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.  Dog friendly

Pets Welcome







Copper Water Cottage
*LAKEFRONT (Carp Lake)
*PETS are WELCOMED. Up to 2 dogs

*4 KAYAKS (June-September only)


Discover this peaceful cottage, just 10 minutes from the Mackinac Bridge, equipped with high-speed internet, making it ideal for both work and relaxation while exploring the beauty of Michigan's northern landscapes. This charming retreat features a screened-in porch, a gas fireplace, and comfortable beds, ensuring a restful night's sleep.

In winter, the landscape transforms into a snowy wonderland, perfect for cozy stays. The warmth of our indoor fireplace, coupled with the convenience of high-speed internet, creates an inviting atmosphere, ideal for unwinding after a day of snow skiing, just 20 minutes away.

Wake up to breathtaking sunrises over Carp Lake, a large, peaceful body of water ideal for swimming and boating. It's an all-sports lake offering quiet enjoyment with little traffic. Bring your boat and take advantage of the private dock directly in front of the home. Immerse yourself in the lake's tannin-stained waters, offering a high-quality swimming experience, and then retreat to the comfort of our cottage, where you can stay connected and comfortable.

Enjoy the autonomy of a frictionless self-check-in system. Freshwater Vacation Rentals is there to provide assistance if needed to ensure a relaxed and personalized stay in this picturesque setting.

Whether it's for a winter adventure or a peaceful escape, this cabin offers a retreat for every season.



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:  4 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.

Grill: Blackstone 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 $75/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 50 inch plasma TV and in the master bedroom, there is a 40 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
  • Hot Dog and Bun Toaster
  • 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
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $149.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


Comfortable cabin on the lake
This cabin was well situated on Paradise Lake with lovely lake views and kayaking aplenty. The furniture and beds were comfortable, and the cabin was well stocked and supplied. We liked the location which was tranquil, but not far from some local shops and restaurants. The sunporch overlooking the lake was a lovely place to sit and enjoy a cocktail in the evening or breakfast in the morning. The only reason we did not get this property five stars is because the previous tenants must’ve been smokers, and there was a strong smell of smoke when we arrived. That said, it had dissipated by the time we left. This is not the fault of the owners of the cottage, but it did detract, at least for a time, from our enjoyment of this otherwise lovely cottage.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Gilian! I sincerely apologize for the experience of smelling smoke and how that impacted the stay, as all of our properties are non-smoking, so we will be sure to have this addressed. It's wonderful to know that you found everything else with the home to be comfortable, tranquil, and nicely located for having a chance to explore the town and area without being directly in it. Hopefully we can host you again! 

Jul 2024
A little piece of paradise
I really needed to unwind and relax. And this home delivered big time.the view of the lake is beautiful and the wildlife.I will be returning. I've been renting homes for years I must say this home has a relaxing vibe.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Troy! We're so delighted to know the home continues to deliver a peaceful and relaxing stay experience, and that the views and surrounding wildlife could assist in getting in some time to unwind. We can't wait to have you back for your next stay! 

May 2024
Great Cottage
This was our second time at Copper Water Cottage for snowmobiling. Great location and very quiet in the winter. The cottage is very cozy...we love the fireplace. A lot of extras items, blankets, a Blackstone. We love that the fur babies can be included as well. Communication with Freshwater is top notch. Highly recommend.


It's so great to know your second stay was another good one, Erica! We are glad to know you could appreciate the calmness of the area in the winter, and found the home to be cozy and well supplied for your snowmobiling trip! Hopefully we will have a chance to host you and the fur babies again in the future! 
Feb 2024
Other than not having a way to clean our clothes, I wouldn’t change a thing. They had everything we needed and a stock pile of towels. I wish we could have stayed longer. I want a home on a lake someday in the near future. This home/lake/view makes me want to buy a home right here. Thank you for letting us enjoy your home. If I had to give one piece of constructive criticism, it would be to put a row boat down there with the kayaks too.


Thank you for sharing your review William! We are so happy to know that you not only enjoyed your stay, but that the experience left you wanting to dedicate more time, and a potential purchase in the area! Hopefully everything goes well with getting that lake house, and we will see what we might be able to do about that rowboat lol. Hopefully we have a chance to host you again!
Aug 2023
Lovely Lake
Lovely, warm and inviting lake. The kayaks are delightful and so easy to cruise with all around the lake. We spend hours just sitting on the dock enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Thank you for all of the available firewood for fun camp fires. Would suggest upgraded carpets and including a washer and dryer.

Erin, a great lake, kayaking and sitting on the dock all sounds like the makings for a great getaway.  We're glad that the property worked out so well for you and we appreciate your feedback.  We hope to see you back again.
Jul 2023
Great cottage
Had a great time at Copper Water Cottage. Ample room for snowmobile trailers. Perfect location to trailer the sleds south or north or leave straight from the cottage to the trailhead. Cottage had multiple amenities that were appreciated. The fireplace is cozy. Great communication from the rental company. Was great for our winter getaway.


Hi Erica, we're delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us at Copper Water, and were able to easily get to the snowmobile trails in the area! It's great to know that you had a good experience communicating with our team, and that you found the home/ fireplace to provide you with a comfortable stay! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again!
Feb 2023
Copper Water Cottage great location
Cute, cozy cottage. Everything as advertised. I wish the instructions mentioned the electronic device on the mantel for check in and info. Stumbled across the check in screen while looking at the device 2 days in. Not really 20 over the air tv stations. Only 3 or 4 stations viewable even on a clear day. We had an enjoyable week.


Thank you for sharing your review Mary! We are glad to know the property was able to live up to expectations, though it's unfortunately only a few stations were able to come through. We also appreciate the feedback regarding the YourWelcome tablet potentially being included in arrival instructions so it doesn't get missed! Hopefully we can have you back for a future stay!
Sep 2022
Great Trip
The cottage was cute and clean. It looked as it was presented. Great views of the lake, plenty of space. The addition of a half bath would have made it perfect but we knew going in there was only 1 bathroom. Not a big deal. It worked out well for our group. Friendly service. Easy to figure out check-in and check-out. Made the weekend much less stressful with a good place to stay. We’ll be back!


We're so delighted to know you had a great stay, Angela, and found everything to appear as expected. We truly do our best to make the experience as painless as possible for our guests, so it means a lot knowing that you found the process easy to maneuver! We would love to have you back! 
Sep 2022
Great week at Copper Water Cottage
Upon arrival to Copper Water Cottage we walked into a charming, clean updated and cozy cottage. It was tastefully decorated and had most everything needed to walk in and stay for the week. The attached porch with windows/screens was a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the view of the lake. Each of the bedrooms upstairs also has a beautiful view of the lake. Our adult family had so much fun enjoying the quiet lake with the beautiful view. We rented a pontoon boat for the day which was so much fun. We had a few day trips to Mackinac island, Wilderness state park and dinner at Leggs Inn. It was a memorable enjoyable treasured time with family in a great location with access to entertaining options.


Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review Caroline! It's great to know you and your family had a great stay at the cottage, got to take in the beautiful views of the lake, explore the nearby attractions, and even rent a pontoon for a day on the water! We are delighted to have been a part of creating memories for you all, and would love to have you back in the future!
Aug 2022
Cozy cottage
The cottage was as advertised, it slept 4 adults and 1 large dog comfortable. It is situated on Lake Heron. Beds were comfortable. Cottage close to Mackinaw City and ferry transport to Mackinac Island. The only issue noted was the amount of fishing line left in the cottage from previous renters.

Ellen, I love that the cottage slept 4 humans and 1 large dog comfortably!  We apologize for the fishing line - that should not have been there.  We hope to work with you again.
Jun 2022
Cozy rustic cabin
I stayed at the cabin with two of my children, my daughter in law, and 5 year old granddaughter. We loved it. It was so peaceful and the kids loved the kayaking! Everything was clean and organized and the service was excellent. I had contact with them the very first afternoon when we arrived over a minor concern and it was handled immediately and professionally. We grilled every evening and enjoyed the scenery and water. I wish the grill had been bigger and perhaps newer. It was hard to squeeze food for 4 adults and a child on the small grill, but we made it work. I also recommend that you bring your own knives, or the cabin perhaps will invest in a steel to sharpen the knives provided (hence the 4 star rating instead of 5). We literally had to use a bread knife to cut a tomato, but again, we made it work. We loved how close it was to town and the bridge! I really recommend this beautiful place and hope to return in a couple of years when my granddaughter is a little older, so we can explore the island and a few other places in the UP!

Pamela, we love that this was a multi-generational vacation and that you all had a great time!  We appreciate your recommendation and your suggestions for improvement.   We look forward to your return!
Jun 2022
Cozy cabin on Carp Lake
This is a beautiful cabin right on the lake. It is comfortable and clean - we had a wonderful stay! I highly recommend this place!

Emily, we're glad that you had a wonderful time, and thank you for the recommendation!  We hope to see you back again.
May 2022
Reed family 2021 Fall Getaway
Cottage was very clean and provided everything you could need in the home for cooking. Location on the water was very nice we enjoyed the Dock and used the kayaks and we had a fire in the firepit. Location over all to Mackinaw City was Great just a short drive about 8 minutes. We had a really nice time.

Jack, it sounds like you had a great vacation!  We're glad that the dock, kayak and fire pit were enjoyable for you, and we hope that you come back again.
Oct 2021
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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