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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
  • Washer & dryer
  • Wood burning stove
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • 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 2022 01/01/2022 - 01/01/2023 2 $199.00


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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