Little Lake Cottage in Gwinn Gwinn

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LITTLE LAKE COTTAGE (by Marquette) Sleeps 8, Boats included, Dogs are Welcomed, Private Dock

Pets Welcome








LAKEFRONT (Little Lake)

This charming cottage was built by a wonderful family to create place for retreat, and bring about a sense of peace to all who visit. It hasn't changed much over the years, yet it is still a nice place for a family to enjoy their time together. No cable TV, no local channels, yet we do have WiFi and a DVD player. Enjoy the quiet surroundings as you are surrounded by woods, while perched next to the Little Lake waters. Trees surround 3 sides of the cottage, creating a very private buffer from the other cottages around the lake.   Simplicity is key here.  Enjoy the 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with many of the comforts from home.  The dishwasher and washer/dryer are wonderful, often unexpected treats in a cottage. Although rarely needed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, we do not currently have air conditioning at the Little Lake Cottage, though we do have baseboard heat for those chilly spring and fall evenings.  Generally, leaving the windows open to the cool lake breeze provides the comfort guests need, with the help of fans moving around air on the few days where the heat is uncomfortable.

Enjoy the outside fire pit on fun summer nights. We've had many talk about the fun they had swimming and the great fishing, from Perch to Walleye.
Expect to create many fun, family memories here at the cottage, while you take time to recharge. We hope you depart with a sense of a renewed spirit. 



A/C: Although rarely needed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, we do not currently have air conditioning at the Little Lake Cottage, though we do have baseboard heat for those chilly spring and fall evenings.  Generally, leaving the windows open to the cool lake breeze provides the comfort guests need, with the help of fans moving around air on the few days where the heat is uncomfortable.


Escanaba to Hermansville Rail – approximately 25 miles away

Haywire Grade Trail – Approximately 33 miles away

Iron Ore Heritage Trail – Approximately 47 miles away

             Main Floor Bathroom: sink, shower and toilet
             Upstairs Bathroom:  claw tub with shower + sink and toilet

Beach: While there isn't an official beach at the cottage, many claim the swimming is very good.

Bedroom Configuration:

Main Floor
          Bedroom 1: 1 Queen bed
          Bedroom 2: (adjacent to the washer/dryer) twin bunk bed
Upstairs - 2nd Floor
         Bedroom 3: (water view) 1 Queen bed 
         Bedroom 4: 2 twin beds

Boats:  We have 1 rowboat, 1 canoe and 1 kayak for your sole use during your stay.

Cable/Satellite TVs: There is a TV with a standard DVD (not Blu-Ray) player in the living room. There may be a couple movies at the cottage, yet I would advise you to bring your own movies.

Cell phone service:  Cell phone service is generally unreliable in the Upper Peninsula when you travel outside of Marquette and Escanaba. There is a landline at the cottage for local calls.


Marquette: approximately 20 minutes away
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes away. (66 miles)
Tahquamenon Falls State Park:  2 hours 30 minutes away. (135 miles)
Mackinac Bridge: is approximately 3 hours 10 minutes away.(172 miles)

Dock: We do have a dock with 2 bumpers in front of the cottage.  If you need to launch your boat on a trailer, you can do so.  Check with the Brown's Store, about 1 mile from the cabin for details.

Fire Pit-  There is a fire pit that guests are welcome to use. Please plan to bring your own wood.

Fishing: We've had many guests talk about the great fishing, from Perch to Walleye.

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at

Fishing poles:  Please bring your own.

Grill: Yes, there is a Charcoal grill!

Grocery Store: Larry’s Family Foods- 120 M-35, Gwinn, MI 49841  

(906) 346-6103 (approximately 10 minutes away)  There is also a Walmart Supercenter - 3225 US-41 W, Marquette, MI 49855  (906) 226-7982

Internet:  Wi-Fi access is available

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, pillowcases, and bath towels.

Parking: Approximately 5 to 7 cars would fit.

Pets:  2 Dogs (MAX) are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet. 

Privacy: Incredible.  An ideal private view, with trees on both sides with Little Lake right in front of you.  You can only see other cottages off in the distance.

Space: This 2 story charming cottage was built by a wonderful family to create place for retreat, and bring about a sense of peace to all who visit. It hasn't changed much over the years, yet it is still a nice place for a family to enjoy their time together.

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

Washer and dryer:  Yes. Laundry detergent provided.

Water: As with all cottages in the Upper Peninsula, and even some parts of the larger cities, there is well water. While I personally enjoy the taste of well water, you are always welcome to bring your own bottled water if you are at all concerned.

Wood: 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. Please plan to bring your own.  check out Larry’s Family Foods- 120 M-35, Gwinn, MI 49841  (906) 346-6103 (approximately 10 minutes away)


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • Telephone/Landline
  • TV with DVD player only
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Charcoal
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Rowboat Included
  • Swimming on Property

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $349.00


Beautiful spot
Loved everything lake is great very homey feel great place to stay.


Thank you for reviewing your stay, Donald! We are so happy to know you loved everything about your stay, and found the cottage to have a nice homey feel! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again! 
Oct 2023
Fun week at Lilttle Lake
Our week was very enjoyable. A comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting. Everything was as advertised. We brought our aluminum fishing boat and used the public launch at the East end of the lake. Kept our boat at the dock by the house. Fishing was not great, probably because the weather was unsettled, but we caught enough to have fun (pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, perch). The lake is beautiful and clear. No sand beach, but there is a gentle slope of shallow water with sand bottom that extends far from the end of the dock. Great place to play in the water. Some of the furnishings are tired, but did not detract from our comfort. Would come again.

Dwight, thank you for this lovely review.  We're glad that you had a good week, even if the weather was not cooperating.  We appreciate your feedback and hope that you do come back again.
Jul 2023
Our stay
Loved it as always!!!

Courtney, we love your enthusiasm!  Please come back again.
Jun 2022
Great time at Little Lake
Love dealing with Freshwater Vacation Rentals. They do a great job. Very pleased.

Mary And David, thank you for your kind words for the staff of FVR.  It means a lot to us.  We're so glad that you are our guests.
Mary And David
Sep 2021
Little Lake Cabin
The lake was fantastic, sandy bottom not mucky. Kitchen stocked really well! Great location for quick day trips. We saw a deer, fox, humming birds at the cabin. Very quiet setting. Plenty of room for 11 of us. Would highly recommend!!

Kathleen, we love that Little Lake Cottage fit the needs of your large group so well.  We appreciate your recommendation, and hope that you will come again for the peace and quiet and the wildlife!.
Aug 2021
Stay at little lake
Loved it! I highly recommend

Courtney, we love to hear that you enjoyed your stay! Thanks so much for staying with us!
Jun 2021
Great cabin right on Little Lake
This is our second year in a row of staying at Little Lake Cottage. We love it here! The views are breathtaking, and having access to the lake right off the property is exactly what we want in a cabin. Since last year, there were a couple of basic updates and some general clean up with the property (grooming by dock and organize and clean up basement). The cabin is spacious and offers amenities that make travelling to the beautiful UP easier (towels, TP, dishes, etc.) This year we noticed carved-in height markers on a wall from previous owners/guests. Some went as far back as 1955! The cabin is in great condition for being so old, but keep it's age in mind when you're booking. It's not fancy schmancy and new, but it has everything you'll need and it's well kept, which for us, are the most important things. The location is fantastic, with some cute little restaurants, a grocery store, and a couple of dollar stores just a short drive away which helps make things even more convenient. You can't beat the price, location, and beauty of Little Lake Cottage in Gwinn!



Elisabeth, thank you for this honest, wonderful review!  We love your descriptions - especially the historic height markers.  We're so glad that you came back for a 2nd year and hope to see you again in 2022.
Jun 2021
Excellent play to stay!
We enjoyed out stay very much! The pace was nicely located and felt very private. I would book again, the area was beautiful!

Matthew, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay.  We loved hosting you and look forward to working with you again.
Oct 2020
4 stars
Been coming to the UP for 25 yrs Really enjoy my stay on Little Lake. Thx

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Doug, so glad that Little Lake Cottage worked out so well for you.  It sleeps 8, is pet friendly and is simply charming.  We hope to see you back again.
Oct 2019
Week In Da UP eh ?
Very impressed with location & privacy. Way to large for my wife and I but enjoyed getting back to my wife's teenage home of Gwinn and Northern University @ Marquette. Peaceful week with no TV or Cellphones. Loved it !! Thank you. We'll probably call you again.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Gerry and Diana, you certainly got the UP lingo down!  We are pleased that you liked 
Little Lake Cottage.  It's the perfect spot to really unwind - no TV or cable to get in your way.  we do hope that you call us again.
Oct 2019
“Had a great time”

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Clark we are pleased that you enjoyed staying at LIttle Lake Cottage, where guests can enjoy the peace and quiet as you are surrounded by woods, while perched next to the Little Lake waters.  It sleeps 8, is pet friendly and has a rowboat, a canoe and a kayak for guest to use.  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
5 stars
We had a wonderful stay. The cottage was spacious and comfortable. It was helpful that information was provided on the local towns around the area. We highly recommend this vacation to others.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Diana, we are so glad that you enjoyed Little Lake Cottage in Gwinn.  It sleeps 8 and is pet friendly.  Guests have a kayak and a rowboat to explore the lake.  We hope to see you again!
Sep 2019
5 stars
Had a great stay at your Gwinn, MI Little Lake Vacation Home Rental. Would most certainly recommend to others who wish to get away from the urban noise and political corruption reports. Love da UP eh ?? Diana & Gerry

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Diana & Gerry, wow look at that.  After only a few days in the UP and you have UP-speak down!  Gotta love it.  Thanks for the review and the recommendation.  We think Little Lake Cottage in Gwinn is a great vacation spot also.  We hope to see you again!
Sep 2019
We will be back
Another great week with great weather. Fishing was slow but the views of the lake and the evening cocktail hours made up for it. There were still plenty of blueberries and serviceberries on the property to pick. You might want to have your cleaners check the Weber grill out. It had 5" of ash on the bottom of the kettle. Also, the door lock still has a few problems.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Mary and David, we are so glad to hear that you had another great week at Little Lake Cottage in Gwinn!  We love our returning guests!  This pet friendly cottage has a kayak and a row boat for the guests, and an indoor fireplace for chilly evenings.  We will have the cleaners take care of the grill - sorry about that ,and we'll let the owners know about the lock.  We look forward to your return  next year!
David & Mary
Aug 2019
We have stayed at the cottage for several years and have enjoyed it more every year. If you like fishing and boating it is great. It's secluded, but close enough to everything you need. A wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature at it's best, especially the bald eagles that visited us every morning.

Eileen & Joe, we love our returning guests reviews!  We are so happy that Little Lake Cottage in Gwinn satisfies you as much as it does.  This cottage was built to create a place for retreat, and bring about a sense of peace to all who visit.  And it does that in spades.  We look forward to you next return.
Eileen & Joe
Jul 2019
Little Lake Cottage
Beautiful setting. Breezes kept us cool. No fish caught off the dock though!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Karen, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed Little Lake Cottage in Gwinn, even if you didn't catch any fish!  Simplicity is key here.  Trees surround 3 sides of the cottage, creating a very private buffer from the other cottages around the lake.  There is  a rowboat, a canoe and a kayak for the guests to use.
Jul 2019
Loved it
Rented for four nights had most everything we needed and very nice and relaxing loved the piano .

Dustin, we agree that Little Lake Cottage is pretty fabulous.  Trees surround 3 sides of the cottage, creating a very private buffer from the other cottages around the lake. Enjoy both the  fire pit and the fireplace on cooler evenings.  Great swimming and fishing!  We hope to see you again soon,
Jun 2019
Great Vacay
We had a great time. Couldn't have asked for more. The lake, the house everything we wanted. Private and clean.

Travis, we are so glad that you had a great time at Little Lake Cottage. Having the rowboat, the canoe and the kayak for your sole use during your stay means that you have many options for play, plus its proximity to Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls State Park and the Mackinac Bridge makes for great day trips.  We hope to see you again!
Jun 2019
Great place! Fun, relaxing, with boating and fishing out your back door! Can’t think of anything I would do different.  

Harold, we're hoping that you caught some great fish at Little Lake Cottage!  This is  a spacious comfortable property, with an amazing deck!  We hope to work with you again.
Jun 2019
The cabin was the perfect Labor Day weekend get away for the family. The house itself is beautiful, cozy, and well stocked. The land and the lake are incredible! We were constantly boating or having a bonfire and the one evening it rained we had a cozy movie night in the living room. The town of Gwinn was lovely and had everything we needed. Marquette was very close and made for a great day trip. Can’t wait to return next summer!


Jade, we are so happy that you enjoyed Little Lake Cottage.  Exploring the area is always fun, plus having great weather is the icing on the cake!  We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Sep 2018
Liked the property good views and spacious dinning and living room. Deck was nice also.


Roberto, we are really happy that you enjoyed Little Lake Cottage, and we hope to see you again!
Sep 2018
We have used this place for family vacations for several years. Comfortable and homey. Shallow Sandy Beach for 100 yards, so if you fish you have to boat out a few yards.


David and Mary, we so love that you come back year after year.  Guests like you are our best advertisement!  We'll look for you in 2019!
David & Mary
Aug 2018
Relaxation at its best!!!
We had a wonderful time at Little Lake Cottage! We picked quarts of blueberries right from alongside the driveway and caught bluegills and sunfish out of the lake. Even better, we spent time as a family without the constant sound of the t.v....and yes...even without our daughter’s XBox!!! She fished and picked blueberries and saw wildlife! Our only neighbor was a button buck who said hello every morning! The view of the lake and the evening breezes were wonderful. Only 25-30 minutes from Marquette and quite centrally located so our trip up to Copper Harbor and over to Whitefish Point were no problem for a daytime excursion into the beautiful, tranquil, wonderfully wooded U.P. If you are looking for solitude and family time, look no further and know that this “cottage” is all you will need to refresh and re-energize your soul and spirit! Thank you to the cottage owner and VRBO for this time together as a family and the memories that will never be forgotten!!!


Chari, you know when your kids put down their technology that you have had a successful vacation!  Picking blueberries in Michigan makes for such great memories, and seeing wildlife on top of that adds a whole other level of happiness!  I love that the buck came by every morning to start your day.  You'll definitely need to come back again.
Jul 2018
Cozy, Relaxing, Fun & Breathtaking View
We had an amazing stay! The property and lake are beautiful. We enjoyed fishing, swimming and relaxing. It was nice to unwind and enjoy the many books and treasures... so many really cool old handwritten letters from the early 1900s hidden in books throughout the house. We also found some old Michigan Lure magazines from the 1940s that had really cool advertisements in them. Loved the unique history here! We had movie night and introduced the kids to some great old classic VHS tapes... Lady and the Tramp, The Great Outdoors, The Sword and the Stone, and we even enjoyed some old family movies. This place would be amazing for ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter as well. The downstairs bathroom has been recently updated and both were very nice. We spent most of our time outdoors, but enjoyed family meals and game night indoors. We also picked some delicious huckleberries along the driveway. We would definitely go back and appreciate the opportunity to have enjoyed our stay!


Julie, thank you for this stellar review.  It's always wonderful when guests appreciate a property as much as we do.  Finding history like you did with the letters and magazines makes for a memorable experience.  Please do come back again!
Jul 2018
Beautiful location
Beautiful location right on the lake. Easy access for fishing. Loved having a fire and watching the stars come out. We had a wonderful time. Highly recommend for families. Thank you!!


We are so happy that Little Lake Cottage worked out so well for you.  Being surrounded by woods and with a view of the lake makes for the perfect conditions to really relax.

Jul 2018
Super Relaxing!
This was a wonderful location, with lots quiet, privacy and space for our 2 dogs to play. The lake was lovely for swimming and we enjoyed the boats. The house was spacious, with room for many with the kitchen well stocked with pots, pans & implements. I would suggest a nice blanket or covering over the large couch. We would return to Little Lake in the future!

We are thrilled you has such a great time at the Cabin. We try to stock it to the best of our ability :) We are happy you appreciated that. We can't wait to host you again next year! Be sure to call to make reservations sooner than later!
Oct 2017
Great location, fishing, privacy
This place was very private, which we loved. Cabin is several hundred feet from the road and is surrounded by trees. Could not see neighbors. The fishing was excellent, caught many northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass. Caught and released several pike in the 30" class. Even caught a nice pike and walleye right off the dock. Good place to swim. Lots of good books. Very scenic views. Nice deck. All amenities. Bed we slept in was comfortable, which seems rare these days. Owners were very responsive. Perfect for kids or a couple. It's a typical large UP cottage, a little aged. 5 stars for the price, location, good fishing, and accurate representation in the ad.

ALWAYS GOOD PIKE FISHING ON LITTLE LAKE! We are happy you enjoyed your stay! We hope you book with us in the near future, to catch some more good eats!
Sep 2017
Wonderful setting with room to roam!!!
Idealic setting & view. Wonderful fishing lake. The fish are about 100 yards out. Swimming is good. Nice hardpacked sandy bottom. Egress to the water can be a little challenging for little ones. Archetypical U P cabin that has been added onto in typical U P fashion. Housekeeping could be a bit better but all in all not bad. Just a caveat on the "little" pram. It's approximately 10 feet long & will accommodate only one full size adult. We had a great time & will probably return.

We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and the lake. Thank you for the cleaning suggestion. We will let them know immediately. We hope to host you in the future! 
Sep 2017
We had a great time. The cabin was spacious and had everything we needed. The lake is beautiful.
Aug 2017
Very comfortable
very comfortable place to relax with family. works very well tor us
David & Mary
Aug 2017
Very peaceful and quiet. And the fishing was great! See you next year

We are happy that you enjoyed your stay! Most definitely...we look forward to hosting you next year!
Jul 2017
Such a cozy, homey place.
This cabin was truly perfect, and would be suited for any family type. We have two toddlers and the bedroom setup made their sleep times seamless. They had a BLAST discovering and playing with all the old trucks, toys and books. There was never a dull moment! My husband and I loved the coziness of the fireplace after the kids went to bed, and the proximity of the dock to the house. We were able to fish and still hear the baby monitor... bliss! So many priceless memories were created on our trip, thank you so very much for facilitating that!!!!!
Jun 2017
Secluded, great location!
The cabin has all the amenities we need. The place is cozy and the fireplace made our nights memorable. We stayed during the fall and didn't swim in the lake, but the lake is clean and the shallow water would be ideal for kids to swim in the summer.
Oct 2016
Relaxing Home Away From Home
Very much enjoyed the cabin and the lake!! We all had fun swimming around the dock area, fishing, and trying out the canoe & kayak! One slight glitch in the cabin was the oven did not work right away, but, the rental company did a great job of fixing that!! Will definitely be coming back to stay here again!!
Jun 2016
Great place to stay!
This place is more like a home than a cottage! Its location is excellent. It's right on the lake, I enjoyed getting up early in the morning and having coffee while sitting on the deck and listening to the loons while basking in the sunlight. It is just far enough away to escaped the hectic pace of city life, but just a short drive away from everything Imaginable including shopping, sight-seeing, water falls and beaches. We also had a great time out on the rowboat enjoying the peace & quiet. I most definitely recommend it and look forward to returning for another great escape! Date of arrival June 13, 2015
Apr 2016

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