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Lakefront House on Beautiful Northern Michigan Lake

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Last updated: 04/09/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6


Listen to the call of the loons from a modern, 3 bedroom, 2 bath A-frame house located on the shores of serene, 415 acre Avery Lake near Lewiston, MI. A quiet place to appreciate nature and just relax. Area wildlife includes deer, elk, black bear, bald eagles and more. Enjoy excellent fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye, pike and panfish. Fly fishing for smallmouth bass is great in the summer and fall, and we encourage catch and release. Three kayaks, a canoe, a row boat (on which you can put your own outboard motor, up to 15hp) and a new STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD are provided. Numerous trout streams are nearby too.
Much of the lake is surrounded by Mackinaw State Forest, which provides miles of trails for snowmobiling, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, hiking and thousands of acres for hunting. About a half hour drive to the fabulous Garland Resort for golfing or cross-country skiing or less than an hour drive to Gaylord, the Golf Mecca of the Midwest.
The house is located in a very private, wooded setting, on a small island with a drivable causeway and bridge. There are three large bedrooms, each having access to outside decks. Also, there is a large deck off the living room with a great view of the sunset over the lake. The front of the house facing the lake contains large windows affording a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding hills from the living room and kitchen areas. The interior of the house is paneled in rustic knotty pine complemented by a cathedral ceiling. There is a nice lakeside deck, which provides access to a great swimming area. We want you to have a great experience here and will be happy to provide you with any information about area fishing, canoeing, hiking, etc. MAXIMUM OF SIX GUESTS DURING ANY RENTAL PERIOD, and we have had a long-standing policy of no pets, as some of our regular and repeating guests have allergies.ALSO, DURING THE SUMMER, WE RENT ONLY BY THE WEEK, AND OUR WEEKS RUN FROM SUNDAY TO THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY. THE RATE FOR THE WEEK IS $1200. WE DO RENT FOR SHORTER PERIODS IN SPRING AND FALL. THE RATE FOR FOUR NIGHTS OR MORE IS $200 PER NIGHT; MINIMUM RENTAL PERIOD IS TWO NIGHTS. THE RATE FOR TWO OR THREE NIGHTS IS $225 PER NIGHT. ALSO, ALL RENTALS ARE CONTINGENT ON GUEST SIGNING, ABIDING BY, AND DELIVERING TO OWNER A RENTAL AGREEMENT WHICH OWNER WILL SEND TO GUEST.

Montmorency County is probably one of the least developed counties of northern Michigan. Much of the county consists of state forest land. The area abounds in beautiful lakes and clear trout streams. Very close to Avery Lake, are small streams like Hunt Creek and Gilchrist Creek, each having gin-clear water with good populations of brown trout. Canada Creek is just north of Atlanta, and has some surprisingly good brook trout fishing. About 25 miles directly south, the Au Sable River flows through Huron National Forest and is designated a National Wild and Scenic River in this stretch. Great opportunities for floating this river exist, and you are welcome to transport our canoes and/or kayaks to the river for a great day of fishing or just enjoying nature.
In the northwest part of Montmorency County, the beautiful Pigeon River State Forest has abundant small lakes and some very decent trout streams as well. Try fishing on the East Branch of the Black River, or the Main Branch of the Black for wild brookies, or the Sturgeon River or the Pigeon River for brookies, rainbows and browns. All are within about a 30 to 45 minute drive from Avery Lake.
For golfers, Garland Resort is probably one of the nicest courses in the area. And of course there are the many fabulous courses in the Gaylord area.
Great dining is found at the Lewiston Lodge, about a 20 minute drive from Avery Lake, between the huge lakes of East Twin and West Twin. Lewiston, Michigan is located on East Twin and has a decent grocery store and additional great restaurants - like the Redwood Steak House.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 04/09/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Great for young children as water is very shallow, sandy bottom, immediately in front of lakeside deck. Deeper water just further out, which has submerged logs on which swimmers can stand on. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Second floor bedroom with bathroom/ shower...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    First floor bedroom with double bed. Bath just across hall...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    First floor bedroom with two twin beds...moreless

  • The house is an 'A' Frame. The master bedroom is on second floor, with its own bathroom. The other two bedrooms are on first floor, with bathroom just across the hall. WE DO REQUEST THAT GUESTS BRING THEIR OWN SHEETS AND TOWELS. The various sizes of the beds are listed on the Rental Agreement, which we email to you....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Located on first floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Located on second floor, accessible from master bedroom...moreless

Other Amenities

  • If you are looking for a place to just kick back and relax, our house on Avery Lake is for you! My wife and I absolutely love being there and I think you will too. It is also a great place to use as a base for exploring the area, as there are numerous trout streams, rivers to kayak, trails to walk and bike on, other lakes to explore/fish, in the area. I love to fly fish on Avery Lake with poppers - both smallmouth and largemouth bass love 'em. Great to canoe or kayak on the Au Sable River too, just a 35 minute drive south from Avery Lake. We also enjoy bicycling around the lake, especially because so much of it is surrounded by state forest land. Fall has some of the greatest weather, and starting about mid-September, the foliage starts to gradually change, exploding into full color during October. I can't fail to mention what a delight it is to swim in water that is about the highest quality lake water you will find in Michigan. ...moreless


  • DVD Player:

    DVD player is provided and is connected to TV...moreless

  • Games:

    There are some board games, card games, jigsaw puzzles, etc. located on shelf of closet in bedroom that has twin beds in it. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV (satellite) basic service is provided, many of the channels are HD....moreless

  • Stereo:

    There is a stereo set provided that accommodates DVDs. Also has radio as part of the set....moreless

  • Television:

    There is a newer flat screen HD TV that is connected to a DVD player...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Located on Avery Lake, a somewhat remote lake located between Atlanta and Lewiston, MI....moreless

  • Water View:

    View of lake and hills from main living area of house...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Lakeside deck provided for easy access to water...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Dining area is integrated into living area. Classic wood table and chairs. . . seating for six. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Garage:

    There is a garage under the house which will accommodate one vehicle, and guests are free to use it....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating with forced-air furnace located in basement...moreless

  • Living Room:

    House has open-plan, with living room integrated into both the kitchen area and dining area. There is seating for six people. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for cars is available immediately adjacent to the house. We request that guests do not bring RVs, campers, etc. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    There are kitchen towels and some larger towels provided, but we prefer guests to bring their own beach and bath towels....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee maker with filters. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes/glasses/utensils for at six are supplied. Cookware also provided....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen; microwave, stove, oven, fridge, dishwasher....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Some spices, condiments are usually on hand for guests to use. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Outdoor balconies are accessible from each of the three bedrooms. All are elevated and have railings. Wonderful view of wild marsh area with great bird life. ...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    There are usually three older bikes available.. . great for short rides around the immediate area, or even longer rides around lake....moreless

  • Boat:

    12' aluminum row boat provided for guest use. Can put your own outboard on it. . . up to about 15 hp. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There are wonderful decks on all sides of house, each with their own unique view. Back side decks look out onto wild marsh area. . . front and side deck look out onto lake. Some decks have roof...moreless

  • Golf:

    No golf immediately in area, but Garland and other great courses are not far...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    There are 3 kayaks, one canoe, and a paddle board for guests to use. Paddles provided. Some life jackets on hand....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    We keep the area surrounding the house in as much of a natural state as we can. There is an area near the drive up area that could be used for outdoor games. It also has a nice fire pit for guest use...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is an outdoor grill located on side deck, just outside kitchen door. It uses propane, not charcoal....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Stand-up paddle board is provided...moreless



Write a review 4.6
from 5 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring, Summer and Fall
Apr 15 - Nov 30, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


During the Summer, we rent ONLY by the week, and our weeks run from Sundays to the following Saturday. The rate for the week is $1200. During the Fall and Spring, we do rent for shorter periods, with a 2 night minimum stay. Limit of 6 guests during any one rental period. For stays of three nights or less, the rate is $225 per night. For stays of four nights or more, the rate is $200 per night. We do request guests to bring their own sheets and towels. We do require guests to fill out and sign a Rental Agreement, and we send the Agreement to guests by email.

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Last updated: 04/09/2017
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This is a nature-lovers paradise! So many trails to explore on state forest land; mountain biking opportunities on back roads; running, swimming, etc. Grocery shopping abut 9 miles away. Good restaurants in Lewiston and Atlanta; Golfing at Garland is about a 25 minute drive. All the fabulous golf courses around Gaylord are an easy drive from the house.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: We are Dan and Cheryl, and although we actually purchased the property in 2003, it has been in our family since the mid 70s. We both grew up in Toledo, Ohio, but we have been coming to beautiful Avery Lake since the late 60s, when we camped at the state forest campground. We now divide our time between Avery Lake, Ohio, and Florida.

Why the Owner Chose Atlanta, MI, USA:
We absolutely love the area that Avery Lake is located in. It is so removed from the hustle-bustle of downstate life. It is located in Montmorency County, which is probably the least developed of all the counties the northern part of lower Michigan. The lake water is of the highest quality. The drinking water comes from an 80 foot well and we think its the best! We have two (now adult) children who were practically raised at Avery Lake in the summer, and they come back each year for a wonderful family reunion. The memories of this place are an important part of all of our lives, and Cheryl and Dan want to share with you the beauty that the house and area offer.

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 04/09/2017

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  • Lakeside deck with row boat that may be used by guests

    Lakeside deck with row boat that may be used by guests

  • Living room area

    Living room area

  • Downstairs bedroom with double bed

    Downstairs bedroom with double bed

  • Upstairs master bedroom with queen-sized bed

    Upstairs master bedroom with queen-sized bed

  • Kayaking in front of house

    Kayaking in front of house

  • Sunset from front deck

    Sunset from front deck

  • We love kayaking!!

    We love kayaking!!

  • One of the springs feeding the lake, this one on N. side.  You can walk to it!

    One of the springs feeding the lake, this one on N. side. You can walk to it!

  • Birch clump near house

    Birch clump near house

  • Quiet morning paddle

    Quiet morning paddle

  • A nice Avery Lake Smallie caught by Dan (owner) on a fly

    A nice Avery Lake Smallie caught by Dan (owner) on a fly

  • View of house from lake

    View of house from lake

  • View of lake from front deck

    View of lake from front deck

  • Living room area; (note: TV has been updated since date of photo!)

    Living room area; (note: TV has been updated since date of photo!)

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • View of lake from front of house

    View of lake from front of house

  • Downstairs bedroom with twin beds

    Downstairs bedroom with twin beds

  • Two-track road leading to house. . . great for jogging, biking, hiking, walking.

    Two-track road leading to house. . . great for jogging, biking, hiking, walking.

  • Kayaking on Au Sable River, just south of Avery Lake

    Kayaking on Au Sable River, just south of Avery Lake

  • Fall colors on lake.  We love the fall! So quiet and peaceful.

    Fall colors on lake. We love the fall! So quiet and peaceful.

  • Foggy morning on Avery Lake.  There are some nice islands on the lake.

    Foggy morning on Avery Lake. There are some nice islands on the lake.

  • Swimming is great!  Lake is fed by numerous springs running down from hills.

    Swimming is great! Lake is fed by numerous springs running down from hills.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 20, 2017

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