Indian Lake Cabin #1 Manistique

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Indian Lake Cabin #1 at the Mountain Ash Association: Sleeps 4, new dock & gorgeous view!







SLEEPS: 4 standard + 2 small children (max)
LAKEFRONT (Indian Lake)
*DOCK (new in 2018, private, between May 15-October 15)
*ADDITIONAL GUESTS? More than 4 people?  Consider adding on the Indian Lake Lodge, or Indian Lake #9- Birch Breeze just diagonal from Cabin #1

Consider this cabin an upgrade from camping. Along the shoreline of Indian Lake, this old-school (1940s) cabin is an ideal get-away for the small family or couple who used to like to camp, or wants a more rustic experience.  Walking around the cabin, the ground is uneven in places. Please watch your steps. There are cottages within earshot, as this was once the Mountain Ash Resort, a historic spot for many years.  The shoreline is rocky, so it isn't easy (though not impossible) to hop into the water directly in front of the cabin.  Due to the rocks, swim shoes are suggested. Swimming directly in front of the cabin is not ideal for small children. 

When you are at Indian Lake Cabin #1, feel like you are a part of the water at Indian Lake.  We are located in Manistique, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Located along Indian Lake, which is 8,400 acre Spring fed lake. Indian Lake is the fourth largest inland lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with an area of 8,400 acres. It is 5 miles long and 3 miles wide. Indian Lake has a maximum depth of 18 feet with about 90 percent of the lake less than 15 feet deep. Game fish include perch, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, rock bass, small mouth bass, bluegill, sturgeon and brown trout. It is rocky along the shoreline, except in a tiny, sandy area. The lake has a sandy bottom, yet you have to walk through the rocks in order to hit the sand.

This area is great for swimming, hiking, golfing, biking, fishing, hunting and sight seeing. Spend the day boating, read a book on the deck under the umbrella, or enjoying the tiny sandy beach area. Then, spend the evening having a tasty barbecue and a soothing bonfire. You are literally steps (10 or so) from the lake.  Gorgeous, wide open view of the water. Enjoy being outside in the fresh air! This cabin provides a kitchen with dishes, cooking utensils, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, fridge and a gas stove. Artesian well water. 

Feel free to enjoy time under the community pavilion with the newly paved sitting area, and sandy bottom swimming.

Bedroom#1: 1 Queen Size Bed (new for 2021)
Bedroom#2: Bunk Bed Style: a full-size bed on bottom and a twin bed on the top (only suitable for children under 100 lbs)

Bathroom: Only 1. Has toilet, sink and shower (no tub)

Big Springs "Kich
-iti-kipi": Michigan's largest freshwater spring. Two hundred feet across, and 40-feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit.  By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.

Indian Lake Golf Course:  A very popular, 18 hole golf course along Indian Lake. Just 5 miles from the Cabin.

The Kewadin Casino: It is approximately 10 minutes (7 miles) from the Lodge. 

Historic Manistique Water Tower : The Old Water Tower is one of the many historic sites in Schoolcraft County. Built in 1923 and constructed in the “Roman revival” style, it is also listed in the national register. The renovated building will provide space for arts related public events and public rest room facilities while preserving one of Manistique's unique and historic buildings.

Fayette State Park & Historic Townsite: Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Located on the Garden Peninsula at Snail Shell Harbor. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. It is now a completely restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October. The historic site is located in Fayette State Park.

*Mackinac Bridge- approximately 1 hour away.
*Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore- approximately 1 hour away.
Falls State Park-  approximately 2 hours away.


Association: This cabin is a part of the Mountain Ash Condo Association. Back in the 1980's this was known as the Mountain Ash Resort.  Each of the cabins is now privately owned.  Freshwater Vacation Rentals manages 2 of the cottages: Indian Lake Lodge & Indian Lake #1.  There are no other rentals on this property. The rest are the owners you see are just enjoying their home.  Many of the owners live here all summer. 

Beach: The beach area outside the pavilion is small, and it is just used for swimming. It is not for docking boats. The association does not allow boats to be pulled up and left all night. They must be taken to the Indian Lake State Park and trailered back and forth each night. 

Boats:While we love the new dock, if your boat has a deep bottom, it may be too rocky to pull your boat up as far as you would like. We highly recommend you pull your boat each night due to the high winds and waves that Indian Lake creates.  A friend's boat was actually sunk by the waves a few year's back, so now we are extra cautious.  Need a rental? Check out the Curtis Fish and Hunt Shop
You can paddle to Indian Lake in about 2 minutes, it's just across the street and the headway is just a couple hundred yards away.

Cell phone service: Cell phone service is generally unreliable in the Upper Peninsula when you travel outside of Marquette and Escanaba.

Closest Grocery Store:  Jack's Fresh Market:  735 E Lake Shore Dr, Manistique, MI 49854   (906) 341-8070

Firepit & Firewood: There is a portable fire pit on wheels. We do not guarantee there will be firewood available during your stay. Many times, you will find firewood left in close proximity to the cottage, that you are welcome to use.  Firewood Rick at (906) 341-5698. He's just down the road and generally can deliver a face chord of wood for approximately $60 - delivered.

Fish cleaning hut:  We have a communal fish cleaning hut that is used by 12 cabins within the Mountain Ash Association.  Still, if you are fishing for & henceforth cleaning your salmon, we do need you to clean your salmon at the Harbor Boat ramp fish cleaning station where they have a large grinder for the leftover fish parts. (Open May-end of September)

Grill: There is a charcoal grill provided for your use.

Guns:  We can not allow target shooting anywhere near the Indian Lake (Mountain Ash Association) Cottages.  There are neighbors close by.  Plus, there are local 2 gun ranges in the area that are accessible.

Internet/WIFI: Yes!  

Pavilion: As a guest, you are welcome to use the pavilion to spend time along the water, cook or enjoy the small beachy area. The Indian Lake State Park, just 1 mile around the bend has a more expansive pavilion/ sandy beach area.

Pets: I'm sorry, yet due to safety concerns, we will no longer be able to welcome pets of guests to any of the cabins at the Mountain Ash Association. The only way to have a pet with the Mountain Ash Association is to purchase a cottage.  Owners are allowed to have pets, yet guests are not. My apologies for this inconsistency, yet it is a part of the association by-laws.

Play area/ Swing set: There is a small children's play area with a swing-set and plenty of room for outdoor children's games across from the community grilling area.

Towels: Yes, we have both basic towels and linens for your stay.

Swimming: The sandy swimming beach area right next to the cabin,  with a convenient pavilion and community grilling area.

Water (well):Our water has passed all the county water tests. You are welcome to use the water as you would at home.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Linens & Towels included
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Charcoal
  • Patio Chairs
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Swimming on Property
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
Special Features
  • AirBnB Rounding Adjustment
  • Indian Lake Cottages

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/02/2021 - 01/01/2022 2 $165.00
January - December 2022 01/02/2022 - 01/01/2023 2 $165.00


5 stars
Cabin one has the most beautiful view of Indian lake. Very clean and tidy cabin. Thank you fresh water vacation rentals. JOY



Joy, you are most welcome Joy!  We love knowing that you enjoyed your stay and the fabulous views.  We hope to work with you again.
Jul 2021
4 stars
It was every thing we hoped it would be.There was a down side and for the average person not a problem.I however am simi- ambulatory and found the front steps not only to steep but needed handrails, the same for the back.I know that these are an old persons problem but it is what it is.In addition and our fault was our timing.All of the boat rentals were shut down so we could not fish. Next year we think we will try the second week in September are there any openings?

Roger, we are so glad that it was everything you'd hoped it would be.  It's too bad about the boat rentals, but coming earlier next year should remedy that issue.  We've also alerted the owners about your suggestions for handrails.  We look forward to working with you again in 2021!
Oct 2020
indian lake cabin #
A big step up from camping wonderful view and cabin had everything you need, a great vaca

Don, thanks for this review.  We love knowing that you had a great vacation.  We'd love to work with you again!
Oct 2020
It was nice and easy and clean. We did decide that cabin camping was not for us. We prefer the sounds and smells of the campground and the comfort of our tent. But we definitely enjoyed our stay and we are glad we have staying in a cabin a try.

Amber, we're glad that you enjoyed your stay.  It was a pleasure having you as our guests.
Aug 2020
Amazing views and calm surroundings
Small cabin with big views.

Stefani, we love your description of Indian Lake Cabin #!  Isn't it great to find a place that is calm in these crazy times?  We enjoyed having you as our guest and hope to work with you again.
Jul 2020
Lake Indian and more
Everything we needed was there.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Bradley, we are so glad that Indian Lake Cabin #1 had everything that you needed.  If you love camping, you will enjoy staying at Indian Lake Cabin #1.  It is located along Indian Lake, which is 8,400 acre Spring fed lake.  We'd love to see you again.
Oct 2019
Relaxing and quiet
The weather was not the best this weekend, but we had a wonderful time! This little cabin was clean, and right on Indian Lake. Close to a lot in the Manistique area! We checked our Palms Book State Park, Fayette Historical State Park, and a winery in the area. We had a lot of fun, and would love to come back!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Stacy, when guests say they had a wonderful time even when the weather didn't cooperate, that is saying a lot!  We're so happy that your time at Indian Lake Cabin #1 was wonderful.  Consider this cabin an upgrade from camping.  This 1940s cabin is the perfect getaway.  We'll look for your return.
Oct 2019
Awesome stay!
Beautiful lake and cabin!
Aug 2019
Wonderful get away!
This was such a great cottage to stay in and we enjoyed the fire pit and dock and picnic table! Bedding and towels smelled fresh, too. Thank you!

Jennifer, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Indian Lake Cabin #1.  It has a real rustic feel to it, and the area is great for swimming, hiking, golfing, biking, fishing, hunting and sight-seeing.  The Mackinac Bridge is one an hour away.  We hope to see you again soon.
Jul 2019
Magic cozy dream cabin
This cabin was the perfect getaway. The location and scenery are amazing! The weather wasn't especially cooperative, but even sitting in the cabin watching the water was lovely. We did get to enjoy a couple fires in the evenings and took in some of the local highlights like Kitch-iti-kipi, Fayette State Park, and Kewadin Casino. Manistique is also a great up for some other things like Tahquamenon State Park and Pictured Rocks. We can't wait to come back next summer! Three cheers for Jenny, the property manager! When we ran into a plumbing issue at 9 pm that turned out to be way more than a quick fix, Jenny had quick solutions for us and ultimately had us moved to a new location for the rest of our stay within two hours. She was so helpful and kind!!

Julia, thanks for this great review and your kind words for Jenny.  Our #1 goal at FVR is to make sure that our guests are comfortable and that everything is okay.  Every now and then, situations arise like you ran into, and it is always our mission to  make things right.  We are happy that you enjoyed your stay, and we look forward to seeing you again next year.
Jun 2019
I enjoyed my stay at Indian Lake, the view of the lake was very beautiful. Fishing was not good. weather was great! A great place for family reunion. Cabin was clean, plenty of dishes , cookware. Beds were comfortable. Would make this this trip again . We used the grill and fire ring every day. At night it was very quite, overslept each day!!

Tim , it sounds like you had the perfect vacation (except for the fishing)!  Sleeping in because it is so quiet is such a treat.  We do hope you come back again.
Sep 2018
Thanks for a wonderful vacation
Your hospitality and accommodations were wonderful -- as well as, your quick response to our request re the gas heater. Thanks so much for providing the space for a wonderful vacation.

Mary Ellen, thank you for the kudos for FVR!  We really appreciate your comments.  We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Indian Lake Cabin #1, and we hope that you come back again.
Mary Ellen
Sep 2018
Had a great time. Everything was as advertised. Will use your service again. FRESHWATER RESPONSE: David, we love hearing that our guests want to use FVR again! We make every attempt to be straightforward in the advertising of our properties. We will look for your return.
Aug 2018
Great cabin, lots to do within a nearby distance
We really enjoyed our stay. The amenities were better than expected and there is a lot to do and explore within a fairly short distance.


Joshua, we are so happy that Indian Lake Cabin #1 was even more than you expected.  The U.P. offers so many wonderful places to explore, so it's great to have a good home base like this cabin.
Aug 2018
Awesome Little Cabin
This cabin was great for what we were looking for. Great price, all the amenities you could need plus some and a great location that allows you to get around to the best of what the UP has to offer within a fairly short time. I highly recommend this property if you are looking for an affordable place to stay while adventuring about.


Josh, thank you for appreciating Indian Lake Cabin #1 as much as we do.  This old-school (1940s) cabin is an ideal get-away for the small family or couple who used to like to camp, or wants a more rustic experience, and it does give you proximity to the wonders of the U.P.  We hope to see you back  again.
Aug 2018
We stayed in Cabin #1, and enjoyed every moment of it! It has a beautiful view of Indian lake, a fire place and a grill. Good sized living room and kitchen. It was stocked with a few board games, too ! It was so cozy, and really felt like home by the end of our trip. I was so sad to leave.


Kori, it makes our day to have our guests sad to leave Indian Lake Cabin #1.   We hope to see you again!
Aug 2018
great location
Very clean, great location on a lake and close to a city and many parks... I recommend it.


Mandy, we are so glad that Indian Lake Cabin #1 was a good spot for you. Spring fed lakes such as Indian Lake are so great to swim in. Thanks for the recommendation !
Jul 2018
The cabin was quaint & we didn't hurt for any kitchen utensils or amenities. Very clean.


Jon, we are so glad that you liked Indian Lake Cabin #1.  Indian Lake is such a unique lake, given it's large size and the depth of only 18 feet.  There's nothing better than a sandy beach and a fire pit.  We hope that you'll come ack agaiba
Jun 2018
cationThank you so very much for the great service! Working with all of you in such a positive manner made our stay at Indian Lake much more enjoyable. Hope to work with you all again soon.


Randy thank you for your kind words.  We at Freshwater Vacation Rentals make every effort to give our guests the very best service possible.  We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Indian Lake Cabin #1.  It's such a cute cabin!  We look forward to working with you again in the future.
Jun 2018

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