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Free Pontoon 20-27 Aug 2Lakes,6BR Wifi AC Pontoon HotTub Kayaks

Bedrooms 6
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 6 nights

About the property

Cottage, 6Br/7TH sleep area, 3 Baths, Sleeps 14, AC, pingpong, foosball, boats

We are open all year round. Come enjoy the summer fun, weekly rentals in the summer only please, Gorgeous changing fall colors! This lovely, six bedroom,7th sleeping area, home, 2500 square feet, Air Conditioned main floor with large windows, breath taking beauty of two lakes (Spider and Bass Lakes). You feel like you are on your own island - but its a isthmus. You enjoy over 2200 feet of private (not shared) scenic lake shore on almost four acres of wooded setting and grass around the home, privacy is assured. It easily sleeps 14 but accommodates up to 20 with three bathrooms.

Listen to the Loons in the morning and fun, beautiful, romantic -- a HOT TUB, kayaks and pontoon boat is available, free row boat and more! Giant covered front deck for everyone and two big decks in the back on Bass Lake by two beaches. Best of all, it is nestled in a quiet cove off Spider lake where there is tubing, jet-skiing, sailing, and two private beaches. You will enjoy great swimming with many sandy islands on which to picnic. Spider Lake teems with bass, bluegill, perch, pike, and crappie contained within 29 miles of shoreline.

Ping Pong Table, Foosball table and corn holes are provided. We have two properties available to rent so take look, both about equal in size and amenities.

Bass Lake is the fisher's secret fishing lake and is perfect for swimming and peaceful row boating. There are two master bedrooms; the biggest is (550 square feet) has cathedral ceilings and huge windows, as do all the rooms in the home which overlooks the sparkling lakes and scenic view. King bed with pillow top, top of the line bed with master bathroom. Bose speakers, Weber gas grill, only the best equipment for our guests. The second master bedroom has a large picture window overlooking the beautiful Bass lake with its own bathroom and shower.

The pontoon boat is required to rent in the summer 5 Jun- 5 Sep. The price is not added into the rent. Any special offers apply as owner states only.

More Details

Ray Draeger
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, Not much spanish but I can wing it
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Ray Draeger


We know that by providing the best equipment, location and vacation experience, our guests will create memories that will last a life time. That is the part I most enjoy. We have two properties available to rent. I'm a retired U.S. Army officer (2006) with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is now my mission and passion to provide your family and excellent, fun and safe vacation rental experience at an affordable price. If there is anything special you need, please let me know ahead of time, that way I can try and make it happen. I pride myself in giving good service. We like to try and greet each or our guests to explain the home, the area and then provide a 24/7 phone service and assistance if needed. I enjoy sharing my inside knowledge of Traverse City, Leelanau Peninsula and the northern Michigan region, there are ton of things to do.

Come see us Spider Lake Cottage,


Ray, Mary Jo, Francie and Wally

Ray Draeger purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Ray Draeger chose Traverse City

We know that by providing the best equipment, location and vacation experience, our guests will create memories that will last a life time. That is the part I most enjoy. We have two properties available to rent.

What makes this cottage unique

You cannot get a better experience, Spider Lake Cottage is surrounded by two lakes, 3.5 acres of woods, two beaches with a large cottage on two lakes. Its the grand canyon of cottages, privacy, boating, and Traverse City, its just great.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Ray,

We have had a very good time enjoying the area, the pontoon boat, the kayaks and the beach areas. The fire pit was a challenge our first night, but we got the hang of it after that. We have enjoyed using the grill and the hot tub. We are going to the dunes today and having our farewell dinner and camp fire tonight.
Jul 2016
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Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Free Pontoon 20-27 Aug 2Lakes,6BR Wifi AC Pontoon HotTub Kayaks
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 16 reviews

The location is awesome.

  • 4 of 5

The location and view are second to none. The rental has great privacy. There is plenty of sleeping areas and bathrooms. The only complaints would be the blind corners on the road you must cross yo get to the beach and pontoon. This could be bad with small children. The swimming area drops off pretty quickly. The amenities are far superior to other rentals I have rented.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A great family for sure. Another option for families to enjoy the beach is to use the other 1600 frontage foot on Bass Lake where you dont have to cross the road. Our amenities surpass everyone, pontoon, 3 kayaks, row boat, ping pong, Foosball, 3 acres, 2 Lakes, 3 porches, hot tub, fire ring, Webber Genesis Grill and many more. I provided this family 2 guitars, xopone, bongo drums and extra linens.
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Grand Rapids, MI

Guys weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have asked for a better place to get away from it all and just kick back and relax. Our expectations were exceeded tremendously and we will be planning a return trip next year. The two decks off both the front and back of the property have amazing views of both the lakes. For a guys weekend we had everything we could have asked for, ping pong, foosball, hot-tub, kayaks, row boat for fishing, a large grill, and an AMAZING FIRE PIT. We did a lot of cooking and the kitchen was well equipped for this with good appliances, utensils, and cook ware. The owner, Ray, was incredibly accommodating and courteous. Any questions or concerns we had were answered promptly. Highly recommended if you are looking for a place to get away from it all and decompress!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was a perfect fit for us. We had 12 people and all had plenty of space for lounging and sleeping. The owner is very accommodating and always available via text or call to answer any questions. The fire pit located on the Bass Lake side was amazing. We spent the nights hanging out down there. The location is also perfect. We had no trouble getting a private wine tour bus to come pick us up at the cottage. I would recommend this place to any group needing multiple rooms and beds.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we enjoyed your group! Come back next year!
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Large group of 18 for the weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a large group of 18 adults here for the weekend and the place worked out perfectly. My only wish would be to get there later in the summer and actually use the lakes and do some boating and fishing!! We were 15-20 minutes from both a golf course and downtown TC, so were able to enjoy both while staying. Ray and Ricky were very accommodating and everything went smoothly for our quick trip up north. House has a bunch of beds and plenty of room for a couple blowups to help with our large group. Hope to get back there again!!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We like get together groups, guys, gals, bachelor party, Bachelorette party, golfing party, NOT HIGH SCHOOL PROMS OR WEDDING RECEPTIONS, NO NO! All our groups keep coming back because we have it all close to TC, groups up to 20, wine tours pick you up at the doorstep, pontooning, fishing, swimming, ping pong, Foosball, corn hole, fire pit, all with Up North, I'm sitting outside now drinking an ICE COLD ONE, you can too. Thank you for looking!
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Greenfield, Ohio

Beautiful setting

  • 3 of 5

Our family spent a week at 2 Lakes Cottage from July 4th through the 11th. The cottage is older but is fine for a group wanting to enjoy the great outdoors and access to both lakes. The 3 bedrooms upstairs are tight, low ceiling and no A/C. The spiral staircase is small and a little treacherous with infants and luggage. The master bedroom is lovely but not A/C. We were able to sleep comfortably with a fan and open windows once the night air cooled off. Again, the purpose of our trip was to provide a week of boating, fishing, kayaking, and sitting around the campfire at night. This is a great place for all of those activities.

The owner had a maintenance man stop by about an hour after arrival. He asked if everything was OK and left his name and cell number in case we had a problem. Sunday afternoon, my husband called him as we did not think the A/C was working. The man came out and was only there 5 minutes and said everything was fine. The owner texted that maintenance calls were $50 but he would only charge us $25.

We had a major issue with the payment process. The owner insisted that I had not paid the total amount due. I had booked this 9 months in advance! I had to make numerous phone calls as we were 8 hours away from home. He also demanded payment of an $800 security deposit. I have no problem with security deposits but my paperwork said there was an $800 hold on my credit card that I had given him when I booked the house. After many phone calls, text messages, and conversations, all was taken care of. My bank was able to email a copy of the initial deposit check and I paid the security deposit by credit card. I have rented many a rental home and this has never happened. His accounting system is non existent!

The appliances in the kitchen are old but do work. Three days into our week, I noticed that there was a small piece of glass missing from the cook top stove and a crack. I did not call the owner because I was sure it had been this way since we had been eating out and grilling. By Friday, it had gotten worse so I made my husband to call the owner. He texted us on our way home that he charged my credit card $311.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately our guest broke the stovetop, we graciously charged only the cost. She lost track of what and how much she paid and what she owned and was easily confused very likely due to medical issues. Finally, another family member took over and everything was resolved quickly.
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Vacation Nightmare!

  • 1 of 5

I contracted and prepaid a rental fee and deposit for the pontoon boat and 3 kayaks. When we arrived the owner told me the pontoon boat was unavailable (he still had my boat rental fee and deposit). The kayaks are cheap -8’ Lifetime Lotus model. First time out on the lake, one of the kayaks began to sink due to a worn bottom with a whole in it. We emailed the owner with no apology and no response. Later he lied to me that he offered me an additional kayak and the kayak wasn’t broken.

First time we used the gas grill, the propane tank was empty. We emailed the owner – no apology and no response. Later he told me there was an extra tank in the garage but again no apology.

On our last day he dropped the off the pontoon boat while my family was out shopping. I was surprised he left the key in the boat clearly visible from the dock.

In the house is a “Departure Instructions” sheet and an extra housekey. On it are 19 violations with $500 in fines. If you leave any dishes in the dishwasher it is a $25 fine; leave a widow unlatched it is a $25 fine; don’t sweep the decks it is a $25 fine (they were dirty when we moved in); don’t lock the housekey and the boat key in the lockbox outside the front door it is a $25 fine.

The boat key will not fit in the lock box so I left it locked in the house next to the extra house key in plain sight.

We checked out at 10AM. At 7:39 PM he texted me that “I used the pontoon boat without authorization and took the key” and to “call ASAP prior to contacting the authorities”. I texted him back at 8:33PM that I never used the boat and where the key was.

He then accused me of “tampering with the pontoon” for removing the key and demanded $375 in damages. He emailed me “I will file a police report” and that he was delaying my reimbursement for the deposits I paid until I agreed to pay.

Fortunately, I paid with American Express and was able to get my deposits back by filing a complaint with them.

The lakes are gorgeous but the inside of the house is old and run down. The three upstair bedrooms are in an attic/ not suitable for adults. The house is minimally equipped: no dishsoap or sponge in the kitchen sink, no salt/pepper, no wastepaper baskets, no towels (he advertises that), only one small TV and the only AC is one wall unit in the living room. We were surprised that none of the beds were made.

I am a cardiologist and have rented many houses on VRBO. This is the first time I have felt compelled to write a review.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guest removed the key from the pontoon boat he had not rented. Unfortunately, he did not pay for its use. Because he took the key, the next guest could not use it. We played phone tag for a few days then finally he told us where to look and we found it. The kayak was fine, one of the family members exceeded the weight capacity of the kayak, 250 lbs and it performed poorly hence they thought it had a hole in it. The physician who actually just sells expensive chemo drugs and no longer practices, was charged for its use. Every vacation rental has house rules, we rarely charge anyone. In this case, we charged the gentleman.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Cherryland Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Mt Holiday Ski Resort
Car: recommended

We pride ourselves in providing the insider view of where to get great experiences in the Traverse City region. Traverse City is the vacation hotspot of Midwest U.S. and is home to millions of vacationers all year long; from foodies, to vineyards, micro-breweries, summer water sports, kayaking, fishing, hunting, winter quiet sports, snowmobiling, skiing, festivals and unsurpassed beauty with Midwestern folks who are polite and happy. We have enjoyed this area for over 30 years and still have not begun to scratch the surface of everything to do. Really, come enjoy the Traverse City region, its stellar.


Rates & Availability

Forest Lakes Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Weekend 26-29 May
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 17 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Peak Summer
Jul 15 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $299
Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning and maint fee $199

Additional persons are charged between $35 - $150 per person or as stated. Pet fee $299 for a max of two pets, some restrictions apply to breeds, no puppies.
Our weekly pontoon package is very good with pontoon, 3 kayaks, rowboat and tubing kit. It is required between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Memorial Day and Labor Day pontoon Package is $375, weekly is $1400 paid 120 days prior to arrival directly to owner via Paypal or through VRBO or by check.
Discounts: Military active duty, fire fighters, police get a hero discount is applied only for rent and boats with hero PROOF of ID present day of arrival then a refund goes back after departure.
Hot Tub is shut off between 1 Nov – 15 May; after I got frostbite fixing I realized it wasn’t worth it!
Gas fireplace is shutoff between 15 May and 15 Sep.
A signed contract is required; a 3rd party electronic agreement constitutes an electronic signature; guest agrees to electronic signature via digital technology as a valid signature.
All guests staying at the cottage must be named on the contract, no house parties or guests permitted even for a short period without the owners written permission.
It’s easy to do the walk around inspection;, since our guests don’t want to pay for anything that is broke or missing, we take advantage of your paranoia to identify anything that is broke or missing, thus, our property stay in tip top shape. Our guests always find everything, stuff I don’t even see. I love it!
Guests cannot occupy the property without a signed contract and a guest completing the signed inspection checklist upon arrival then providing it to the owner it within one hour of arrival.
In the winter, we make sure snow is removed upon arrival; thus, we charge an additional surcharge to remove snow, it’s a tough job and we earn the extra charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Forest Lakes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 in 2nd Master Bedroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 in Big Master Bedroom -
  • THREE full bathrooms, one in master bedroom, one on the main floor, the third in the 2nd master bedroom
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 2 main level - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , King Koil mattress main level; usually who pays the most
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , King Koil, upper level, lower celing
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , King Koil, upper level, lower ceiling
    Bedroom 6 - 4 twin/ single , two long twins, King Koil, two regular twins, lower cieling
    Convertible bed(s) fsofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , pull out sofa, double in reading room
    Bedroom MASTERJ WITH BATHROOM - 1 king , King Koil mattress pillow top and master bathroom
  • cottage base rent is for 14; each additional person over 14 is charged $75 per person in peak season and $25 per person in non-peak season. PULLOUT COUCHE; ONE IN THE READING ROOM
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Amenities: Hot Tub, BOSE Acoustic Wave, WIFI, DVD, flat screen TVs, board games, Full Kitchen, large Refrigerators, Pots, Pans, and cooking utensils, Fully furnished with bedding, (you bring the towels, Three large decks - to sit and watch the wildlife or entertain, Outside is a Weber grill, plenty of quality chairs and an three foot tables, fire-ring with benches for GHOST STORIES, there are two docks, beach, swim raft on Spider Lake, 800 frontage footage, Bass Lake has 1600 lake frontage so you have your choice of where to hang out. here is plenty of parking, All boat use at your own risk, The rowboat is FREE and kayaks and pontoon boats are available at an inexpensive price for our guests only. You cannot get a better experience, SpiderLakeCottage dot com. It’s a great cottage, spacious, filled with knotty pine, privacy, boating, games, and Traverse City is 10 minutes away, its just great.

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