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Fisherman's Retreat. On South Branch of AuSable River, Clean, Comfortable

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 full bath, full kitchen, clean and right on the South Branch.

Welcome to our fisherman's river cabin on the South Branch, with dock for leisurely relaxation. We are SELECTIVELY renting this property that you will find to be well-equipped and clean. Almost new cabin, knotty pine interior with fly tying bench. Two bedrooms each with two beds and a futon in the living room. Cabin sleeps and has a maximum of 4 people. Kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, and oven, coffee maker, pots, pans, utensils. WiFi is rock solid.

The property is just downstream from the legendary Mason Tract which has miles of wilderness river with no cabins, little fishing pressure, and great hiking trails. We are located 5 miles from Gates Lodge, and one mile away from Kneff Lake. Great area for fishing, hiking and bird watching. Please note this is a NON SMOKING PROPERTY inside and out.

More Details

Steven Loving
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Steven Loving

Hello, I have been fishing the AuSable for 30 years. If your a trout fisherman like me, enjoy the famous Mason Track of the South Branch, you will love this place. We do.

Steven Loving purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Steven Loving chose Higgins Lake

This property has been in our family for 15 years. We love the AuSable River and the surrounding area. You will enjoy the great outdoors of northern Michigan, fly-fishing, and swimming in the river.....if your up for it. : )

What makes this cabin unique

Fish out your back door. Take a walk up stream and fish down to the cabin. Enjoy the dock for cocktails and the large wrap around porch with a view of the river. If you have beginners they can practice their skills on the pond before hitting the stream.


Roscommon Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Full Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bear - Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Moose - Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • 2 bedrooms that each have 2 single beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Cabin is fully appointed with most everything that is needed. Please bring your own towels.


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Fisherman's Retreat. On South Branch of AuSable River, Clean, Comfortable
average rating of 4.862069 based on 29 reviews

Delightful time!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time here, and hopefully not our last. The cabin seems brand new and very nicely furnished. I'm probably repeating what everyone else has said, but it bears repeating!

If you are a fly fisherman, I don't think you could find a better spot! You literally can walk across the nicely maintained yard, out onto the river-side deck and down a few stairs, and you are in the river! If you don't fish, you can sit on the nice benches and relax as you watch the river go by.

If you like to hike or just take a short walk in the woods, you're in luck too. There is a very well maintained and blazed trail a short walk from the cabin, complete with periodic map stations that let you know where you are and where you can go from there. Northern Michigan forest scenery at its finest (complete with wild blueberries!).

We also took a couple of trips on the river, once in kayaks and once on tubes. The part of the river that we went on, starting in Roscommon (We used Campbell's canoe livery--very nice people, very helpful), was easy for us to navigate (two mid-fifties adults and a 15 and 10 year old, with very little experience).

Lots of neat birds (heard a whip-poor-will a couple of times), a fawn outside the kitchen window one morning, and, I suspect, a lot of other wildlife to see.

You could easily stay and cook at the cabin, as the kitchen is complete (including dishwasher), but we went into Grayling and ate at three different restaurants. The food was good at all three (Gray Rock, Ray's, and Spike's), and so was the service.

So, to close out this long-winded review, I'd give them 6 stars if I could, but since 5 is the limit, I'll have to go with that. We had a delightful time!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable, and right on the river!

  • 5 of 5

Could not be more perfect for a fly fisher! So many little details like a place to hang waders, rod holders, and a fly tying desk. Enjoyed walking out to the river and sitting on the benches, and sunning on the dock. Beautifully landscaped and generously appointed inside. We also enjoyed hiking to the campground and picking wild blueberries. Appreciated the wi-fi as cell coverage was scarce. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marianne - We are so pleased that you and your crew enjoyed the property as much as we do. It is a special place. Regarding cell coverage Verizon works great, then Sprint, then AT&T. For the latter two, there is an internal antenna next to the fly-tieing table for guests to use that works well. I have/use Sprint with few issues. We hope you will come see us again!
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Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year at the fisherman's cabin. This is such a relaxing place. The cabin is so clean and comfortable. Beds are very comfortable. We enjoyed the videos and WiFi very much, since we had a bit of rain. Just a really nice family to work with and an enjoyable experience. Thank you

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Trudie - It is always a pleasure to host you and your family. You are wonderful guests and we highly value our relationship. It is a pleasure to share with others who are of the same mindset and who appreciate the property as much as we do. Thank you very much, Steven
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Great place in a good location for fishermen

  • 4 of 5

The Fisherman's Retreat met all of our expectations and was as represented on the VRBO site. The cabin was very clean, well equipped and nicely furnished. It is conveniently located to the Mason track and other desirable fishing locations on the AuSable river. My brothers and I hope to return again and would definitely recommend Fisherman's retreat to other fishermen.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Property

  • 4 of 5

Upscale structure, fixtures and furnishings. No negatives.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property with quality AuSable river access.

  • 5 of 5

I spent 3 nights with my father at this clean cabin that sits on the South Branch of the AuSable River. The cabin has everything you need for a fishermans weekend. We will be back again!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Spikes Keg O' Nails
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7.8 Miles
Mainstream Steak and Fish
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Hanson Hills Recreation Area
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Kneff Lake
Car: necessary

Trout fisherman, this cabin is located 14 miles east of Grayling right on the South Branch of the AuSable River. Enjoy wonderful Fly Fishing right out your backdoor.


Rates & Availability

Roscommon Cabin Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Cleaning $70
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Please note, weekend rates are $145.00 per night.
100% Fees returned if cancelled 30 days prior (less VRBO transaction fees)
50% Fees returned if cancelled 14 days prior (less VRBO transaction fees)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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