Houghton Lake Chalet Houghton Lake

HOUGHTON LAKE CHALET: Sleeps: 8, 4 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, air conditioning, dock. Relaxation and family fun ONLY

Pets Welcome







SLEEPS: 8 (INCLUDING VISITING DAY GUESTS- NO EXCEPTIONS- per contract- guests will be asked to leave if 8 guests (including visitors) are exceeded)
*LAKEFRONT (Houghton Lake)

*DOGS are WELCOMED (2 pets MAX)
*PARKING: 3 CARS MAX (no exceptions, including guests)
*PRIVATE 68 FOOT DOCK (May-October only)

Michigan's largest inland lake, Houghton Lake, is the perfect spot for your next relaxing Michigan vacation!  Houghton Lake Chalet is a great place to soak in the fun of Northern Michigan. Enjoy this quiet, classic cottage along a quiet street, with neighbors on both sides. Houghton Lake is a popular destination to enjoy summer fun with your family.

This is NOT the party side of the Houghton Lake.  Guests who are loud and disruptive to the quiet atmosphere of the neighborhood will be asked to leave without a refund of their remaining balance per our contract. We expect the property to be treated as though you were at your own home. This is a beautiful cottage with many thoughtful touches.

When you enter the cottage, you enter the cottage with the open kitchen on one side and the open dining area directly facing Houghton Lake.  Attached to the dining area is the living room which encompasses the large windows overlooking the lake.  Off the kitchen, there are 2 bedrooms on this main floor. Each room has a Queen bed.  The bathroom on this level has been recently renovated to include a large shower, toilet and sink. A washer and dryer are also located within the bathroom. 

To climb to the upper level, you'll need to have good balance and steady feet as you climb up the spiral staircase.  We advise small children to sleep on the main level to avoid this staircase.  This old-school, metal spiral staircase leads to 2 bedrooms with a 1/2 bathroom (toilet & sink) between the bedrooms. Each upstairs bedroom has 2 twin XL beds convertible to a King.  This is an ideal space for your teens.

Houghton Lake is generally shallow for approximately the first 150 feet, so kids and adults alike enjoy wading and exploring the water, sometimes up to 100 feet from shore. The sandy bottom beach is ideal for your family getaway.



Air Conditioning:  Central Air - YES! Ceiling fans, portable fans and a nice cross breeze!

Bathroom:     1 full bathroom with shower only
                       2 half bathroom


Beach/Swimming: While kids generally love to swim in front the cottage, they do need to climb down the new stairs from the dock and into the water.  There are rocks along the shoreline. Water shoes are highly recommended.  There is not a sandy beach on the shoreline, though there is a sandy bottom of the lake at Houghton Lake.  Another location to swim is Lakeview Waterfront Park:  W Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, MI 48629


Bedroom Configuration:
Main Floor-Bedroom #1- 1 queen size bed
                      Bedroom #2- 1 queen size bed

Upstairs-Bedroom #3- 2 twin XL size beds - convertible to a King (MUST HAVE 48 hours notice)
                 Bedroom #4- 2 twin XL size beds - convertible to a King (MUST HAVE 48 hours notice)

Boats:  There are no boats provided, however, below are some places you can visit to obtain a boat for your stay!


  • Located behind the Rite Aid is a DNR boat launch. This can be used with a DNR Permit.

  • Another DNR Boat Launch is located at Lantz Landing on Old 27 next to Comfort Suites. This landing also requires a DNR Permit.

  • Lapham’s Marina is a private launch site which can be used for a small fee. Located off County Rd. 100 on Marina Dr. across from Roscommon County Airport (989)366-7763.

  • Located at Whitney Court, there is a DNR launch site on County Rd. 100. This can be used with a DNR Permit.

  • There is a site at the Sullivan Beach, located behind Chase Bank on Park St off M-55, in   The chalet is located on the northeast  side of the lake between Houghton and North Bay Houghton Lake..


    • L & G Boat Rentals @Heights Marina 900 Shoreline Dr., Houghton Lake, MI 48629. 989-429-5575  

    • Brian's Lakeside Marina, Inc 8320 W. Houghton Lake Dr., Houghton Lake, MI. 989-422-6720 

    • Macon Marine 1552 W. Houghton Lake Dr., Prudenville, MI. 989-202-4844   

    • Houghton Lake Marina & Power 13710 W. Shore Drive, Houghton Lake, MI. 989-422-7257 ** No website, however they rent pontoon and fishing boats 

    • Korbinski's Marine & Lakeview Motel 364 W. Houghton Lake Dr., Prudenville, MI.=989-366-5306  

    • Cable/Satellite TVs: Yes! There is cable tv.

      Cell phone service: Good

                    * Detroit: 3 hours and 15 minutes ( 190 miles)
                    * Grand Rapids: 2 hours 10 minutes (130 miles)
                    * Lansing:  2 hours (125 miles)
                    * Saginaw: 1 hour and 45 minutes (105 miles)               
                    * Traverse City: 1 hour (60 miles) 
                    * Mackinac Bridge: 1 hour 10 minutes (100 miles)

      Dock:  Enjoy your private 68 foot dock! Feel free to bring your own water vessels as well!

      Firepit/Firewood: There is an outdoor fire pit, please provide your own wood.

      Fishing: Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Perch & more.

      Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online here

      Fishing poles: Please bring your own poles!

      Grill: There is a propane grill! Propane is provided.

      Grocery Store: 1/2 mile away is the Four Seasons General Store, which stocks basic items such as: liquor, beer, donuts, and bait! The nearest full-service grocery store is 20 minutes away on the south side of the lake. 

      Handicap Friendly: Yes. There is a zero entry way into the cabin

      Internet:  Yes! Free wi-fi for guests

      Larger Groups--There are NO exceptions, NO parties allowed at the Houghton Lake Chalet.  If you will have more than 8 people at your, you will need to rent 2 cottages together!We also rent out the cottage next door-Houghton Lake Hideaway! Check it out here!

      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.

      Neighbors: Please be conscientious that this is a quiet cottage community street.  There are other parts of Houghton Lake that are more loud-- this is NOT one of them.  Please keep your music low, stay directly in front of the cottage, and do not meander onto the neighbor's dock. We do have neighbors who live here year round, and are NOT on vacation. Please be respectful.

      Parking: 2-3 cars are able to park MAX-- No exceptions, including day visitors - NO CAMPERS

      Pets: Your dog is welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet for your entire stay. Yes, we do accept up to 2 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.  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. If you don't crate your pets please DO NOT leave them alone in the cottage. 

      Privacy: There are cottages right next door.

      Smoking: No smoking allowed of any kind, on the property. Due to the close proximity of the neighbors, it is strictly prohibited

      Space:  Two floors. A set of bedrooms upstairs. All main living areas are on main floor.

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

      Washer and dryer:  Yes! Laundry Soap is provided for guests!

      Wood: Guests should purchase firewood at the nearby store for use during your stay.

      The chalet is located on the northeast  side of the lake between Houghton and North Bay Houghton Lake.


      Property/indoor Amenities
      • Basic paper products included.
      • Cable- Satellite TV
      • Ceiling fans
      • Central air conditioning
      • Fireplace- gas
      • Internet/ WI FI
      • Linens & towels included
      • Pets allowed.
      • Telephone/Landline
      • Washer & dryer
      Kitchen Amenities
      • Blender
      • Coffee maker
      • Microwave
      • Oven
      • Refrigerator
      • Standard kitchenware & utensils
      • Stove
      • Toaster
      Outdoor Amenities
      • Deck/patio
      • Fire pit
      • Grill-propane
      • Patio chairs
      • Picnic table
      • Private boat dock
      • Swimming on property

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
11/01/2019 - 12/31/2020 2 $149.00
01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021 2 $0.00


HL Chalet
We had a wonderful time at the Chalet! It was very clean and we enjoyed the special touches like the outdoor snuggly blankets, the dog towels, and the chocolate! One suggestion that would knock it out of the park would be to provide firewood for the fire pit.We had to drive all the way to the south side of the lake to find any. There was none on the north side anywhere which cut down on our chill time. Other than that we had a great stay! The kayaks were fun and we took care to drain them. Also, communication is stellar with Freshwater, thank you, we will be back!!!

Julianne, thank you for the lovely review and for your kind words for the staff of FVR.  We will pass on your suggestion about the firewood to the owners.  It was great having you as our guest and we look forward to your return.
Sep 2020
5 stars
Chalet was perfect.The weather was not. But we'll be back.

Daniel, we love hearing that the Chalet was perfect.  Hopefully when you return, the weather will be also!  It was great working with you.
Sep 2020
Houghton Lake Chalet
The Houghton Lake Chalet was amazing! We had a wonderful time and the staff at Freshwater Vacation Rentals are fabulous! The owners have thought about the comfort of their renters and have gone above and beyond. We will definitely rent this property in the future.

Jonathan, we love your review!  Thank you for writing it and for your kind words for the staff at FVR.  It was our pleasure hosting you and we look forward to your return.
Sep 2020
HL Chalet
We had a wonderful time at the Chalet! It was very clean and we enjoyed the special touches like the outdoor snuggly blankets, the dog towels, and the chocolate! Other than that we had a great stay! The kayaks were fun and we took care to drain them. Also, communication is stellar with Freshwater, thank you, we will be back!!!

Julianne, thank you for this lovely review and your kind words for the staff at FVR!  We will pass on your suggestion about the fire wood to the owner.  It was our pleasure to host you, and we look forward to your return.
Sep 2020
Amenity Packed and a Great View
Can’t say enough about our stay at the Houghton Lake Chalet! The owners have gone above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need. I have stayed a lot of place and have never seen such amenities included - even had towels for the dogs. The house was very clean which was very important to us when traveling during a pandemic! The woman who cleans was very helpful in both getting things that we needed and with advice on where to go in town. The view was great and the included kayaks made our vacation! Great dock and with stairs that make swimming easy - and it is a sandy bottom! Pictures do not do it justice! You can tell the owners put thought in to every little touch. We will definitely be back!

Barb, you made our day!  Thank you for this wonderful review.  I passed it on to the owner.  It was great hosting you and we look forward to working with you next time.
Aug 2020
5 stars
The house was wonderful and the location was perfect. The only thing I could say that could use improvement is the downstairs bedroom by the bathroom bed is rock hard and could use a memory foam top or something to soften it. But otherwise loved it there!

Kathy, we are so glad that you loved Houghton Lake Chalet!  We will let the owners know your thoughts about the bed.. We loved hosting you and to work with you again.
Jul 2020
Fantastic Family Vacation
Perfect spot on Houghton Lake for a large family and pets. Shallow water perfect for the dogs and kids, easy stairs to enter the lake for everyone young n older. Kayaks were a great surprise for the kids. From the grill to the amenities we couldn’t of been more surprised - truly enjoyable experience. Not to mention the fabulous view that I never got tired of -

Thomas And Pamela, thank you for this wonderful review!  We appreciate all of your comments and are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Houghton Lake Chalet.  We loved hosting you and encourage you to come back again.
Thomas And Pamela
Jul 2020
Super relaxing week!
We stayed from Sun-Fri and had the most relaxing tone in the midst of the craziness in the world right now. Waking up to the sound of the lake waves and being able to sit in the outdoor swing and just BE, was absolutely amazing. The house was equipped with everything we needed to be comfy and beyond. There were even kayaks available to us included. Will absolutely book with Freshwater again, just need to figure out where!

Kamille,  there is nothing better than to just "BE,"  and Houghton Lake Chalet is the perfect place for it!  It sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and there is swimming on the property.  The private dock is great if your plan on bringing a boat, and the fire pit is perfect for late night ghost stories!  We look forward to working with you again.
Jun 2020
Great for a family group getaway
We just enjoyed this cottage for a long weekend with our extended family. There was the perfect amount of room for 7 of us. The house was very well equipped with nice amenities. It was a beautiful view and a lovely lakefront. We will definitely return!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lynnette, we're so happy that you and your family enjoyed Houghton Lake Chalet, and we look forward to your return.
Oct 2019
Great Weekend
The Houghton Lake Chalet provided a great weekend. I was a part of a party of 8 people and the cabin had plenty of space. We mostly utilized the dock for our flotation devices, coolers and music options. We also had success with the fire pit and grill for dinner and s'mores. Finally, we hung out in the living room for late night activities out of respect for the neighbors. I'd definitely recommend it and look to book again in the future.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
A.J., we would love to have you back again!  Houghton Lake is Michigan's largest inland lake.  It has AC and a washer and dryer for the guests comfort, and it's pet friendly.  There are local boat rentals if guest are interested in that.
Aug 2019
Lake Weekend Success
This house was perfect for a lake weekend getaway with friends. Awesome sandy shallow area off the dock to relax and float and the house had everything we needed! Would definitely stay here again!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
A.J., we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Houghton Lake Chalet.  This pet-friendly cottage is the perfect spot for your next Michigan vacation!  Houghton Lake is generally shallow for approximately the first 150 feet, so kids and adults alike enjoy wading and exploring the water, sometimes up to 100 feet from shore.  There is a fire pit for late night conversations and s'mores!  We'll look for you next return.
Aug 2019
Really enjoyed our stay!!
Very comfortable and well supplied, and it was very helpful having the light switches labeled (thank you to the owner). Enjoyed the sandy beach front, which was easy to access with the dock steps. The staircase was narrow, but we were able to maneuver it okay. Will plan to go back again. It was very easy to book, and we appreciated the booking agency keeping us updated on the lawn care.

Sheryl, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed staying at Houghton Lake Chalet.  Houghton Lake is Michigan's largest lake, and the Chalet has swimming on the property, a 68' private dock and there are boat rental places near by if you choose to rent a boat.  Everything one could ask in order to have a great summer vacation!  We hope to see you again soon.
Jul 2019
Great Place to Stay
We had 6 to 8 people coming and going at any one time..This house was more than ample room for us all... The owners are more than generous with supplying what you need. New Linens, great beds and even the makings for Smore's . Ample parking and nice yard, great dock.. a boat lift would make it even better. We will be back .


Nancy, we are so glad that the Houghton Lake Chalet worked out so well for your group.  Sitting outside, overlooking the water, is so relaxing, and add smores to that, and you have  perfect evening!  We look forward to having you back again.
Sep 2018
The house was perfect! We had campfires by the lake every night, watched the sunrise in the morning and enjoyed access to the dock. We weren’t in need of anything while on site - they anticipated our needs! We appreciated a dog-friendly home.

Anne, we are so happy that you and your pup enjoyed Houghton Lake Chalet.  The view of the lake is so lovely and on cold eves the fireplace is the place to be!  We hope to see you again.

Sep 2018
We hosted a friends bachelorette party at the chalet and it couldn’t have gone any better! The place was clean and had everything we needed and we were checked in on to make sure everything was going well. The lake was beautiful; a perfect location and place to spend a nice weekend.

Vanessa, we are so very happy that  Houghton Lake Chalet worked out so well for your bachelorette party!  We do hope that you all return.
Sep 2018
Very accommodating, clean I would stay there again


Ronald, we'd love to have you as our guests again.  Houghton Lake Chalet is serene, and a great place for a family vacation.
Aug 2018
Great View!!!
Sandy bottom lakes, perfect for swimming and lounging all day. The sunsets are so relaxing and beautiful. We really enjoyed our stay!

Andrea, we are so happy that you enjoyed Houghton Lake Chalet.  Don't you just love all the windows cross the front of the cottage and that fabulous stone fireplace?  We'd love to have you come back again.  
Jul 2018
We loved our stay
The house was perfect the view was perfect and it had everything we needed. Our only recommendation is to get a blender! Thanks for having us


We are so happy that Houghton Lake Chalet fits your needs.  It is a great location, and don't you just love the sandy bottom of the lake?  It's also great having places to rent boats nearby if you want to have a boat.  Thanks also for the recommendation of adding a blender in the kitchen.  We will definitely look into that.  We hope to see you again soon and remember that returning guest get a 10% discount! 
Jun 2018
A Chalet with Everything!
We had 7 adults and a baby for a 5 day stay. This was a very nice chalet that had everything we needed and was clean - well stocked kitchen, comfortable beds with extra pillows and bedding, lots of towels and a large eating area/table. The spiral staircase is a bit narrow and must be navigated with care. Loved the place overall. Highly recommend!


HI Donna,
We are so happy to hear how much you liked Houghton Lake Chalet.  We do realize that the spiral staircase does require attention when in use.  the sandy bottom of Houghton Lake makes it so perfect for swimming especially since it stays pretty shallow for 150 feet.  We do hope to see you again.
Jun 2018

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