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KALKASKA GETAWAY (Kalkaska, MI): Sleeps 6, QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD, Kayaks/Canoes (seasonal), Forest view

Pets Welcome







*MANISTEE LAKE (sandy bottom) is
 a 1000 feet walk through the neighborhood
*KAYAKS + 1 simple, aluminum boat (ONLY AVAILABLE Memorial day - labor day)
*SNOWMOBILE and ATV trails nearby
* No Smoking Allowed inside the property

*QUIET TIME: We ask that guests be respectful of our great neighbors by keeping quiet hours between 11:00 pm and 9:00 am. NO EXCEPTIONS-- Freshwater Vacation Rentals has many other places if you need a space where you can be loud with your music, voices or fireworks. Just NOT at Kalkaska Getaway.

Kalkaska Getaway is perfect for quiet groups looking to vacation, ideally for 6 people to enjoy  Enjoy the kayaks, along with a simple aluminum fishing boat which are provided for your summer-time water fun.  This home is perfect for fishing families and explorers alike. Bring your ORV's or Snowmobiles and ride from the front door! With plenty of parking, Kalkaska Getaway allows for truck/trailer combos and multiple cars to park on-site. So, grab your buddies or the kids and fish, swim, or ride until dawn!

Kalkaska Getaway is a 3-level home: Main floor (with GE kitchen appliances), upstairs bedrooms and a walk-out basement that is geared for fun with a shuffleboard table, foosball table and air hockey table for your enjoyment! Although you can barely see the lake in the summertime from this property, you are only a 150 yard walk to the water, where you can swim, lounge around, or launch a kayak.  Manistee Lake is a shallow lake, and from the shore has a gradual slope so it is great for smaller kids (max depth is 16 feet). Kalkaska Getaway is located on the northeast corner of the lake.

If you would like to take a short 5 minute drive to Manistee Lake Sands Park, you will find a playground, public beach, picnic area, and public boat launch.


As an extra layer of security, we do have outside cameras mounted on the cottage. There are no cameras inside the cottage.


A/C:No. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan and the dining room has a ceiling fan. There is an attic fan in the upper level that moves the air effectively! There are also a few oscillating floor fans which can be used throughout the home.

Animals: Variety of birds, squirrels, turkey, coyotes, fox, deer and bear.

ATV/Snowmobiles:Yes. You can drive from the front door to nearby trails. Leetsville Trail is the closest. Here is a map of ORV trails nearby.


Bathroom #1: main floor Full-bath with tub and shower

Bathroom #2: upstairs Half-bath

Bathroom #3: walk-out basement shower stall, sink, toilet; connected washer/dryer  

Beach/Swimming: Only 150 yards away is the access to the lake. It is shared access with 6 other homes. There is about a 12 x 4 ft. patch of sand in which kids can play. Manistee Lake is a sandy-bottom lake, very shallow with a gradual slope. The average person can walk out about 75 yards with the water only reaching your neck. The public beach and playground is on the southwest side of Manistee Lake.  

Bedroom Configuration:

Bedroom #1: main floor: King size bed

Bedroom #2: upstairs: 3 Queens and a crib

Bedroom #3: upstairs: 1 Queen and a full over full bunk bed

Boats: (
ONLY AVAILABLE Memorial day - labor day) 5 Kayaks with paddles with a variety of Adult-size life jackets.  There is also a canoe trailer that can be attached to your own vehicle if you want to explore the Manistee River. In addition, guests can use the 12’ aluminum rowboat with oars on any nearby lake. There is a trailer for the that boat as well, if you want to hook it up to your own car and explore. You can attach your own motor (up to 6 horse) if you would like to use the 12’ aluminum boat for easier fishing. Guests - simply walk a kayak or the boat 150 yards away and jump on in.

Boat Launch: Public launch, Manistee Lake Sands Park, southwest end of lake. You will need to pull boat in/out, however, you can park your truck/trailer combo right in front of the house. (You can always pick up your family at the dock 150 yards away, but please, do not tie up there!  This is private shared dock and is typically pulled out Labor Day Weekend.)

Bugs: Typical flies, mosquitoes, spiders, and ants.

Cable/Satellite TVs: No cable. 1 Samsung Smart TV on the main floor. Next TV is in walk-out basement and has the Chromecast and a DVD. (Netflix/Prime Video included) 

Cell phone service: Verizon/AT&T - Good!  

Coffee Maker: Coffee pot/carafe style.  Bring your own coffee.

Distances (approximate):

*Higgins Lake: 45 minutes

*Torch Lake: 55 minutes
*Traverse City: 40 minutes
* Lansing: 2 hours 36 minutes
* Crystal Mountain: 1 hour 18 minutes
* Mackinac Bridge: 1 hours and 37 minutes away
 *near to 
Forbush Corner Cross Country Ski Resort

Dock: Private shared dock for loading/unloading only.  May not tie your boat to the dock. (seasonal)

Fire Pit: YES! Please keep fires manageable and extinguish completely. 

Fishing: Bring your poles. Jumbo Bluegill, Jumbo Perch, Crappie, Pike and Walleye!  The best fishing is from a boat.

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at http://www.mdnr-elicense.com/Welcome/Default.aspx

Grill:Gas grill (and spare propane tank) is in the garage.  We ask that it be used on the driveway area and returned to the garage each night. Bears, coyotes and foxes are active in the neighborhood and love to get their paws on greasy grills

Grocery Store: Convenience store & Gas Station (with recreational fuel!) is a mile and half away on the south end of Manistee Lake - The Cove.  Main grocery is in Kalkaska which is 12 miles away: 
Family Fare Supermarket - 
784 S Cedar St, Kalkaska, MI 49646  (231) 258-2101
Northland Food & Family Center - 2101 U.S. 131, Kalkaska, MI  49646  (231) 258-911

Handicap Accessible:Guests must be able to navigate stairs.

Hunting: Not onsite

Internet:  Wi-Fi for guests to use. Strong service.

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.

Neighbors: 11 PM QUIET TIME--Please be conscientious of the nearby neighbors, especially on your walk down to the beach. You are within a quaint cottage community.  Please, no loud music, booming fireworks, or outside smoking of substances, other than cigarettes. We have other places for you if you would like to blast your favorites while on vacation. Per our contract, guests who can't adhere to the quiet time restrictions will asked to leave, without a refund. 

Parking:  3 cars are ideal or 2 trailer/truck combination.

Pets:  2 dogs allowed, there is a $75.00 per pet fee. 

Privacy: Homes are to the left and the right of the cabin.  

Space:  3-Level home. Main floor, upstairs, and walk-out basement.

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  Please bring your own beach towels to take to the water.

Washer and dryer: Yes. Laundry soap is provided.

Winter Time:  Depending on the weather, and the slope of the road, a 4 x 4 vehicle maybe the only vehicle that will be able to get to the cottage. 

Wood:  Please plan bring your own or have your own delivered. You may be lucky enough to find some scattered around. You can purchase wood at the convenience store a mile and half away on the south end of Manistee Lake


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Air Hockey table
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace- Gas
  • Foosball Table
  • Garage
  • Heat: Boiler System
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Oscillating Fans
  • Pets allowed
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • Crockpot
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric Skillet
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Patio Chairs
  • Rowboat Included
  • Snowmobile from Property
Special Features
  • ATV allowed
  • Baby Monitor
  • High Chair

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $149.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


Cute Place
Very nice and clean cabin. Plenty of beds. Nice location


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay Karen! Although this wasn't originally your first choice in homes, it is great to know that you enjoyed your stay, and found the home to be clean and well located! Hopefully we will have a chance to host you again in the future! 
Jul 2023
Fun vacation house
Very nice place we enjoyed it a lot. It was well supplied for travelers. We would recommend to others

Katie, thank you for the recommendation!  That means a lot to us.  We're glad that you enjoyed your stay, and we hope that you come back again. 
Jun 2023
Beautiful home, peaceful environment. Had all we needed! Comfortable furniture, hot H2O on demand! 5 Stars! PS Add a 4-7 Person hot tub :) -Brad and Michelle Beautiful home and surroundings. Had everything we could ask for. Well stocked kitchen and spacious rooms. Would highly recommend. We will definitely be back!! -Kelly
Dec 2022
Amazing place
We really enjoyed our stay at Kalkaska getaway. This is our first time staying at a vacation rental home and we were all pleasantly surprised. The house is beautiful and has everything you could possibly need. Lots of games to keep you entertained when the weather is bad. The property is beautiful as well as the surrounding area. The kitchen was very well stocked and the neighbors were friendly. Very spacious rooms. We enjoyed spending time around the fire pit. I will definitely be back and I would highly recommend this home to everybody.

Kelly, we love that ours was your 1st vacation rental home, and that you had such a great time.  Thank  you for this lovely review and recommendation.  We look forward to your return!
Nov 2022
5 stars
Relaxing beautiful cabin! Will return!


Thank you for sharing your review, Ryan. We're glad to know you enjoyed your stay, and would love to host you again! 
Sep 2022
5 stars
This was a great experience. We could not of asked for nicer people. Thank you very much!

Kristen, we're glad that you had a great experience at Kalkaska Getaway and we hope that you come back again.
Jun 2022
Long Weekend
I came for a long weekend to visit family. The home was everything I was looking for. Comfortable, clean and loaded with little details that made our stay just perfect. I rent vacation homes on many occasions. This one was a winner. Thank you!

Tina, thank you for this lovely review.  We love that our cottage was a winner for someone who rents a lot of vacation homes!  We hope to work with you again.
May 2022
Great Location!!
The house has every amenity you could ask for. We had a great girls weekend at the lake house to unwind and unplug. From campfires to kayaks and an easy drive to Traverse City for a wine tour. Will definitely stay again next year.

Michele, we're glad that you spent your girl's weekend  with us and that you could unwind and unplug.  That's so important in our busy lives.  We hope to see you again for more relaxation.
Aug 2021
4 stars
We had an issue with the power due to a storm but other than that, it was a wonderful stay.

Shannon, we're happy to know you had a wonderful stay even with the power outage.  We do hope that you come back again.
Aug 2021
5 stars
We had a great time. Having the kayaks and canoes on site for our use was a nice bonus. The house was very comfortable and we used the downstairs space for several spirited and competitive games. We hope to be back next year and would like to rent side by side spaces

Barbara, we would love to have you back next year! 
Kalkaska Getaway is a great property.  It sleeps 10 and it's dog friendly.  5 kayaks, 2 canoes and a 12' aluminum boat  make for great fun on Manistee Lake.  We look forward to your return!
Jun 2020
5 stars
We enjoyed the accommodations and the neighborhood. The variety of activities available to us on a stay indoors kind of weekend was amazing. The stairway from upstairs to the main floor caught a few of us off guard. There were a few stumbles off the second from the top step. No injuries. Thank you for the availability of snow shovels and salt. Thanks for accommodating two family pets. The list could go on and on.

Ah John, the pleasures of staying indoors some weekends!  
Kalkaska Getaway is perfect for staying in or for outdoor winter sports.  Snowmobilers can go right from the front door, and there is a  fabulous stone fireplace to warm up in front of upon returning.  We are glad no one was injured on the steps. We hope that your pups enjoyed the weekend as much as the humans did!    We look forward to your return.
Jan 2020
This was the best place I've rented
The cabin was very well stocked with everything you could need. The area was amazing. Very quiet getaway.

Terri, wow we love hearing that  Kalkaska Getaway was the best place you've rented!  Excellent.  It's spacious, sleeps 12-14 and pets are welcome.  Snowmobilers can ride right from the front door - sweet!  We look forward to working with you again.
Jan 2020
Great place to unplug. Would go back

Steve, we are so glad that you found Kalkaska Getaway a great place to unplug.  The best review a guest can make is by saying they would come back.  We'd love to have you back.  Sleeping 14 and pet friendly, it is located on Manistee Lake.  It has a great stone fireplace to warm up in front of on cold days.  
Jan 2020
everyone in our group loved the place
We had a great time especially since it snowed when we were there. Everyone had a great time.

Terri, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Kalkaska Getaway and that you had snow!  This property is great for larger groups since it sleeps 14.  Only 150 yards to Manistee Lake, there is also a forest view, plus your dog is welcome to join you!
Jan 2020
I love this place,,I’m trying to rent it again for my birthday

FVR response: 
Lateasha, we would love to have you back to celebrate your birthday!  We are so happy that you enjoyed staying at Kalkaska Getaway.  It's the perfect place for larger groups as it sleeps 14.  We'll be looking forward to your next booking.
Dec 2019
A very nicely updated cabin that allows for large families or groups to stay with enough space for everyone. Nice quiet area.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Wendy, we are glad that you enjoyed staying at Kalkaska Getaway.  It sleeps 14, is pet friendly and has 5 kayaks, 2 canoes and a rowboat for guest to use to explore the Manistee River.  The water is 150 yards away.  We hope to see you again.
Oct 2019
This place is a great, bang for your buck stay. It accommodates to a large group fairly comfortably, and has a lot to offer including a super nice fire pit, a beautiful wrap around porch, and indoor games like foosball and air hockey. It also has plenty of water fun stuff like canoes and kayaks, although you will need a car to be able to transport the trailer with the kayaks and canoes just down the road to the public “beach” access. Overall, we loved our stay and would definitely consider going back!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Nicole, thank you for this great review.  You have caught the wonders of staying at Kalkaska Getaway perfectly.  We would love to have you back again.
Oct 2019
Weekend Getaway
Well equipped property with a fabulous location!! Quiet, peaceful and scenic. Overall, a pleasure to stay here and a wonderful overall location.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Todd, it was a pleasure having you as a guest.  We are so glad that you found Kalkaska Getaway to be peaceful and quiet.  It's good for the soul to be able to getaway for a while.  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
Peaceful Get Away
Loved the peaceful quiet area we stayed in. The house was spacious and had all the needed items for cooking and grilling. Also enjoyed the fire pit and all the extras like the kayaks, canoes, boat and life jackets that came with the rental. The game room in the basement and all the games and puzzles were also nice.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Mindy, thanks for this lovely review.  We really appreciate you taking the time to write it.  Sleeping 14, Kalkaska Getaway is perfect for large groups.  It is also pet friendly!  We'd love to see you come back again.
Aug 2019
Great Vacation Spot
Great Vacation Spot! Enjoyed ourselves hoping to rent again. Very nice cabin & all its amenities. Smooth rental experience.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Alice, we'd love to have you come back again anytime!  Kalkaska Getaway has a lot to offer.  It's pet friendly, sleeps 14 and has 5 kayaks, 2 canoes, and a row boat for exploring Manistee Lake.  Traverse City is a short 40 minute drive away.
Aug 2019
Excellent cabin for large families/groups
This was such a great location and cabin for our family gathering this summer. We really enjoyed the fact that the cabin was within walking distance of the lake and the shallow, sandy bottom was perfect for our little ones! We had an issue with the plumbing upon arrival (faulty hot water intake valve caused some leaking) and Freshwater was great about quickly resolving the issue. We enjoyed the fire pit, greenery, and entertainment options (between movies, puzzles for rainy days, outdoor games like ladder golf, and kayaks/canoes) and the kids enjoyed the porch swings and beach toys that came equipped with the cabin. I have never seen such a well equipped rental! There were even diapers/wipes, toys, books, and baby monitors stocked. We would love to stay again!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Katie, thanks for this fantastic review!  It makes our day when our guests enjoy the property as much as you did.  We were happy that we could resolve the plumbing issue so readily.  We hope you do come back again!
Aug 2019

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