Black Bear Lodge on the Au Sable Frederic
BEDROOMS: 1 (queen in master & bunk bed in hall)
*RIVERFRONT (Au Sable River is difficult to access)
*TV with CABLE ONLY, NO WIFI
Just 100 feet off County Road 612 in Frederic (Crawford County), you'll find this small, charming, classic cabin alongside a beautiful section of the headwater on Au Sable River. Yes, you can see the cars driving by and they often drive faster than we would like during the summer. There is another home visible from the cabin.
The view of the Au Sable is often wide in the winter and narrow in the summer due to the leaves on the many trees surrounding the cottage. Although the cabin rests alongside the Au Sable River, is not easy to enter the river directly from the yard. The entry is in its natural setting and not maintained as an entry point.
The cabin offers the fishermen, hunters, hikers, golfers, ATVers, snowmobilers, or a small family, a clean, comfortable, affordable place to stay with outdoor activities right outside your door! The location offers privacy, yet is only a few miles to Grayling or Gaylord, Michigan. It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend or week.
With a full kitchen, you can cook a great meal, catch your favorite shows with the cable service on the large flat screen TV.The full bath (with shower only-no bathtub) ensures a hot shower after a day on the river or hiking in the woods. There is a queen bed in the main bedroom, built in bunks in the hall that kids adore (the 2nd sleeping area) and a futon in the living room. Enjoy sitting on the patio with your cup of joe or grilling dinner (charcoal grill) while you catch glimpses of the river down the hill. At night, gaze upon the stars at the fire pit area.
Enjoy the river right outside your door. Walk out to the river to cast your rod or set your canoe or kayak on the Headwaters of the Au Sable– known as the Blue Ribbon trout stream.Be care walking down to the river, the first part is steep. The public access to the river is across the bridge (see map) for easier and safer entry to the river.” Be care walking down to the river, the first part is steep. The public access to the river is across the bridge (see map) for easier and safer entry to the river.”Try your luck at the 'Holy Waters' in Grayling or the Manistee River down the road just 4 miles from the cabin. If golf is your activity, the cabin is only minutes from the award winning golf courses in Grayling, Gaylord and Shanty Creek.
In the wintertime, snowmobilers will enjoy the miles of state trails nearby. The closest trails are Trail 679 & Trail 7, just 0.5 mile east of the cabin- See map photo. Not only are Snowmobiling/ATV Trails nearby, the legendary “Swamp III & Frederic Inn” located down the road- walking distance. If you enjoy downhill or cross country skiing, we have nearby Hanson Hills (Grayling), Treetops (Gaylord), Shanty Creek and Boyne. If the family wants to go tubing, Hanson Hills offers both day and night service.
With “one of the best” state parks only 9 miles away, Hartwick Pines State Park, offers scheduled events and activities year round. Enjoy the museum, gift shop, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, picnicking, birding, hunting, and fishing during the day and return to your comfortable cabin in the woods to relax.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A/C: Window unit only. Ceiling fan and box fans help keep it cool.
ATV's/Snowmobiles: Bring them! Trail 679 and 7 just .5 miles east of the cabin!
Animals: coyotes, partridge, squirrels, rabbits, & standard bugs
Main bathroom: toilet, sink, shower (no tub)
Beach/Swimming: Not ideal for swimming. It is shallow, best for just wadding and fishing.
Master bed: Queen bed
2nd Bedroom: (in the hallway) twin bunk bed
Additional sleeping: Futon in the living room
Boats: You are welcome to bring your own row boat or kayak.
Bugs: Yes, there are plenty of bugs in the wilderness. If doors are left open, even for short periods of time at the cabin, then bugs/flies/mosquitos love to sneak in. We do not spray outside for bugs, as with the natural landscape, along comes bugs. Depending on our level of rainfall, mosquitos can be plentiful. Bug spray is highly recommended.
Cable/Satellite TVs: Yes! There is cable TV only! NO WIFI!
Cell phone service: Generally good, however, it can get spotty.
Otsego State Park (swimming beach)- 11.3 miles/13 minutes
Bear Lake (Kalkaska County): 15 miles/21 minutes
Hanson Hill Recreational Park (ski) – 22 minutes/15.9 miles
Marsh Ridge (golf) - Gaylord
Dock: No dock
Firepit: Yes! Bring some chairs and enjoy some stories and s’mores! (During the winter time, it might be covered in snow and not accessible).
Fishing: Great fishing on the Au Sable River! Just walk out the back door and start fishing! On the part of the Au Sable where the cabin is located, the trout fishing season opens the last Saturday in April. Experienced trout fishermen do well.
Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at http://www.mdnr-elicense.com/Welcome/Default.aspx
Fishing poles: Please bring your own poles.
Grill: Charcoal grill provided. Please bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid. (Not available in Winter)
Grocery Store: Convenience store less than 10 minutes away on N Old 27 (Beacon &Bridge Market)
Golf Courses (all within 30 minutes):
Marsh Ridge- Gaylord
The Loon Golf Club- Gaylord
The Otsego Club/The Tribute- Gaylord
Treetops Resort Premier Golf Course- Gaylord
Forest Dunes- Roscommon
Internet: Technically, there is WiFi at the cabin, yet it is temperamental, so we do not consider it one of the amenities. It is a bonus if you are able to connect consistently. We are unable to receive a consistent, strong signal at this point. We are working on improving the system.
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: NO PROBLEM!
Pets: Please enjoy this pet free space.
Privacy: During the summer with the foliage, fewer cottages are seen.
Hanson Hill Recreational Park- 22 minutes away
Weary Legs (trail length 7.5 mi), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Deer Run Trail (trail length 5 mi), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Au Sable River Trail (trail length 3 mi), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Space: Close to County Road 612 (100 feet from the road).
Towels: Yes, we provide towels. It's always good to bring extra though.
Washer and dryer: Not on property. Closest is in Grayling, MI
Wood: All over the property you will find wood for burning. If you would like more, the local grocer also sells bundles.
- Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
- Basic paper products included.
- Cable- Satellite TV
- Ceiling fans
- Linens & towels included
- Box Fans
- Coffee maker
- Standard kitchenware & utensils
- Fire pit
- Patio chairs
|06/14/2019 - 09/05/2019||2||$150.00|
|Sept-after Labor Day--Oct.||09/06/2019 - 10/31/2019||2||$80.00|
|11/01/2019 - 12/31/2020||2||$75.00|
We are happy you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your positive feedback. We love having the "basics" when arriving at a cottage. Please be sure to check out our 54 other properties next time you want to take a Michigan vacation!
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for booking with Freshwater :)
THANK YOU for your 2 suggestions. We are definitely looking into them. We are happy you found the cabin to your liking. Please consider booking with Freshwater Vacation Rentals the next time you book a Michigan adventure. We have 54 properties to choose from!
Thank you for your suggestions. We will look into them. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you do book again in the future. Remember, we have 60 properties stacked around Michigan; please check out our website to see the newest homes and special deals. Thank you for booking with Freshwater Vacation Rentals.
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. It is a sweet property. We have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us. We hope to see you again soon.
Ashley we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay. Black Bear Lodge is a great property. Do keep in mind that we have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us. We hope to see you again soon.
Matt, I hope you can feel kisses through the internet, because we are sending them your way for your kind and generous comments about FVR! Quality guest service is our #1 priority, so we love to hear from our guests when they feel like we have accomplished that. Love that you liked Black Bear Lodge - the river is certainly soothing. We'll look for you on your return trip ti Michigan!
Larry, we are happy to hear that you could really relax at Black Bear Lodge. It is a great place to be, that's for certain. We hope to see you again.
Don, we are so pleased that Black Bear Lodge worked out so well for you. The windows across the front of the cottage offers such a great view of the river, and it is lovely there in the colder months. We hope to see you again!
Eric, what a great idea to get away to work during a slower work time! Black Bear Lodge is the perfect place to do that. Those front windows allow for such a great view of the outdoors, which can be particularly spectacular in the winter. We hope that you come back again!
Doug, we are so pleased that you were so impressed with Black Bear Lodge. The view it offers, in all seasons, is so lovely, and its such a great getaway in the winter. We look forward to working with you again soon.
Roger, we are so happy that you enjoyed Black Bear Lodge. It is a great property with privacy, and the view through the front windows is fabulous. We look forward to seeing you again!
Kevin, we are so happy to hear that you had a great snowmobiling weekend at Black Bear Lodge. It's such a great property for a winter getaway. We look forward to working with you again soon.
Mark, we love our returning guests, and it gives us great pleasure that you had another excellent stay at Black Bear Lodge. You certainly had good snowmobiling conditions! Winter in Northern Michigan can be so spectacular. We look forward to your next visit.
Susan, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at Black Bear Lodge. Sorry about those dang fish - we'll be sure to speak with them about being friendlier next time! Don't you just love all those windows in the cabin - best view ever. We do hope to work with you again soon.
Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Dan, we are glad that you could enjoy the peace and quiet of Black Bear Lodge. There is great fishing on the Au Sable River, and Hartwick Pines State Park is only 9 miles away. We will let the owner know your suggestions for making the lodge even better. We'll look forward to your return trip.
Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lars, it's great to hear how pleased you are with Black Bear Lodge! The cabin offers the fishermen, hunters, hikers, golfers, ATVers, snowmobilers, or a small family, a clean, comfortable, affordable place to stay with outdoor activities right outside your door! The location offers privacy, yet is only a few miles to Grayling or Gaylord, Michigan. It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend or week.