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Almost a Castle on Lake Gogebic. 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2 living rooms + Rec room

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Year Round Vacation rental on Lake Gogebic and snowmobile trail.

To book this property you will need to talk with the owner first so we can go over some basic house rules. Reservations or payments made before we talk over the phone will be declined. Please call: 608-575-1343 after 6:30 CST M-F

Almost a Castle on Lake Gogebic L.L.C. is a large, newer lake home on beautiful Lake Gogebic, a 13,000+ acre lake, famous for Walleye and Perch fishing. It is open year round and is right on the snowmobile trail. UTV and ATV riders use the Forest service road system which directly connects to the ATV trail system. That road system enters the woods directly across the road from our property.

You will feel like a king and queen in this very large lake front home with over 4,400 sq ft of combined living space on the main floor and second floor. With 5 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 3.5 bathrooms, fireplace, and 300 ft. of shoreline, you will get the vacation you want instead of being packed into a small cabin. In the winter we close off the bathroom in the master bedroom to prevent the water pipes from freezing. It is available the rest of the year.

If it is starting to feel expensive, look at our rates and you will see it costs about the same as most places half it's size. Many guests split the cost with another family. We set a limit of 12 people but make exceptions on occasion if there are young kids. The absolute maximum number of people is 15, and on occasion we approve up to 15 if there are 5 or more young kids. The rates posted are for up to 10 people. Additional guests beyond the first 10, costs $30 per person per night. Guests cannot be rotated, exchanged or replaced without paying the additional fee. This means once 10 people (adults or kids) have been there, all of the next guests pay the additional fee even if some have left.

Our location has good wind protection because we are on the West Shoreline and behind a large point sticking out into the lake. This is an important feature on a large lake because the other shore (East Shore) can have really large waves, making it hard to go boating. Our shoreline (the West shoreline) is often calm even when the East shoreline has large waves.

Call us at: 608-575-1343 ( we don't accept reservations/payments without talking over the phone first, so we can cover some house rules).

Come see this area's great waterfalls and beaches, ride ATV's, snowmobile, hike, swim or fish. Catch Walleye's right from our pier or shoreline and then have a campfire while overlooking the lake.

Bedrooms: The master bedroom is enormous and overlooks the lake. It is approximately 25 feet wide by 30 feet long. There is another bedroom that overlooks the lake that is about 25 feet long by 20 feet wide. Both of these rooms have a king size bed and at least one twin bed in case one of your kids needs to be near you. Two other bedrooms are easily large enough to have a queen bed and at least one additional twin bed. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs and 1 bedroom downstairs. The downstairs bedroom has two twin beds and it's own bathroom.

There is a large living room upstairs, (33' x 14') that we call the Eagles Nest because it has a birds eye view of the lake. It has lots of large windows and a great view of the lake. On the main floor there is also a living room attached to the kitchen and dining room with a fireplace all overlooking the lake. Together they make a great central place for people to eat, hang around, play cards etc. On the main floor there is also a rec room with air hockey, and a basketball game, and TV all overlooking the lake. There is a separate room just for playing ping pong upstairs. The upstairs living room and the rec room have satellite TV's. You will appreciate having multiple living rooms on cold or rainy days so kids have a place to call their own.

Location: It is located about 15 miles North of the Wisconsin border, North of Presque Isle, WI., and about 30 minutes West of the Cisco Chain of lakes near Watersmeet Michigan. Minocqua and Eagle River are both about 45 miles away. This means less boat traffic, more privacy, more fish and a better price for you. We are directly on the snowmobile trail and this area averages over 250 inches of snow. That's is over 21 feet of snow a year. All that water helps keep this lake full even in dry years.

Fishing on Lake Gogebic: Fishing magazines frequently state that some of the Midwest's best perch and walleye fishing is on Lake Gogebic. Every gas station, restaurant, and business in the area has lots of jumbo perch fish mounts on their walls, with some perch over 2 lbs. There are a lot of 11'- 14' perch in this lake. This is one of the best Walleye fishing lakes in the Midwest. There are a lot of 16-22' Walleyes in this lake. The Michigan DNR approved a lower size length for 2016. It appears that 2 Walleyes can be 13" or larger, and the rest of a person's daily limit must be 15". There are too many13"-14" Walleye's in this lake and they want to reduce the number of fish in that size range. Please read the MI DNR's fishing regulations to be sure what the new rules are. Catch them from our pier or in one of the boats we provide at no cost. There are also some trophy Northern Pike and some very nice bass in the lake.

Boat Landings: There is a free public boat landing 150-200 yards away. There is also a state and a county public boat landing that can be used provided you have the appropriate sticker. The lake is an all sports lake so you can use canoes, kayaks, sailboats, jet ski's and motorized boats.

Snowmobile and ATV Trails: Want to ride your snowmobile? We are directly on the trail so you won't have to trailer up once here. Ride to Lake Superior which is about 35-40 miles north. The trail system goes for many miles in all directions. Ride on the lake. Once frozen properly this lake becomes a giant 18 mile long adventure land. You can rent sleds and ATV's from several places near our cabin. We have plenty of parking space for all your toys and have a detached garage with openings at either end so you can drive right through it without having to turn your sled around. We and many others use the small forestry road across the street to access the official ATV trail system. Most township roads, and county roads are fair game to ride on provided you follow the rules and drive responsibly. Get an ATV map to make sure you are legal and don't get lost in this vast area of wilderness.

Downhill and Cross Country Skiing: Downhill ski on some of the best skiing east of the Tetons while only driving 30-40 minutes to ski resorts like Indianhead, BlackJack, Big Powderhorn, Norway Mtn, Pine Mtn, Porcupine Mtn. State Park, (downhill and cross country), Whitecap Mountain, and Mount Zion. Did you know that this area's average annual snowfall is approx. 250'. There are several places to cross county ski. Check the Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce's web site for active cross country trails. We like to cross country ski down to the Lake Gogebic State Park or the County Park. This stretch has lots of undeveloped shoreline.

Waterfalls,Hiking trails, and Mountain Biking: The U.P. is filled with waterfalls. Some of the best ones are 30-60 minutes drive from this cabin. Hike along the Lake Superior shoreline which is filled with beautiful quartz rocks polished smooth to skip on the water. Agates and other pretty rocks are hidden treasures for you and your kids to find. We really enjoy going to Lake of the Clouds which is in the first range of mountains from the shoreline of Lake Superior. That park has many miles of hiking trails with some leading deep into wilderness and others requiring little effort to overlook the Porcupine Mountains and Beautiful Lake Of The Clouds. Many people come to the area just to see the waterfalls. From Saxon Harbor North along the Lake Superior shoreline, there are many waterfalls to visit. Most waterfalls have trails, bridges and other improvements to help people view them. These tend to be great hikes for kids because most are approximately a 1-3 miles long and they have lots of fun walkways, bridges, terraces etc. for kids to run around on. Our regular website has lots of pictures of waterfalls in the area.

Call us at: 608-575-1343

Other Amenities: We do not guarantee that an item will not break down, be damaged from the last renter, a storm, or even stolen. We cannot immediately fix or replace all items. While we have not had problems with them, things happen and if a bear destroys a grill, or one of the many TV's or the satalite TV system stops working, we can't replace it quickly.

Free WiFi

Free Satalite TV for 2 different TV's

2 DVD players

Air conditioning if needed, It is rarely needed. ( $25 per day or $150 per week charge if we activate it via computer).

2 grills, one is propane and the other is charcoal. (You supply gas and or charcoal ).


1-2 aluminum fishing boats (free to use, not considered a guaranteed item but free to use)

Fire pit overlooking lake and swimming area.

Pier and swimming area.

Wood burning fireplace off kitchen/living room.

Paved driveway and plenty of parking for 4-5 trucks with trailers.

Directly on snowmobile and ATV trails.

Ping pong table, air hockey.

3 acre site with 300' of shoreline and woods that separates neighbors from this house on both sides.

All the bedding material provided. (Guests must bring their own bath towels, soap etc.)

Use of an outside garage for keeping sleds, boat, ATV etc.

Laundromat available in both towns nearby 5-7 miles away. Not on site.

Grocery store, convenience store, ATV and snowmobile rentals, gas stations available within 2-8 miles.

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Marenisco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3.5 bathrooms. Two upstairs and two on main floor. One upstairs bedroom is closed off during cold weather.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • 5 bedrooms. Master bedroom has views of lake, has a king size bed along with two twins, and it's own full bathroom. Size 25 feet x 30 feet. Second bedroom is 20' x 25' and has a King and a single bed and faces the lake. 3rd has a queen and a single. 4th Bedroom has a queen and two single beds. 5th bedroom has two single beds and a private bathroom. Base rate is based on 8 people. Each person beyond the first 8 names, costs $25 per night per person. If there are a lot of young kids we sometimes set fixed price for the whole group. This is on a case by case basis. The number of people staying there is monitored by an outside security camera and our property manager.
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Laundry mat, gas station, bait shop, grocery store all within a few miles in several directions. Lots of restaurants on lake that you can boat to, snowmobile to or walk to. Nice swimming and fishing right from our shoreline or pier. We also have one boat lift that can be used by guests for boats up to 2,000 pounds.


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Almost a Castle on Lake Gogebic. 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2 living rooms + Rec room
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Upper Peninsula MI

Great Lake house !!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over Memorial Day weekend with 3 couples. House is huge, could have easily fit many more people without any crowding. House was nicely furnished, clean, and comfortable. We caught some fish, enjoyed grilling out, and had a great time! I have stayed at vacation rentals quite a bit, and this was one of the nicer ones. Very good value for the price.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Gorgeous gigantic lake house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a weekend with a group of 9 people and were very impressed with the house and its location. It had a modern lodge feel with tasteful decor and spacious rooms. Even with a group of 9, there was lots of privacy and plenty of bathrooms for everyone. I stayed in the huge master suite upstairs with attached bathroom and was amazed at the size of the attached living room. Lots of room on the deck for eating outside, seating for 12 I believe, lake is very pretty, boats and dock right out the back door. Very well taken care of and pretty new I'm guessing. There is lots to do for outdoorsy people close by. My group was on the end of a long vacation further north, so we just used the lake house to recharge and rest up before the rest of the trip home. We enjoyed the fully equipped kitchen and the large dining area with a view of the lake also. Would highly recommend this property. I'm thinking it would be a great place to go with extended family on vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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huge place on the lake

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here many times, both summer and winter.It was easy to find and off of a well maintained road. In the winter it was nice to be able to ride our snowmobiles rite from the driveway on miles of beautiful trail. In the summer the large yard down to the lake felt secluded and had a great dock to fish swim and boat from. The house is great, with a nice up north feel and was clean and didn't have that crowded feeling that most places have that advertise a large occupancy. the contract is clear, and a really good price, with fair prices for extras. Always have a blast and hope you do too.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fall color enthusiast

  • 5 of 5

Spent a long weekend up in the North Woods in Sept. The weather was perfect as were the accommodations.

We drove up to the Porcupine Mountains one day. Fairly close with breathtaking views. Lots of room at this place. All of my kids had there own room. Also, went fishing one day. The walleyes were biting and we were able to feed our whole group for dinner. Highly recommend this place. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alex Elkins
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2018

About Alex Elkins

My wife and I have owned vacation rental properties since 2001 and have enjoyed renting our properties to many families. We love being up North with our two boys. Over the years we have learned what families need and want for a vacation rental and we try hard to provide not only an exceptional place to stay but things for the entire family to do while there.

Alex Elkins purchased this house in 2012

Why Alex Elkins chose Marenisco

Compare this property to most others and you will see it has bigger rooms, more space, a great view all at a price similar to what people pay for 2-3 bedroom vacation rentals in the area.

What makes this house unique

Large bedrooms and lots of space. Have you ever slept in a bedroom that measures more than 25 feet by 30 feet? We have two bedrooms that are about this size and two more that are also extra large. The smallest bedroom is still large. There are two living rooms and a rec. room with a basketball game, air hockey, and a ping pong table in a separate room. There is something to do for everyone right here at our place. Our place can have up to 15 people.


Lake of the Clouds
Presque Isle River
Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Wausau WI or Marquette Michigan
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Gogebic Lodge or Fish Tales
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many within 2-5 miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Besemer Ski Hills (Indianhead, BlackJack...)
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Lake Gogebic State Park or Lake Gogebic Co. park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

No Pets, No parties, No Fireworks, No Smoking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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