Pine River Lodge Hessel

PINE RIVER LODGE (Hessel, MI): Sleeps 6, right on Pine River and only 60 yards from Lake Huron, ATV/Snowmobile/Dogs Welcome! 

Pets Welcome







BATHROOMS: 1 (well water- sulfur smell- drinking water provided)
*RIVERFRONT (100' Frontage on Pine River)
*60 yards down Pine River is LAKE HURON

MARCH 2020: For our guests piece of mind regarding the recent Covid-19 outbreak this property will have a deep cleaning and a 3 day grace period in between stays now through May 1st. in order to insure that the property is virus free.

Only 35 minutes from the Mackinaw Bridge and 60-yards to Lake Huron, Pine River Lodge is a great place to spend a weekend or week for that matter. Looking at the Pine River from your back door, you are able to kayak (using the 2 provided) right into Lake Huron. Or, if you would like to bring your own water vessel, the public launch to Pine River is just a ½ mile away!

This gorgeous log home is a sophisticated cabin, yet the water does have the smell of eggs, as it is well water. The combination of timbers and brown leather, give Pine River Lodge a modern, yet comfortable atmosphere. Sleeping 6, this home has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen. Without TV or Internet, truly have a bonding family experience enjoying the fresh air. Have fun lighting a fire in the backyard pit or playing cornhole with the family. If you feel like going out for the night, the 2 Sioux-Tribe Casinos in Hessel and St. Ignace will do the trick.

ATV and Snowmobiles are welcome. Enjoy parking your truck/trailer combination and jumping onto your vehicle from the front door. Check out the Hessel I-75 Trails in the winter or summer!

Hunters will also love Pine River Lodge. Just a mile from the National Hiawatha Forrest, licensed hunters love to explore this terrain.

Air Conditioning: No air conditioning, however, there are a few oscillating fans for guests to use.

ATV's: YES! Please do not drive on lawn, but there are nearby trails.

Animals: Deer, squirrels, variety of birds, ducks, beavers, bald eagle.

       Bathroom 1: main floor Full bathroom-- shower and tub

Beach/Swimming: Yes, you can swim in Pine River, however, it is 12-14 feet deep. You can walk out, but it gets deep fast.  There is not a beach area. The part where you swim is near the property’s boat launch. No one under the age of 10 should swim alone in Pine River.  Castle Rock Beach is the nearest public beach which is 14 miles away in St. Ignace.
Bedroom Configuration:
     Master Bedroom: main floor with Queen Bed
      Bedroom #1: upstairs Twin bunk beds and Full Bed

Boats:  There are 2 kayaks for guests to us. Feel free to bring your own. Small boats (kayak, canoe, 15ft or less fishing boat) are able to launch off of property. The public access onto the Pine River is ½ mile away.

Bugs: Typical bugs.

Cell phone service: Generally good reception with Verizon and AT&T, yet in the Upper Peninsula, it is always unpredictable.

              * Pictured Rocks: 2 hours and 18 minutes ( 134 miles)
              * Marquette: 3 hours and 5 minutes ( 177 miles)
              * Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 1 hour and 32 minutes ( 86 miles) 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 35 minutes (31 miles)

Dock: No dock present. You are able to pull a small fishing boat up the ravine and tie off.

Fireplace: Not in the home

Fire-pit: Yes, Located on the riverfront.

Fishing: Known for Walleye and Bullhead

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at

Fishing poles: Please bring your own

Grill: Propane. Propane is provided.

Grocery Store: 17 miles to St. Ignace or Cedarville (Family Fare, Cedarville Grocery, Dollar Store)

Internet:  There is no internet connection at this home.

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: 2-3 cars could park easily or a truck-trailer combination.

Pets: Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/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 can see the neighbor’s garage on one side and a cabin on the other. Across the river, you can see a couple of houses.

Snowmobiles: YES! Park your truck-trailer and jump on from the front door and hit the trail 100 yards away! The Hessel I-75 trail is what you would look for.

Space:  Ground and upper floors

Televisions: No there are no TVs in this home.

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

Washer and dryer:  No, there is not. St. Ignace has a coin laundry mat.

Water: There is well water at the cabin. The odor can be significant with its sulfur smell to people not accustomed to well water. Hence, we provide drinking water for our guests.

Wood: Wood is provided.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Animal Statues (taxidermy)
  • Basic paper products included.
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Firewood is provided.
  • Heat - Propane Forced Air
  • Linens & towels included
  • Log Cabin
  • Oscillating Fans
  • Pets allowed.
  • Radio/CD Player
  • Smoke Detectors
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Crockpot
  • Hand Mixer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/patio
  • Fire pit
  • Grill-propane
  • Kayak included
  • Patio chairs
  • Snowmobile from property
  • Swimming on property
Special Features
  • ATV allowed

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
11/01/2019 - 01/01/2021 2 $69.00
01/02/2021 - 01/01/2022 2 $0.00


This place is amazing right off the river for easy easy fishing and only minutes from the trail head for hunting and off roading has everything you need and more can’t say enough about it would recommend to anyone to stay here at this beautiful place thank you so much

FVR response:
Jared, thank you for this enthusiastic review and recommendation!  We agree that Pine River Lodge is a great vacation spot for any season.  This is a dog friendly log cabin that sleeps 6.  ATVs and snowmobiles are welcome.  We hope to work with you again.
Dec 2019
This is a perfect cabin for the outdoorsman, snowmobilers, and ORV etc. This could be a great getaway location, with a full kitchen, fridge, fire pit and swing by the river and lots of cozy blankets. My family and I really enjoyed the space and would love to visit again!

FVR response: 
Madeline, thank you for taking the time to write this great review.  We are so happy to know that you enjoyed staying at Pine River Lodge.  It sleeps 6 and is on the Pine River and only 60 yards from Lake Huron.  Plus, guests can bring their pup!    We'd love to work with you again in the future.
Dec 2019
“This house is incredible! It is even more beautiful and cozy than the pictures show. I would highly recommend this home if you want a cabin next to a river in the UP. The host was very easy to communicate with, left us kayaks, fire wood, games, etc. It is very close to St. Ignace and Macinaw Island. We had an amazing time!”

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Rebecca, thanks for this review and strong recommendation for Pine River Lodge.  The lodge sleeps 6, is on the Pine River and only 60 years to Lake Huron.  How perfect is that!  It's also dog friendly.  We hope that you come back again.
Oct 2019
Beautiful cabin on the river. Close to main highway. Great family getaway.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Melissa, we are so happy that staying at Pine River Lodge was a great getaway for your family.  It sleeps 6, is right on the Pine River and is only 60 yards from Lake Huron, plus it is dog friendly.  We hope to see you back again.  
Oct 2019
“The home is absolutely beautiful. There aren’t many amenities available, so be sure to plan accordingly. Cell signal can be hard to find so it could be difficult to locate a store while there. Other than that, it’s a great place!”

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Samantha we are glad that you found Pine River Lodge to be as lovely as we do.  Sleeping 6, it is right on the Pine River and only 60 yards to Lake Huron.  It's a great place for hunters, snowmobilers and ATVs.  The U.P. is notorious for poor cell phone service.  We do hope to see you again.
Oct 2019
“Very nice cabin! Great location right on the river.”

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Carlos, we are so glad that you liked Pine River Lodge.  Situated just 60 yards from Lake Huron, it sleeps 6 and is dog friendly.  It's a great place for ATVs and snowmobiles.  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
“This cabin was beautiful and comfortable. It is more spacious than the pictures revealed. The hosts provided some sweet treats such as some fresh water in the refrigerator, firewood, s'more sticks, plenty of trash bags (some places are stingy with their trash bags), brochures and magazines about things to do in Michigan. The cabin was convenient to our fishing holes, too. We would definitely stay here again if the opportunity arose.”

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Melody, we hope that the fishing was good!  We're so glad that Pine River Lodge fit your expectations.  Pine River Lodge sleeps 6, right on Pine River and only 60 yards from Lake Huron, plus it is ATV-snowmobile and dog friendly.  We hope you do come back again.
Sep 2019

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