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LODGE ON THE MANISTEE RIVER: (Grayling, MI) Sleeps 8, 4-bedroom, Fly Fishermen encouraged! 






*RIVERFRONT (Manistee River)


We ask that our guests be respectful of our great neighbors by keeping quiet hours between 11:00 pm and 9:00 am.

It is just so nice to walk out on the back porch and see the beautiful Manistee River gently flowing around the bend. The Lodge on the Manistee is a peaceful place to enjoy a family gathering or a gathering of fly-fisherman casting their poles off the dock. Adventure seekers, feel free to bring your kayaks or canoes in order to paddle up the river.

This 4-bedroom home sleeps 8 people comfortably. The common spaces for gathering are ideal for a large family or two families vacationing together. The fully equipped kitchen will suit your needs and the extended covered porch on the river-side of the home is a pleasant setting for a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine.

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

Air Conditioning: There is not central air conditioning in this home, however, the upstairs bedrooms have a Window A/C unit & ceiling fan. In addition, there are a couple of box fans for you to use.


ATV's: They are welcomed.

Animals: There are definitely bear in the area, deer, squirrels, muskrat, eagles, and bunnies.


         Bathroom #1: Attached to main bedroom FULL   
                                   BATH with jetted tub and shower.

          Bathroom #2: Main floor---HALF BATH with
                                     shower only.


Beach/Swimming: You can swim in the river. There is a ladder and a dock area. The river is flowing, and at times, the current can be swift (not white water rapids, but swift). Not recommended for little children/weak swimmers.  Another area to swim with sandy beaches is Maple Bay Natural Area:  10849 US-31 N Williamsburg, MI 49690.  It is approximately 39 miles away.


Bedroom Configuration:

     Bedroom #1: Master Bedroom --Queen

     Bedroom #2: main floor --Queen

     Bedroom #3: upstairs—Full

     Bedroom #4: upstairs--Queen

Boats:  No boats are available. You are able to bring you own kayaks or canoes (20 steps to get down to river). Pull kayaks up along shore or on the wooden dock. The river is EXCELLENT FOR BOATING down.

Bugs: Typical Michigan bugs!

Cell phone service: Good!

              * Grand Rapids: 2 hours and 18 min. (153 miles)
              * Traverse City: 1 hours away (44 miles)
              * Detroit: 3 hours (212 miles)
              * Lansing: 2 hours and 15 minutes (151  miles)    
      * Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 3 hours and 8 min (193 miles) 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 1 hours and 30 min.(90 miles)

               *Shel-Haven Canoe/Kayack Livery on M-72 is 3 minutes (1 mile)
               *M-72 to property is a 15 minute float.

Dock: There is a dock there, but it is usually only used for fly-fishing and swimming.

Fireplace: Wood-burning stove available for guests to use. You must bring your own wood.

Fire-pit: Yes. There is a fire pit.  Please keep fires manageble and extinguish completely. 

Fishing: THIS IS A FLY-FISHING ONLY SECTION. This section of the Manistee is known for an excellent trout fishing.  Please be sure to bring your own poles as there are none at this property. Also, in order to fish in Michigan lakes and rivers, one is required to hold a fishing license. Click here to purchase your fishing license online. 


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

Grocery Store: Family Fare-   2470 I-75BL, Grayling, MI 49738 (989) 348-5011 (5 miles)  

Internet:  YES!

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: Easily 3 cars or a truck/trailer combo.

Pets: Pets are not welcome at this home.

Privacy: There are houses on both side of the home. Neighbors are about 50ft. away.

Space:  2-floors. Main with 2 bedrooms and Upper with a loft and 2 bedrooms.

Televisions: There is a smart TV in family room with streaming capabilities

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

Washer and dryer:  YES. Soap is provided.

Wood:  Guests need to bring their own wood for fire pit and wood-burning stove.  Check out Family Fare-   
2470 I-75BL, Grayling, MI 49738 (989) 348-5011 (5 miles)  


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Animal Statues (taxidermy)
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Box Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heat - Propane Forced Air
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Log Cabin
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smart TV or TV with Roku, Chromecast, Streaming Abilities
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Vacuum
  • Washer & dryer
  • Wood burning stove
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Good Fishing
  • Grill-Propane
  • Patio Chairs
  • Private Boat Dock
  • 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


Great "base" for fishing trip
Went for a several day fishing trip. Great location, very clean and well-appointed. We will stay again. Beautiful setting on the river.


We're so happy to know you enjoyed your stay, Thomas! It's wonderful to know you found the home to be clean and well appointed, as well as being a great location and setting for your fishing trip! We would love to have you back next time you're in the area!
May 2024
Great Stay
Clean, cozy and just as described. Will stay again!


Thanks for taking the time to review your stay, Nate! We're so happy to know you found the lodge to be clean, cozy, and as described! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again when you're back in the area; we would love to have you back! 
Apr 2024
Escaped the heat
It was 107° when we left Texas, and this place was perfect for us to escape! Close to town and recreation i.e. kayaking and fishing. House is as advertised, and we would stay there again! Hosts are very responsive to messages or emails. Great place !!


Thank you for sharing your review Brantley! We're glad that we could get in touch with you in a timely manner, as well as glad to know you got a chance to get out of that intense heat, and take in some time on the river! We would love to have you back next time you're up in Michigan! 
Aug 2023
5 stars
Our family thoroughly enjoyed our time at the cabin. We kayaked the river, spent a day at the dunes, and our teenager caught his first 15 inch trout fly fishing. Our day began and ended on the beautiful porch.

Jody, it sounds like you had a blast!  Catching the trout must have been trilling for your son.  You need to come back to catch some more plus to get in more porch sitting.
Jun 2023
Exceptionally Clean Cabin on the River
Wonderful views, Cozy setting, Fishing access site nearby 


Hi Ricky! We're glad that you enjoy your stay, and appreciate the compliment to our cleaner's work at keeping the home in great shape. It's also great to know you were able to enjoy the views and peaceful setting while being on the river! We can't wait to host you again!
Oct 2022
Finding Peace and Serenity in Northern Michigan
This was the best vacation me and my family has had in a long time. The accommodations were excellent. It was so peaceful and relaxing to just sit on the porch and observe the wild life. The only glitch in the whole week was trying to watch the tv. We couldn’t get it to stop freezing up or just dropping the signal. All in all it was a fabulous week and we thank you for allowing us to make some new memories. We hope to be able to come back again.


Hi Lorena! First, we would like to apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your stay regarding the tv signal, and have been working to get that improved. It truly is an honor to know that we were able to help out in providing your family with a great vacation, and peaceful stay to check out the area wildlife! Hopefully we get a chance to host you again 
Sep 2022
Manistee Cabin
Had a great relaxing time on the river. Will definitely go again!


Hi Karl! We're delighted to know you enjoyed your stay at the Lodge and look forward to have a chance to host another stay with you!
Sep 2022
Breath taking
I would give it 10 stars if I could. The beauty of this rental is breath taking from the waterfront to the rustic decor. I wanted to give my boys a treat we haven’t had a vacation together in 5 years. I couldn’t of asked for a better spot than this!!!Thank you and bless you for sharing we will be back!!!!


Thank you Tina for sharing such a wonderful review of your experience! 5 years is long time to go without doing a nice vacation together, so we are truly grateful to have been able to provide you and your boys a great place to bring back the experience! We would love to have you back again!!
Jul 2022
A+ Stay
A great place to stay with family & friends. If you're an outdoor enthusiast and you're looking for a great balance of remote and close to town, this is it. Beautiful cabin and lots of amenities. Grayling is our favorite place for fishing, craft beer, hiking, craft beer, kayaking, craft beer, great restaurants, craft beer, all things northern Michigan, and craft beer. We'll be booking this cabin again, but for more days.

Jason, so you like craft beer eh?  Gotta love it, and we're glad that Lodge on the Manistee allowed you to do all the things you love to do!  We look forward to your next getaway, and the craft beer awaits you!
May 2022
Weekend Away
My friends and I had a great weekend away at the lodge on the Manistee. The house was very clean and had plenty of space for us. The deck was amazing and we ate all our meals out there. The only drawback of the house was the the rooms upstairs got VERY warm. The rooms on the main floor stayed pretty cool, but the upstairs rooms never really cooled off in the evenings. We enjoyed our days on the dock and got canoes to float down the river! Great place to getaway for the weekend!

Olivia, isn't it wonderful eating meals out on the deck!  It's just so relaxing.  We are glad that you had a  great time.  When you work with us again, if it gets really hot, call us and we'll get additional fans out to you.  We enjoyed having you as our guests and hope to work with you again.
Jul 2020

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