Houghton Lake Retreat Houghton Lake

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Houghton Lake Retreat(Houghton Lake, MI):  Sleeps 4-6, swimming on property(Shared beach), WiFi, Pet-friendly

Pets Welcome







Houghton Lake Retreat by Houghton Lake





Set amongst the classic LAKEFRONT cottage neighborhood community of days gone by, you will find the Houghton Lake Retreat.  Tongue & groove surrounds you. It's the Up North feel.  A renovation has drawn two of the small cottages under one roof, with an updated kitchen linking them together. You will truly feel the Up North vibe which permeates your memories, all with the comforts from home. Historically, this is considered Cottage #3, just 150 feet from the shores of Houghton Lake.  

Houghton Lake Retreat is a comfortable place to bring your small family where you can easily walk down to the beach, rent a boat to explore the lake, or cozy-up together as you relish in the excitement the summer brings to Houghton Lake. While the Full beds fill the room, your time will most likely be spent on the lake.  The en-suite (attached) bathrooms add to the simplicity and ease.  Still, it is nice to know you have a comfortable place to return to at night, with window air-conditioning units in each bedroom. 

There are plenty of Spring, Summer or Fall adventures to be made along Houghton Lake. While The Houghton Lake Retreat (#3) hibernates over the winter, it will be ready to greet you again in the Spring. Don't forget, your furry family member is welcome here too! 


Air Conditioning: There are 2 window units, 1 in each bedroom

Beach/Swimming:  150 ft. from front door is a shared beach front

Bedroom & Bathroom Configuration:

        Bedroom #1: Full size bed with attached full bathroom

        Bedroom #2: Full size bed with attached full bathroom
*2 couch/futons available for additional sleeping

Boats:  There are no boats provided, however, below are nearby boat rental companies:
        * 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          

Boat Launch: There is a public boat launch on Houghton Lake-approximately 6 miles away.  

Cable/Satellite TVs:  No cable. There is a TV with attached Roku stick available in living room

Cell phone service:  All carriers seem to have good service here.

Dishwasher: No, sorry. You will need to wash your dishes by hand.  We provide the dish soap.

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

Dock: No, currently there is not a dock for use by guests on property

Drinking water: Well water. If you are sensitive to the smells and taste of well water, please bring your own drinking water.  

Drugs/Smoking/Fireworks:  Freshwater does not permit illegal drugs of any kind on the property. Due to the location of the properties, smoking is strongly discouraged around the home and strictly prohibited in the home. Fireworks are prohibited at a Freshwater location for the safety of all persons in and around the property, even if it is legal in that city.

Fire-pit:  Shared firepit on the beach

Fishing: Houghton Lake is known for its excellent fishing! Here you will find walleye, pike, bass & bluegill.  Please be sure to bring your own poles as there are none at this property. You must also have a MI fishing license. 

Grill:  Yes, propane

Grocery Store: Family Fare Supermarket (8 min. away) 

Handicap Accessible: While there are minimal steps for entry, the home is not ADA complaint.

Internet: YES!

Linens: Yes, we provide you with basic sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are particular about the thread count of your sheets, let us know, and we will make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets.

Parking: There is room for 2 cars

Pets:  2 dogs are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet for your entire stay. We do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. 

Privacy/ Neighbors: There are houses on both side of the home. Neighbors are SUPER close-- about 11 ft. away. NO LOUD MUSIC or PARTIES. This is NOT considered a "secluded" property. (If you need something more private and secluded, please ask.) 

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

Space: Single level home, all bedrooms have attached bathrooms

Towels:Yes, we provide bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, and beach towels. It's always good to bring extra though.

Washer and dryer (Clothes):  Not on property 

Wood:  Not provided but welcome to bring and use in shared community firepit


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Beach Towels
  • Blankets
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Box Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • DVD player
  • DVD's
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed.
  • Smoke Detectors
  • TV with Roku
Kitchen Amenities
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Good Fishing
  • Patio Chairs
  • Picnic Table

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January 2022 - December 2023 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2023 2 $89.00


Cabin #3 did not disappoint! Everything we needed was provided. It was very convenient to have the boat lift since we did rent a pontoon! Regardless of what the rental description said online, the sheets were soft and cozy :) The kids loved the sand toys and extras in the toy bin, thank you!


Hi Cori! Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at our Houghton Lake Retreat! It is so great to know that you felt our description under sold the comfort, but are also so glad to know the kids also got a chance to enjoy the toys and additional amenities provided. We hope we can host another stay with you in the future!
Jul 2022

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