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Crystal Ponds Lodge in the Manistee National Forest

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sleeps 20 With a Master Bedroom and 9 Stacked Double Beds With Privacy Curtains.

Great for groups, family reunions, or couples. The Lodge has 1600 sq. ft. of living with a large 28' x 30' main living area. WE ONLY RENT WEEKS SUNDAY TO SUNDAY IN JULY AND AUGUST.

Cozy up to a large fireplace and enjoy the Flat screen T.V. and full sized bar. There are local places near by to get fire wood.

The glassed-in front porch has a full size pool table and dart board, overlooking the 2.5 Acre Pond.

One and 1/2 baths, a Master bedroom and 9 stacked full size beds accommodate a large group. Bring linens along with you (sleeping bags or bedding, towels & toiletries).

The kitchen is stocked with dishes, utensils, pots & pans and some dish towels. In place of an oven, there is microwave and a large restaurant style triple-burner griddle which cooks 6-8 large steaks or a complete breakfast all at once.

Bring Charcoal to grill outside and eat your meal on the picnic tables in natures serenity. Later, sit around the campfire and relax. There is a row boat for your use. Please use the life preservers.

For a small fee you can launch a boat on the Big Manistee River at Matson's Campground just down the road.


Bedding or sleeping bags including pillows

Bath towels, wash rags and toiletries

Extra paper towels

Charcoal and lighter fluid


More Details

Jerry & Johanna Shaffer
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Jerry & Johanna Shaffer

Jerry & Jo Shaffer. We met 25 years ago in Grand Haven Michigan. Our love of the out doors and traveling brought us to Manistee 15 years ago. It was quite a change from the hustle and bustle we were used to.

Jerry & Johanna Shaffer purchased this lodge in 1995

Why Jerry & Johanna Shaffer chose Michigan

When we saw the Lodge overlooking the pond, we knew we had to have it. We've had many family reunion's here ourselves. Memories we will never forget. We try to keep our prices reasonable so other families can experience the same thing.

What makes this lodge unique

The Lodge offers family bonding. It is also great for fishing, golfing, car and motorcycle groups. Before we moved up here, Jerry and I used to come by ourselves, which is also very relaxing and enjoyable for couples. Mornings are so serene, and most of the time you'll catch deer or wild turkey hanging out by the pond. Just down the road is a campground on the river where you can launch your boat for a small fee. They also have a small store for necessities.


The Glenwood
"Charming up scale restaurant overlooking Portage Lake "
Blue Fish Kitchen
"Great place to enjoy up scale food overlooking the Channel to Lake Michigan."
Orchard Beach State Park
Douglas Park.
Little River Casino Resort
Buffet At Little River Casino
"Good food, good service"
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Manistee Blacker Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Ricos Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Ludington Badger
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Manistee National
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Ricos Bar & Grill
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Lake Michigan -1st Street Beach
Car: recommended

Manistee is a charming Victorian city. Visit the museum on beautiful river street featuring the lumber days era during the late 1800's. Enjoy the fourth of July celebration, and many summer festivals. Shop river street downtown Manistee. There is a fitness center in town for your enjoyment. Try your luck at Little River Casino. Hang out at one of the three beaches: Douglas park on Lake Michigan, Fifth Avenue beach on Lake Michigan, and Man Made Lake. Enjoy one of the local golf ranges. All just 15 minutes away. Take a scenic drive up M-22 to Onekama, Frankfort and Empire. Hike or bike the national forest just outside the lodge door.


Manistee Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 20
  • Great Room - 9 double , Stacked full size beds with privacy curtains
    Master Bedroom - 1 double
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Crystal Ponds Lodge in the Manistee National Forest
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Girl's Weekend, Better than expected

  • 5 of 5

I rented the cabin for a girl's weekend and we were impressed. Everything was better than expected from the pictures and the kitchen was well stocked with pots and pans. We rented tubes from Matson's campground down the road and went tubing on the Big Manistee. We enjoyed using the rowboat on the pond and campfires in the evenings. The power went out our last night around 11pm while we were around the campfire. Jerry and Jo were very thoughtful and brought over candles. We all agreed that we would rent this cabin again for a large get together.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place, lots of space to relax, sleeped 10 Guys perfectly. Would highly recommend

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to enjoy nature!

  • 5 of 5

Second stay and was as good as the first. Nice place to relax and take in the outdoors. Great to wake up and have the view overlooking the water. Very clean & comfortable place to stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoyable & relaxing

  • 5 of 5

A very relaxing & enjoyable experience. My husband fished pretty much everyday as I enjoyed the shopping/beach & casino. We had cookouts every evening with either a fire to follow or a friendly game of pool (sometimes both). There was something to do for all of us (4). The lodge has a lot of room to stretch out. There was plenty of household items you need for cooking & enjoying a meal together. The cabin was clean & well taken care of. We got the opportunity to meet the caretakers that were very informative with directions & places to go. The thing that really stood out to all of us was the writing on the beams of all the years of returning guests & how much they enjoyed themselves. Thank you for allowing all of us enjoy our family & friend's at your lodge. We are all looking forward to next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Fantastic Michigan Forest Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this place so much. It was a large family getaway,and this cabin accommodated the 12 of us just fine. This is a typical michigan cabin from the mid century,if I were to guess,but it was clean and very well cared for. The pictures actually make it look smaller than it is,and we were never concerned that we would feel cooped up if the weather turned bad. Lots of room for everyone and it was a nice touch that the porch with pool table was separate from the living room with sliding glass doors. After the kids went to bed we were able to stay up and not wake them. Great fishing in the pond, and the row boat was perfect for the kids to take out on there own. We were there for 3 days and never left. Kids ages ranged from 3 to 15 and never once were they bored. The hike to the river was pleasant and short,and the area itself was simply beautiful. This is quiet secluded, but a campground party store about a quarter of a mile away provided us with ice,paper towels,eggs and a couple other small things,saving us a trip to town. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfy and secluded

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed at Crystal Ponds Lodge twice now and would go back again. The cabin is nice and clean with a well equipped kitchen, and the owners are very responsive and helpful. The setting is great if you want a secluded and quiet location inside the Manistee National Forest. There are short trails around the property that take you around the pond, which is so clear you can see snapping turtles hanging out on the bottom, and through the woods to a cliff overlooking the Manistee River. I like that I can have the seclusion if desired, or a 20-40 minute drive can get me into Manistee, or various other locations on the Michigan coast for hiking, beaching, etc. My dog also loves it here.

In short - beautiful setting and well-cared for accommodations.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Traci, Thank you very much for the great review, and we are glad that you enjoy our Lodge.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

CHECK IN 3:00 pm CHECK OUT 11:00 am Unless otherwise arranged.

Checks payable to: Jerry Shaffer - 2294 Bialik Rd., Manistee MI 49660

$100 Non=refundable deposit to hold dates. Balance due 2 weeks prior to stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.