River Bend Lodge Mio
SLEEPS: 6 comfortably (with additional sleeping for 2, if needed)
*RIVER FRONT (Au Sable River)
*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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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: No pets allowed on property
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 -
- Alcona Canoe Rental
- Rollways Resort
- Gotts Landing
- Hinchman's Acres Resort
- Au Sable River Kayaking Company LLC; B & B LLC (Hunts)
- Oscoda Canoe Rental
- Basic paper products included.
- Cable- Satellite TV
- Linens & towels included
- Log Cabin
- Pets allowed.
- TV with DVD player only
- Washer & dryer
- Cable upgrade fee
- Coffee maker
- Standard kitchenware & utensils
- Fire pit
- Snowmobile from property
- Patio chairs
- Picnic table
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.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS & STORES
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)
|06/14/2019 - 09/05/2019||2||$175.00|
|Sept-after Labor Day--Oct.||09/06/2019 - 10/31/2019||2||$150.00|
|11/01/2019 - 12/31/2020||2||$125.00|
Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time, which is great to hear! We are already booking for 2018, so give us a call if you wish to reserve some dates. Thank you for booking with Freshwater!
YEAH! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! We agree, the house has so much to offer. Thank you for your compliments and comments.
Thank you for you compliments. We love River Bend Lodge as well. The view is absolutely gorgeous. We hope you consider booking one of our other 54 waterfront properties next time you are scheduling your Michigan adventure!
We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. We love, love, love the colors in the fall. Thank you for the great, positive review! We do hope you book again in the future. Remember, we have 60 properties stacked around Michigan; please check out our website to see the newest homes and special deals.
So happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Check out all 72 properties. We give returning guests a 10% discount when they book directly through us. We look forward to working with you in the future!
Hi Chris! Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at River Bend Lodge. We appreciate your comments regarding the cleanliness of the cabin. Our caretaker takes great pride in her work-we will most definitely pass your review on to her. The AuSable River is a beautiful place! Thank you again, and we look forward to your next vacation with Freshwater Vacation Rentals!
Hi Chris! Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at River Bend Lodge. We appreciate your comments regarding the cleanliness of the cabin. Our caretaker takes great pride in her work-we will most definitely pass your review on to her. Thank you again, and we look forward to your next vacation with Freshwater Vacation Rentals!
So happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We will look into the issues that you described, and I'm glad that you received prompt service for the kitchen plumbing. We have 72 properties and give returning guests a 10% discount when they book directly through us. We look forward to working with you in the future!
We are so happy that you had such a great "time away" at the Au Sable River. It certainly is relazing there! We have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us. We hope to see you again soon.
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!
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.
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!
Kevin, we're glad that you had a good time at River Bend Lodge, and we hope to see you back again.
Karen we hope that you make it four times at River Bend Lodge! We are so glad that you had a great time.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Dan, thanks for this great review. River Bend Lodge is 950 sq. feet of classic cabin. Spending time on the water can't be beat, and canoeing and tubing fun on the Au Sable River are where the fun begins. You can rent canoes from a variety of places. Thanks for the heads up about the dock. We will alert the owners to that issue. We'd love to host you again.