Lucky Loon Cottage South Branch

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Lucky Loon Cottage (South Branch, MI): Sleeps 5, Pet friendly, waterfront (Chain Lake)

Pets Welcome









*BOATS INCLUDED: 2 KAYAKS, 1 CANOE, 1 ROWBOAT (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

If a fabulous lake view with sand for kids to play along the water (Chain Lake) is at the top of your list, then you are in luck!   The Lucky Loon Cottage permeates a feeling of nostalgia for native Michiganders like ourselves and brings you back to your grandparent's cottage along a Northern Michigan lake.  Cabin boasts a rustic charm and is ideal for most guests.  You can feel the history and embrace the possibilities here at Lucky Loon.

You can welcome family fun with sand, kayaks, a canoe, and a row boat. Even your family pet is welcome here, though we do not have a fenced yard.  The new stove/oven and refrigerator make it convenient to cook your meals together, plus sit at the retro kitchen table on the dining side of the living room. The living room and kitchen together provide a true open concept in the small space. You can watch TV, prepare dinner, or kick your feet up, all within easy sight and distance. All while looking out at Chain Lake.

Knotty pine surrounds you at the cozy Lucky Loon Cottage.  Enjoy your Queen bed in one bedroom. The kids will love the bunk bed (twin over double) in their own room too. This unassuming lakefront cottage along Chain Lake is sure to melt your heart and give you the space to soak in time together.

...And if you are lucky, you will hear the loons calling for their mate in the spring, or yodeling at night, as you cook your s'mores around the campfire.


Air Conditioning: There is no air conditioning, but box fans are provided.

ATVs: Bring your ATVs, there are trails nearby! Please be courteous not to go on private land while using ATVs

Animals: Loons, Racoons, squirrels, and a variety of birds

Bathrooms: There is one bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet at this property.
Beach/Swimming: This property is located directly on the Chain Lakes. 40ft of the 150ft waterfront is a sandy beach for use during your stay!

Bedroom Configurations:
Bedroom #1- Queen
Bedroom #2- Twin/Full Bunkbed 
Boats:  2 one-person kayaks, 1 three-person canoe and 1 rowboat (from Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Boat Launch: The public boat launch for Chain Lake is located 3/4 miles from the property so please bring your jet skis, bass boat, or pontoon boat to make full use of the lake!!

Bugs: Since this cottage is along the water, the mosquitos are most intense at dusk. 

Cable: There is no cable at this property.

Cell Phone Service: Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T

Coffee Maker: There is a drip coffee maker here

Dining (In order of distance): 
Long Lake Bar & Grill: 11 minutes (6.3 miles)
Main Street Pizzeria & BBQ: 18 minutes (13.7 miles)
The Cedar Tavern & Grill: 19 minutes (14.1 miles)

Distances/Things to do (In order of distance):
*Tawas City: 34 minutes (29.5 miles)
*Mackinaw City: 2 hours & 26 minutes (134 miles)
*Detroit: 3 hours & 5 minutes (191 miles)
*Chicago: 6 hours & 3 minutes (369 miles)

*Rifle River Recreation Area (State Park): 19 minutes (13.8 miles)
*Roscommon Zoo: 55 minutes (43.1 miles)

Dock: Yes! There is a 15ft dock for guest use in front of the property, on Chain Lake

Drinking Water: Well water is used at this property. Some guests may want to bring bottled water with them.

Drugs/Smoking/Fireworks:Freshwater does not permit illegal drugs of any kind on the property. Due to the location of the properties, smoking is strongly discouraged around the home and strictly prohibited in the home. Fireworks are prohibited at a Freshwater location for the safety of all persons in and around the property, even if it is legal in that city.

Fireplace: No

Fire-pit: Yes! Please bring your own wood.

Fishing: Bass, Pike, Perch, and Blue Gill can be found in local lakes. 

Fishing License: A license is required in order to fish in Michigan. Click here to purchase your license online

Fishing Poles: There are no fishing poles at the property. Please bring your own.


Golf: Wicker Hills Golf Course is 12 minutes away (7.5 miles)!

Grill: There is a charbroil propane grill at the property. Propane is provided.

Grocery Store (In order of distance):
*South Branch General Store: 6 minutes (3.2 miles)
*Family Fare Supermarket: 25 minutes (19 miles)

Handicap Friendly: This property does not have additional handicap-friendly features


Heat: Yes! There is electric heating at the property


Hunting: Bear and deer hunting is popular in this area. Guests must adhere to local guidelines for hunting! 

Internet: Yes-we have WIFI 

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and bath towels.

Parking: Three cars + a trailer can fit on the property

Pets:  Up to two dogs may join you during your stay! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/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: There are neighbors on both sides

Snowmobiles: 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. 

Space: 755 sq. ft ranch style home

Seniors: This ranch-style home is perfect, as both bedrooms and the bathroom are located on the main floor.

Televisions: A 43" smart TV is available for use! There is also a Box TV with a VCR for use.

Towels: All bath and kitchen towels will be provided during your stay. Please bring beach towels with you!

Washer and Dryer: Washer and Dryer: Yes! There is a stackable, front-loading washer and dryer. 

Wood: Wood is not provided. There is a store close by that sells firewood.



Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Beach Towels
  • Blankets
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Box Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Heat- Electric Heaters Only
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Oscillating Fans
  • Pets allowed
  • Smart TV
  • Washer & Dryer (plus Detergent and Dryer Sheets)
Kitchen Amenities
  • Antibacterial Hand-Sanitizer
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Crockpot
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Soaps (Hand & Dish Soap)
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Lawn Games
  • Patio Chairs
  • Picnic Table
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Rowboat Included
  • Sandy Beach
Special Features
  • High Chair
  • Pack and Play

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $125.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


Very relaxing. Enjoyed the boat and kayaks. Thank you!
Jul 2023
We had a great time! Fishing and relaxing on the water was the best! Thank you so much!
Jul 2023
We had a great time. Hope to come back again!
Jul 2023
Lucky Loon
This is a wonderful little cottage, new appliances and updates. We forgot bug spray and there was some there as well as other little amenities. We caught some nice large mouth bass and even the dogs had a great time.

Monica, we agree, Lucky Loon is a wonderful little cottage.  We're so glad that you and your pups enjoyed staying there.  Congrats on the fish, and we hope that you come back again!
Jun 2023
Great Stay at the Lucky Loon
We spent 3 nights at the Lucky Loon and had a great time. Enjoyed relaxing at the lake and used the kayaks several times to explore Chain Lake and even took the paddle boat out once. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed and we used the gas grill to cook dinner each evening. The Lucky Loon does indeed provide a great spot to watch the loons on the lake and listen to their haunting calls. Spent an afternoon exploring the Rifle River Recreation area only about 30 minutes from the cottage.


Hi Robert! We are so delighted to know you enjoyed your time at Lucky Loon, especially getting a chance to catch some good loon sightings while there! It's also great to know you were able to make good use of the provided amenities, and get in some time to explore the beautiful nature of the area itself. Hopefully we can have a chance to host you again!

Sep 2022
Beautiful lake, beautiful cabin
We absolutely loved it here! The view is beautiful and great fishing. My kids had a blast catching rock bass from the dock. The cabin was gorgeous!!! Very clean and had everything we needed. I love the vintage feeling, it really made me feel like a kid again at grandma’s cottage. We love this place!
FVR RESPONSE: Thank you for sharing your experience! Sounds like a great time was had by all! We hope to see you again in the future!
Happy Family
Aug 2022
Wonderful week at Lucky Loon Cottage!
We loved our stay at the Lucky Loon Cottage. It was so relaxing being right on the beautiful Chain Lake. We enjoyed sitting outside on the patio enjoying the view. There was a nice sandy beach, good fishing, and kayaks and a pedal boat to use. The cottage was very comfortable and had a smart tv, wifi and all the necessities. The location was great- we went to Lumberman's Monument (20 min away) and East Tawas (35 min) away for sightseeing and shopping. We would definitely recommend.
FVR RESPONSE: We agree, this location is great spot to explore the nearby areas! We are so happy you were able to relax and enjoy your time here! We look forward to having you back in the future!
Jul 2022
Beautiful and relaxing lakefront vacation
This was the perfect getaway, the lake was so beautiful,we enjoyed all of the included amenities, the fishing was great, the water was clear and not too cold for swimming. The cottage had all the comforts of home. Freshwater and the owner were very friendly and responsive to all of our needs. I would highly recommend staying here, my husband and I will be back. Thank you!

Sheri, great fishing and clear water sounds pretty good!  We're so glad that you had a good stay and thrilled that you will be returning
Jun 2022

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