River Bend Lodge Mio

RIVER BEND LODGE (directly on the Au Sable River, outside of Mio): Sleeps 6. Pets are Welcomed.

Pets Welcome







River Bend Lodge- Mio
SLEEPS: 6 comfortably  (with additional sleeping for 2,  if needed)
*RIVER FRONT (Au Sable River)
*PETS ARE WELCOME (Under 15 lbs.)

*SWIMMING with Tubes- not traditional beach swimming.
This is an ideal getaway to create your family memories along the the famous Au Sable River in Michigan's lower peninsula, just outside of Mio, Michigan. This 950 sq ft. classic cabin is ideal for the your small family vacation.  Walk in the cabin door to the small, yet open kitchen.  To the left is the first bedroom, right off the kitchen. This first bedroom has a queen-sized  bed. Next to the bedroom, and also just off the kitchen is the bathroom.  It is a simple toilet, shower, sink with a washer/dryer. It is so convenient to have the washer/dryer close to the kitchen and between the bedrooms.  Continuing through the kitchen, you'll find yourself in the small living room.  It is ideal to catch a break on a rainy day with satellite TV to catch your favorite show or game.  The living room overlooks the Au Sable River. There is a door leading from the living room onto the back patio.  Adjacent to the living room are 2 additional bedrooms, both with a double/ full-sized  bed.  Outside there is a fire pit with campfire chairs and propane grill.  

Canoeing and tubing fun along the Au Sable River are where the fun begins.  The charm of the River Bend Lodge revolves around the classic log cabin exterior mixed with the modern interior. You'll find the basic amenities from home in this classic cabin. Outside fun, campfires around the fire pit and endless opportunities to explore the grand Au Sable River await. Let your canoe, tubing, ATV or  mountain biking trip begin right outside your cabin door.

Location: The cottage is about 20 minutes past Commins Flats Landing.

Bedroom #1: 1 Queen-size bed
Bedroom #2: 1 Full-size bed
Bedroom #3: 1 Full-size bed
Additional sleeping: There is a pull out that can sleep up to 2 people.
Bathroom: Full bath with a washer and dryer in there as well. 

ATV/Quad use: Enjoy the Bull Gap trail head just 2 miles from the Lodge! Drive directly on the local/county road 608  trailhead. All county roads have a max speed of 20 mph for ATVs. Pick up a great trail map for $2 at the local hardware store in Mio. 
Beach/Swimming: The closest swimming beaches are Loon Lake and Wagner Lake.
Boats: You will be able to keep your boat at the site, but to launch it would have to be in Mio or Cummings.
Cable: Yes, there is basic Direct TV.
Dining Area: There is a dining room table that sits 6 people.
Deck: There is no deck, but there are stairs that have a landing at the bottom to stand and get your tube or canoe in the water or to fish off of the property.
Dock: There is not a dock.
Fire pit/Firewood: Yes, there is a fire pit. Please provide your own wood!
Fishing: You can fish right off of the property.
Grill: Yes, there is a propane grill.
Internet: No we are sorry, there is not internet at this time.
Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens.
Pets: *Pets (15 lbs or less) are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet. If you allow your pets on the furniture please bring something to put down on furniture/beds for them.
Swimming:  I would advise not to swim off the dock. However, it is a great place for tubing so you can tube right off the back.
Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  It's always good to bring extra though.
Washer and dryer:  Yes, there is a washer and dryer.

Canoeing/Tubing/Kayaking:  The Au Sable is Michigan's most popular river for paddling! You can rent canoes from a variety of places.  It is a little over 6 miles to canoe directly from the cabin to McKinley Landing. McKinley Landing is what we consider the easiest place to remove your canoe, tube or kayak. 

Canoe Rentals -

  • Glennie:

    • Alcona Canoe Rental

    • Hale:

      • Rollways Resort

      • Mio:

        • Gotts Landing

        • Hinchman's Acres Resort

        • Oscoda:

          • Au Sable River Kayaking Company LLC; B & B LLC (Hunts)

          • Oscoda Canoe Rental


          • Launch/Landing sites: Yes, you can launch or land your canoe/kayak or canoe directly off the River Bend Lodge dock!

            Launching from the River Bend Lodge

            McKinley Landing: The easiest landing spot for your canoe trip LAUNCHING from the River Bend Lodge.

            To get to the landing from the River Bend Lodge. It is a 2.5 hour ride (by canoe) from the cottage (a little over 6 miles)

              1.  Take Green Road back to the main road.

              2.  Turn Left onto the main road

              3.  Travel 5 miles on the main road

              4.  When the road ends, turn left.

              5.  The landing is on the Left hand side

            Landing at the River Bend Lodge

            If you want to LAND to the River Bend Lodge, you can launch from Mio at M33. 

            You will pass Commins Flats Landing and get off at the steps for the River Bend Lodge in approximately 3 hours.




            Au Sable River Info:   Voted Michigan's Most Popular River for Paddling!  Check out McKinley Landing

            Canoe Rentals: Hinchmans Acres, Gotts Landing - or launch yourself at Mio or Commings Landing/ Flat.  We are about 20 minutes past the Commings Flat, on the opposite side of the landing, directly on the Au Sable River.

            Grocery Store: Family Fare (On 33 just north of M72), Family Dollar, Rite Aid

            Hinchman Acres: Located in Mio. Established in 1943 is one of the oldest and largest paddle sports operations in Michigan. The current is gentle, no rapids or 'white water'. The river winds through mile after mile of unspoiled wilderness with deer, beaver, ducks, otter, wild mink, bald eagles and other wildlife.

            Kayaks/Canoes: Yes-You can slow drift. The Au Sable is a Blue Ribbon river.  Bring your own canoe or rent one (Hinchman Acres https://www.facebook.com/Hinchman-Acres-AuSable-River-Canoe-Rental-345621115977/ or Gotts Landing http://www.gottslanding.com/ are the closest to the cabin.  Mio to McKinley Bridge- drift boats, regular canoes, kayaks, tubes.

            Miscellaneous: Ace Hardware (M33 and M72), Mio Flea Market, Fairview Auction House, Au Sable Valley Rail Road (In Fairview really fun for kids)

            Recreational: Bull Gap (ATV Hill and main trail head), Snowmobile Trails, ATV Trails, Sidewinders Golf Course, Fairview Golf Course, Federal Land - Grouse and Deer Hunting

            Restaurants: Mio Saloon, Paddle Inn, Au Sable  River Restaurant, Scenic Riverwood Bar & Restaurant  (McKinley), Mio Pizza

            Houghton Lake: 1 hour and 15 minutes (56 miles)
            Mackinac Bridge/ Mackinaw City: 2 hours and 15 minutes (127 mile)


            Property/indoor Amenities
            • Fireplace-wood-burning
            • Basic paper products included.
            • Cable- Satellite TV
            • Linens & towels included
            • Log Cabin
            • Pets allowed.
            • TV with DVD player only
            • Washer & dryer
            • Cable upgrade fee
            Kitchen Amenities
            • Coffee maker
            • Microwave
            • Toaster
            • Refrigerator
            • Standard kitchenware & utensils
            • Stove
            • Oven
            Outdoor Amenities
            • Fire pit
            • Snowmobile from property
            • Patio chairs
            • Deck/patio
            • Picnic table
            • grill-propane
06/14/2019 - 09/05/20192$175.00
Sept-after Labor Day--Oct.09/06/2019 - 10/31/20192$150.00
11/01/2019 - 12/31/20202$125.00


We really enjoyed our stay. The cabin was very clean and cozy. Loved the location. Only a few minor suggestions. There were no dish towels so I used paper towel to wash and dry the dishes. The grass needed to be trimmed around the cabin, that would have cut down on some of the bugs. Also there were no blinds. This cabin Sat close to another cabin and it would have been nice to have blinds in the living room and kitchen for privacy. We would definitely rent it again as the pros really outweighed the cons. Liked doing business with your company.

Sue and Lee, we are so happy that you enjoyed Rapid River Lodge.  It is a great location.  Thanks for your suggestions - we'll look into them right away.  We hope to work with you again soon.
Sue & Lee
Jun 2019
Peaceful vacation
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay It was very neat and comfortable very private and quiet. Beautiful surroundings I would highly recommend this cabin. Thank you

Linda, weare so very happy that you enjoyed staying at River Bend Lodge.  Now that warmer weather is here, canoeing and tubing fun along the Au Sable River are where the fun begins.  This is such a  great get-away vacation spot.  we hope to see you again!
May 2019
Boys weekend
The cabin was comfortable and the trails were nearby. I would definitely stay there again

Danny, we are so happy that you and your friends enjoyed your time at River Bend Lodge.  It is a great property for riding ATVs!  We look forward to your return trip.
Nov 2018
Great place. Love the river. ATV riding is great. Ride in- ride out for atvs right at bull gap trailhead.

Tom, we are so happy that you loved River Bend Lodge!  It is a great spot for ATV riding.  We look forward to seeing you again!
Oct 2018
Had a great stay! Would stay there again and recommend it to everyone!

Judy, we're so happy that you enjoyed your stay at River Bend Lodge.  Sitting on the swing over looking the water is total serenity.  We hope to see you and your friends back again!

Sep 2018
Great Mio stay!
The cabin worked out perfectly for our family. Nice cabin with lots to offer - we stayed here for a family wedding in Mio. We hope to come back in the summer so we can float the river.

Betty, we are so happy that River Bend Lodge was the perfect spot for your family, and we look forward to having you float the river next summer!  
Sep 2018
This was a great little cabin with a beautiful view of the Au Sable. We had a very relaxing time around the fire and bird watching


Erika,  we are so glad that you enjoyed your time at River Bend Lodge.  It is small but mighty!  We hope to see you again.
Aug 2018
Awesome Ausable
My wife and I and 3 children greatly enjoyed the River Bend Lodge over our 4 night stay. The location is right on the Ausable, where you can enjoy the quietness and beauty of the river and it's surroundings. It is located about 5 miles east of Mio, in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. There are enough neighbors around to feel comfortable, but still enjoy the privacy. The cabin has everything you need, and the Direct T.V. made it easier with the kids. Several canoe liveries are in town, 10 minutes away, or you could bring your own. Local lakes provide convenient swimming for the family. The only negative was the propane grill, that needed a serious clean up, and was in our opinion not usable. Otherwise this is a Michigan gem that we hope to re-visit next summer.


John, we are so glad that River Bend Lodge was just what you were looking for.  We really appreciate your thoughtful review, and we will look into the grill situation.  We hope to see you again!
Aug 2018
Over all very nice
Very nice. Quiet relaxing . Cabin was nice lots of room. Good fishing and tubing, lots of wildlife. Had a very good time. Looking forward to renting again in the future.


Kevin, we are so glad that you enjoyed the quiet of  River Bend Lodge.  The log cabin effect is pretty seductive, and being out in nature where you can actually see wildlife close by makes for a wonderful vacation spot.  We'll look for you again!  
Aug 2018
Vacation at river bend lodge
Had a good time. Lots of wildlife. Most likely be back .


Kevin, we're glad that you had a good time at River Bend Lodge, and we hope to see you back again.
Aug 2018

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