Pine Needle Cottage West Branch

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PINE NEEDLE COTTAGE (Clear Lake, MI): West Branch postal code, sleeps 7, wi-fi, dogs welcomed, private dock.

Pets Welcome







SLEEPS: 7 (with kids) 
*Not Waterfront—There is Boat ACCESS TO LAKE (Clear Lake)
*2 DOGS up to 15lbs. each are WELCOMED
* NO Air-conditioning (1 ceiling fan + 2 portable fans)

*Everything you need within walking distance, including hand-dipped ice cream
*ORV & SNOWMOBILE OGEMAW TRAILS NEARBY (1/2 mile-ride from the cottage)

The smell of pine in the summer, the sound of loons at night time, and the quietness that envelops the lake are just some of the experiences you will find here at Pine Needle Cottage. Bring the family to enjoy a bonfire, relax on the deck, and BBQ on the grill. Towering pines on the property set a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.

Sleeping 6-7 adults comfortably and a couple of kids, this home has only 1 bathroom and 4 bedrooms. Pine Needle Cottage is located about 100ft. from the canal that leads to Clear Lake. You can not see the water from the home. Kitchen, balcony, family room, and washer/dryer are all present at this property.

This property is twelve miles from Rose City, twelve miles from St. Helen and twelve miles from West Branch.



Air Conditioning: No air conditioning. There is a ceiling fan in living area. There are a couple portable fans for guests to use.


ATV's: ATV/ORV are welcomed! There is enough room for a trailer/truck combo to park. Trail is approx. 1/2 mile away so you can ride right to the trail from the cottage! Please adhere to speed limit signs until you reach the trail. 

Animals: Loons, Racoon, beaver, variety of birds, fox, snakes, squirrels.

Bathroom: On main level: Full Bathroom with shower.

Beach/Swimming: Half-mile, right next to the boat launch, there is a beach area for swimming on Clear Lake.


Bedroom Configuration:

        Bedroom #1: Queen Bed on main level

        Bedroom #2: Full Bed on main level

        Bedroom #3: Full Bed on main level

        Bedroom #4: 1 Full Bed and 2 twin beds (upper level)

Boats:  Feel free to bring you own small boat. Water level is low and it is a good distance to dock from boat launch just a half-mile away. There is also a sandbar by the private islands that you can anchor out and relax. You will see other boats there with their anchor set out. Please do NOT trespass onto the private islands! 


Bugs: Typical Michigan bugs.


Cell phone service: Making phone calls and texting work good. T-Mobile seems to do well.

              * Tawas: 40 minutes away
              * Lansing: 2 hours 10 minutes
              * Detroit: 2 hours 32 minutes (167 miles)               
              * Mackinac Bridge: 1 hour 45 minutes away

Dock-Canal: Private dock and water level is approximately 2 ft. deep (3 ft. max.). DNR Public Access Boat Launch is half-mile up the road.  It is a small launch: boat and trailer will need to parked back at the property. You will need to keep your motor up as high as possible. It is a murky bottom. Be sure to walk along the edge of the canal (6 ft. easement). You will need to walk down to the access (which is 20ft. off the lot--right across dirt road), as opposed to walking through people’s yards.

 Drinking Water: It is well water. It is hard water. Some guests may choose to bring bottled water for drinking. 

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: There is a fireplace-wood burning.

Fire-pit: There is a firepit for guests.

Fishing: Some common fish you will see in the nearby lake are walleye, pike, bluegill and it has an abundant source of small mouth bass (avg. 3lbs and up) .  Please be sure to bring your own poles as there are none at this property. Also, in order to fish in Michigan lakes, one is required to hold a fishing license. Click here to purchase your fishing license online.

Grill: Propane grill. Propane is provided.

Grocery/Restaurant Store: Half-mile (Walking distance) is a small grocery store, bar, restaurant (hand-dipped ice cream), gas and recreation fuel. 

Internet:  Yes. Internet is there for guests to use. It can be spotty at times. 

Lake: The dock is off of the canal that leads out to a Clear Lake. All-sports lake.

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: There is enough parking for 4 cars at the property or 2 truck/boat trailer combinations.

Pets: Up to 2 Dogs are welcome under 15lbs. each. 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: You will see neighbors.

Seniors:Come one, come all! This space is great for those over 60. Sometimes when renting a home, you are never too sure about the terrain: is the home on top of a hill, is parking on a steep slope, are there 100 steps to the beach or the unit, etc. This home gets the FVR approval for the young at heart!

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. Trail is approx. 1/2 mile away so you can ride right to the trail from the cottage! Please adhere to speed limit signs until you reach the trail. 

Space: 2 level-home

Televisions: One television—it is a smart tv in the family room that supports streaming.

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

Washer and dryer:  Yes! Laundry soap is provided.

Wood: Wood is provided.




Property/indoor Amenities
  • Balcony
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blankets
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Box Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • DVD player
  • DVD's
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Heat - Propane Forced Air
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • Portable Fans
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smoke Detectors
  • TV-NO cable
  • Vacuum
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Soaps (Hand & Dish Soap)
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • Grill-Propane
  • Hammock
  • Patio Chairs
  • Picnic Table
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Snowmobile from Property
Special Features
  • ATV allowed

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January 2022 - December 2023 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2023 2 $149.00


Cabin fever down state
Pine needle was great cabin to getaway to very comfortable and updated to make you feel that your not in a musty cabin wood love to rent again.

Brian, we're so glad that you found the cottage to be very comfortable and a great getaway location.  We hope that you do come back again.
Feb 2023
cabin up north
Really enjoyed our stay. Cabin is located close to the clear lake bar that has excellent fish fry and pizza. The beds were exceptionally comfortable, and I would love to know how to get that mattress. Cabin was very clean. The back door doesn't have a porch light that we could find, and that would be a nice add.

Tom, we are so glad that you really enjoyed your stay.  Thanks for your recommendation for the Clear Lake Bar - we'll pass that on to future guests.  We appreciate your feedback and hope that you come back again.
Dec 2022
Pine Needle Cottage
Loved the size of the cabin snd location is great. Tv was difficult to work and could not as an app like for sling tv and with no dish tv or cable and no antenna could only watch shows on YouTube. Cottage was clean. Could use more glass ware like for wine and frying pans but we did enjoy the cabin very much.

Carrie, we're glad that you did enjoy your stay.  We appreciate your feedback and will let the owners know your thoughts.  We do hope to work with you again.
May 2022
4 stars
Nice place to stay close to the trails

Kenneth, we're glad that you had a good stay, and we'd love to work with you again.
Apr 2022
5 stars
We had a wonderful time at the Pine Needle Cottage. It was a wonderful location to relax and read by the fire without interruption. For a group of more than 4-5 adults, the kitchen/living area might be a bit too small, but it would be perfect for a few adults or a family with a few kids! We will definitely visit again!

Alyssa, isn't it great to sit by the fire and read!  There is nothing better.  We're so glad that you had a good stay and especially that you plan on returning.  See you soon.
Feb 2022
Pine Needle Cottage Review
We really enjoyed having a girls weekend at Pine Needle Cottage. The house was beyond our expectations and we really enjoyed the "family cottage" feel that came with it. The beds and pillows were some of the most comfortable beds and pillows we have ever had. Shower was great and everything was very clean. The service with you guys was amazing and everyone was so helpful that I spoke with. We look forward to trying out this cabin or another one from your business next year for our annual girls getaway!!!



Frances, what a great review - thank you!  It's great knowing you appreciated the beds, pillows and the shower.  Thanks also for your kind words for FVR staff.  We look forward to working with you in 2022!
Aug 2021
Pine Needle Cottage
My family enjoyed everything about the Pine Needle Cottage! Very clean, great surroundings, and a peaceful place to stay!



Jowarna, we're glad that you found Pine Needle to be peaceful, and that your family enjoyed your stay.  We'd love to have you back again.
Jun 2021

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