Copper Water Cottage Carp Lake

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COPPER WATER COTTAGE (Carp Lake, MI): Sleeps 6, AC, 11 minutes from Mackinac Bridge, Swimming on property, Private (June-September) boat dock.

Pets Welcome







*LAKEFRONT (Carp Lake)

*4 KAYAKS (May-September only)


Copper Water Cottage is a great getaway and launch pad for exploring Michigan’s north-end. With the Mackinac Bridge only 11 minutes away, you can easily cross over and explore Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The screened-in porch and fireplace set the scene for this tranquil retreat. Come and swim right from the property!  The lake is larger in size, easy to get in and out of, and quiet. It is an all-sports lake with little traffic. Guests are welcome to bring boats and use the private dock right in front of the home.  Carp Lake has a tannin-stained water (dark in color and high in quality). The water is 15 ft. at deepest.

This home plays host to 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a fully-equipped kitchen where guests can gather to prepare delicious home made meals.  If you prefer a barbequed meal, you can grill outside on the propane grill and sit at the picnic table to enjoy to enjoy your grilled favorites.



Air Conditioning: Yes, there is air conditioning. There are also a couple of small fans for guests to use during their stay.


ATV's: Yes, they are allowed, but there is no room for riding on the property.

Animals: Bald Eagles (rumored), squirrels, deer, variety of birds, chipmunks.

Bathroom: On main floor. It has a shower only.

Beach/Swimming: Walking out of the screened-in porch, step down 2 steps and follow a cobble-stone path. Then, there are approximately 15 steps with a railing to get down to the water. Once at the water there is a concrete ramp which you may use to step into the water. The water is a gradual slope. There are pebbles that line the lake for about 25-30 feet out, there may be some that are jagged. We recommend all to wear water-shoes.  


Bedroom Configurations:
                  Master Bed:  1 Queen on 2nd floor

                  Bedroom #2: 1 Queen on 2nd floor

                  Bedroom #3: 2 Twins on the 2nd floor

Boats:  2 Kayaks will be provided (June-September only)


Bugs: Expect typical Michigan bugs.


Cell phone service: AT&T and Sprint/T-Mobile get great service

              * Pictured Rocks: 2 hours and 22 minutes (132 miles)
              * Traverse City: 2 hours 11 minutes (95 miles)
              * Lansing: 3 hours 28 minutes (230 miles)               
              * Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 1 hours 37 minutes (86 miles) 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 11 minutes away (8.2 miles)

Dock:  There is a private seasonal dock approximately 30 ft. long that guests can use. Docks are pulled out mid Oct and put back in mid May. The public boat Lake Paradise Boating Access launch is west of the property (about 2-3 minutes driving).

Drinking Water: This cottage has well water. Some guests may choose to bring bottled water for drinking. There is a Brita dispenser in the refrigerator.  

Drugs/Smoking/Fireworks: Freshwater does not permit illegal drugs of any kind on the property. Due to the location of the properties nearby, smoking is strongly discouraged around the home and strictly prohibited in the home. Fireworks are prohibited at Freshwater property locations for the safety of all persons in and around the property, even if they are legal in that city.

Fireplace: There is a propane gas fireplace inside the cottage for guests to use. There is a remote control for it provided.

Fire-pit: Yes and wood is provided! Please re-stack chairs and put back when you are done using the fire-pit.

Fishing: Some common fish you will see in the nearby lake are pike, blue-gill, large mouth bass, walleye and perch.  Please be sure to bring your own poles as there are none available  at this property. Also, in order to fish in Michigan lakes, one is required to hold a fishing license. Click here to purchase your fishing license online.

Grill: Propane grill. Propane is provided.

Grocery Store:  Mackinaw Family Market:  101 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701  - 231-436-5502

Handicap Friendly: This property is not handicap-friendly. 

Internet: Wi-Fi is provided for free!

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

Parking: In front of the home, 3 cars or a truck/trailer combo can park easily.

Pets: Up to 2 dogs 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. If you allow your pets 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.

Privacy: You are able to see neighbors right next door.

Safety/Security Devices: Yes, at the entryway door to the cabin, there is a Ring Doorbell security camera.  This camera is routinely monitored with both the audio and visual surveillance the Ring Doorbell provides.

Seniors: There are 15 steps to the water (with a railing) and steps inside the home.

Snowmobiles:  A person (resident and nonresident) that operates a snowmobile in Michigan is required to purchase a snowmobile trail permit. LP-7 Trail Head is less than 5 minutes from the front door. The trail permit enables snowmobilers to ride state-designated trails and thousands more miles of public roads and on public lands (where authorized). It is valid for one year, which begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30 of the following year. State-designated trails are open Dec. 1-March 31 and grooming occurs when there is enough snow on the ground. Click here to purchase your snowmobile trail permit.    

Space:  2 floors

Televisions: On the first floor, there is a 42 inch plasma TV and in the master bedroom, there is a 32 inch TV.  Both are smart TV’s with streaming capabilities & there is also an open-air HD antennae which captures about 20 local channels.  

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

Washer and dryer:  No, there is not a washer/dryer on property.

Wood: Wood is provided for the fire pit.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Central air conditioning
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace- Gas
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Heat - Forced Air Furnace
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Oscillating Fans
  • Pets allowed.
  • Radio
  • Screened-in porch
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smoke Detectors
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Electric Skillet
  • Indoor Smore's Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Panini Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Small Food Processor
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Fire Pit
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • Good Fishing
  • Grill-Propane
  • Hammock
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Picnic Table
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Snowmobile from Property
  • Swimming on Property
Local Amenities
  • Winery
Special Features
  • ATV allowed
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Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/02/2021 - 01/01/2022 2 $106.00
January - December 2022 01/02/2022 - 01/01/2023 2 $0.00


5 stars
It was very nice and enjoyable. Thanks for letting us have our pet too. She enjoyed playing on the frozen lake and laying by the fireplace. Being so close to mackinaw city was awesome too.

Gabriella, we are so happy that you and your pup had a great time!  Winter vacations can be such fun.  We loved having you as our guest, and we hope to work with you again.
Feb 2021

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