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

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 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.

Please call or email for more photos or for questions about the property or surrounding area.

Keywords: Cottage

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Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

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 Lake Linden

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.


Lake Linden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 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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Best Beach on the Keweenaw - Big Traverse Bay on Lake Superior
average rating of 4.848485 based on 33 reviews

Great location and property

  • 5 of 5

We are repeat customers. Excellent quiet sandy beach and grand kids love the kayaks and paddle board. Tradition of sauna and dip in lake on last night of stay. Having all necessary kitchen ware and linens a plus as well as washer and dryer.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minnesota, USA

Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

This was an annual family pilgrimage to the UP. My family has ties that go back to the 1800's. This was the first time staying at this property. We found the overall experience for the week wonderfully relaxing for all from my 2 and 4 year old granddaughters to my 63 year old self. Truly beautiful environment. Clean and comfortable cottage. Amazing sunrises and plenty of stars to gaze up at around the bonfire at night. We even got to see a meteor shower and the northern lights. Our host was most helpful in assuring us of the water quality, as our stay in July was close behind the big storm in June. We also arrived to a delicious loaf of freshly baked bread as a welcome. We enjoyed the sauna with a run into the lake several times during the week, the kayaks, paddle board, hammocks, deck, grill, indoor fire and fully stocked kitchen as well as the natural surroundings filled with birds and nature sounds. Early morning walks on the beach provide quiet and the privilege of seeing many animal tracks. The waves of the big lake took me back to my childhood as I fell asleep each night and the calls of the cranes in the lagoon behind the property were a treat. Overall, our stay was idyllic and we hope to stay again in the future. There is a grocery in Lake Linden that has all you could want for a vacation get away. Now for some basics: Cell service was in and out. Wood was provided and we had plenty for our needs. There is a book on the bookshelf by the stairs....I would recommend you read it front to back. If you are uncertain about anything, contact the owner before proceeding as this will curtail oopsies down the road. Todd responds promptly to messages as well. Again, we hope to enjoy another stay sometime in the future. As with most properties we have found, it comes down to luck when booking as most of the property owners give first refusal rights for the next year to family and previous long time renters. Good luck and enjoy. Thanks again Todd.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing stay at this property. Todd was so welcoming and easy to work with. Mother Nature out on an amazing show all week with amazing sunrises, starry skies and even a double rainbow over the bay! You definitely don’t need tv or internet with this great show going on.

The only thing I might mention is that, when the wind was from the west, the sauna was hard to heat to optimal temps because there was a slight draft. That said, we are Yoopers and our “optimal temps” may be a bit more than most people’s! Saunas are meant to be rustic and we loved the character of this one so maybe just a little caulking might fix this small problem.

We can’t wait to return to this piece of paradise on earth!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay and disconnect from everything! The sunrises alone make this place special and when you add in the peace and solitude it's just perfect.

We have a dog who's become quite an old lady, but up here she acted like a puppy again.

Our only regret was that our weekend ended too soon! We would definitely recommend and stay here again!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place on the beach, very secluded

  • 4 of 5

Great place, clean, secluded, amazing views. We had to do epic battle with beach flies, but other than that, it was perfect! Enjoyed the fireplace and the views.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Orleans


  • 4 of 5

We loved it! Perfect place to get a away from your daily grind. No TV, internet so it may not be best for those who need everything.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $300

This is a 'Leave it like you found it' or self-clean unit. We simply cannot get a cleaning crew there between the short window of departing and arriving renters. 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. If there isn't a group after you, a cleaning arrangement costing $180 may be available. Please let me know if that is your preference.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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