Black Bear Lodge on the Au Sable Frederic

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BLACK BEAR LODGE on the Au Sable River- Perfect for Couples or Small Families that Enjoy the Outdoors!
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BLACK BEAR LODGE ON THE AU SABLE RIVER
SLEEPS: 4
BEDROOMS: 1 (queen bed in master & bunk bed in hall)
BATHROOMS: 1 (full bath with shower only-no tub)
*RIVERFRONT (Au Sable River is difficult to access)
*TV with CABLE ONLY, NO WIFI


Just 100 feet off County Road 612, in Frederic Michigan (Crawford County), you'll find this small, charming, classic cabin alongside a beautiful section of the headwater on the Au Sable River. This cabin offers fishermen, hunters, hikers, golfers, ATV lovers, snowmobilers, and small families, a clean, comfortable, affordable place to stay with outdoor activities right outside your door!  The view of the Au Sable from this cabin is often wide in the winter and narrow in the summer due to the leaves on the many, beautiful trees surrounding the cottage. Although the cabin rests alongside the Au Sable River, it is not easy to enter the river here.  The entry to the river is in it's natural setting and not maintained as an entry point.  

One of the great aspects of Black Bear lodge is it's location offers privacy!  You can see cars driving down County Road 612 from time to time, and there is another home visible from the cabin, yet you will still enjoy plenty of space with no neighbors right beside you.  (Drivers often tend to drive a bit fast on County Road 612, so please beware!)  Black Bear Lodge is also only a few minutes from Grayling or Gaylord, Michigan, so it's the perfect place to spend a week or a weekend and have plenty nearby places to explore. 

 
Black Bear Lodge offers a full kitchen where you can cook a great meal, and also a charcoal grill if you prefer to have a BBQ. The full bathroom (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 is available in the living room for extra sleeping space.. Enjoy sitting on the patio with your cup of joe while you catch glimpses of the river down the hill, and at night, gaze upon the stars at the fire pit area, or just relax inside and catch your favorite shows on cable on the large, flat screen TV.
 
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 (also known as the Blue Ribbon trout stream). Please be careful 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.. If you love to explore, try your luck at the 'Holy Waters' in Grayling, or at the Manistee River  just 4 miles down the road 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 and Trail 7, located just 0.5 miles east of the cabin (See map photo). Not only are Snowmobiling/ATV Trails nearby,  but also the legendary “Swamp III & Frederic Inn”  is located just down the road (walking distance). If you enjoy downhill or cross country skiing, check out 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, bird watching, hunting, and fishing during the day, and return to your comfortable cabin in the woods to relax in the evening.
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


A/CThere is a window unit only.  Ceiling fans and box fans are also available to help keep it cool.


Animals:  Coyotes, partridge, squirrels, rabbits, & standard bugs


ATV/Snowmobiles Bring them and ride right from the property! Trail 679 and Trail 7 are just 0.5 miles east of the cabin!


Bathroom:  The main bathroom has a toilet, sink, and shower (no tub)


Beach/Swimming:  The river is not ideal for swimming. It is shallow and best for just wading and fishing.  Otsego State Park, located 11.3 miles away (13 minutes) has a beach for swimmers.

Bedroom Configurations:
Master bedroom: Queen bed
2nd Bedroom: (in the hallway) twin bunk beds
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 at the cabin, even for short periods of time, 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 the 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.


Distances:


*Hartwick Pines- 9 miles/10 minutes: good viewing of birds at their feeders, which are known for attracting the Evening Grosbeak. And the “Old Growth Forest Trail” (1 1/4 mile accessible path) is just outside. Check out their website for activities being offered.  
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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


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


Skiing:
*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


Dock:  No dock


Fire Pit:   Yes!  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.  Bring your poles!


Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at http://www.mdnr-elicense.com/Welcome/Default.aspx


GrillThere is a charcoal grill provided. Please bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid. (Not available in Winter)

Grocery Store:  Beacon &Bridge Market:  
6544 N Old 27, Frederic, MI 49733  989-348-8146


Handicap Accessible:  Space may be too tight for a wheelchair, however, it is a great space for those that have limited mobility as it is a one level property.  You must be able to navigate rough terrain to walk down to the water.


Hunting:  No Hunting on the property please


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 you with basic bedding, sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you before you arrive. If you are particular about the thread count of your sheets, let us know and we will make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets.

Parking:  Plenty of parking for vehicles and ATV/Snowmobile trailers.

Pets:  There are no pets allowed. Please enjoy this pet free space.


Privacy:   During the summer with the foliage, fewer cottages are seen.


Space:  1 level/1 bedroom home.


Towels:  Yes, we provide towels.  Please bring your own beach towels to take to the water.


Washer and dryer:  There is no washer and dryer in the cabin. The closest laundry-mat 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.


 


Amenities

Property/indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Box Fans
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • Linens & Towels included
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Crockpot
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Charcoal
  • Patio Chairs

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/02/2021 - 01/01/2022 2 $86.00
January - December 2022 01/02/2022 - 01/01/2023 2 $0.00

Reviews

The perfect getaway!
We really enjoyed our stay here at the black bear lodge! Bird action all day, beautiful views, alot of butterflies! It’s an hour from Lake Michigan being so close I took full advantage of checking out Charlevoix and Petoskey! Beautiful sunsets!! We fished at Hartwick pines state park. We also packed waders and walked the Au Sable River!! So much fun can’t wait to go back!

FVR RESPONSE 
It warms our heart to hear that you had such a wonderful time! Yes, the nature surrounding this cottage is truly beautiful with welcoming views and simple wildlife. If you know how to explore, you can also find some amazing sights and walkways not too far away. We hope to have the opportunity to host you again one day!
Kerri
Jun 2021
Awesome stay
Great stay a couple extra towels would be nice and maybe a new toaster that don’t burn your bread on the lowest setting. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay around this area

FRESHWATER VACATION RENTALS REPLY:
We are happy you had a great stay and would recommend to your friends. Please note if you stay at any of our places and run into an issue just call us! We would of delivered to you more towels and a new toaster. Would love to have you back. 
Todd
Apr 2021
Amazing view.
Amazing view. Very friendly people. Only thing that would have made it better would have been a hot tub!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE
Gavin, we are so glad that you had a good stay.  We agree, the view is amazing!  We'll let the owner know your thoughts on the hot tub.  It was great hosting you, and we hope to see you back again.
Gavin
Dec 2020
Great Place
It was a great little place to stay with a great view of the river. Looked even better when we woke up to snow covering everything. Will definitely book again in the future.

FVR RESPONSE
Daniel, snow can be so beautiful.  We're glad that you had a  good stay, and we look forward to your return.
Daniel
Nov 2020
Lovely spot on Ausable river
Great location in small town of Frederic, Michigan. Very comfortable rooms and near to many winter outdoor activities and services. Town of Grayling is only 8 miles away for additional restaurants and services. Town library has computers to use and books and magazines.

FVR RESPONSE
Sheila, thank you for this great review, and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Black Bear Lodge. The Lodge sleeps 4 and is great for snowmobiling since you can ride right from the property.  Also, there are great cross country skiing trails nearby.  We hope to see you again Sheila!
Sheila
Feb 2020
Great stay and services!
No complaints at all! Very clean and comfortable feeling in the winter !

FVR RESPONSE
Roger, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at Black Bear Lodge.  It is a great spot for a winter vacation, especially for snowmobilers.  Miles of trails are nearby and guests can ride right from the property.  There are multiple cross country ski trails nearby also.  We hope to see you back again.
Roger
Feb 2020
Once again outstanding!
As a repeat customer we were once again treated to a very well kept and super clean & ready to go lodge. Would love to own! Can’t wait to return. Thanks!

FVR RESPONSE
Durgan, what a great review!  When a guest wants to own our property, we know that's it's a winner.  Windows span the front of Black Bear Lodge, giving great views of the Au Sable River.  It sleeps 4 and is perfect for anyone who loves winter sports:  cross country skiing, downhill skiing and snowmobiling are all close by.  We look forward to your return!  
Durgan
Feb 2020
This cabin is stunning and in the perfect location for a secluded getaway, but many activities to still do in the area. I love the view from the living room!

FVR RESPONSE
Megan, we love your enthusiastic review!  Black Bear Lodge is lovely and sleeps 4.  There are many miles of snowmobile trails close by for winter fun.  We'd love to see you come back again.
Megan
Jan 2020
Wonderful experience
My boyfriend and I came for a quiet New Years trip and the cabin did not disappoint. It was spotless and in a perfect location. Everything was as described on your website. Thank you so much for a great trip!

FVR RESPONSE
Hailey, we are so happy that Black Bear Lodge worked out so well for you.  It is perfect for couples or small families.  It sleeps 4 and in the wintertime, snowmobilers will enjoy the miles of state trails nearby.  We'd love to work with you again.
Hailey
Jan 2020
A Wonderful Time
My stay at the Black Bear Lodge in Federic, MI was wonderful! I stayed for 3 nights in complete peace and tranquility. The rental is secluded but still close to restaurants, gas, dollar general and I-75. The location provides privacy while still having the safe feeling of the neighbor across the road. The rental was spotless, cozy and had everything you would need to cook a meal (pots, pans, dishes and utensils). The view of the River was the BEST part...even in the Winter (Jan 2020). Getting down to the Rivers edge was a breeze. The view at the bottom was just as beautiful as seeing it from the top looking down. The cable TV worked fine, beds were comfortable, the bathroom had everything I needed, even soap that I forgot to bring. I feel as though I've found a treasure. This was by far one of the best rentals I've stayed in. Freshwater was a pleasure to communicate with and I will certainly be back again...and very soon! Toya

FVR RESPONSE
Toya, wow!  We love positive, descriptive reviews such as yours, and the fact that this was by far one of the best rentals you've stayed in makes our day!  We agree, Black Bear Lodge is a treasure.  We look forward to your return.
Latoya
Jan 2020
Black Bear Lodge
Had the pleasure to stay in this lodge on a family winter snowmobiling trip. Always skeptical about staying somewhere using just pictures to get my attention. The lodge was everything my family expected. Super clean and ready for use upon arriving. Will definitely book again!


FVR RESPONSE
Durgan, we are thrilled that Black Bear Lodge surpassed your expectations, and that you plan on returning!  It's the perfect place for snowmobilers since there are miles of state trails nearby.  It's also great for both downhill and cross country skiers.   It's a very cozy space for couples or a small family.
Durgan
Jan 2020
The location is perfect for those looking for a nice fishing trip! Right on a nice stretch of wadable water on the Au Sable. The cabin was clean and warm when we walked in as well. All around great place to stay.

FVR response: 
Zackery, we love hearing that you enjoyed your stay at Black Bear Lodge, and we appreciate you taking time to write the review.  The lodge sleeps 4, and with snowmobile trails nearby, it's perfect for winter getaways.  We hope to work with you again.
Zackery
Dec 2019
Loved!
Great location if you are looking for a quiet get away. Clean (and I am picky), comfortable and a beautiful view of the river. Yes the neighbors are close but very welcoming and helpful.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Carol, we are so glad that you enjoyed Black Bear Lodge.  Sitting out, looking over the river is so very peaceful.  Making s'mores by the firepit is the perfect way to end an evening.  We hope to see you again.
Carol
Oct 2019
This was our second time staying in this cabin and had just as much fun this time. It's located perfect for the ATV trails, it's quiet, cozy and very clean. I love sitting with my morning tea and watching the squirrels and rabbits go by. The caretakers are very helpful and fun. We will be back again.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lou,  thanks for sending us this review.  We are so glad that you enjoyed staying at Black Bear Lodge and that you plan on coming back again!  This is a small, charming, classic cabin that sleeps 4.   The cabin faces the Au Sable River.
 
Lou
Oct 2019
This cabin was the cutest and the porch overlooking the river was fantastic. It was perfect for a up north getaway

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Helen, there is nothing better than sitting on a porch looking out over the water, and we agree that Black Bear Lodge on the Au Sable is the perfect place to do just that.  This is a classic cabin alongside a beautiful section of the headwater on Au Sable River that sleeps 4.   We'd love to have you back again.
Helen
Oct 2019
Fishing Trip With Grandson
It was a great base camp for our trip. Had everything we needed. Not much in Frederic but everyone we encountered were very friendly. Had a great burger at the Frederic Inn. Grayling is close. We were able to find a nice laundry mat to dry some clothes and an Ace Hardware store. Also visited the Hatchery and fed the trout. Good time!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Kirk, wow, memories are made on trips like yours, and we are so happy that you chose Black Bear Lodge  as your base camp.  We hope you caught some fish, as fishing on the Au Sable River is supposed to be great.  We'd love to host you and your grandson again.
Kirk
Sep 2019
Great weekend getaway
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a quick weekend getaway. The property matched the photos and description, very clean with great views. Check in and out was a breeze. We look forward to staying there again!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Amanda, we look forward to having you as our guest again!  It's good to hear that  Black Bear Lodge worked out well for your getaway weekend.  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!
Amanda
Sep 2019
We will be back.
This cabin is everything we wanted. Quiet and the river watching was so relaxing. Loved the easy access to the ATV trails. We will for sure rent this cabin again.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lou, we love when our guests want to come back again!  we are glad that you found 
Black Bear Lodge  to be quiet and relaxing - the perfect vacation spot.  We'll look for you again next year!
Lou
Sep 2019
Awesome
The cabin was awesome a d was perfect for our needs. Management was so helpful.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lou, we are happy to be of help to our guests.  We are glad that you found Black Bear Lodge to be awesome!  We love hearing that from our guests.  We hope to come back again!
Lou
Sep 2019
The cottage was fantastic. Easy to find, super clean and property directions/instructions were clear
On short notice we were looking for an affordable and cozy place near Gaylord. This property popped up and fit our wants almost perfectly. It is well suited for 3 (or 4) with a bedroom and a set of bunk beds. The family/living room is great for watching TV or a movie or playing a game. The sunrise is beautiful from the windows in that room as well. The kitchen is set up to cook with everything you could want situated with a cute eating nook. This was an excellent rental which I was very pleased with.

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. 
 

 
Lars
Aug 2019
Quiet place to unwind.
The cabin is older, but nicely done inside. If I were to suggest a couple of improvements, it would be this: update the futon with a more comfortable mattress. We only sat on it to watch TV and it got uncomfortable after awhile. The other thing is a pillow top or memory foam topper for the queen mattress. These two things are the only reason I didn't give 5 stars. There is no WiFi but that was a plus for me to disconnect and unplug for real relaxation. With the Au Sable river in the backyard, and very few neighbors, it was very quiet and peaceful. I will definitely come back again!

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.
Dan
Aug 2019
Beautiful cabin
Had a wonderful time. Cabin was super clean and well set up. Fish didn't cooperate but had a great time anyhow!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Susan
May 2019
Great property in a Great location
This is the second time staying at this property and again we were not disappointed. The location is excellent for my family to snowmobile out of and with Gas and food near by we did not have to go far for anything. The view of the river was also amazing in the winter. We hope to be up again soon. Also, Joan from Freshwater Vacations was a pleasure to work with!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Mark
Feb 2019
Nice!!
Very clean. Nice location. Slept 3 adults comfortably for a weekend snowmobile trip. Close to trails. Will definitely rent again!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Kevin
Jan 2019
Nice and clean
A little issues but the issues were fixed. Cute cabin, fair price , and very clean !



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!
Roger
Jan 2019
We were impressed with how spotlessly clean and comfortable it was! The view was gorgeous, very quiet, and we will certainly return.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Doug
Jan 2019
Clean and comfortable
Clean and comfortable, with a nice view of the river. It's fully equipped with everything you need. I booked this place to work remotely during a slow week at work. The cell phone signal was strong enough to create a WiFi hotspot and not need a cell booster to work. Good central location for fishing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, etc.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
Eric
Dec 2018
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
Tranquility Found
Snug, very clean & well provisioned with essentials. Nice patio area overlooking the river. This section of the Au Sable is almost exclusively brook trout. I'm a fly fisherman but light spinning tackle is legal as is catch & "eat". The fish average 6 to 8 inches and readily rise to a dry fly. Location is only a quarter south of the small town of Frederic & a little over 50 yards from a "quite" country road. The town of Grayling is a fifteen minute drive south. Try the Grayling Restaurant for a hearty breakfast or brunch. Only reason I didn't rate five star was the lack of any written instructions & no pass code for wifi. When I called for a code,which I received within an hour, the wifi had an excellent signal. I was also informed that an instruction sheet was in the works. I will rent again.
Larry
May 2017

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