Kalkaska Getaway Kalkaska

KALKASKA GETAWAY (Kalkaska, MI): Sleeps 14, Kayaks/Canoes, Pets Welcome, Forest view

Pets Welcome







SLEEPS: 12-14 
IS 150 yards away (sandy bottom)
*KAYAKS/CANOES + 1 simple, aluminum boat 

Kalkaska Getaway is perfect for larger groups looking to vacation, sleeping up to 14, plus kayaks/canoes, 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 all new GE Appliances in June 2019!), 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 150 yards to the water, where you can swim, lounge around, or board a boat! 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.



Air Conditioning: Nope. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan and the dining room has a ceiling fan. There are also a few oscillating floor fans which can be used throughout the home.

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

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


        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: Queen

      Bedroom #2: upstairs: 3 Queens and a crib

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


Boats: (Available May - September) 5 Kayaks with paddles with a variety of Adult-size life jackets. 2 canoes (3 seats). 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, canoe, or even 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 shared dock and is typically pulled out Labor Day Weekend.)

Bugs: Typical bugs

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

                *Higgins Lake: 45 minutes (35 miles)
             *Torch Lake: 55 minutes (46 miles) 
              *Traverse City: 40 minutes (30 miles)
              * Lansing: 2 hours 36 minutes ( 164 miles)
              * Crystal Mountain: 1 hour 18 minutes (56 miles)
              * Mackinac Bridge: 1 hours and 37 minutes away (96 miles)

Fire-pit: YES!

Fishing: Jumbo Bluegill, Jumbo Perch, Crapie, 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

Fishing poles: Please bring your own.

Grill: Propane Grill- 6 burner. Propane is provided.

Grocery Store: Convenience store a mile and half away on the south end of Manistee Lake.  Main grocery is in Kalkaska which is 12 miles away.

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

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.

Parking: Plenty of parking. There is enough room for 6-8 cars or 2-3 trailer/truck combination.

Pets: Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet for your entire stay. Yes, we do accept 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.

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

Snowmobiles: Yes! Feel free to park the trailer right in front of the home and jump on and off of the snowmobile from the front door.

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

Televisions: 1 on main floor in living room = Samsung Smart TV. Next TV is in walk-out basement and has the Chromecast and a DVD.

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  It's always good to bring extra though.

Washer and dryer:  Yes. Laundry soap is provided.

Wood: Please plan bring your own or have your own delivered. You may be lucky enough to find some scattered around. 


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Fireplace- gas
  • Basic paper products included.
  • Ceiling fans
  • Linens & towels included
  • Firewood is provided.
  • Pets allowed.
  • Internet/ WI FI
  • Washer & dryer
  • garage
  • Air Hockey table
  • Heat type: furnace
  • Board Games
  • Blow Dryer
  • Foosball Table
  • Books
  • Oscillating Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Crockpot
  • Electric Skillet
Outdoor Amenities
  • Fire pit
  • Snowmobile from property
  • Patio chairs
  • Deck/patio
  • grill-propane
Special Features
  • ATV allowed
Sept-after Labor Day--Oct.09/06/2019 - 10/31/20192$100.00
11/01/2019 - 12/31/20202$100.00


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
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
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

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