MichiganAFrame Kalkaska

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MichiganAFrame (Manistee Lake) Kalkaska, MI: Sleeps 4, Kayaks Included (must self-transport the 10 minute walk to the launch area)






*WOODED LOT (Manistee Lake - 5 minute walk)
*NOT WATERFRONT, yet a walk to the water

*4 KAYAKS PROVIDED (2 Adult, 2 Youth) (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
*SWIMMING—2-10 minute walk from cabin

Enjoy this classic, completely remodeled, A-frame cabin located just outside of Kalkaska on a wooded lot. The cabin is only a short walk to swimming, fishing, and boating on Manistee Lake. The lake is relatively shallow (around 20 feet at its deepest point) making it especially great for small kids and those who want to wade in the water. The cabin is partially secluded, having only neighbors on one side and woods surrounding. Enjoy the amazing view through the large picture wall. In addition, the kaleidoscope of wood colors inside the home and knotty-pine walls makes this cabin a great find for small families, couples, or small groups of friends. Although there is more privacy than in many cottage areas, this is not a place for events or loud groups. We adhere to a good neighbor policy both at the home and at the swimming area.

Appreciate the fully equipped kitchen, living room, master bedroom and bathroom on the main floor. The picture wall will lead you outside to a 8’ x 20’ patio area equipped with a grill, chairs and a table. Grab a kayak or two, which are provided for you during your stay, and head out to the center of lake to fish!


Air Conditioning: No air conditioning, but a ceiling fan, and portable fans, along with screened windows will help keep you cool

ATV's: ORV trails are nearby, feel free to bring up the rides!

Animals: Birds, raccoons, deer, squirrels

Bathroom: Full bath with tub shower

Bath Towels: Bath towels are provided. It's always good to bring extra though. Please bring your own beach towels.

Bedroom Configuration:

Bedroom #1: main floor – Queen bed

Bedroom #2: upper loft area – 2 Twin beds which can be converted into a King

Boats: 2 adult and 2 youth kayaks are included in your stay. There is a public boat launch (1 mile away) on southwestern side of lake which also hosts a public beach and picnic area. The cabin itself is located on the east side of the lake. The kayaks are available to use from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Cable/Satellite TVs: Smart TV with local channels

Cell phone service: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are good, all others are up for debate.

* Traverse City: 50 minutes (30 miles)
* Lansing: 2 hours 36 minutes ( 164 miles)
* Crystal Mountain: 1 hour 18 minutes (56 miles)
* Mackinac Bridge: 1 hours and 37 minutes away (96 miles)

Dock: There is not a private dock at property, but there is plenty of trailer/truck parking on the lot, so launch your boat in the morning and pull it out in the evening to park in front of Michigan-A-Frame.

Fire Pit: There is a fire pit available for guest use. Please stop and pick up wood for your stay. 

Fishing: Good fishing in both the lake and the Manistee River which flows together.

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online 

Fishing poles: Guests should bring their own.

Grill: Propane. Propane is provided.

Grocery Store: Family Fare -784 S Cedar St, Kalkaska, MI 49646  (10 minute drive)  Also, Earth's Garden Natural Foods - 303 N Cedar St, Kalkaska, MI 49646 

Internet: Free Wi-Fi

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 us know, and we'll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillow cases and bath towels.

Parking: Not paved, but fits up to 4 cars or 2 trucks/2 trailers

Pets: Not allowed

Privacy: Neighbors on one side of cabin and forestry on the other 3 sides

Space: Ground floor hosts the main bedroom and the loft hosts the two twin beds which can be converted to a King. This home is completely remodeled with new beds, furniture, and flooring.

Swimming: There is not a traditional wide sandy beach around the lake.  Michigan A-Frame Cabin is situated just off Manistee Lake, and shares a private lake access with a few other properties. A two minute walk will get you to the shared swimming area. The layout onto the water is grass then water (there is no beach area). The lake is big and shallow; twenty-feet at its deepest. Young kids will have a ball swimming in this shallow open area.

Washer and dryer: Not on property, but a Laundry Mat can be found in Kalkaska, just 10 minutes away.

Wood: Please stop and pick up wood for your stay. 


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Box Fans
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heat: Furnace
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Oscillating Fans
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Good Fishing
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $179.00


5 stars
We stayed at this adorable little cabin last weekend and had a great time! We have a group of girls that try to get together every summer, and this was the perfect spot to play cards, drink wine and spend time kayaking and swimming in the warm lake! We found everything we needed in the kitchen and took advantage of the deck outside. It was VERY clean and offered up some fun board games that we used as well. Would definitely stay again! 


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Amy! It's a delight to know you found the home to be very clean, but also ideal for providing your group with an enjoyable girls trip! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you all for a future getaway!
Jun 2023
Quiet Get Away
The cabin was super clean and well maintained. The back deck was a delightful place to relax and enjoy nature and time-of-day appropriate beverage :-) Weather did not allow us to enjoy the water access - we walked down and can see the potential in warmer weather. Very Cozy. Only complaints would be the bed was a little firm for our taste - curtains across the back wall of windows would have been nice.

Jennifer, sitting on the deck with time-of-day appropriate beverages sounds pretty fabulous.  We're glad that you had that opportunity to enjoy it.  We'll let the owner know your thoughts about the bed and curtains and hope that you come back again.
Oct 2021
The cabin was just as advertised. Very clean. Renovations appear to be very recent and well done - inside and out. The location was perfect for us. During our four days and five nights, we spent one day at the cabin, one visiting Mackinac Island, one visiting Traverse City and one visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes Park.


Steven, you really got around while on vacation!  We're glad that MichiganAFrame  worked so well for your base camp.  We hope that you come back again.
Jul 2021
Very pleased
Adorable, clean, and well-appointed. Hated to leave. The only note would be if anyone in your party has issues with descending stairs, the ones to the upstairs room are quite steep.

Jennifer, we love knowing that you hated to leave!  You simply need to come back again.  We enjoyed hosting you, and would love to work with you again
Oct 2020
My family and I loved everything about this place. We felt at home.

Silvana, we love that you felt at home.  That says everything!  It was a pleasure hosting you and we hope to work with you again.
Aug 2020
5 stars
We loved our stay! Perfect little cabin for our family of four, and the lake was the perfect depth and temperature for our children (ages 8 and 5) to swim and learn to kayak. Also, since we stayed during the week, it wasn't crowded at all, so we were able to safely social distance. Thank you for providing the kayaks and life jackets, as well as plenty of equipment for simple, wholesome meals. A visit to the Cherry Street Market is a must if you stay here! And quick easy drive up to Traverse and Sleeping Bear. We hope to be back soon!

Melissa, it sounds like your family had great fun!  We look forward to your return.
Aug 2020
A Truly Wonderful Experience
I took my partner here to get away from the city. We knew we wanted a place with plenty of trees and this one looked amazing. It was so much more than we expected. If you are looking for a secluded, quiet place surrounded by nature with the water just a shirt walk away PLUS kayaks as a bonus, this is your place. Nights get really dark, the lake is beautiful and even the rain is just absolutely beautiful out there. All in all the perfect getaway for a couple to just escape for a while.

Arafel, thanks for taking the time to write this lovely review.  We agree, MichiganAFrame is a wonderful property that sleeps 4.  It is on a wooded lot with  Manistee Lake only a 2 minute walk away.  We hope to work with you again!
Jun 2020
“What a BEAUTIFUL space! This mid-century modern a-frame is what my cabin dreams are made of. It's in a lovely, wooded area (I was lucky enough to visit during peak fall colors) and near a lake where you can kayak (kayaks provided). The inside was clean, modern, hip - I don't have a single negative thing to say about it. I hope to visit again some day, and I would recommend this to anyone and everyone!”

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Gina, thank you for taking the time to write this fabulous review and for the recommendation.  That means a lot.  We agree 100% that MichiganAFrame is a  very special place.  The wooded lot, the 4 kayaks, and the  lovely interior all make for the perfect vacation spot.  we do hope that you come back again.
Oct 2019
5 stars
My wife and I loved our stay. It was a very relaxing and quiet stay just what we needed. We will definitely be going back next year. Thank you guys

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Jason, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at MichiganAFrame.  It is located on a wooded lot and has been completely remodeled.  It has a fully equipped kitchen, and an outside patio for relaxing and grilling.   We'll look for you in 2020!
Oct 2019
“So cute and clean! Exactly like the pictures. The space is great for a little weekend getaway with friends!”

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Hannah, thanks for spending your weekend away at MichiganAFrame!  Situated on a wooded lot, MichiganAFrame sleeps 4.  ORV trails are nearby.  We hope to see you back again.
Oct 2019
Fantastic cabin in the woods
Beautiful a-frame cabin in Kalkaska. We stayed for a weekend and it was a perfect getaway. Highly recommend!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Evis, thank you for this enthusiastic recommendation and review.  MichiganAFrame sits on a wooded lot and is a 2 minute walk to Manistee Lake.  It was completely remodeled just this year.  We hope to see you again.

Oct 2019
Loved the cottage. It is beautifully designed and decorated. Felt like we were at home with all the essentials available. Kids loved their loft room. Cottage is centrally located to all the area attractions which instead of staying at hotels, we did day trips to Traverse City, Mackinac Bridge, Petoskey, Charlevoix and Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. Two thumbs up!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Marcin, thanks for the 2 thumbs up!  We really appreciate your review and are happy that MichiganAFrame worked out so well for you.  We hope to see you again!
Sep 2019
Great place to relax

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Luke, we are so happy that you enjoyed MichiganAFrame.  It sleeps 4 and is on a wooded lot for privacy.  4 kayaks are there for guest to explore Manistee Lake.  We hope you come back again.
Sep 2019
Adorable cabin
This was great for the kids and dogs, we will be back!

Michelle, we are so glad that you, your kids and your pups like staying at MichiganAFrame.  The cabin is on a wooded lot and only a short walk to great swimming, fishing, and boating on Manistee Lake. The cabin is situated just off Manistee Lake, and shares a private lake access with a few other properties. A two minute walk will get you to the shared swimming area, plus it's pet friendly.
Jul 2019

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