Beechwood Cabin Houghton Lake

BEECHWOOD CABIN (Houghton Lake): Sleeps 5, 2 Kayaks included, Fire-pit, Swimming with sandbar nearby, Pets welcome!

Pets Welcome








SLEEPS: 5-6 




The popular Houghton Lake has been a beloved vacation spot for Michigan families for decades. This historic log-cabin, which was once part of the 1940’s and ‘50’s famous Beechwood Resort, combines rustic charm with modern convenience. Come dine at the famous Spikehorn Restaurant just a 10-minute walk away or wade in the water on the sandbar close to Beechwood. Roscommon County offers some of the best ORV, snowmobile, hiking, and biking trails in Michigan, so come check them out!

SUMMER GUESTS: With great swimming just 50 yards away, you will enjoy the gorgeous sandbar, and community dock at the end of the road. In addition, a wonderful family park, within walking distance (quarter mile), allows you to enjoy the kids as they play on the playground, tennis courts, and basketball courts. This 2 bedroom, one bathroom cabin comes equipped with a fully-stocked kitchen, picnic table, fire-pit, enclosed porch area, hammock, fireplace, tv’s, and propane grill. Enjoy the two kayaks that are included in your stay. Travel up the lake, into the river, for great fishing!

WINTER WARRIORS: No better place to be in the winter than gunning-up your snowmobile on frozen Houghton Lake. Take your snowmobiles for a spin on the lake or ride on nearby trails; just jump on from the front porch! Great spot to enjoy TIP UP TOWN every year, near the middle of January.  Or, if you are more of a romantic, this cabin is perfect for a winter getaway with your loved one. Just light up the giant stone fireplace and relax.  


Air Conditioning: 2 window air conditioners plus ceiling and portable fans throughout the cabin.

Animals: Birds, squirrels, deer, grouse and wild turkey nearby

Bathroom: Full bathroom with shower only

Beach/Swimming: At the end of the road (50 yards away), is a FABULOUS swimming area. All ages will enjoy dipping into the water due to the lengthy sandbar. In mid-summer, water is very warm because of the shallowness of the lake in this area. A community dock, guests can place boats in water (no large water craft—not cemented)


Bedroom Configuration:

Bedroom #1: 1 Queen bed with tv+ROKU and ceiling fan

Bedroom #2: 1 set of bunk beds (full on bottom +twin on top) with portable fan

Boats:  2 kayaks come with your stay. The light-weight water vessels can be placed in the water just 50 yards away. A Public DNR Boat Launch is about a mile away from cabin. You are able to pull your boat in and out daily. Unfortunately, there is not a place to dock your boat by the cabin.

Bugs: The typical mosquitos, flies, ants.

Cable/Satellite TVs: 2 total (living room and bedroom) both equipped with Roku and Direct TV NOW APP-which allows you to watch live. If you don’t have any “streaming accounts” just let us know and you can borrow ours! There is also a small collection of family-friendly dvd’s as well.  

Cell phone service: Verizon is Great, AT&T is sketchy. The strong wi-fi in the cabin will help you make calls over wi-fi.

              * Grand Rapids: 2 hours 28 minutes (132 miles)
              * Detroit: 3 hours (189 miles)
              * Lansing: 2 hours 15 minutes (136 miles)
              * Traverse City: 1 hour 30 minutes (69 miles)               
              * Mackinac Bridge: 1 hours and 42 minutes away (108 miles)

Dock: People can walk out onto it, swim off of it. No loitering though on the dock.

Fire-place inside: 1 huge stone fireplace to enjoy in the living room area. Gas fireplace.  

Fishing: Feel free to jump in the kayaks and paddle down the river for great fishing. You could fish off of the shoreline, but be sure to stay on public property. In addition, there is no fishing from the community dock.

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at

Fishing poles: Please bring your own.

Grill: Propane grill and propane is provided.

Grocery Store: Convenient store approximately ¼ mile up the road. Five to six miles away is a Walmart.

Handicap Friendly: Step up on to the deck to get into cabin. Walkers are a go, wheelchairs are a no!

Internet:  Free Wi-Fi for guests to enjoy!

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let me know, and I’ll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillow cases and bath towels.

Parking: 2 cars can easily park on the crushed limestone driveway. In addition, if the weather is nice (ground is not soaked), there is also a very large side-lot which allows guests to comfortably fit 4 cars, or 2 trail/truck combos.

Pets: Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet for your entire stay. Yes, we do accept dogs, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on.  Just let us know which bed you will be using with them, and we’ll make sure it is ready for your sheets when you arrive. Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum. Generally, dogs love the water and places to explore. Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed. Cats and other animals are not welcomed at the home, due to owner allergies.


Picnic table: 8 ft. table for you to enjoy on the deck.

Privacy: There are neighbors and other cabins right next door. Enjoy seeing others enjoy lake-side fun. There are only 2 homes on this particular street.

Snowmobiles: In winter, the lake will freeze-up and snowmobiles are allowed on the frozen lake. Jump off and head off to the pubs across the lake, or enjoy Tip Up Town in mid-January

Space: 1 story home, cozy feeling.  

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  It's always good to bring extra though.

Washer and dryer:  None on site. The nearest laundry mat is about 6 miles away by the Walmart.

Wood: Guests will need to purchase their own wood (grab some on the way up). There are plenty of side-of-the-road wood-sellers on the ride up to the cabin.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Fireplace- gas
  • Basic paper products included.
  • DVD player
  • Ceiling fans
  • Linens & towels included
  • Screened-in porch
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Pets allowed.
  • Internet/ WI FI
  • Heat type: furnace
  • Box Fans
  • Board Games
  • Radio/CD Player
  • Books
  • Smart TV or TV with Roku, Chromecast, Streaming Abilities
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Crockpot
Outdoor Amenities
  • Kayak included
  • Fire pit
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Snowmobile from property
  • Patio chairs
  • Deck/patio
  • Picnic table
  • grill-propane
  • Hammock
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
10/08/2018 - 12/20/2018 2 $100.00
12/21/2018 - 01/06/2019 3 $100.00
01/07/2019 - 05/23/2019 2 $100.00
2019 05/24/2019 - 06/13/2019 2 $100.00
06/14/2019 - 09/05/2019 4 $100.00
Sept-after Labor Day--Oct. 09/06/2019 - 10/31/2019 2 $100.00
11/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 2 $100.00


This is a cool little cabin and a very short walk down to Houghton Lake. It was really nice to visit in the winter, the lake was so peaceful and beautiful to walk around the frozen water. Cool local spots like the Spikehorn, MJ’s and The Backdoor Saloon are worth a visit for sure! Kitchen was great for meal making and the tv was solid for movie watching at night. 

Ben, you are oh so right - Houghton Lake is beautiful in winter.  We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay, and we love that you explored the area so well.  Beechwood Cabin does have a great kitchen, and the huge stone fireplace is pretty amazing, especially on a cold winters night.  We hope to see you again!
Dec 2018
Beechwood Cabin
Beechwood Cabin
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fully-equipped kitchen
fully-equipped kitchen
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Beechwood Cabin
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Beechwood Cabin
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family room
family room
family room
family room
Bedroom #2
Bedroom #2
Bathroom with shower.
Bathroom with shower.
bedroom #1
bedroom #1
enclosed porch
enclosed porch
community dock
community dock
boat launch for small vessels
boat launch for small vessels
gorgeous Houghton Lake Sunset
gorgeous Houghton Lake Sunset

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