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Waterfront Sugar Island Cabin! Freighters, Fishing, The Best of the UP!

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


About the property

2+ Plus Bedrooms, Full Downstairs Laundry And Bathroom. Delightful Setting.

THE JOURNEY: First, arrive on the island with a memorable ferry trip. You will drive right on, and off the ferry, and then be on your way to your lake home!

THE HOME: This newer cedar home features sleeping for 8 comfortably with a 2+ plus bedroom design. Master bedroom downstairs is equipped with a queen bed and closet. The upstairs "plus" bedroom is a full-home loft with 6 queen beds and a futon. Fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living area together make up the wide open downstairs design with large windows/glass doors overlooking the water. The large wrap-around porch overlooking the water is great for evening gatherings and food on the grill. One full bathroom is nicely located for use by all. Cable television and internet service are provided for your indoor enjoyment. Many board games are provided for your added enjoyment in the evenings or when the outdoor weather is bad.

THE WATER: Just outside the front door, a few steps through the sand, and you are on the beach. Lawn chairs, fire pit, and plenty of room for building sand castles for all. As you relax and enjoy the water and sand, an occasional ship or freighter will pass by so don't forget to bring your camera. These vessels can be from anywhere around the world and are amazing to gaze at. The home does have a dock if you choose to bring a boat or rent the pontoon available at the cabin. Excellent fishing most all of the year will be all around you. Salmon, Walleye, Perch, Small mouth Bass, and Northern Pike are just some of the many fish species that that are caught on a regular basis. Don't forget your fishing license. If you plan to stray into Canadian water, you will need to follow all Canadian license and fishing rules as well. If you want some tips on good spots to catch dinner, the owner would be pleased to share secrets. (please clean fish outdoors only and properly dispose of the remains).

THE WOODS: The wooded lot consists of approximately 11 acres that are beautiful to enjoy for a walk or to explore the terrain. Watch out, you may scare up the many deer, turkeys, and other wildlife that dwell on the Island.

More Details

Janel Garno
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Janel Garno

Janel, her husband Dan, and six children are from lower Michigan and have always enjoyed the outdoors, especially around water. The family had vacationed at this home numerous times before recently purchasing the home. Dan has enjoyed a lifetime of fishing and has found this location to be one of the best you can find. All of the six children prefer to play in the sand and water the entire day. Several of the children are now taking up an interest in fishing as well. While Janel grew up with one sibling, Dan has 14 siblings. Family gatherings at a lake home like this have been a highlight for the owners for many years.

Janel Garno purchased this house in 2015

Why Janel Garno chose Upper Peninsula

Having known the prior owners of this home, and having vacationed at this very site, made this home and location of special interest. In fact, the home is only about 10 years old and the Garno's vacationed in the area before the home was even built. If you enjoy the outdoors, water, swimming, fishing, sand, and great family time, this is an experience you will keep with you for a lifetime.

What makes this house unique

First of all, this large 11 acre wooded lot provides a peaceful and secluded setting. Whether you are just a couple wanting a peaceful week away, or a family with children wanting to make a little noise on the beach, you will find this location to provide a nice private setting to enjoy. One of the very unique attractions are the occasional freighters and ships from around the world that pass directly in front of the home. There are few places where this experience can be enjoyed, and this is one. Experiencing the ferry ride, staying on an island, enjoying the company of family, fishing, swimming, evenings around the campfire, and much much more make this location one of the most unique you will ever find.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Family has been traveling around Lake Superior for the last 5-years+ and our stay on Sugar Island was at the top of the list. From the moment we made our reservation we felt welcome. When we arrived was very impressed with the cabin-clean, well maintained & very spacious, pictures don’t give it the full justice it deserves. The views, unbelievable especially the ships that come through. There’s plenty to do in Sault Ste. Marie but it was hard leaving the cabin. Would recommend the Soo Locks boat tour & the Museum Ship/Valley Camp. Our children are 14 and have twins that are 10 and they had a wonderful time swimming, kayaking, camp fires and more. Would strongly recommend this cabin for anyone that wants to relax, reset and feel at home.
Jul 2015
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Sault Ste. Marie House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Hair Dryer Provided
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 baby crib , The baby crib is a port-a-crib, stored in the bedroom closet
    Living Room Roll-out - 1 twin/ single , Living room has a single roll-out bed for extra sleeping
    Bedroom 2 - 6 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This loft has 6 queen beds, 1 futon
  • Master bedroom is downstairs with a queen bed and closet. The upstairs bedroom is a full-house open loft with 3 queen, 3 double beds, and one futon/couch. One single roll-out couch in the living area (stored under the stair) serves as extra sleeping arrangements for a larger family.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Provided down by the beach: 8 Folding Chairs 4 Reclining Chairs Roasting Sticks Sand Toys


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Waterfront Sugar Island Cabin! Freighters, Fishing, The Best of the UP!
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Charming, cute, comfortable and cozy cabin on the river!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved the location on the river and the setting on the southern tip of Sugar Island. There was a handy boat launch nearby. We spent time sightseeing in our boat. The place was spotless and the furnishings were quite comfortable. It was decorated with an "up north" theme. We felt quite at home there.The deck was great for grilling and sitting out. The large windows and french doors facing the river were perfect for viewing freighters passing by. We did our grocery shopping and had lunch at Antlers in the Soo before we caught the ferry over. We enjoyed cooking and found everything we needed to make our meals. The owner was very welcoming and provided good service. We would love to stay there again and would recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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first 2 stays were so great we arranged work schedule so we could stay on available days a 3rd time

  • 5 of 5

Our crew stayed at cabin 3 times and each time was very comfortable, accommodations were great, it just so happened fall colors were peak, so very good-all three times. My only hope is that my wife and I can come back when it's vacation time. I know we would love it.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We thought the cabin was very well done. Beautiful, well organized. A home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We were working in area, not vacationing, but found it easy to live in. Peaceful, beautiful location, great place to be able to come to at end of day-clean up, cook (very well stocked), rest, recuperate. Owner made it wonderful to stay at, easy to take care of. So much want to come back and vacation here.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I would highly recommend it! Cozy & comfy, perfect to get away. We ❤️ watching the huge ships.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time in this lovely cabin. We hope to come back again. Thank you for providing a great get-away for us to retreat to.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cabin was everything you could ask for and then some.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was fantastic, the freighters pass right by the cabin they are an awesome sight. The property is very private and also has a large beach for the kids. There is plenty to do in the area, my wife and I took the agawa canyon train and it was amazing. It was only about a 45 min from the cabin. We also hiked tequamenom falls they were also amazing. I thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us, we hope to do it again soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful time.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin had everything we needed. The setting on the banks of the St Mary's River was ideal. Watched a number of Lake Freightors go by. Getting to and from the Island by ferry was a unique experience and easy. We will definitely stay again when we return.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The famous Soo Locks are about 20 miles (20-30) minute drive from the home. Take a day tour to the Locks, the Kewadin Casino, Soo Locks Boat Tours, Tahquamenon State Park and Falls, River of History Museum, Agawa Canyon Train Tour Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Lighthouses of The Great Water of Pure Michigan, Mahdezewin Fine Native Art, Mackinac State Historic Parks, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Interpretive Center,


Rates & Availability

Sault Ste. Marie House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 16 2017 - Aug 17 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Pontoon Boat is available for rent at a rate of $500/week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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