by $100 per week to cover heating costs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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