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!
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Baths

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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 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


Bathroom:  


Main bathroom: toilet, sink, shower (no tub)


Beach/Swimming: Not ideal for swimming. It is shallow, best for just wadding and fishing.


Bedroom Configuration:


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.


Distances:


Hartwick Pines- 9 miles/10 minutes
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
Michaywe- 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. 

Landline: Yes!

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.

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

 


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.


 


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
SeasonPeriodMin.StayNightlyWeekly
Sept-after Labor Day--Oct.09/06/2019 - 10/31/20192$80.00
11/01/2019 - 12/31/20202$75.00

Reviews

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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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