Houghton Lake Hideaway Houghton Lake

HOUGHTON LAKE HIDEAWAY: 3 bedroom, Private boat dock, Dogs are welcomed!

Pets Welcome







SLEEPS: 8 (comfortably)- Including day guests
*LAKEFRONT (Houghton Lake)

*FOR LARGER GROUPS--Rent 2 cottages together! We also rent out the cottage next door-Houghton Lake Chalet! Check it out here!

Houghton Lake Hideaway is a great place to soak in the fun of Northern Michigan. Enjoy this classic cottage along a quiet street, with neighbors a comfortable distance apart on both sides. Still, please respect the neighbors with both noise and smoke.

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.

Houghton Lake is a popular destination to enjoy summer fun with your family. The lake is shallow; kids and adults alike enjoy wading and exploring the water, sometimes up to 100 feet from from shore. The sandy lake bottom is perfect for swimming and playing games. You are welcome to bring your own boat and use our tie-off poles as you use our dock. Make sure you bring plenty of rope! Although water levels do fluctuate, the level around the dock tends to be 2- 2/12 feet.  There is a sandy bottom around the dock.  We always try to get the dock in around the 1st of May each year, weather permitting. Also, there are boat hoists available adjacent to the dock for a speed boat and a pontoon boat.

Entering the cottage, you have the choice of turning to the kitchen area, heading directly upstairs to the main sleeping area and convenient 1/2 bath, or to the comfy living room with windows and a door wall overlooking the gorgeous Houghton Lake.

In the kitchen you will find an ideal wooden dining room table with bench seating to have your meals, or play your favorite board game with your family. A great place for an evening puzzle, or to just sit around and talk about the day. We also have cable TV & Wi-Fi! 

Continuing past the comfortable, simple kitchen, you can head into the downstairs master bedroom which hosts a sleep number queen bed. It is adjacent to the sole full bathroom-- ideal for a the older relative in your group, or the couple who just wants a little more privacy from the rest of the group.

Remaining on the main floor, you can escape the activities in the kitchen area by relaxing in the living room.  

Better than watching the view from behind the door-wall, open the door-wall and step onto the deck. There you can gather the outdoor chairs and sit with you family and friends and soak in the fresh air.

There is nothing better in the summer than sitting around the fire, roasting your marshmallows and telling great stories while you feel the gentle breeze off of Houghton Lake.



Air Conditioning: One window A/C unit on the main floor (kitchen). The upstairs bedrooms have one window unit. No central air, but there are ceiling fans in each bedroom, as well.

Animals: Typical squirrels & birds. Yes, there are all kinds of animals that like to roam around northern Michigan. While you don't see most of them, you have to be someone who is comfortable in that true rustic, outdoorsy environment. We do our absolute best to keep all the critters away and out of the cabin.


           Main floor: Full bathroom

           Upstairs: a half bathroom.

Beach/Swimming: You can swim right at the cottage, it is shallow for a good 20 feet and then gets a little deeper. There is a ladder off the dock where you can access the water. The feel is very shallow and sandy!

Bedroom Configuration: (All sleep number beds!!)
     Main Floor-

           Bedroom #1: One queen bed
     Upstairs -
           Bedroom #2: Two queen size beds, and one full size bed
           Bedroom #3:  One queen bed and two full size beds.
           * Each bedroom has a ceiling fan*

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 Prudenville.

-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

Deck: There is a deck with a patio set right outside the living room sliding door. There is also a nice, wooden swing and picnic table.

              * 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: While there is a dock at the cottage, we do not advise you to tie your boat to the dock for any length of time.  The lake is shallow so please use caution.  Boats have been known to sink in shallow waters.

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. 

Internet:  Yes! Free wi-fi for guests

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.

Patio Set: There is a patio set, along with beach chairs!

Parking: Maximum of 3 vehicles and 2 trailers. You can park anywhere on the grass between the road and the cottage.

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 beach towels though.

Washer and dryer:  No. Sorry. It's on my wish list.

Water: Shallow well, please be conservative with water!




Property/indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • DVD player
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed.
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Boat Hoists adjacent to the docks for speed or pontoon boat
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Patio Chairs
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Swimming on Property
Special Features
  • AirBnB Rounding Adjustment

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


Houghton Lake Great
Perfect setting, perfect home with soothing, neutral beach theme. My family and I had a great time on this 4-night stay. Campfires, playing outdoor games, boating. The kitchen and dining room is great for large crowds, and the place has several outdoor seating areas.

Mary, we love hearing that your family has such a good time at 
Houghton Lake Hideaway.  Sleeping 10 in 3 bedrooms, it's gerst for larger families.  It has  a private boat dock plus boat hoists, and you dog can join you.  We look forward to working with you again!
Jun 2020
Great family Vacation
Houghton Lake Hideaway is a great vacation spot. The cabin is extremely clean and well kept up. There is a beautiful fireplace if you can’t have a fire outside. The beds are so comfortable, they are all sleep number beds. All you need is food and clothes to enjoy your time there the cabin is so well stocked. I will treasure the memories we made at our stay here.

Ricky, we love helping families make great memories, so we are glad that was true for you at Houghton Lake Hideaway.  It is a 3 bedroom cottage that sleeps 10, where your dogs are welcome to join you.  Guests can swim right from the property, and there is a boat rental nearby.  We look forward to you making even more memories with us!
Jun 2020
5 stars
This home was perfect for our family. There was plenty of space for all of us and it was clean and updated. It was quiet and had beautiful location. Loved having an outdoor fire pit on the lake.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Joyce, thanks for taking the time to write this review.  Houghton Lake Hideaway is a great spot for some Northern Michigan fun.  It has a great deck for your morning coffee or simply relaxing.  We'd love to have you back again.
Sep 2019
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Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Manuel, we are really pleased to see that you gave Houghton Lake Hideaway 5 stars.  There is swimming  right from the property, a wonderful deck for relaxing, a old fashioned wooden swing and a picnic table, plus your pets can join you on vacation!  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
Tranquil Retreat
The property was perfect for my needs. The location is on the right side of the lake if you want peace and quiet. Neighbours were friendly and welcoming. Kitchen was well equipped and the view from the living room over the lake is just lovely. Very importantly, the beds were super comfy too. This is a cosy retreat where you can escape the noise of the world and simply relax and enjoy the amazing scenery, water and fresh air. You can also star gaze at night too!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Stephen, no better words have been written than "The property was perfect for my needs."   Thank you for taking the time to write this great review.  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
5 stars
This is a great place to stay in Houghton Lake!. The cottage was clean and had everything you need. We loved playing in the water because it was sandy and shallow. Highly recommend and it was great that we could bring our dogs

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Diane, taking our pups with us on vacation is the best!  We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Houghton Lake Hideaway.  We'd love to work with you again!
Aug 2019
Great vacation on Houghton Lake
This was our 4th stay at the Houghton Lake Hideaway, and each visit is more enjoyable than the previous. Upon arrival the cottage is in impeccable condition, and at our most recent visit we found a loaf of homemade banana bread on the counter along with a personal note from Jan the property caretaker! As for the cottage, other than food and drink, literally everything else is provided by the owners. Also, the cottage is continually upgraded - new flooring, door wall facing lake, fresh paint, etc.. We definitely plan to keep coming back with our extended families year after year.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lynn, thanks for this great review.  You pretty much said it all ,plus the fact that this was your 4th stay is the best recommendation anyone could ask for!  We look forward to your 5th stay next year!
Jul 2019
Peace and Harmony!
Beautiful setting, lots of room, nice neighborhood, enjoyed the access to everything and the homelike setting of the inside of the house! Would definitely recommend this rental to everybody!

Phillip, peace and harmony is the perfect description for Houghton Lake Hideaway.  Swimming right at the cottage, being able to bring a pet, the great deck for coffee or cocktails, and Mackinac Bridge only an hour away all add to its fabulousness.  We hope you come back again!
Jun 2019
Houghton lake Vacation
This was a great cabin for our family. It was spacious and clean. There were 7 sleep number beds that were incredible. All you need to do is bring clothes and food and be ready to enjoy The weather was lousy but with the fire place we were able to enjoy the idea of a camp fire. There were games and things for the Kids to do. The boys squeaked in some fishing around the rain and got got awesome blue gills. I would love to come stay again when we can enjoy the outdoors too.

Ricky, too bad that the weather didn't cooperate, but you'll just have to return again for the sunshine!  We are glad that you enjoyed staying at Houghton Lake Hideaway and the fabulous beds.  The shallow lake allows both kids and adult to walk out as far as 100 feet into the lake, and its sandy bottom makes it perfect for swimming.  We hope to see you again soon.
Jun 2019
Great lake house!
We loved this property! It was really well stocked ; the owners have thought of everything. The place was spacious and the upstairs is perfect for kids/extra space and sleeping areas. Great dock and perfect spot on the water!

Tess, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Houghton Lake Hideaway.  There is a lot to do here - great swimming, easy day trips to Traverse City or Mackinac Bridge.  There is a fire pit for evening fires, plus you pet is welcome to join you.  We hope to see you again!
Jun 2019
Nice lake side cabin
We had a very comfortable stay. Ended up only four adults and two small dogs. Was supprised with all the beds, pleanty of room for 14 with two to a bed. The house was well stocked with cooking tools. I would add a bed side lamp in the two bedrooms upstairs. Would love to return in the future.

Kenneth, we are so happy that you and the pups enjoyed Houghton Lake Hideaway as much as you did!  Thanks for your suggestion for the lamps - we'll get that taken care of.  We'll look forward to your return!
Sep 2018
Will be back!
Great family getaway to a well stocked waterfront cottage! Air conditioning was a nice surprise and made sleeping very comfortable.

Lynnette, we are so glad that Houghton Lake Hideaway fit your needs for your vacation.  Having AC this summer especially was an added benefit for sure.  We hope to work with you again soon.
Sep 2018


That one word says it all Rick!  We are happy that Houghton Lake Hideaway fit what you were looking for.  We'd love to work with you again soon.
Jun 2018
Perfect lakefront cottage
We had an absolutely WONDERFUL time at the Houghton Lake Hideaway. The house is beautifully renovated yet still classic and charming. The big flat yard was full of beautiful shade trees and enough space for the kids to play. The sandy bottom, shallow water was absolutely perfect for swimming, and the garage was stocked with all kinds of fun water toys/floats and lawn games. We had a truly memorable time.


Tessa, we love to get reviews such as yours!  Vacations should all be about making memories, and where you vacation can really matter.  We are thrilled that Houghton Lake Hideaway made good memories come true for you and your family.  We'd love to see you come back again.
Jun 2018
Absolutely wonderful place.
Clean, very well stocked kitchen, good beds, perfect location. This was one of the nicest rentals we have stayed at. Nice updates. It's was the best stocked kitchen we've ever had in a rental. Nice beds, and a big kitchen table that was perfect for family game night. Excellent location right on the water with a fire pit and lots of chairs. Loved the swing. Pictures don't do it justice.

We are happy you enjoyed your stay! We try to keep the cabins stocked; we are glad to hear you appreciated that! We love the kitchen table as well! We hope to host you in the future. Remember, we have 60 other properties to choose from and always adding on.
Oct 2017
Had a great time, nice home!
Comfy and cozy family cottage is just what we wanted and this was perfect. Hope to book it again next summer.

We would love to host you next summer! We are thrilled your enjoyed your vacation with your family! Keep us in mind for your next Michigan adventure!
Sep 2017
Freshwater Vacation Rental Review
We truly enjoy working with all of you, it has been a very positive experience. The communication is excellent, our questions are answered promptly and you help us come up with solutions that are very helpful. In the event that there have been minor troubles, you have been able to assist us in getting things fixed. The Streamline App is very helpful as we can keep track of rentals and block off our own dates very easily. We love that fact that we can take advantage of our property as a source of income, and you make it easy for us to do that! We are very pleased with the amount of renters that you have been able to secure for us. Thanks for all you do, the expert advice, and the professional way in which you do it!
Greg And Nancy
Jul 2017
Everything Promised!
We loved it and had a great time! Everything promised was there and more! It was clean and well stocked with paper products, kitchen supplies etc. Could have used a cookie sheet. We didn't use the canoe but enjoyed the rest of the toys. The screen on the door wall facing the lake doesn't quite close tight at the upper right corner. Needs an adjustment. We found out the hard way with lights on at night. Bug spray is a must but we are still itching! WE have never done this before and your online presentations made it easy. My family will try to decide on a good week to make a reservation next year at Christmas time!I gave your information to one of the neighbors for her family. Thanks again. Cara, please know we are thinking of you at the loss of your Grandma. She had to have been a special person.

We try to stock it with necessities, so we are happy you appreciated that. We will look into getting a cookie sheet! Also thank you for screen door suggestion. Thank you for spreading the word!
Diana & Fred
Jul 2017
This place was awesome.
Jun 2017
Houghton Lake Cottage
We enjoyed our stay at the Houghton Lake Cottage, it was very relaxing. The sandy lake is perfect for swimming and kayaking! We also enjoyed playing frisbee and ladder golf on the lawn. The campfire was nice for having hot dogs and s'mores at night. The cottage is very clean and well maintained. We would highly recommend to others and stay again! Date of arrival September 4, 2015
Apr 2016

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