Larks Lake Lodge Pellston

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Larks Lake Lodge (Pellston, MI): Sleeps 9, Canoe, Kayak, Lakefront






Larks Lake Lodge
*LAKEFRONT (Larks Lake)


Available Memorial Day - Labor Day

Don’t miss the chance to get away from it all in this beautiful, private vacation home on Larks Lake. This four- bedroom, two and 1/2 bath, two story house sleeps 9, sits on 8 acres of land and has 200 feet of lake frontage.

Flanked by woods on both sides for privacy, the property has huge lawns front and back for visitors to enjoy. The area fronting the lake is bisected by a gravel road that gives postal access to this house and 3 others further east. It does not impact the beautiful view or the amount of space for lawn games and lake access.

The open floor plan and cathedral ceilings on the ground floor, with a wall of large windows facing the lake, make this vacation home a light, airy and beautiful place to stay.  Furnished with Northwoods decor, other attractive features include walk-out balconies facing the lake in the upstairs bedrooms and a loft area that provides extra sleeping capacity. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with an island and a dining table that seats 8 to 10 comfortably.  There is a bar off the living room which has a wood-burning stove (as it's sole source of heat for that 1 room) and offers another gathering place to entertain friends and family.

Larks Lake is 25 miles from beautiful Petoskey, a popular area for tourists in the summer, located on Little Traverse Bay. Wonderful and unique Mackinac Island is a short trip north. The area boasts ski resorts and golf courses for year-round fun. Bring your own pontoon! The boat launch is a mile away and you can keep your boat at our dock for the length of your stay. The lake itself is 600 acres of quiet, shallow and pristine northern Michigan.  After a full day of boating, fishing, or playing lawn games your group will love campfires under the stars and evenings listening to the loons. Whether you seek summer boating and fishing, or autumn colors and crisp nights, or winter skiing and cozy amenities, this year-round house is the perfect place for your next get-away.

**Preventative actions to avoid swimmer's itch -
         1.  Use a waterproof sunscreen, baby oil, or waterproof insect repellent before swimming.
         2.  Briskly towel off after swimming. 
If you do get swimmer's itch, use a cortisone cream to relieve the itching. The reaction subsides within a few days. 



Air Conditioning: This home does not have air conditioning, however, it has multiple ceiling fans throughout. In addition, there are 2 door walls off the lake which generate a nice breeze and a box fans in every bedroom for guests to use.  

ATV's: Yes, you may bring your ORV’s. Please do not ride them on the lawn, walking trail, or neighbors property. Be mindful of the neighbors that live here year-round and be mindful of wet conditions. If it is raining or snowing, please use extra caution when using them. 

Animals: Deer, squirrels, geese, racoon, variety of birds, and chipmunks to name a few. 
*We have a chipmunk friend we've named Carl who really likes people.  He will come close if you are eating on the deck, and come in the house if any doors are left open.  If he does get in just shoo him and he will run back out the door!


          Main floor: Full bathroom with shower and tub

          Main Floor: Added in 2021-1/2 bath across from laundry room, near queen bedroom


          Upstairs: Full bathroom with shower and tub

Beach/Swimming: You are able to swim right from the property. The water is very shallow, so it is nice for little ones. The bottom of the lake is clear but feels murky, so it is squishy. Water shoes are usually preferred. Swimmer's Itch is a possibility here.  Please hose off thoroughly each time you emerge from the lake. There is a public beach across the lake, about 10 minutes away. Another location to swim at a Lake Michigan beach is 19 miles away at Petoskey State Park:  2475 M-119, Petoskey, MI 49770 


Bedroom Configuration:
             Master Bedroom: main floor—KING

             Bedroom #2: main floor—QUEEN

             Bedroom #3: upstairs—FULL

             Bedroom #4: upstairs—1 TWIN and a BUNK BED with TWINS

Boats: A two-seater canoe, 1 kayak, and 1 paddle boat are available for guests to use in the Summer months. There are life jackets available as well. Available June- Labor Day. There is a pontoon that stays on one side of the dock that is not owned or managed by Freshwater. Unfortunately, we do not have access to rent or use this boat.

Bugs: Typical Michigan bugs. If you are a guest in June, the no-see-ums can get through the screens, so be sure to close the windows at dusk. 

Cell phone service: Spotty- However, the house wi-fi is good, so once you get here, log into wi-fi and use wi-fi calling.

              * Traverse City: 1 hour 51 minutes ( 86 miles)          
              *  Falls State Park: 1 hour 50 min (102 miles) 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 30 minutes (26 miles)
               * Van Lokeran Family Nature Preserve: (3 miles)- 33 acres of land.
 Includes over 1,320 feet of frontage on Larks Lake. Open to the public for swimming, exploring, and wildlife exploration.

Dock: One half of the dock is occupied by a neighbor's covered boat that is not for rent or managed by Freshwater. There is still plenty of room on the dock to bring your pontoon boat and dock it right in front of the house! 

Fireplace: There is a wood-burning stove in the rec room

Fire-pit: There are two fire pits. One is near the garage and the other is near the water

Fishing: Some common fish you will see in the nearby lake are bass, sunfish, and blue gill.  Please be sure to bring your own poles as there are none at this property. Also, in order to fish in Michigan lakes, one is required to hold a fishing license. Click here to purchase your fishing license online.

Grill: Propane grill with propane provided.

Grocery Store:   Pellston General Store - 45 US-31, Pellston, MI 49769  (231) 539-8507    

Toski Sands Market & Wine Shop- 2294 M-119, Petoskey, MI 49770  
(231) 347-1571 (18 miles by car)

Handicap Friendly: Let us explain what we mean by handicap friendly…there is a zero step entry into this home (2-steps once inside to reach main floor), and there are no steps to get to the water. The bathrooms and hallways are not up to official handicap standards and do not come equipped with special apparatus to help those in need.

Internet:  Great service. Free Wi-Fi. Because the cell service is spotty we have strong wifi.  We have had 5 people working from this home at the same time.

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: There is plenty of parking for 4 cars or 2 truck/trailer combos.

Pets: Pets are not welcomed at this home.

Privacy:There are just a few neighbors around. The homes are well spaced, but you can see the houses closer to the water to the left and right.

Seniors:Come one, come all! This space is great for those over 60. Sometimes when renting a home, you are never too sure about the terrain: is the home on top of a hill, is parking on a steep slope, are there 100 steps to the beach or the unit, etc. This home gets the FVR approval for the young at heart!

Snowmobiles:  Yes, bring them! The 721 trail begins across the street! A person (resident and nonresident) that operates a snowmobile in Michigan is required to purchase a snowmobile trail permit. The trail permit enables snowmobilers to ride state-designated trails and thousands more miles of public roads and on public lands (where authorized). It is valid for one year, which begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30 of the following year. State-designated trails are open Dec. 1-March 31 and grooming occurs when there is enough snow on the ground. Click here to purchase your snowmobile trail permit.   

Snow Skiing: Located just 20 minutes away, you will find Nubs Nob Ski Area that is known for its Cross-Country skiing. Located an hour away, you will find Boyne Mountain which has plenty of runs for all skill levels.

Space: open family room and kitchen space. Modern with chic-wood accents.

Televisions: There is a tv in the family room, the rec room, and the loft. All have streaming capabilities only.

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

Tunnel of Trees: Michigan's Tunnel of Trees is a 20-mile stretch of State Highway M-119 along the coast of Lake Michigan. It begins in Cross Village and goes south to Harbor Springs. It is around a 20-minute drive without stopping and will take around 40 minutes. Please plan for 4-5 hours to get out of your vehicle to explore and get the full experience of Michigan's beautiful fall colors!

Washer and dryer:  Yes! 

Wood: Guests must bring their own wood to burn. Cross Village (6.1 miles) has a county store that sells wood and Pellston (8 miles) hosts a few stores that supply wood.


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Acreage
  • Balcony
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Box Fans
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace - Electric
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Smart TV or TV with Roku, Chromecast, Streaming Abilities
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Washer & dryer
  • Wood burning stove
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee Makers: Drip and Keurig (some K-cups provided)
  • Dishwasher
  • Hand Mixer
  • Keurig---bring your own K-cups
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster Oven
Outdoor Amenities
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Rowboat Included
  • Snowmobile from Property
  • Swimming on Property
Special Features
  • ATV allowed

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $199.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


Peaceful and relaxing
If you are looking for a wonderful place to put up your feet and relax, this is your spot. The home is spotlessly clean and very well maintained. our group all had comfortable beds and were very well accommodated. The kitchen is equipped with many high end amenities if you want to cook "fancy" or you can just throw some burgers on the grill. You can spend your days with your feet up on the deck enjoying the view or visit many of Michigan's wonderful small towns or cross the bridge all within a half hour drive. We've been here three times and have never been disappointed. We would definitely book this home again.


We're so delighted to know you had another great stay Peggy! You paint such a beautiful imagine of the relaxing atmosphere the home provides, and having the convenience of the bridge being close, as well as the other wonderful towns the northern lower peninsula is a great bonus! We can't wait to have you back again! 
Aug 2023
5 stars
The house was beautiful, large, and very clean! Great view of the lake, and Close to the city and island!

Katherine, we're happy to know that you enjoyed your stay, and we hope that you come back again.
Jul 2023
Family trip
The house was great! Very clean, spacious, and stocked with everything that we needed. The view of the lake is beautiful. Especially from both of the upstairs bedrooms. Actually, all 4 bedrooms had lake views. It was one of the most relaxing, peaceful, and quiet areas I’ve ever rented from a VRBO. We ate at Moose Jaw Junction a couple times and the food was great. It was nice to be able to walk to dinner, have a couple of cocktails without the worry of driving home. I would definitely recommend staying here!


Hi April! Thank you for sharing such a lovely review of your stay! It's so great to know the home was able to exceed expectations, and provide you with a good, comfortable stay, as well as finding the home to be clean and well stocked! That is so great that you even had a chance to check out Moose Jaw, and take advantage of the easy access from the home! Hopefully we can host you again, we'd love to have you back! 
Jul 2023
5 stars
Our stay at the Larks Lake Lodge was wonderful. The house is well equiped and very comfortable. The views of Larks Lake were beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Thank you! 


Hi Gayle, we are truly delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay at Larks Lake, and the feel of being able to take in the beautiful lake views the home offers! Hopefully we get a chance to host another stay with you in the future! 

Jul 2022
5 stars
Our stay at the Larks Lake Lodge was wonderful. The house is well equiped and very comfortable. The views of Larks Lake were beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Thank you! 


Hi Gayle, we are truly delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay at Larks Lake, and the feel of being able to take in the beautiful lake views the home offers! Hopefully we get a chance to host another stay with you in the future! 
Jul 2022
Great place to relax with family
Was super excited to see this property listed as it was on Larks Lake. This is where my family spent many a vacation until the early 2000's when my parents sold their property. Returning to the lake was just as I remembered; quiet and peaceful. The Larks Lake Lodge had plenty of room for my family of 6 adults and two children who loved the bunkbeds. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed. Enough space for everyone to spread out. Kids enjoyed the loft for watching movies. A couple of issues arose the first day we were there but Freshwater Vacation Rentals took care of them promptly and were great to work with. Loved sitting on the swing overlooking the beautiful lake while enjoying the long Michigan nights. Our family had a great time on this lovely property. Will definitely consider returning.
FVR RESPONSE: Maggie thank you for the kind words! It is so heart-warming to hear that you were able to bring your family back to Larks Lake to make more Michigan memories. We would love to see you again in the future!
Jul 2022
Amazing place to stay
Perfect place for a fall visit. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the bench swing on the dock while taking in the beautiful fall colors across the lake. There's plenty of room for everyone in this four bedroom home. Doesn't hurt that there's an amazing restaurant right next door, don't worry it closes fairly early so thers no noise to deal with. With the time we had I'm looking forward to a return trip.

Sue, your description makes your stay sounds like the perfect fall visit.  We're glad that Larks Lake Lodge provided that for you.  We look forward to your return!
Oct 2021
Amazing place to stay
Perfect place for a fall visit. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the bench swing on the dock while taking in the beautiful fall colors across the lake. There's plenty of room for everyone in this four bedroom home. Doesn't hurt that there's an amazing restaurant right next door, don't worry it closes fairly early so thers no noise to deal with. With the time we had I'm looking forward to a return trip.

Sue, your description sounds like the perfect fall weekend, and we're glad that Larks Lake Lodge provided that for you!  We look forward to your return.
Oct 2021
Great spot for quiet relaxation.
We had a wonderful time. Everything about the house was just as described in the listing. The location was great - 20 - 30 min. from everything we wanted to see and great food is available just around the corner. What they didn't tell you was just how quiet and peaceful it was there. All the amenities for noisy, boisterous fun were available and we did partake in those too, but we spent most of our time just relaxing and enjoying quiet contemplation. We would definitely book this spot again.


Peggy, we love hearing that you had a wonderful time. Spending most of your time just relaxing and enjoying quiet contemplation sounds pretty ideal.  We look forward to your return!
Jul 2021
Lovely, comfortable home for a winter getaway
We had a group of 6 adults staying at Larks Lake Lodge for a winter weekend getaway. It was so comfy and cozy there! There was plenty of space for all of us and the beds were soooo comfortable! Literally, I dream of the beds there! Moosejaw Junction was within walking distance so we went there for drinks on our first night in the house. It was cute and hopping with locals! The home feels secluded but it is a quick 25 min car ride to Petosky. We especially loved the game room where they had a little fireplace, tv, bar, tall top table, & shuffleboard. We played lots of games at the large dining room table off the kitchen. The Freshwater Rental staff was very friendly and responsive. We’ll def rent from them again. Loved it at Larks Lake Lodge.

Danielle, thank you for this wonderful review!  We're so glad that you had such a great time.  We enjoyed having you as our guests.
Apr 2021
Family Gathering
House was everything the listing said it would be Loved the bonus room with the bar and shuffleboard table Would definitely stay here again

Vicki, we'd love to have you back again!  It's good hearing that you had a such a great stay.
Jan 2021
Our group of friends had a great time at this secluded property. The water was incredibly still and peaceful (very soft sludgy bottom but didn't stop us from enjoying it!), Perfect amount of space for 9 of us. The property managers were phenomenal.

Laura, we are so glad that you had such a great time,  We  simply love hearing that.  Also thank you fore your kind works for FVR.  It was our pleasure hosting you and we hope to do ti again.
Aug 2020
Beautiful house, big yard
Great place to stay we had 9 people (5 kids). Plenty of space, right on a small lake, water very shallow, a bit mucky right in front of house, but we drove around to the other side of the lake and there is a nice swimming spot and small beach area. Played kickball in the yard tons of space, they have cornhole as well. There's also a nice bar room with a dart board & nice flat screen TV which we didn't even have time to utilize. Short 2 min walk down a trail to a baseball field, small playground and bar/restaurant. A lot to do here if you have kids. Not a ton of people in the area. 25-30 min drive to Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Mackinac Nice back porch to eat meals on and overlook the lake, 2 fire pits which is nice cause some nights the firepit down by the lake was a bit windy, so we used the pit closer to the house which blocked most the wind

Jake, wow y'all really took advantage of your time at 
Larks Lake Lodge!  Now that's what vacation is all about!  We loved hosting you and look forward to your return.
Jul 2020

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