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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


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

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 4.827586 based on 29 reviews

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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  • 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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent four fantastic days in this beach house on Big Bay. The location is incredible. The beach is perfect, the view is extraordinary and the peace and tranquility unmatched. The house is well kept and the amenities are good. Home-made bread and blueberry jam made for a fantastic welcome. Our weather was perfect and the fall color...right outside the door...was unmatched. We had everything we could need for our time there. The location is perfect for day trips throughout the Keweenaw, but just spending time at the cabin would also be a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

An absolutely gorgeous spot with such a nice little house. Todd was amazing to work with and I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW !!!

  • 5 of 5

I realize I am just echoing other reviewers, but this property is outstanding! The location is simply glorious, fairly privately located (hundreds of feet of beach to walk) and certainly the most beautiful spot on the Big Traverse Bay; perhaps the finest location on the Keweenaw, as I don't know what one could add to make it better. The sand is unbelievable to me, as my wife and I are more familiar with vacationing along the more austere, rocky North Shore of Minnesota, and the Bayfield area (which we also love), and was more reminiscent of a Santa Barbara beach than anything one would think of finding in this rugged country. It has a beautiful, rich hue, reminding me of brown sugar in color, but very fine; no gravel at all mixed in; it is astonishing, and almost perplexing to one unfamiliar with the area. The house has a very functional, practical layout, with no shortage of comfy chairs on both levels, including a very fine rocking chair and a full size dining table. Everything is well built and well maintained: from large, clean vinyl windows, self-closing cabinets in the kitchen, and fine quality cordless blinds in the main bedroom upstairs. Little things, I suppose, but it speaks volumes about the care the owners are giving the place, and that they regard it as a family cabin, not merely a mercenary property. The wood stove was just what we needed to take the evening and morning chill out of the air, though the thermostat was right there if we needed it (we didn't; we had upper 60s during the day, so nice!) The sauna was a lot of fun, and we spent way more time than we anticipated swimming in Lake Superior knowing that we had a nice hot place to warm up in after coming out of the water, so we did several intervals, got ourselves all sweated clean, and had a great time chasing into the waves. Well, what more can I say? You will definitely not be disappointed for choosing to stay here. Like us, you will probably be a bit melancholy to leave it behind. By the way, we found the people of Lake Linden, Houghton/Hancock, and the surrounding area to be genuinely friendly, considerate and helpful during our stay as well, a really nice community and a beautiful area to visit. It was peaceful and relaxing for both of us.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect cabin in Grand Traverse Bay

  • 5 of 5

This cabin had everything we needed. Our week there was perfect. Great weather, beautiful surroundings, good fires. The owners were very helpful. I look forward to staying here again. Our black lab had a great time. We enjoyed the bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, and hammocks. Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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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