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Historic 'River Cabin' on the 'Holy Waters' of the Ausable River

(9 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 4

Built in the 1940's by famed fly fishing guide Jim Wakeley, our 'River Cabin' is located at the historic Wakeley Bridge. 'Uncle Jim' purchased the property during World War II and began developing the property one building at a time. As a second generation fly fishing guide, my family and I are working to keep the memory of Jim Wakeley alive and share our love of the river. The cabin is nestled along the world famous 'Holy Waters', a 'fly's only', 'catch and release' section on the AuSable. The cabin is just a short drive to the North and South Branches of the river.

Canoe and kayak rentals are available on site for rental; along with the opportunity to hire Capt. Dave to take you on a memorable fly fishing float on the beautiful AuSable.

For the golf enthusiast we are only a short drive away from both, Forest Dunes Golf Club and Garland Golf Resort. For the hikers, bikers and bird watchers the cabin is three miles from Wakeley Lake, a beautiful part of the Huron-Mainistee National Forest area with miles of trails with loon and eagle sightings on a regular basis.

The quiet and cozy cabin offers two bedrooms with a full size bed in each, full kitchen with living area including a couch, for additional sleeping. Dishes and linens are supplied along with a charcoal grill. There is a riverside fire pit for enjoying the summer evenings.

Whether you are fly-fishing, canoeing or simply relaxing our cabin provides it all.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 450 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    smoking allowed outside of cabin...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Away From It All
  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    On the Mainstream of AuSable River...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Forest Dunes located six miles from Jim's offers quality golf....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    kayaks and canoes available for rent on site...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning fee $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 6%


Holiday Stays: 3 night minimum stay, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.

Non-smoking cabin, smoking allowed outdoors.

Check in time is 3 p.m. Check out time is 11 a.m.

Pets are allowed if special arrangements are made with owner. Pet fees may apply.

Renters must be a minimum of 25 years of age

Cash or Check only Paid upon arrival.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 05/18/2017
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capitol Airport Traverse City Michigan
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Forest Dunes Golf Resort
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
East M-72
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

Guided fly-fishing trip with Capt. Dave available on property.

Canoe and Kayaks available for rent on property


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1978

About the owner: Second generation fly fishing guide taught by the famed Jim Wakeley. My wife and I bought the property in 1978 raised our three children here and continue to enjoy having our four grandchildren enjoy it also.

Why the Owner Chose Grayling, MI, USA:
Our Aunt wanted the property to stay in the family so after the sudden death of our Uncle Jim we bought it from her to continue the traditions that they started.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
We love the River and cannot imagine ever not being here. The view of the River is spectacular and fishing is great. So nice to be able to walk out and be right at the riverfront.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

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Links to more information:



  • Looking down at River from Cabin

    Looking down at River from Cabin

  • looking at our own private channel from cabin

    looking at our own private channel from cabin

  • kitchen


  • Capt. Dave with clients on a beautiful summer day floating the AuSable

    Capt. Dave with clients on a beautiful summer day floating the AuSable

  • Flowering crab apple tree in May in front of cabin

    Flowering crab apple tree in May in front of cabin

  • kitchen


  • dining/living area

    dining/living area

  • bathroom


  • looking at river from cabin

    looking at river from cabin

  • Looking at Cabin from River

    Looking at Cabin from River

  • Bedroom with Queen size bed

    Bedroom with Queen size bed

  • outside of cabin

    outside of cabin

  • kitchen


  • Looking at Cabin from Channel of the River

    Looking at Cabin from Channel of the River

  • Cabin with fall color

    Cabin with fall color

  • dining area

    dining area

  • kitchen/dining area

    kitchen/dining area

VRBO #563651

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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