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Best Beach on the Keweenaw - Big Traverse Bay on Lake Superior

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7)

Located on the east side of the Keweenaw Peninsula, near Houghton and Calumet, this cabin offers panoramic views of Lake Superior and Big Traverse Bay. Often referred to as 'The Waikiki Beach of the Keweenaw Peninsula,' the pure white sand beach is more than 100’ deep and more than three miles long. This cabin's beach is 200' wide; nearest neighbor to the north is 1/4 mi. away.

Year-round 26 x 28 Chalet-style lake house provides 180 degree view of Lake Superior, has central heating, full basement with laundry facilities, full bathroom with shower, and full kitchen. New in 2008: new carpeting throughout the cabin, new lakeside windows and new master bedroom bed. Available April through November--occasionally through Christmas, depending upon how early the heavy snow arrives (the county does not snowplow our road, thus access is limited once the snow season arrives).

The house's lake side has a 16’ deep x 28' wide deck. Main floor has one bedroom (with trundle/daybed), bathroom with 5’ shower, and a Great Room of kitchen, dining and family room. Family room has a woodburning stove. Interior is lined with Nordic White Spruce tongue and groove paneling imported from Scandinavia--providing a 'cozy ambiance'. Upstairs has two bedrooms; one bedroom has a queen bed and one twin bed, and the large master bedroom has windows overlooking the lake and includes a Queen-size bed and port-a-crib. Lie in bed while watching the moon rise over the lake,or--if you're an early riser, watch the sunrise each morning. Basement is well-lit and dry--and has full laundry facilities with washer and dryer; plenty of room to store bikes, skis, etc., and a private room with two futons.

This property is uniquely situated with a panoramic view of Lake Superior out the front side and a view out the cabin’s backside toward a large wetlands area with lagoon (suitable for canoeing and kayaking) and lots of wildlife: common sitings of bald eagles, sand hill cranes, beaver, geese, ducks, deer. Great blueberry picking in late summer/early fall on the property and nearby areas. Superb fall colors make autumn a nice time to visit.

Woodburning sauna with large changing room, great views of Lake Superior (from within the sauna), and a front patio. Firewood is provided for sauna and for the woodburning stove in the cabin.

Beach is 100+ feet deep and 200 feet wide--providing ample room for almost any kind of beach activity, including volleyball (volleyball net available). Outdoor burn pit on beach, with surrounding benches. Gather around the fire, cook up s'mores, listen to the waves and wildlife. You'll feel that stress fade away.

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Todd

We moved to the area about ten years ago and both work as educators. We enjoy being outdoors, gardening, exploring the Keweenaw, and raising our young son in a place with four distinctive seasons. Kathleen is originally from Upper Michigan and has enjoyed returning 'home'. Todd is from the Chicago area and has enjoyed life at a slower, quieter pace.

Why Todd chose Torch Lake

We love the beach and lagoon access and the simple but efficient way the cabin is designed. We had been looking for a lakefront property for the past five years and this cabin was everything we had desired. We enjoy using it in the off season with our young son while also making updates and improvements for our guests.

What makes this cottage unique

What we like most about our cabin are the panoramic views over 'The Big Lake' (as locals call it), with views of the small mountains to the north on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the wide open expanse of Lake Superior to the east, sunrises over the lake, moonrises over Grand Traverse Point to the south. These views can be enjoyed from inside the cabin, inside the sauna, from the deck, or--of course--from on the beach and sitting around the beach firepit.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Best Beach on the Keweenaw - Big Traverse Bay on Lake Superior
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Little slice of paradise!!!

  • 5 of 5

There is not much I can add to these reviews that hasn't already been said! This is a fantastic place!!! Just book it!

The house really does have everything! I wasn't sure what to expect for kitchen items so I came prepared with Tupperware containers, ziploc bags and spices I wanted to use for specific recipes. Bottled water isn't a must, but there is an iron taste to the water for the first day or two, so if you don't think you will be able to get past that go ahead and bring it. Oh, and bring chip clips!!

We were thrilled to be able to bring our 12 year old German Shorthaired Pointer along on our trip. It was his first time on a beach and had a great time exploring! Being the end of October he, and we, definitely were not doing any swimming! But this would be absolutely amazing in the summer!!! Despite the typical late Fall weather (constant cloud cover and intermittent periods of misting) we found plenty to do. The drive along the western side of the peninsula is spectacular! Tons of roadside parks, places to hike, and waterfalls! Mountain bike enthusiasts will love Copper Harbor, and Brockway Mountain Drive from Copper Harbor to the West is jaw dropping! Absolutely worth a drive to Copper Harbor for anyone.

Definitely come prepared to have typical town amenities out of your close reach. And if you come in the "off-season" be prepared for many restaurants to be closed. We are used to this so we did plenty of research prior to the trip on what would be open and were just overall flexible with what we were "planning to do" (not much!). Calumet is pretty bustling and not too far from the house and has grocery stores, gas stations, etc.

Todd was easily reachable and quick to respond to all of our questions. Thank you for sharing your property with us!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Five stars! We stayed at the cottage in June and enjoyed every minute of it! The beach is great although the biting flies made their presence known. All of us kayaked for the very first time and enjoyed spending time on the water. The cottage itself was very clean and well stocked. We played many of the games at night. We also enjoyed a fire every single night we were there. The property is located on a very quiet dirt road and there are trails near for walking. We had a great time exploring everything the Keweenaw had to offer; lighthouses, museums, waterfalls, and so much more. We did not get to use the sauna, but hope to return in the future and try it. Thank you for sharing your property with our family!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and beach

  • 4 of 5

My family and I were needing a great hideaway yet accommodating place for one of my daughter's college graduation. This place was perfect. It had all the amenities, space and spectacular view that made this trip for us. We played the games and enjoyed the water so much. It's only about 25 mins to Houghton and there is so much to see and do and the property is centrally located to get around. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed to cook some meals. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing cottage on beautiful Lake Superior!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at this charming cottage in August. We had the best time yet! It was relaxing and so much fun to spend time with our kids without all of the distractions. Enjoyed seeing the bald eagle and sandhill cranes. We picked wild blueberries and made pies which my husband loved! Everyone loved the sauna! The beach is incredible and the scenery amazing! Loved kayaking to see the beautiful cliffs! The cottage is well stocked with everything you need. There are also many thoughtful touches as well. I would highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saginaw, MI

Lovely cottage, lovely vacation spot, no worries!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cottage for our son's graduation from Michigan Tech. We found it to be a little slice of heaven. As other's have said, well equiped, clean, comfortable, & the beach was amazing. Even though we were early in the season we took walks on the beach, saw no one but ourselves, it was incredible. Good advice to pick up your groceries on the way there. Bottled water is not a must, but you may be happier with it if you are fussy at all. If you arrive late, in the dark, as we did, yes keep going even when the road snakes among trees you are getting close! After driving though the U.P. with the cell phone constantly searching for service, my cell battery died before arriving. The house number/address, directions, and contact info were in the now useless phone. We still found the place from my memory of reading the email. It is set nearer to the road than others, & very easy to find even in the dark. After staying there once, we'd love to return. Thank you Todd and Kathleen for sharing your cottage with us.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dearborn, MI


  • 5 of 5

I think several other reviewers have already expressed how wonderful this beach house is, so I don't have anything much to add other than IT'S ALL TRUE! We loved every minute, and we want to say a big thank you to Todd for allowing us to bring our dogs, too. It was a perfect Keweenaw getaway.

Just a couple of things for prospective renters to note--bring bottled water, and grocery shop on the way there. You need to drive to Calumet for groceries because the store in Lake Linden is in process of bankruptcy or closing, and keeps almost nothing on its shelves.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
CMX - Houghton Cty. airport, served by United
Nearest Beach
Big Traverse Bay
Car: necessary

Blueberry picking in August, scenic drives up both sides of the Keweenaw (through Lac Labelle up to Copper Harbor and back the other side through Eagle Harbor and Eagle River, explore Keweenaw National Historic Park--historic Calumet and surrounding area.


Rates & Availability

Torch Lake Township Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial day to June
May 27 2017 - Jun 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 11 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

This is a self-clean unit. We do not charge a cleaning fee and find most groups prefer to clean it themselves instead of paying a fee. All cleaning supplies are provided.

Owner'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.
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Torch Lake Township Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
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  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full size stand up shower with two corner seats.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , 1 murphy bed , Located on first floor across from bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 2nd floor master bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor guest room overlooking lagoon.
  • Master bedroom on 2nd floor features a new log framed queen size bed with new pillow top mattress. Bedroom includes a closet, dresser, two night stands, table lamps, reading chair with ottoman. There is also room for a porta crib. Large windows overlook deck, beach, and Lake Superior. The other 2nd floor bedroom has a new queen and twin bed, night stands and window overlooking lagoon. The 1st floor bedroom has a twin bed with a trundle bed and views of the lagoon and beach area. Located across from the bathroom, this room is ideal for those not wishing to navigate stairs to the second floor. This bedroom includes a dresser, coat hooks, and night stand and reading light. Two futons are also included in a basement room along with a reading light and end table although we do not advertise this room as a bedroom due to a lack of egress and windows.
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  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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