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Energize yourself in nature, at our Manistee River Sanctuary~Fish, Kayak, Hike~

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Custom Log Home Sleeps 6-8 Sits On The bank of the beautiful Manistee River..

Comes stay with us in the privacy of the northern michigan woods. This unique custom built gem of a log home sits on the bank of a blue ribbon trout stream. The Manistee River! Home features custom touches including handmade furniture and beautiful birch kitchen. Also has all the amenities of a fully equipped modern log home. Easily sleep 8 features a private master suite with private bathroom. The manistee river is a popular spot for fly fishing, producing big browns and the occasion rainbow. It is the best trout tributary east of the Rocky Mountains. Plenty of opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and tubing as well.

Features full equipped home, simply bring your family and get ready to make wonderful memories in our lodge in the woods. Located just 25 minutes east of traverse city. Summer visitors MAY get an opportunity to climb our restored fire tower to view hundreds of miles of serene countryside.

Hunters bird and deer paradise, hundreds of acres of state land nearby. Also close to atv trails, for winter fun on your snowmobiles. Call or text for details, kids under 12 stay FREE!***

When getting a quote please do not enter how many kids, the system is not calculating right, only enter number of adults*** Thank you

4 bedroom 3 bath custom home with full kitchen, natural fireplace, open floor plan, large dining area. Features outdoor fire pit, charcoal grills and large deck. Has view of the Manistee river from home. Private setting in the woods! Cell phone service is NOT good in this area, we do have a landline for emergency purposes. **Please note if the lodge is booked be sure to ask about our Two Rivers Island View Cabin, it may be available*** Come on home to pure Michigan, we look forward to your stay.

More Details

Property Manager
Belinda Mercado
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

Why Belinda Mercado chose Fife Lake

Beautiful custom features throughout this log home. Wonderful details and modern conveniences all wrapped up on the bank of the Manistee River.

What makes this lodge unique

This is one of 2 homes available for rent, if you have a large party rent them both and get a discount. Total housing with both units can sleep up to 20 people. We also offer our lodge dining hall within the Ranch for weddings and special occasions, call for all the details.


Fife Lake Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , on suite private in master bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom bunk room 1 - 3 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 loft - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 Master Suite - 1 queen
  • Our max in this unit is 6-8 adults *Children under 12 stay free* No more than 12 total, which would include children. **Will not consider over 8 adults for this unit** Thank you!
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Our Deer Tracks Lodge is located just 25 minutes East of Traverse City which hosts many activities through out the year. Truly all seasons of fun! National cherry festival, locally the National Trout festival. Many more activities nearby! Golf, Fish, trail ride, explore and hunt! Dont forget to check out our 'Deer Tracks Ranch' for fabulous hunt opportunities. Bag a world class buck! Or take a ride to Turtle Creek Casino and try your luck on the poker table or slots! Great dining and comedy club, just 20 minutes from us! **For the nature lovers, we also offer a spring horn hunt*** You will enjoy a family stroll through the ranch where you have opportunities to find large Elk and white tail horns that you can take home as a token of your visit***


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Energize yourself in nature, at our Manistee River Sanctuary~Fish, Kayak, Hike~
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
Charlotte,nc. Flint, mi.

The whole experience was great

  • 5 of 5

Me and my college buddies went up there for a weekend to unplug from the phones and all of that. This place gave us everything we wanted. The house was amazing, the pictures don't do it justice. And the property was perfect. We didn't catch anything while fishing, but it was still great just being up there and soaking it all in. Only piece of advice I would offer is to bring a knife to prep food with, the ones there were too dull to do much.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us, it was great meeting you guys ;) I will make sure that we replace the on site knives, thanks for letting us know. Hopefully you will make it a yearly trip with your buddies!! Many more opportunities for memories to be made in the years to come. Enjoy the rest of your summer !
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DeLand, FL


  • 4 of 5

Loved visiting with the owners and their other guests in the river house. The surroundings were beautiful. Accommodations very nice. However, we found ourselves in need of some scissors once in a while. Would also have enjoyed having wi fi . We realize you are in the process of selling the property. Maybe some information to pass on to the new owners. The opportunity to use the golf carts to roam the owners property was also fun. Loved all the creative features to the house. The Mayburys.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing, beautiful property with tons of detail.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the property and our stay there. The lodge is amazing and must be seen beyond pictures to appreciate all of the wonderful details. If you're looking to unplug and unwind, it's the perfect place for a family vacation. Unfortunately, we didn't meet the owner as he was away, but perhaps next time! Thank you

Kevin and Kim S.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family trip

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time! The property is as nice as it looks! Our only wish was for less mosquitos and more fish ;-)

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure to meet with you and your family! Yes, bug spray is 100% needed as I mention to everyone the day before check in. The thing with trout fishing is you have to be patient and offer different presentations until you find what they like. The best browns were caught and released during the "Hex" hatch which was in the 3rd week of June. Come back and see us next year, it was a pleasure serving you !
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Special place

  • 5 of 5

This house is full of amazing details and is very well kept up. My husband enjoyed some superb fishing on the Manistee. Dave was wonderful, always willing to give suggestions and interested in what we were up to each day.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing our home to get some down time. We loved having you, and hope you will stay again. As your husband found out, it is truly an amazing stream that hosts beautiful trout, she was a beauty! Thanks for bringing your dog along, hope she was able to cool off in the river too. We love our four legged friends ! Enjoy the rest of your summer :)
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Commerce Township

Third Time Renting

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, comfortable, and spacious lodge. I've stayed here 3 times now, if that says anything. Unbelievable craftsmanship went into the building of the lodge, and the setting is perfect right next to the rivers. Will be staying again in the future.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Cherry Capital
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Fife Lake Inn
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Timber Ridge
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Yankee Boy
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Manistee Lake

Make sure you make the trip to Traverse City for the National Cherry Festival in July. Many family fun activities, and the ever popular sweet red cherries. The festival features parades, sand castle building contests,food and spirits, movies by the bay, concerts, and fabulous fireworks display over the Grand Traverse Bay. Enjoy a stroll down the historic streets of Traverse City which offer many boutiques and cozy restaurants. Also has several night clubs for an evening of fun! Or if you enjoy local wine, schedule a tour on the beautiful peninsula, wine tasting and tours just 35 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee (up to 4) $150

Pets are welcome for an additional pet fee of $50 per pet,
if pets are left alone, they must be put in a travel kennel.
make sure to let us know if you are planning on bringing your four legged friends! *****ALL NIGHTLY RATES ARE BASED ON A 4 PERSON STAY ADDITIONAL ADULTS ARE $75 PER NIGHT****** The $200 damage dep will be collected at check in, it is not paid through this site****

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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