Horseshoe Lake Cottage Republic

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HORSESHOE LAKE CABIN (near Republic, MI) -- Private, peaceful 3 bedroom, rowboat private dock  Dog friendly

Pets Welcome








LAKEFRONT (Horseshoe Lake)

The Horseshoe Lake Cottage has a beautiful view situated right on the peninsula. Check out this Drone Video of the Horseshoe Lake Cottage.

Enjoy 2200 feet of private, waterfront peninsula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Very secluded and quiet.  There are only 4 other cottages on the gorgeous 220 acre Horseshoe Lake, near Republic, Michigan. Horseshoe Lake is mostly a sandy bottom beach, yet it is rocky in some parts.  Its depth ranges between 10-15 feet deep, with a few spots at 20 feet. The property owners have created a small, beach area on a part of the peninsula. It has a significant, 45 degree incline. (This is NOT an ideal place for anyone with mobility challenges.)

Great for a group of fishermen/women, people who love the rustic outdoors, privacy, and relaxation, This cabin has three-bedrooms with gorgeous views throughout. Windows surround the cabin, which makes you feel connected to nature. The Horseshoe Lake Cottage provides a very spacious and comfortable area, both inside and out, with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy. The master bedroom is spacious with a king-sized bed and TV w/ DVD player. The other bedrooms have bunk beds-- one with a double bed below. 

A simple rowboat is included during your stay. Life jackets are there for your use, however they are simply standard sizes. Bringing your own is more comfortable for many people.
Growing children will need their own life jacket.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Air-Conditioner: - No, we have 3 fans at the cabin. Plus, with the wonderful cross-breeze on the peninsula, it hasn't been an issue. There has been a A/C unit added to the Master Bedroom. 

Bathroom: Full bathroom (sink, toilet, shower/tub combo).

Beach/Swimming:  It is approximately 20x30 feet.  The lake is great for swimming, the bottom of the lake is mostly a sandy/rock mixture. Depth of the lake ranges from 10-20.

Bedroom Configuration:

Bedroom #1: Master bedroom: King-size bed 
Bedroom #2: 2 sets of twin bunk beds
Bedroom #3: Bunk Bed-1 full-size on bottom, 1 twin-size on top 


We have a basic fishing boat for your use, which is included in your rental. If you are an experienced boater, we also have an electric trolling motor, with a marine battery attached for your use. This motor must be able to be carried from the basement to the boat. The boat will also need to be flipped over between each use.  It is not easy for the average person. Life jackets can be found near the boats, the workbench or closet in the basement.

Boat Launch: If you are bringing your own boat, there is a beautiful public boat launch on the north east side of the lake. 

Cable/Satellite TV: Yes, there is satellite TV (Dish Network).

Cell phone service: Cell service is spotty in the Upper Peninsula.  Still, we have found that Sprint seems to provide the best service in the area.  AT&T has been pretty good as well.

Coffee Pot: Yes, we have a coffee pot at the cabin. At times there is coffee available, yet we highly recommend that you bring your own. We do not inventory the coffee.


*Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore:  2 hours and 20 minutes. (109 miles)

*Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 3 hours and 20 minutes. (177 miles)

*Mackinac Bridge: 4 hours. (215 miles)

Dock: Yes!

Driveway: The driveway can get very muddy and is on a hill. It is not easy to traverse with a low bottom car. Ideally, you need to travel with a 4x4 truck to Horseshoe Lake Cabin. 


Fishing: Great fishing from the dock or boat.

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online here! 


Fishing poles: Please bring your own poles!

Grill: - We have an outdoor propane grill for your use. Also, there is a built-in charcoal grill pit by the fire pit. 

Grocery Store: The closest, full-sized grocery store is about a 1/2-hour drive from the cabin, Ishpeming.  It is the IGA Jubilee right on U.S 41.  If you are driving from Wisconsin/Chicago, the last grocery store is in Iron Mountain. There is a little store in the town of Republic, about 15 minutes from the cabin, yet there isn't a large selection, and the prices are convenience-store equivalent. There is a larger convenience store/BP Gas station on the corner of U.S. 41 and MI-95, about 20 minutes North of the cabin.

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 20 private acres, or the adjoining private property.

Internet: No. Enjoy this time to unplug for a little while. For the best food and closest Wi-Fi in the area, check out the Silver Lake Restaurant (906) 542-7195
N13195 Highway M95, Channing (within 10 miles south of the cottage, on the west side of M-95).


Kitchen Supplies The basic kitchen supplies are at the cabin. Basic dishes, pots/pans, glasses, cups, etc. are provided, including basic kitchen spices. Still, we do not inventory these items, so if there is something specific you would like, we highly recommend bringing it. 

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets. 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, pillowcases.

Parking: Plenty of parking, yet beware, the driveway is not easy to traverse if you have a low-riding car.

Pet: Only 1 dog is allowed. Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet. *This property is also situated on 20 acres and not fenced. Therefore, it is your responsibility to watch and clean up after your pet.

Privacy: Semi-private; you are on a private peninsula. There are only 4 other cottages on the lake. Check out this drone Video of the Horseshoe Lake Cottage

Towels: Yes, we provide towels. It’s always good to bring extra beach towels.

Washer/Dryer: Just a washing machine, no dryer!

Wood: Bring your own. It can also be bought at the local grocer.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Acreage
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • Pool Table
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Gazebo
  • Grill-Propane
  • Patio Chairs
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Rowboat Included
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on Property

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
05/17/2022 - 12/31/2022 4 $292.00


Wonderful place, wonderful stay
Beautiful cabin and amazing location. 


Hi Rachel, thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Horseshoe Lake. We are glad to know you enjoyed the home and your time in the Republic area! Hopefully we can have you back!
Jul 2022
Our Vacation
Beautiful house.

Mark, we're glad that you enjoyed the cottage and  hope to work with you again!
Oct 2021
Horseshoe lake cabin was perfect for us for our annual trip to the UP. Lake views out every window. Good fishing and probably the best stocked cabin we have ever stayed in. We will always be a Freshwater customer, they always make sure everything is perfect.

Jen, glad to hear that the fishing was good, and that the cottage was perfect for your annual trip to the UP!  Thank you for your kind words for FVR.  We do strive to make things perfect for our guests.  We hope to work with you again.
Oct 2021
We originally booked for four nights and then fell in love and booked not one but two additional nights. Thankfully it was available for us to do so. Wonderful location - Being on the peninsula was phenomenal. Between the breath taking views and our dog being able to just lay on the deck and not have to worry about any neighbor dogs. The bird watching and listening added to our experience - Listening to the loons was just amazing. We stayed here with our best friends and god children. The calm and peace allowed us to enjoy our time together. We brought wood with us, so we thoroughly enjoyed the fire pit. we were grateful for the weather we had. It didn't rain until our last day. What a pristine vacation we were able to have to be able to disconnect. We will be back. The Tanguays and The Carnahans



Amy, we're so glad that we could extend your stay!  After the year we've all had, it's good to be at a place where you can find amazing wildlife, calm and peace, so we're glad that Horseshoe Lake Cottage gave you that.  We look forward to your return.
Aug 2021
Horeshoe Lake Cottage
I booked the cottage for a girls weekend getaway and it was so much fun! The property itself was a lot bigger than anticipated, along with the cabin. It was quite the drive, but certainly worth it for the peace and quiet. The inside itself was clean and spacious enough to fit all of us. We loved the separate room for the pool table to hang out and play games. I give 4-stars because I think the outside could use some upkeep as far as cleaning up the wasp nests on the gazebo and keeping the gazebo a bit cleaner in general. We didn't end up using it, but still nice to have for those pesky bugs. There were two docks, one on each side of the bay for easy access to kayaking or floating in the lake. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a group getaway to unwind! All in all a great place to stay and we would certainly love to book this spot again next summer!


Erin, girl's weekends are the best!  We're so glad that you decided to spend it with us.  It sounds like you had a blast.  We always appreciate feedback, so thanks for that.  We'd love to have you back next summer!
Jul 2021
5 stars
Very peaceful getaway. I loved how remote the location was.

Elizabeth, it does feel good to really get away, we agree.  We are so glad that we could host you on your getaway, and we hope to work with you again! 
Aug 2020
Amazing Night Sky!
My friends and I rented the Horseshoe Lake Cottage. We didn't get in until 12:30 am after going on the Pictured Rocks Cruise. The road was long and we had no idea where we were going. We found the cottage and unloaded and sat on the deck and enjoyed the night sky. It was beautiful and so dark and quiet. None of us had ever seen so many stars! We knew there was a lake, but, didn't see it until the morning - it surrounded the cabin on 3 sides! It was wonderful. Biggest concern was the amount of poop (goose?) all around the cabin - it was hard finding a place to walk. I wouldn't bring children. The bedding needs to be freshened up and the windows and deck cleaned. I would rent it again, arriving in the daylight and bringing my own bedding and pillow. It's truly a beautiful cabin and we wished we were there for more than 2 nights.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Vicki, what a great 1st night you had - the cruise and then  sitting on the dock looking at the stars.  When one is use to living in the city, seeing stars like you saw at Horseshoe Lake Cottage makes for a very special event.  We wish you had let us know about the droppings in the yard and the porch and windows while you were there.  We would have sent the cleaner out immediately to correct those things.  Please know that next time you work with us, if you find anything amiss, just call us and we'll take care of it.  We do hope that you come back again for more star-gazing!
Aug 2019
HSL cabin
I can't thank you guys enough. Time sure flys I think it's been nearly 5 years we have been working together. Thanks for all you guys do
Jay & Carolyn
Jul 2017
Scenic lake cabin
Cabin is on a peninsula and has beautiful views of the lake. Nice size cabin. Good fishing.
Oct 2016
Relaxing Getaway!
After a stressful summer for our family, this was the perfect place to get away to and relax. The weather was great-only 1 day of rain, so we went to Marquette to dinner, movie and Presque Isle Park. We also visited Copper Harbor, Pictured Rocks, took a tour and ate dinner with friends at Upper Penn Bible Camp near Gwinn. The rest of the time we relaxed at the cabin-did some fishing (caught around 20), swam, had a nice bonfire, took walks and read on the deck or down at the dock. Thanks to the owners for allowing others to enjoy this wonderful place you've been blessed with-and thanks to the caretakers for all their work in keeping it ready for the next guest. It's Saturday morning and I'm writing this down at the dock with the sun now up and a breeze off Horseshoe Lake. What a treat to be able to relax here! Date of stay: August 2014
"C" Family
Sep 2016
Great fishing lake!!!!
We had a great time at the Horseshoe lake cottage. We caught tons of fish. The cottage was clean and felt homey. Only thing that would have made the stay much better was a fish filet station. It was difficult finding somewhere to do it but we made due. And brought back a ton of fish. We made somme great memories this year. Thank you.
Aug 2016
Great Times!
My wife and I just returned from our long weekend stay at Horseshoe Lake. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at this location as there is plenty of entertainment for the outdoors enthusiast. Fishing was great for largemouth and smallies. The property is huge and private, perfect for our border collie to find plenty of squirrels to chase. The "nearby" restaurant at Silver Lake was enjoyable and is recommended. Thanks for everything. Date of stay: October 2015
Nathan & Heidi
Oct 2015
A secluded, peaceful lakefront retreat.
Our family had an amazing month staying at the Horseshoe lake cabin. The weather was spectacular and the bugs were not bad by the time we made it up there. The property itself is breathtaking with 270 degrees of lakefront to view along with a nice cottage fully equipped to entertain and lodge a good number of guests. Adding the pontoon boat this year took things to a whole new level. My family will definitely be back. Date of stay: July 2015
Jul 2015
Great cabin!
Starting are last day at Horseshoe lake, the cabin was great. Real good fishing lake. Everyone we have dealt with at Freshwater have been great. Had a great week away from it all and can't wait to book a vacation for next summer at Horseshoe. FRESHWATER VACATION RENTALS RESPONSE: Thank for for your feedback! We sincerely look forward to having you back again in the near future! Sincerely, Cara
Aug 2014
Wonderful serene, secluded getaway!
Thank you for sharing this serene piece of paradise with us! Several days, surrounded by tranquility, gorgeous lake views, trees and the gentle touch of nature is exactly what we needed to escape the chaos of the day to day. We were there this past fall during the peak change of the season. The surrounding view of the lake and foliage was breathtaking from the comfort and warmth of the knotty pine, stone fireplace living room. We were able to comfortably sleep all 6 of us waking up to a beautiful, peaceful sun rise with the eagles soaring overhead. Boating, fishing and hiking at its best as we explored this enormous property, catching huge size bluegill. Will defiantly stay again with family and friends next fall! Date of stay: October 2013
Steve & Ami
Oct 2013

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