Black Bear Lodge on the Au Sable Frederic


BLACK BEAR LODGE on the Au Sable River- Perfect for Couples or Small Families that Enjoy the Outdoors! Snowmobiling close by!
Bedrooms

1

Baths

1

Sleeps

4

BLACK BEAR LODGE ON THE AU SABLE RIVER

SLEEPS: 4
BEDROOMS: 1 (queen in master & bunk bed in hall)
BATHROOMS: 1
*RIVERFRONT (Au Sable River)
*TV with SATELLITE ONLY, NO WIFI


This small, charming cabin is tucked away on a beautiful, private section of the headwater of the Au Sable River, just 100 feet off of County Road 612 in Frederic (Crawford County). 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. The walkway down to the Au Sable has an incline. 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. 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 (half a mile-­‐see photo) as well as 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. 

Ski Resorts
Hanson Hill Recreational Park (Grayling)- 22 minutes/15.9 miles 
Treetops (Gaylord)- 30 minutes/25.1 miles 
Shanty Creek (Mancelona)- 39 minutes/31.7 miles 
Boyne Mountain Ski Resort (Boyne City)- 40 minutes/41 miles
Nub's Nob & Boyne Highlands Ski Resort (Petoskey)- 1.25 hour/71 miles

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
Michaywe- Gaylord
Forest Dunes- Roscommon

State Parks
Hartwick Pines- 9 miles/10 minutes

Otsego State Park (swimming beach)- 11.3 miles/13 minutes

Bear Lake (Kalkaska County): 15 miles/21 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Drive time:
Rosscommon: 35 Minutes

Fishing: 
Situated in the Northeastern quadrant of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the fabled Au Sable River watershed boasts of nearly 180 miles of blue-ribbon trout water, making it the state’s and one of the countries most renowned trout fisheries.
Winding through a gently contoured wooded landscape from its freestone headwaters north of Fredric to its frequently impounded tail stretch funneling into Lake Huron, the river is large and varies greatly in size and characteristics along its length. On the Au Sable, one can expect a healthy dose of small to medium-sized rainbows, browns, and brookies, with the chance of tying into a football-sized brown -- not to mention the healthy influx from Lake Huron’s most important steelhead run. 

The Black Bear Lodge is at the headwaters of the Au Sable River. (Fredrick to Grayling)
The headwaters of the Au Sable, just north of Frederic, mark the beginning of a nearly 80-mile stretch of blue-ribbon trout water. These waters are classic American freestone in nature, clear and gravel-bottomed, dominated by brookies with the occasional brown. Pressure along this 13-mile stretch from Fredrick down to Grayling is minimal thanks to other local freestone attractions and limited access.  At Grayling, the river bends eastward towards its Lake Huron descent. Just below, the East Branch injects a welcome shot of cold water. Unfortunately, both sun-wilted humans and trout alike revel in fresh, cold river water making the fabled fishing town of Grayling a haven for canoeists and water fanatics. Luckily, the trout have grown accustomed to the ruckus and success can be easily achieved in this area.

Internet/WiFi:  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. 

Restaurant/Bar: The Frederic Inn is less than a mile from the cabin.  fredericinn.com

View: The view of the river can be limited in the summer with the dense trees surrounding the riverside of the cabin.  It is clear in the winter since the leaves have fallen. The view is absolutely gorgeous in the fall with the leaves changing colors.

Hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing trails in Hartwick Pines State Park
 Weary Legs 7.5 mi, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
 Deer Run Trail 5 mi, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
 Aspen Trail 3 mi, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
 Bright and Glory Lakes Trail .25 mi, Fishing, Hiking, Cross Country Ski     
 Au Sable River Trail 3 mi, Hiking, Cross Country Ski
 Old Growth Forest Trail 1.25 mi, Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Amenities

Property/indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Basic paper products included.
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • Linens & towels included
  • Box Fans
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Crockpot
Outdoor Amenities
  • Fire pit
  • Patio chairs
  • Deck/patio
  • grill-charcoal
Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
10/08/2018 - 12/20/2018 2 $60.00
12/21/2018 - 01/06/2019 3 $150.00
01/07/2019 - 05/23/2019 2 $50.00
2019 05/24/2019 - 06/13/2019 2 $100.00
06/14/2019 - 09/05/2019 4 $150.00
Sept-after Labor Day--Oct. 09/06/2019 - 10/31/2019 2 $80.00
11/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 2 $75.00

Reviews

Stay at the Black Bear Lodge
Stayed at the property for three nights. It was very clean and well supplied. Grounds seemed well kept although there was some snow on the ground. Views outback to the river are nice. Three or four people could stay there comfortably. Would recommend staying if it fit your travel needs.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
Don
Nov 2018
Nice place to relax Pretty cabin, clean, well supplied, right on the river, nice place to relax..


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Larry
Sep 2018
Great cabin and great people!
Before I say anything about the cabin, I have to say that everybody from Freshwater Vacation Rentals that I have had any contact with has been fantastic! They were a major part of why this stay was so enjoyable. Thank you to you all. As for the cabin, it was great! Comfy, unbelievably clean and fully stocked.Just perfect for me, my wife, and our teen and tween daughters. A quick stroll down the hill had you in the Au Sable, and a short drive had us in Grayling or Hartwick Pines State Park. Many fun day trips to further out locations were easily made from the cabin as well. And when we "stayed home" we were very comfy. Indeed, I spent much time just watching the river sweep by. We can't wait to get back to Michigan, and I am sure it will be with FVR again.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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!
Matt
Jul 2018
Black bear on Au Sable- recommended
This cabin was perfect for a long weekend getaway! It's very clean and well kept. The view is beautiful and there's plenty to do no matter what you are into. Our experience was wonderful and we will be back!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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.
Ashley
Apr 2018
Nice Cabin
Rented cabin for a snowmobile trip. It was clean and well kept and easy access to the trails. Although small it had everything we needed. Beautiful setting right on the au sable river. We will definitely consider for our next kayaking trip or snowmobile trip.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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.
 
Mark
Feb 2018
Great Getaway Cabin
Nice view of the Au Sable. Close to lots of good hiking and XC ski trails.
Erin
Dec 2017
Great place to stay
We chose Black Bear Lodge for our girlfriend weekend. It was a great location for us. The cabin was very clean and well supplied. The only thing we couldn't find was a tea kettle. We would also have liked to have had a deadbolt lock on the door as it was just us girls. We had a great time and would love to stay here again. Thank you for having such a clean and comfortable place to stay!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Susan
Oct 2017
Peaceful serenity overlooking the mesmerizing Au Sable river
Well equipped cabin with access to everything a nature lover needs. Two suggestions - replace the creaky queen sized bed and repair the back door knob, which sticks. My husband cut himself on it trying to open it. Otherwise a great rustic property!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
 
Lisa
Sep 2017
Cozy and perfect getaway!
This cabin was perfect for a relaxing getaway! The highlight was probably the picturesque view out of the living room and the porch where we could sit quietly under the trees and listen to the river bubble by. The kitchen was well-stocked with pans, silverware, plates, etc. No problems with our stay at all! Thanks!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for booking with Freshwater :)
Lucy & Sam
Aug 2017
Well Stocked!
Cabin was very clean and relatively easy to find. Great views and stocked well with basic amenities such as coffee, sugar, paper plates, etc. Beautiful place to relax and unwind. Hosts were courteous and quick with responses. Thanks again!!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
Bethany
Jun 2017
Back patio
Back patio
Stove and dishwasher
Stove and dishwasher
Ausable river with newly planted cedars
Ausable river with newly planted cedars
Beautiful Fall colors
Beautiful Fall colors
Kitchen
Kitchen
Living room window view
Living room window view
Living room with lots of natural sunlight
Living room with lots of natural sunlight
Fly fishing on the AuSable River
Fly fishing on the AuSable River
Kitchen
Kitchen
Bedroom with Queen Size bed
Bedroom with Queen Size bed
Enjoy the firepit!
Enjoy the firepit!
View of the back of the lodge from the beautiful Ausable River
View of the back of the lodge from the beautiful Ausable River
Back patio
Back patio
Back patio
Back patio
Front of cabin
Front of cabin
View of AuSable
View of AuSable
Living room
Living room
Picture from the road of the cabin
Picture from the road of the cabin
Snow shoeing on property
Snow shoeing on property
Bathroom
Bathroom
Foyer
Foyer
Kitchen
Kitchen
Pull out futon sofa
Pull out futon sofa
Futon
Futon
Bunk hallway
Bunk hallway
Bunk beds located in hallway
Bunk beds located in hallway
Living room
Living room
Living room
Living room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Foyer
Foyer
Outside in the winter
Outside in the winter
Snowmobile trails
Snowmobile trails
View from living room in the Winter
View from living room in the Winter
Winter picture
Winter picture
view of cleaned up river bank
view of cleaned up river bank
View of river
View of river
View of Ausable River from the Lodge
View of Ausable River from the Lodge
River view
River view


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