Pratt Lake Place Gladwin

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PRATT LAKE PLACE (Gladwin, MI): Lake view, Sleeps 4, 2 kayaks, great for winter sports, dog friendly

Pets Welcome







*LAKE VIEW (Pratt Lake)

*BOAT WELL ON SITE for dropping in small vessels
*2 KAYAKS for guests to use (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

*In the absence of rain, the cove that makes this property waterfront may dry up due to exceptionally low lake levels. You are still able to kayak but will have to pull the kayaks through the channel to get to the main body of water.

Renovated, cozy (small) ranch-style home with a lake view of Pratt Lake. Come enjoy a simple getaway, just 10 minutes from downtown Gladwin. BBQ on the grill, sing camp songs around the fire, and go swim in the nearby beach. Sleeps 4 comfortably in air conditioning, has 1 bathroom, and a patio to sip your coffee in the morning. Also, there are 2 kayaks for your boating enjoyment.

Please excuse the landscaping straw on the front lawn; we are working quickly to make sure the grass is beautiful and green for seasons to come. 



Air Conditioning: Yes, there is central air condition at this home.


ATV's:  Yes, you are welcome to bring your ORVs. There is plenty of parking for a truck/trailer combination.

Animals: Deer, squirrel, red-headed woodpeckers, loons, variety of birds.

Bathroom: Toilet, sink, shower, tub

Beach/Swimming: Pratt Public Beach is a half mile around the lake. That is the only place you can swim on Pratt Lake. There is not swimming directly on property.


Bedroom Configuration:

   Bedroom #1:  2 Twin beds

    Bedroom #2: 1 Queen bed

Boats:  There are 2 kayaks onsite for guests to use (Memorial Day to Labor Day) . Also, the Public Boat Launch is less than a quarter-mile up the road. There are not jet skis provided at the property. There are 2 kayaks onsite for guests to use (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Also, the Public Boat Launch is less than a quarter-mile up the road. There are not jet skis provided at the property. In the absence of rain, the cove that makes this property waterfront may dry up due to exceptionally low lake levels. You are still able to kayak but will have to pull the kayaks through the channel to get to the main body of water.


Bugs: Typical Michigan bugs


Cell phone service: Spotty with Sprint  unless you connect to wi-fi, most other carriers  are good

              *Traverse City: 1 hour and 52 min.
              * Sleeping Bear Dunes: 2 hours and 21 min               
              * Detroit:; 2 hours and 30 min 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 2 hours

Dock: About 5-6 feet long.  You can tie your water vessel if you need to. 

Drinking Water:  The cabin does have well water which has a different smell than city water since it is not chlorinated. The drinking water is triple filtered and the bathroom water is double filtered, but there still may be a slight odor to the water due to the type of water in the area. Rest assured the water is clean and suitable for use but 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: Electric Fireplace under the tv.

Fire-pit: YES! 

Fishing: Some common fish you will see in the nearby lake are large mouth bass, walleye, bluegill, pike.  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. 

Grill: Propane. Propane is provided.

Grocery Store: Closest is 10 min drive to Gladwin 

Handicap Friendly: Let us explain what we mean by handicap friendly…there is a zero-1 step entry into this home, and it is one level (a ranch-style home). The bathrooms and hallways are not up to official handicap standards and do not come equipped with special apparatus to help those in need.

Internet:  Yes.

Lake Rules: There are rules at this all sports lake, they are posted at the property. Most importantly they have a quiet time at 11:00 pm. 

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, pillow cases and bath towels.

Parking: There is enough room for up to 3 cars or 2 truck/trailer combo. P
arking for 2 cars is on a gravel parking area between the road and the cabin. (Not the yard) 

Pets: 2 Dogs are welcome! 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:  Cottage right next door.

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.    

Space:  ranch level home

Televisions: There is an Amazon Fire TV. Bring your account info.

Things to do nearby: 

Pratt Lake Public Boat Launch 1/4 mile (1 min) away
Pratt Lake Public Beach 1/2 mile (2 min) away
Riverwalk Place Resort / Oasis Salon & Spa is 6 miles (10 min) away
Chapel Dam convenience store is 3 miles (5 min) away
Gladwin Cleaners for laundry is 6 miles (10 min) away
Gladwin County Trails are 1 mile (2 min) away
Gladwin City Park & Campground is 6 miles (10 min) away
Gladwin Farmer's Market is 6 miles (10 min) away (Saturdays during the summer only)
Gladwin County Historical Society Museum is 6 miles (10 min) away
Gladwin Heights Golf Course is 5 miles (7 min) away
Mitten Pool - Rivertown Inn is 7 miles (11 min) away
Forge Fitness is 6 miles (10 min) away
Devil's Knob Golf Course is 13 miles (17 min) away
Sugar Springs Golf Course is 13 miles (17 min) away
Gladwin Airport is 7 miles (11 min) away
Fruitful Orchard & Cider Mill is 5 miles (7 min) away
Merry-Hearted Cidery is 5 miles (7 min) away
Stone Cottage Gardens is 5 miles (7 min) away
Wilson State Park is 17 miles (22 min) away
Snow Snake Ski & Golf is 16 miles (21 min) away
4X Adventureland is 17 miles (23 min) away

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

Washer and dryer:  No. Gladwin Cleaners is about 10 minutes southeast of Pratt Lake Place in Gladwin.

The cabin does have well water which has a different smell than city water since it is not chlorinated. The drinking water is triple filtered and the bathroom water is double filtered, but there still may be a slight odor to the water due to the type of water in the area. Rest assured the water is clean and suitable for use.

Winter Sports/Activities: Ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobile trails, and down hill skiing at Snow Snake Ski & Golf Course in nearby Harrison!

Wood: Wood is provided for guests to use


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blankets
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Central air conditioning
  • Fireplace - Electric
  • Hand Vacuum
  • Heat: Furnace
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smoke Detectors
Kitchen Amenities
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Dishwasher (plus Detergent)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Personal Small Blender
  • Refrigerator
  • Soaps (Hand & Dish Soap)
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster Oven
Outdoor Amenities
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Picnic Table
  • Snowmobile from Property
Special Features
  • ATV allowed

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $99.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


Thank you for the accommodation!
Easy to book while sitting at the Gladwin Airport where a problem at my destination made me rethink my travel plans. I needed to get away and your cozy cabin enabled that on a last minute whim. Great place to stay!
May 2024
A Nice Lil Cabin
What a beautiful rental. It was the perfect place to chill-ax and sing around the campfire. This was a clean and well equipped little cabin that met our needs for a 3 night stay. Since it's not directly on the lake, it wouldn't have worked for a longer stay. The kitchen was well equipped and the living space was comfortable. Thanks for the fire starters!


We're so happy to know you enjoyed your stay, Gail! It's great to read about the fun memories made singing around the campfire and relaxing, and knowing you found the home to be clean and well supplied. Though it's unfortunate you found it likely wouldn't be able to work for a longer stay, we are glad to know it could work well for the 3 nights you were there. Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again in the future! 
Mar 2024
Favorite lasting memory: Kayaking and fishing! Caught rockbass, small mouth and blue gill. Watch a kingfisher hit water right here in boat well. Caught fish, heard the loons, and played Euchre while visiting friends.
Aug 2023
Great stay!
Great, cozy cabin with everything you need. Great views of Pratt Lake and a cute beach close by. Would stay again!


Thank you for reviewing your stay, Kari! We are so happy to know you enjoyed your stay at the home, and were able to spend some time on the beach and taking in the great views, as well as finding the home to be well stocked for your needs! Hopefully we can host you again! 
Jul 2023
Nice Place
Clean and well equipped. The well water does have an odor but the kitchen has an RO unit that delivers odorless water for cooking and drinking. Beds are comfortable. Yard is a little steep but not a problem. Fishing wasn't great but OK. Water level was low so could not get boat in/out of boat well. Fortunately boat landing is very close. Parking is a little tight. Overall had a good time.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Brian. We are happy to know you had a good time during your stay, though it is unfortunate about the water levels being low, and less than ideal fishing. Hopefully we will have a chance to host you again in the future!
Jul 2023
5 stars
Very nice and cozy. I just had knee replacement so something on the surface of tub so not so slippery, bu we managed Thank you We had forgot something and you were sure to get it to us, so sweet.

Rene, knee surgery is never easy, so we're glad that the cottage worked for you.  We appreciate your feedback and hope to work with you again.
Jun 2023
This place was great. It was so clean and welcoming. We would definitely stay again. It was easy to find and super peaceful. Thank you

Jennifer, thank you for this review!  We're glad that the house worked out so well for you, and that you found it to be peaceful.  We look forward to your return.
May 2023
Our favorite lasting memory would be kayaking on the lake, fishing with the boys!! Having a great time and great conversations. Much needed getaway. Thank you!
May 2023
We loved getting to kayak and sit by the dock with our sweet pup! Such a fun and cozy place! Places we'd recommend to others: Chee Peng (Chinese)
Justin and Meg
May 2023
The Family Diner was great! Our favorite memory was enjoying the fire on the lake while we read and relaxed. Perfect getaway from the city.
May 2023
Favorite moments included relaxing and seeing all the beautiful birds coming back for spring. Loved it so much I stayed another day! Places I'd recommend: Chinese in Gladwin was delicious (don't get crab ragons- not good) egg rolls are to die for :) Chappel Dam Store was great, wonderful people here!
Apr 2023
Our favorite lasting memory was hiking in the area!
Jan 2023
Lovely and very cozy!
Our favorite parts were the lasting memories of relaxing time by the fire looking at fall leaves falling. Lots of family time, games, laughter and beautiful scenery. Our daughter loved the hammock! I'd recommend Back Door Deli, which had fast delivery. Lamber's Meat Market also had fresh produce. Thank you!
Jan 2023
Your Place is beautiful! We loved it. Thank you!
Our favorite part of our stay was enjoying the cabin, scenery and outdoors with family. We had so much fun! We'd recommend Mr. M's Lounge in Gladwin Recreation Area.
Leslie, Justin and Keno
Jan 2023
The cabin was above expectations. The cabin was peaceful and quiet with all things needed for a very nice trip. It rained on the 26th, 27th, and 28th, but the sun was very bright with blue skies on the 29th. Still, we loved out stay! I'd recommend Back Door Deli (which delivers), and Chapel Dam Store has most of the quick need fixes.
Thomas and Kim
Jan 2023
We loved spending time in conversation together in this quaint and quiet cabin. Thank you for providing all that we would need!
Nancy and David
Jan 2023
Beautiful place! We loved our stay!
Jan 2023
Brie's first vacation! We would recommend Northern Expresso in Gladwin, The Merry-Hearted Cidery, Four Leaf Brewing (Clare), Cops and Doughnuts (Clare), Lambert's Meat Market (Also has baked goods and fresh produce)
Patrick, Jess and Brie
Jan 2023
We loved spending quality time together here :)
Shelby, Emma, Ellie and River
Jan 2023
We loved kayaking around the lake. We to 4X Adventureland in Harrison and horseback riding in Coleman. We had a great time. I'd recommend Family Diner, which has great homemade food, 4X Adventureland in Harrison and Let's Ride in Coleman gives great horseback riding lessons.
Scott and Nickie
Jan 2023
Nice neighbors and the scenery was beautiful. We enjoyed our quiet time together. We would recommend Wilson State Park, which is 12 minutes away and a great place to go with or without kids
Kathy and Byron
Jan 2023
We loved getting ice cream and kayaking! Thanks for everything!
Matt, Melanie, and Hazel
Jan 2023
Pipers Pub had great food and cold beer. The views of the lake on early mornings was Amazing. Thanks for the hospitality! Jenga Blocks were a good throw back!! Other places we'd recommend would be Jack Pine Restaurant (breakfast) and Chapel Dam Store
Kyle and Brooke
Jan 2023
Our favorite lasting memory from the stay was sledding on the icy hill and ice fishing. We'd recommend River House restaurant
Matt, Jack, Cindy, Nichole, Hadley, and Bailey
Jan 2023
Our favorite lasting memories were the day trip to Houghton Lake, day trip to Clare, visiting with friends in Gladwin. Time to relax and unwind and just spend time together away from the usual busyness of life. We will be back!
Jan 2023
Thank you! We loved the place!
We loved the quality time as well as the day trip to Frankenmuth!
Owen and Kaylee
Jan 2023
The hospitality from the neighbors in the brown cabin to the right will be in my heart forever. Such a sweet couple. We would recommend the Amish bakery down the road (facing the road make a right, left at dead end. About 2-3 miles down the dirt road make a left about a mile down, 1st farm on the left.
Josie, Madelyn and Blake
Jan 2023
Pratt Place a Great Place
Very nice would recommend to anyone. Upon arrival it looked a little small when we pulled up. Little to our surprise once inside that cottage it is laid out perfect utilizing all the space in the most efficient way. The rooms were cozy, and the electric fireplace gave a nice touch at night. The kitchen had all the amenities we need for our stay. There we some menu's left and we did order the first night in after a long drive there from the "Back door deli". Pizza and subs were at hit with the family. So, thanks for the menu. Great views and the small town of Galdwin nearby was pleasant. We played some of the board games provided. Overall, a great stay and will be back plus it being pet friendly was great for out small dog he loved, loved it. Only two suggestions, first add more lighting outside, the porch and outback have no lights and at night very hard to see. Next the kitchen, dining and some other areas had not window curtain so everyone and everything could see right in especially at night for privacy. Thanks again for allowing us to stay at your cottage. The Brenneman's

Phillip, thank you for your recommendation.  We're glad that you enjoyed all the cottage had to offer, and we appreciate your feedback.  Traveling with our pups is the best!  We hope to work with you again.
Nov 2022
Restful Cabin
Our stay, even though it rained the whole time was peaceful. The cabin exceeded expectations. The kitchen was equipped with everything needed to fix a meal. The whole cabin was very clean, with lots of towels, kitchen and bath. The yard and beach area had nice lawn furniture. We were even able to fish between hard rains. Overall a great place to stay.


Hi Thomas, thank you for sharing your review! It is so great to know that the home exceeded expectations, and had everything needed to provide you with a comfortable, and well supplied stay! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again in the future!
Oct 2022
4 stars
Very nice we will for sure stay again3


Thank you for your review Josie! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to host you again 
Sep 2022
Very nice cottage
First, I have to say that this company was a pleasure to deal with. They were friendly, accommodating and generous. They maintained contact with pertinent information. Also, there were NO unexpected fees. I would definitely recommend them. The cottage was very nice! Everything was updated and pretty. It was clean, the beds were comfy, the kitchen was well equipped, and the central air was great. It took me a bit to find the lockbox,but it worked well. The only issue was that there wasn't any usable access to the water. The portion of the little pond that we could use was all mud. The water level was really low, but regardless, standing in mud to get into a kayak is not appealing. All other visible shoreline is private property. The view is pretty though!

Laura, thank you so very much for your kind words and recommendation for FVR!  It means a lot to us.  We're glad that you enjoyed Pratt Lake Place.  We're sorry about the muddy water in the pond, but we do hope to work with you again. Also the owner is planning on building a little beach area in the boat well next to the dock next summer for guests to launch the kayaks. 
Sep 2021

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