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Copper Harbor, Lodge on Lake Medora Waters Edge

Allouez, MI, USA
  • Lodge1300 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

2 bedroom , 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeps 4 (3 queen beds)

Welcome to East Lake Lodge, a non-smoking , no pet cottage on picturesque Lake Medora, a pristine 680 acre lake, 4 miles from Copper Harbor. Rates are based on occupancy with limit of four guests. For 2018 rate details see below:

Early Spring - May 5 to May 26 - Weekly - 2 guests $875, 3 guests $975, 4 guests $1075.

Spring - May 26 to June 16 - Weekly - 2 guests $975, 3 guests 1075 4 guests - 1175.

Summer - June 16 to Sept 8 - Weekly - 2 guests $1300, 3 guests $1400, 4 guests $1500.

Fall Rate Sept 8 to Oct 13 - Weekly - 2 guests $975, 3 guests $1175, 4 guests $1275, 5 guests $1175, 6 guests $1250.

Late Fall Oct 14 to Nov 4 - Weekly - 2 guests $875, 3 guests $975, 4 guests $1075.

The Cottage is newly constructed - completed in Oct. 2011 on the footprint of the original 1950's cottage which was torn down in 2009. The 1st floor includes full bath, gourmet kitchen / granite island, living room with leather sofas, hardwood and slate flooring with oriental rugs. The 2nd floor includes laundry, half bath, 1 bedroom w/ one queen bed, and 2nd bedroom with two queen beds, hardwood floors, with Oriental Rugs.

Also for your use are 4 kayaks, a paddle boat and 12' aluminum boat. The aluminum boat is built to accommodate mounting a trolling motor or 10 hp motor The lake has three islands and miles of natural shoreline to explore.

The siting of the cottage, on a rock ledge that juts out into the lake affords breathtaking and beautiful water views on three sides. The cottage is located in the heart of the Keweenaw. As such you can easily make day trips and hikes to all points of interest in the area. Come up and escape the summer heat! It is a relaxing drive up too!

Speaking of hiking - the lake is surrounded by miles of trails that radiate out from the lake in different directions. These can be accessed from lake Medora road, which loops around the East and North sides of the lake and from Waskington Mine road which runs along the West area of the lake.

Adjacent to the cottage is the 8 x 16 Sauna. This sauna was on the site when I bought it. It was built by a Finnish gentleman who built it in the traditional sense. The sauna has a wood fired heater with rocks that, when hot, can be used to produce steam

Also for your use are 4 kayaks, a paddle boat and 12' aluminum boat. The aluminum boat is built to accommodate mounting a trolling motor or 10 hp motor The lake has three islands and miles of natural shoreline to explore.

Additional char

ges - $65 Cleaning Fee. Security deposit $500 (for first time guests, refunded within two weeks).

Pet owners - I'm sorry, pets not allowed in the cottage

Decor: Decorations include - Taxidermy - bear, coyote, pheasant and other misc. ... Large area wall Maps, copper artifacts, Photographs duplicated from the Michigan Tech historical archives..... Oriental rugs throughout the cottage. .....Old oil lamps and pottery jugs.

Additional Ammenities: Enjoy the 8 x 16 Sauna with its wood burning heater, and cedar log bench.... so get ready for a relaxing soak in the lake after a steaming hot sauna. Firewood suplied.

Four kayaks a twelve foot aluminum boat and a paddle boat are here for you use along with a dock to swim or fish from. Also enjoy Flat panel DVD home theater system, bbq grill, fire pit.

Berry patches are abundant in the area in and around the lake. When in season, usually late July through August, massive quantities of Thimbleberry, Blueberry, and Black Rasberry can be picked. I will be happy to let you in on some special spots when you rent!

ATV trails also abound in the area and provide access to beautiful woodlands and senic vistas, so bring them along.

Not for rental use is the garage structure (also part of the property) was turned into a work shop and storage building. It is used by the owner when we are staying at the cottage.

Local Attractions: Lake Medora is the 'hub' of the Keweenaw penninsula. The lake has five trail heads which are accessible for hiking, mt. biking and ATV use.

Local attractions include: Copper Harbor 4 mi., Keweenaw Mt. Lodge 3 mi., Brockaway Mt. 5 mi., Bete Gris beach on Lake Superior 13 mi., Great Sand Bay on Lake Superior 13 mi., Mt. Bohemia 10 mi., Historic Eagle Harbor 12 mi.,



Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 20, 2018
About Owner

Like many people, I have a "bucket list". Besides travel with my family, I had dreamed of building my own lake cottage. Having fallen for Lake Medora many years earlier, it was serendipity when this site came on the market in 2008. In early 2009 I was among the pool of Project Engineer contractors who were "released" from positions at an oil refinery outside Chicago. Having been there over 10 years, it was a disappointment. Fortunately I had been well paid, and had substantial savings. It also helped that my wife worked, so when I asked her if I could take some time off to re-build the cottage, she gave me the thumbs up. On May 2nd 2009 I arrived at the lake with a 29 foot U-Haul truck loaded to the rafters. The lake was still frozen over as the seven of us first converted the garage to my current work shop and bunk house. Once we bagan demolitiion of the old cottage I had to move out. So I spent six weeks living in the sauna while the workers who came up from Chicago bunked in the workshop. During construction there was a two week period when the well was being pounded in. This made for a nice background cadence for us to work.

Owner purchased this Lodge in 2008

Why Owner chose Allouez

I had been shopping the lake for many years before this spot came along. 20 years ago there was no power on the lake, so you had to have a noisy generator on when you wanted light, and needed a propane refrigerator. This was a big deterrent to a city boy like me. Also at that time the cottages built along Lake Medora Rd were on Leased land. This was another yet another deterrent - not owning the land under your camp. Finally in the early 2000's the land company sold the lots to cottage owners and they started selling off lake front lots too. I looked at many of these but they were so far down the road that I was afraid of being greeted by Black Bears in the morning or at night. There were always costly issues you had to face if you were going to build on a greenfield site - clearing, power and septic were all costly first steps. Finally in 2008 I was "in the right place" in life, when the old cottage came on the market. I had been shopping the lake for many years and when this spot came along I jumped on it. I could see it had an outstanding perspective on the waters edge, and the price was affordable too. The local contractors still claim that the demolition here was on their top ten list - for most Bat guano that came out of the rafters during demolition. It is hard to describe how satisfying it was to spend six months along the edge of the water building the cottage. It was truely one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

What makes this Lodge unique

The atmosphere inside the cottage is one where you are continuiously exposed to views of the water in three directions. During the daytime the ceilings are "painted" with shimmering light reflecting off the lake. This brings a "dimension" unique to the cottage interior. The clear area around the cottage, and the open exposure to the West brings fresh air that also keep the site relatively free of mosquitos.


    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        2 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower
        • Bathroom 2

          Location Type

            • Beach
            • Lake


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Spa
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Basic Soaps
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Ducted Heating
                        • Gas Heating
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Laundry Soap
                        • Ceiling Fans
                        • Living Room
                        • Local Maps
                        • Paper Towels
                        • Parking
                        • Secure Parking
                        • Toilet Paper
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Microwave
                            • 4 Ring Stove
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Freezer
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Radio
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                        • Balcony
                                        • Boat Dock
                                        • Boat with Paddles
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Binoculars
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                        • Walkway to Water
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          Life Jackets, Paddles
                                        • Wood Deck


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • Low Allergen Environment
                                            • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Sauna


                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • forests
                                                    • marina
                                                    • nude beach
                                                    • pond
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins
                                                    • waterfalls

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing


                                                                • The cottage is furnished and decorated to be used primarily as our second home. We are renting to couples and families with up to four children. Not for rental use - is a third building on the site (as visible in photo) a 17 x 22 work shop and storage building.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  13 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Excellent place to stay!

                                                                  Doug T.

                                                                  Cottage and property is well maintained and clean. Cottage has many amenities, in particular the kitchen, it is a great place to cook and hang out. Plenty of room to watch whoever your chef is prepare dinner. Cottage overall is quite comfortable.

                                                                  The views of the lake and surrounding hills is very beautiful.

                                                                  Cary, the owner, makes every effort to make your stay comfortable. He is a good guy besides.

                                                                  We stayed the past two Octobers and plan to stay again, everything was great!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you as guests.



                                                                  Michelle M.

                                                                  Very comfortable, enjoyed the lake so much I hated to leave.

                                                                  Lovely, well-care for rental

                                                                  Kris W.Traverse City

                                                                  Medora Cove is a lovely home that is obviously well-cared for by the owner. The lake is great and having the kayaks and the paddleboat was awesome! Really enjoyed the sauna as well. We found plenty to do in the surrounding region.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Medora Cove.



                                                                  Ryan A.

                                                                  Great Place! Will stay again! :)

                                                                  No Surprises

                                                                  Scott A.

                                                                  A few items for future vacationers: the description of the cottage was accurate, clean, and since everything is either self explanatory or there is a note about it, we did not have to get hold of the owner or manager for anything. There are some things like spices and coffee left in the cottage that you will not have to buy. It may be a good idea to see what is in the cupboards before going out and buying items like salt-and-pepper, basil, garlic powder...etc.

                                                                  We did everything from kayaking to looking for agates on Lake Superior. We caught keeper size perch and small mouth bass (on Lake Medora) and had a great fish fry the following day. I could not rate my stay high enough. What a wonderful and reasonably priced place to spend an awesome vacation with my son and friends.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Medora Cove.


                                                                  We had a fantastic week at this wonderful location

                                                                  Bill S.Traverse City

                                                                  The owner is very helpful and ready to make your stay perfect. This is a great location for all the hiking, biking, and kayaking this area has to offer. We had two couples and we enjoyed the sunsets, the grill for cooking fresh whitefish from Jamson's fish market in Copper Harbor, as well as the quiet nights in a safe and secluded location. We'lll be back for sure!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for the nice review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay!



                                                                  Allouez, MI, USA

                                                                  Golf: The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge has a 9 hole course which is mature and quite scenic.


                                                                  13 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.8/5
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