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Gateway to Pictured Rocks & Overlooking Manistique River. Home of up Outfitters

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View from the Jolly Inn, looking north. The Manistique River is behind building.


Last updated: 04/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:11
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Longest standing building in Germfask full of history and centrally located!

Lower level apartment in longest standing building in historic Germfask is less than an hour from Pictured Rocks, minutes from Seney National Wildlife Refuge, and overlooks the Manistique River! Three bedrooms, two baths, spacious apartment with large kitchen, living and dining. Grill out on the deck, fish for trout, or paddle the Manistique, this is the perfect location for those exploring the eastern half of the Upper Peninsula! You are 90 minutes or less to the Soo locks, Tahquamenon Falls, Kitchi iti kippi, Escanaba, Marquette, and Mackinaw City!

Owner is Tom Funke, Author of 50 Hikes in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail. This is the base of operations for Upper Peninsula Outfitters, and rental includes use of canoes and kayaks. On-site manager is a lifelong Yooper and experienced naturalist. Feel free to tap into ur our knowledge of the area when planning your trip.

The Jolly Inn is across the street and there is a bodega in town as well.

Germfask is the starting point for Snowmobile trail #43 linking you to Grand Marais, Tahquamenon and more.

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Member since: 2017

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 1850 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 11
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Five twin beds and an air mattress are great for kids. Plus, they could "camp out" in the outdoor themed living room! ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    It is a violation of Michigan State law to smoke anywhere inside the building, including mud room & garage. Smoke outside, thank you. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Clean, well mannered dogs and cats are welcome. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    If you have a wheelchair, let me know in advance as we have a ramp but it is pretty heavy and takes some manpower to put in! ...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 6-11

  • Birder's Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    There is an extra, unassembled twin in the closet....moreless

  • Miners Bedroom: 1 twin/ single

    There is an extra twin bed, unassembled, in closet...moreless

  • Master bedroom: 1 queen

    There is a queensize air mattress in closet and a twin bed...moreless

  • There are three extra twin beds and a queen size air mattress that can be assembled and placed in the dining and/or living room if needed. Twins only require a pair of channel locks/adjustable wrench. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Miners & Birders Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Master bathroom: toilet, shower


Other Amenities

  • There is a mud room & coming soon, a laundry room.


  • Books:

    Scores of natural history books. ...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board and card games. No video game consoles on site, but you are welcome to bring them. Internet cannot be used for gaming purposes. ...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:


  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Mostly adult movies. ...moreless


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


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    We are located in the unincorporated Germfask. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    We are on the Manistique River with river access for non-motorized watercraft. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Heating:

    Forced air propane, electric baseboard heating, portable electric heaters....moreless

  • Internet:

    Satelite internet is data limited and not suitable for videos, gaming, uploading large files, watching movies, etc. It works fine for checking email, facebook, web surfing. Daily data limit is 200MB...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Park on the south side of building. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Electric stove and range, microwave, coffee maker, pots, pans, utensils, etc. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:


  • Pantry Items:

    Random assortment of paper goods, spices, etc. ...moreless


  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We provide canoes and kayaks. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Small, table top propane grill available for use. ...moreless

Building Type

  • Building


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Birders
Apr 1 - May 12, 2017
1 night min stay
May 13 - May 15, 2017
1 night min stay
Nightly Rate
May 16 - May 24, 2017
1 night min stay
May 25 - May 31, 2017
1 night min stay
Nightly Rate
Jun 1 - Jun 1, 2017
1 night min stay
Nightly Rate
Jun 2 - Jun 8, 2017
1 night min stay
Jun 9 - Jun 12, 2017
3 night min stay
Nightly Rate
Jun 13 - Jun 15, 2017
1 night min stay
Jun 16 - Jun 19, 2017
3 night min stay
Nightly Rate
Jun 20 - Jun 22, 2017
1 night min stay
Jun 23 - Jul 24, 2017
3 night min stay
Nightly Rate
Jul 25 - Jul 25, 2017
2 night min stay
Jul 26 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Empty Nesters
Sep 5 - Sep 29, 2017
1 night min stay
Leaf Peepers & Bow Hunters
Sep 30 - Nov 9, 2017
1 night min stay
Firearm Hunting
Nov 10 - Dec 14, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $20
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100


It is a violation of Michigan State Law to smoke inside this building.

There is an onsite manager who lives in upstairs apartment.

Upper Peninsula Outfitters uses a the garage and back of the property as the base of its operations. There is a large outfitter tent on site that is used for customer lodging.

Canoe and Kayak rentals are provided free of charge, but is based on availability. Please contact us in advance to make special arrangements. Spotting service on Manistique river available for small fee.

River access must be arranged through property manager, due to safety concerns.

Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/28/2017
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75 Miles
Nearest Airport
100 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Jolly Inn
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
Newberry Country Club
270 Miles
Nearest Train
Grand Rapids, Michigan
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 2
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Jolly Inn
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
Luce County Park

Car: Necessary

We are centrally located between Marquette, Escanaba, St. Ignace, and Saulte Sainte Marie, each of which are 65-75 miles from Germfask. Nearby towns include Manistique (30 miles), Newberry (35 miles), Curtis (20 miles), Munising (35 miles) and Grand Marais (32 miles).

Less than half a mile is the ski/bike entrance (no motorized vehicles) to Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The Manistique River flows through town and you can access it from the property.

Blaney Park is 9 miles away and is home to several antique stores.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2015

About: Hello! My name is Tom Funke. I am the author of 50 Hikes in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail, and the owner of Upper Peninsula Outfitters. I hold a Biology Degree from Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!) and I've recently retired from a 25 year career working in the non-profit world. I was born in Muskegon, Michigan but grew up in Bangor, Michigan, and have lived in Cadillac, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and most recently Hastings, Michigan.

Why Germfask, MI, USA:
Inspired by the building in Grand Marais which is home to Grand Marais Outfitters, I knew this would be the building which would be home to my outfitting business. It has a ton of history, two apartments, and a large garage. Best of all, access to the Manistique River. Most of my life I've lived in old farmhouses, having learned that there is a lot of work that goes into remodeling and upgrading facilities.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
This house has been many things over the year: a township hall, train station, dance hall, salon (as in hair salon), general store, canoe livery, and a private residence. We utilize solar energy for part of our electricity needs with the future goal of being totally self sufficient on renewable energy. There is an artisan well (currently capped) on the property, if uncapped, would provide unlimited energy through the use of a Pelton Wheel. We are at the trailhead for snowmobile trail #43, and, just minutes from the Seney National Wildlife refuge. We are also surrounded by state and national forests. It is truly a wildlife lover's dream to be here.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

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  • View from the Jolly Inn, looking north. The Manistique River is behind building.

    View from the Jolly Inn, looking north. The Manistique River is behind building.

  • Kitchen


  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Bedroom with twin bed

    Bedroom with twin bed

  • Master bedroom has desk

    Master bedroom has desk

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Backyard, Manistique River is behind the large white pine tree

    Backyard, Manistique River is behind the large white pine tree

  • Dining room looking into living room

    Dining room looking into living room

  • Bedroom with Full and Twin bed

    Bedroom with Full and Twin bed

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

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This listing was first published here in 2017.

Date last modified - Friday, April 28, 2017

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