Hemlock House in Republic (South) Republic

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HEMLOCK HOUSE (Republic (South), MI): Hot Tub, WiFi (Premium), Sat TV (Premium) Washer/Dryer, Dog friendly 

Pets Welcome








* SOUTH REPUBLIC NEIGHBORHOOD- 3 miles to Michigamme River

* OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND (Hunters, Fishermen, and Snowmobilers)

The Hemlock House is a simple, albiet dated, ½ duplex (with storage on the other side) in the small village of South Republic. Enjoy 925 feet of private space. Great for the visiting friends/family in town, a budget vacation rental to hunt or explore the Upper Peninsula, or the digital nomad who needs premium Wifi. 

The outside hot tub for 2, with a privacy fence, is ideal for those romantic nights looking up at the stars. The outside hot tub is available year round.

The Hemlock House provides a comfortable living room space.The 3 bedrooms are all upstairs and small. There is 1 Queen bed, 1 Full bed and 1 Twin bunk beds. The 3 small bedrooms are all upstairs and the bathroom is on the main floor. The main floor washer/dryer off the kitchen and across from the bathroom is ideal. It’s so nice to be able to warm up your towels for when you get out of the bath/shower.

Windows overlook the wide, though generally quiet, Hemlock Street. Across the street are two (2) tree-filled spaces. There are many easy walking or biking trails along the Michigamme River, so it is within reach to feel connected to nature. The Iron Ore Trailhead is an easy 3 miles North, where you can enjoy a trip into Marquette. 

Frequently Asked Questions:


A/C: There is a window air-conditioning unit in the front bedroom which overlooks Hemlock Street.  We do have a ceiling fan and the portable fans too.  Plus, there is a wonderful cross-breeze from the living room to the kitchen. 

Animals: Squirrels, bats, rabbits, birds, coyotes.  Further outside of town you might catch site of wolves, bears, turkey and moose.

ATV/Snowmobiles: Yes, bring them!  You will have to trailer the equipment to the trails. Trail UP18 is approximately 2.9 mile drive. 


1 Full bathroom (sink, toilet, shower/tub combo). It NOT currently handicap accessible, as there is a significant step between the bathtub and the floor.

Beach/Swimming: The Republic beach is just 3 miles north of Republic.

Bedroom Configuration:
Bedroom #1: Queen bed

Bedroom #2: 1 set of Twin bunk beds

Bedroom #3: 1 Full (double) bed

Boat Launch: If you are bringing your own boat, there is a nice, cement public boat launch off of MI-95, next to the sandy swimming area in Republic (North).

Bugs: Typical flies, mosquitoes, and ants.

Cable/Satellite TVs: Yes, there is 40" Smart TV with old-school DirecTv (cable), including a DVD player.  There is also a basic TV upstairs in the back bedroom with just four (4) local channels.

Cell phone service: Cell service is spotty in the Upper Peninsula.   AT&T & Verizon has been fairly consistent service.

Coffee Pot: Yes, we have a basic drip coffee pot at the cabin. At times there is coffee available, yet we highly recommend that you bring your own. 

Distances (approximately):
*Iron Mountain: 45 mins
*Mackinac Bridge: 4 hours
*Marquette: 45 minutes

*Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore:  2 hours and 20 minutes
*Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 3 hours and 20 minutes

Fire Pit: Yes, there is a small firepit.  Guests must provide their own wood.

Fishing: Bring your poles. Great fishing on the Michigamme River. Enjoy the Republic Fishing Derby in July!

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

Grill: We have an outdoor propane grill for your use.

Grocery Store:  

Right down Hemlock Street (a 2 block walk)  you can find a small convenience store and gas pump in the Oasis building (Peter's Hardware).  While there isn’t normally  large selection, and the prices are convenience-store equivalent, the customer service is top-notch.  There is a larger convenience store/BP Gas station (Koski Korners) on the corner of U.S. 41 and MI-95, about 20 minutes North of the Hemlock House.  The closest, full-sized grocery store is about a 25 minute drive from the cabin in Ishpeming.  It is the IGA Jubilee right along U.S 41.  If you are driving from Wisconsin/Chicago, the last grocery store is in Iron Mountain.
3630 US-41 West, Marquette, MI 49855   906-662-6300

Handicap Inaccessible: Must be able to navigate stairs to the 3 bedrooms on 2nd level, plus the step up to the tub.

Heating Source: Not only do we have the fireplace, yet we do have forced air heat. 

Hunting: We do not allow hunting or shooting (even just at targets) of any kind on the property. The closest hunting is in the State land and paper company land nearby.

Hot Tub: Open year-round.  Great fit for up to 2 people.

Kitchen Supplies: Enjoy a small, full kitchen for your use. Basic dishes, pots/pans, glasses, cups, etc. are provided, including basic kitchen spices. 

Linens:  Yes, we provide you with basic sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival.

Parking:  Plenty of parking on the street and 1 space in the driveway. Yes, even a 24' covered snowmobile trailer can fit next to the garage.

Pets: 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. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on.  Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed.

Privacy: Only inside the ½ duplex. The other side is primarily used for storage.

Security Camera: We have 1 outside security camera on the north side of the duplex which faces the door and another which faces the alley to monitor the snow removal.   There are no cameras inside or near the outside hot tub.

Space:  2 level duplex. (The other side functions primarily as storage.)

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  Please bring your own beach towels.

Washer and dryer:Yes.  Laundry detergent is provided.
Internet:  Premium WiFi (Viasat Satellite)  with download speeds up to 100 Mbps, Upload up to 3.0 Mbps.
Wood:  Bring your own. It can also be bought at the local grocer.


*ADDITIONAL RENTAL OPPORTUNITY (NOT INCLUDED in the standard rental rate for the Hemlock House) - Rent your own Private Island- Republic Island is a short 5 mile trip away.


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Toaster Oven
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Hot Tub
  • Patio Chairs
Special Features
  • ATV allowed

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $99.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


We did a hot girl trip to the UP and loved this place as our base! Thank you for a wonderful, warm place to stay! After long days of snow hiking and long drives from Chicago, the hot tub came in cluth! We will definitely keep this place in mind for future UP hot girl trips! (2 friends and a dog :) ) -Thank you!
Feb 2024
Anniversary Getaway
It was the perfect getaway place for my husband and I. Lots of beautiful places to visit within a short drive.


Thank you for reviewing your stay, Laura! We're so happy to know you enjoyed your stay, and found the home to be well located for exploring the area for your anniversary! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again in the future!
Sep 2023
5 stars
This place was everything we needed. My fiancée and I needed a little somewhere to work from for the week and everything was clean, cozy, and in good condition. The grill was a favorite for these late spring evenings, and the porch was especially relaxing and comfortable. Hosts were very accessible and flexible when we asked for a late checkout. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you!!

Gabriel, we love that you both got away to do some work, and we're especially happy that you did it with us!  Thanks you for your kind words for FVR.  We're glad that we could accommodate a late check out for you, and we hope that you come back again.
May 2023
Hemlock House Review
Cozy place. Nothing fancy. Older place, but clean and tidy. Direct TV / Internet was spotty with the rain. Fans, no A/C. Fans ok until humidity gets high. Suited our purpose just fine.
Jul 2022
Hemlock House - Another Great stay
Thank your again for another great stay. Although Hemlock house is an older home, the owners do a great job at keeping it clean. Home is always prepared nicely for our arrival (heated and porch lights on). Communication with Freshwater and house managers always very quick and easy.

Cherry, thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review.  We do so love hearing from our guests that they had a  great time, and we hope that you will come back again!
Jan 2022
Stay in UP
We enjoyed our quiet stay. Thank goodness no neighbors. We had all our concerns answered and addressed right away. On top of it we did see a moose.

Glen, what an adventure to see a moose!  We loved having you as our guests. Hemlock House is a duplex that sleeps 6, is pet friendly, has a hot tub and a washer and dryer for guests' convenience.  We look forward to working with you again!
Jun 2020
You can not find a better place than this for sure.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Chris, we love that you believe one can not find a better place to stay than Hemlock House.  It sleeps 6, is pet friendly and has a 2 person hot tub.  There are 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, plus a washer and dryer.  We'd love to have you come back again.
Oct 2019
We found a Nice clean well stocked home my first time using airb+b and plan on using them in the future

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Ronald, welcome to FVR and AirBnB!  We are so happy that you found the Hemlock House, and that it met your standards.  Hemlock House is a duplex that is pet friendly and sleeps 6.  There is a washer and dryer downstairs for guests  sole use during their stay.  We hope to see you back again.
Oct 2019
Had a nice stay.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Wenhan, we are pleased that you enjoyed staying at Hemlock House.  It is a  year round 1/2 duplex that sleeps 6 and allows pets.  It also has a washer and dryer for guests' convenience.  we hope to work with you again.
Oct 2019

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