Indian Lake Cabin #1 Manistique

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)

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 n 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: Bunk Bed style: a full-size bed on bottom and a twin bed on the top (only suitable for children under 100 lbs)
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)

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 3 of the cottages: Indian Lake Lodge, Indian Lake #1 and Indian Lake #3.  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

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

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 included.
  • Bring your own towels-linens included
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Linens & towels included
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Internet/ WI FI
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
Outdoor Amenities
  • Fire pit
  • Swimming on property
  • Patio chairs
  • Deck/patio
  • Private boat dock
  • grill-charcoal
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
Special Features
  • AirBnB Rounding Adjustment
Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
closed 11/27/2018 - 04/30/2019 120 $100.00
05/01/2019 - 06/20/2019 2 $60.00
06/21/2019 - 09/05/2019 4 $90.00
Sept.after Labor Day-October 2019 09/06/2019 - 10/31/2019 2 $65.00
11/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 2 $100.00


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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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