Riverdale Hideaway on Manistique's Indian River Manistique

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RIVERDALE HIDEAWAY (Indian River): 3 bedrooms/2 baths, along Manistique's Indian River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.






BEDROOMS: 3 + loft
RIVERFRONT (Indian River-leads into Indian Lake)
KAYAK: 1 kayak for your use (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Minutes from Indian Lake Golf Course in Manistique. Drive along Indian Lake and you'll see an isthmus where Indian Lake and Indian River meet just out outside of Manistique. Park in one of the 2 convenient parking spaces (MAX) in front of the beautiful home close to the small road (NO TRAILERS).

When you enter the home you are greeted by the large kitchen with vaulted ceilings, beautiful wooden prep island table and plenty of space for preparing your meals.  All the standard appliances are in this nice-sized kitchen: refrigerator/freezer, stove top/ oven, microwave and even a dishwasher!  There are even bar stools for family to chat with the chef!  

Just past the bar stools you'll find the main floor washer & dryer, just off the kitchen. Walk to the right and you'll be able to sit with your family at the table for 6 as you enjoy our meals together.  Plus, there is an additional wooden dining table for 4 guests to use.

Walk to the left from the kitchen and you'll see the main floor washer/dryer. The screened in porch with the view of the river faces you as you cook, so you never feel too far away from the action.

Windows, windows, windows.  There is a great view of Indian River almost everywhere you turn! Plenty of space to spread out and enjoy your time together!

On the main floor, you'll not only find the kitchen with a vaulted ceiling, dining room, large living room, screened in porch, washer/dryer, yet you have a convenient bedroom with 2 twin beds and a full-sized Murphy bed which pulls down from the wall. This room has a partial view of Indian Lake. Off the living room, there is also a main floor bathroom, with a shower, sink and toilet which is easily for everyone to use on the main level.

The living room and dining room has the full view of Indian River. Plenty of seating choices for your family to relax, kick up your feet, journal, read a good book, watch the river or TV on the new 50" Smart TV.  Plenty of table to play a good game of Euchre with your family and friends.

Head up the L-shaped staircase to the second level, with a beautiful stained glass window as you ascend.  There you will find an additional 2 large bedrooms.

Upstairs, to the left of the staircase is the huge Master Bedroom with a Queen bed, and sitting area.  There is a bathroom attached to the Master Bedroom which can become a private bath for the Master, or shared with the 3rd bedroom and extra sleeping/loft area. The bathroom can be accessible to both the hallway or solely the Master Bedroom.

The upstairs bathroom is large with 2 sinks, a large lighted mirror, toilet and a full-size tub/shower. 

To the right of the staircase, you'll see a loft sitting area, which can double as an extra sleeping area (futon) and TV, table and chairs. Go through this room and you are on your way to the 3rd bedroom. In the upstairs 3rd bedroom, with a nice partial view of Indian Lake  there is a set of twin bunk beds, plus an extra twin bed.

Plenty of space for yard games in the large yard facing the river.  Yes, neighbors are nearby, yet you have a nice sense of space in the yard.

Riverdale Hideaway is an easy day trip to both the Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  


Swimming:  not really easy by the house.  Best swimming is at state park a few miles around the lake

Golf: Within 5 minutes of the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club Classic www.indianlakegolfcourse.com

Grocery Stores:  Jack's Fresh Market - 735 E Lake Shore Dr, Manistique, MI 49854  (906) 341-8070

Pets: Sorry pet-lovers! Your fur babies need to find another place to vacation. Pets are NOT allowed due to owner's allergies + close neighbors + no fenced yard. Guests who bring dogs will be asked to leave the property without a refund. Neighbors will report any pets they see. 

Wood:  Check out Jack's Fresh Market - 735 E Lake Shore Dr, Manistique, MI 49854  (906) 341-8070Jack's Fresh Market - 735 E Lake Shore Dr, Manistique, MI 49854  (906) 341-8070

************************************************************************************** INSIDE RIVERDALE FAQs

Air Conditioning: None- ceiling fans are wonderful.
Beds/Bedrooms/ Sleeping Arrangements:
Simple linens are provided with each bed: pillow with pillow case, mattress pad, bottom/fitted sheet, top sheet and a blanket and/or comforter. Additional linens and blankets may be found throughout.

Bedroom layout
Main floor:

                Bedroom 1: Twin bed + Queen Murphy Bed
                Bedroom 2 (Master): Queen-size Bed
                Bedroom 3: Twin bed + Twin Bunk Beds (2 beds)
                Loft: Full-sized Futon

There is a full-sized pull-out couch.

Internet: YES  Free WI-FI.

Coffee Pot:1  standard coffee pot.
Dishes/Silverware/Cooking/Baking/Glasses: Fully equipped for all of your basic needs, and most of your other cooking needs as well. 
Refrigerator: Yes. 
Stove/Oven: We have a standard stove-top oven. 
Smart TV 

************************************************************************************** OUTSIDE RIVERDALE  FAQs

BOAT RENTALS AND DELIVERY: Watson Marina - 906-586-9731
Dock: Yes, there is a dock that runs the length of the property. There are cleats to tie your boat up to the dock however you will need to provide your own bumpers. If you want to go over to the lake a pontoon will fit under the bridge as long as the canopy is down. 
Grill: Yes! There is a propane grill on site. The tank is usually full!
Fire Pit: Yes
Fireworks:  Please check the fire danger status before you consider using legal  fireworks at Riverdale. Only legal fireworks are allowed. You are surrounded by nearby homes and many trees. It is your responsibility to be safe. Please be especially cautious around children.  Please dispose of all wrappers, sticks, etc.
Kayak: You can paddle to Indian Lake in about 2 minutes, it's just across the street and the headway is just a couple hundred yards away. (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Lawn Chairs: Yes
Parking: NO TRAILERS. Parking 2 cars max.

Big Springs "Kich-iti-kipi": Michigan's largest freshwater spring. Two hundred feet across, and 40-feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit.  By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.

Indian Lake Golf Course:  A very popular, 18 hole golf course along Indian Lake. Just 5 minutes from the Riverdale Hideaway.

The Kewadin Casino: It is approximately 10 minutes (7 miles) from the Lodge. If you make reservations, they will pick you up at the cabin and return your group as well.

Historic Manistique Water Tower : The Old Water Tower is one of the many historic sites in Schoolcraft County. Built in 1923 and constructed in the “Roman revival” style, it is also listed in the national register. The renovated building will provide space for arts related public events and public rest room facilities while preserving one of Manistique's unique and historic buildings.

Fayette State Park & Historic Town site: Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Located on the Garden Peninsula at Snail Shell Harbor. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. It is now a completely restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October. The historic site is located in Fayette State Park.

*Mackinac Bridge- approximately 70 minutes
*Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore- approximately 45 minutes
*Tahquamenon Falls State Park-  approximately 1 hour 30 minutes away.



Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Ceiling fans
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Screened-in porch
  • Smart TV
  • TV with DVD & VHS player
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
All seasons-3 night mim 04/05/2022 - 12/31/2030 3 $199.00


Rating 8.5/10
Our stay was awesome. The house was nice & clean. Had a ton of fun, good location, and the sunset was beautiful. The only troubles were the mayflies and the upstairs toilet. Overall, I love the ambiance and wish we stayed longer.
Jun 2022
Great place
Great location, very spacious rooms. Fully equipped with anything you might need!


Madeleine, thank you for taking time to write they review.  We're glad that you enjoyed the cottage and hope to see you back again.
Sep 2021
5 stars
It was really great! The cottage was nice and spacious and well equipped with utensils and the fishing 0n the river was pretty good.

Eugene, we're glad that the fishing was pretty good and that you enjoyed your stay.  We'd love to work with you again.
Sep 2021
River view Hideaway - Perfect for family getaway
Riverview Hideaway is the perfect spot for a family vacation. This home included everything we needed to make our own meals. Appreciated having a kayak available to use as well (2 would be nice). Our trip included grandparents (us), our daughter And SIL, and two grandsons, 6 and 4. We had fun kayaking and fishing. Even caught a couple off the pier, including a small northern. Only thing we would have preferred is a regular queen sized or king sized bed in the downstairs bedroom rather than a Murphy bed and twin bed.



Karin, we love that you had a  3-generation vacation at  Riverdale Hideaway, and that it worked out so well for your family.  Plus, catching fish makes it even better.  We will send your suggestions to the owners.  We'd love to work with you again.
Jun 2021
Everything was great about the house and stress free about renting and staying here. Had a great time relaxing and just relaxing.

Thank you for sharing your review! We're so happy to hear that you had a relaxing time here. The location of this home is perfect for anyone that wants to escape the stress of daily life and rejuvenate by the water. You are most welcome to come back any time! -Freshwater Vacation Rentals Team
May 2021
Great place for family gathering and fall pictures
It was the perfect fit for our family of 10. Lot's of room to hang out and spend time together. Overall we loved it. Couple things you may want to improve on: 1) bed in the master bedroom. 2) water pressure in showers (if possible). Thank you for a great weekend.

Leeanne, we are so glad that this worked out so well for your family of 10.  We have passed on your suggestions to the owner. Thank you for those.  It was great having you as out guests, and we would love to work with you again
Nov 2020
We enjoyed using the Freshwater house as a base for seeing the U.P. It was convenient for day trips to various sites and excellent for relaxing evenings of games and conversation. We also enjoyed watching the ducks on Indian River while drinking our coffee in the mornings!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Cindy, watching the ducks while having morning coffee sound pretty fabulous.  Riverdale Hideaway comes with a grill, a fire pit and a dock that runs the length of the property.  It's a great place to stay, and we hope to see you back again.
Oct 2019
“Great place!”

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Rebecca, we are happy that Riverdale Hideaway worked out so well for you.  Fall is a gorgeous time of year to be in the UP, and Riverdale Hideaway is centrally located so its easy to go explore.  It sleeps 8 and is located on the Indian River.  We hope that you come back again.
Oct 2019
had good time very nice place great for fishing and boating also great for a campfire and wild life
needs new frying pans

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Frank, we're glad that you enjoyed staying at Riverdale Hideaway.  As you said it's good for boating and fishing - we hope that you caught some!  It has a kayak for guests to use to explore the lake.  We'll let the owners know about the frying pans.  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
Great Place!
We loved everything. So glad we choose this place and would stay again!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Victoria, we are thrilled that you enjoyed Riverdale Hideaway, and that you want to come back again!  Located in central UP, this property is fantastic for vacations, golfing and fishing.  There are windows galore offering great views of the Indian River.  We'll look forward to your return.
Aug 2019
An amazing place to stay!! Totally worth the price

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Shashank, we're happy that Riverdale Hideaway on Manistique's Indian River  was a good vacation spot for you.  This cottage is centrally located in the gorgeous UP.  There is lots to do at Riverdale Hideaway, and we hope to see you again.
Aug 2019
Great Family Get Away
We loved our time at Riverdale Hideaway. It was a perfect place for our kids from out of town to meet up. There was plenty of room to sleep, play games, talk and eat without getting in each others way. The view was beautiful and peaceful. The location was perfect. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Cindy, we are so very pleased that  Riverdale Hideaway  worked out so well for your family.  There is a great view of Indian River almost everywhere you turn! and plenty of space to spread out and enjoy your time together, just like you said.  It is also 5 minutes from the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club.
Jul 2019
Great location and plenty of room!
Right on the river and across the street from Indian lake, and a 5 minute drive to downtown Manistique. Less than an hour to the pictured rocks. This was a perfect location for our family. We had one small issue that the owner addressed immediately. Plenty of room and windows along with ceiling fans kept us all comfortable.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
John, we are so glad to hear that you had a good experience at Riverdale Hideaway.  It is   great central location for family vacations, golf and fishing retreats in the central Upper Peninsula. If you like history you will love Fayette State Park & Historic Town site.  It is a completely restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October.
Jul 2019
The house exceeded our expectations and we were happy staying there. The neighbors were very friendly and gave good suggestions while we were there. I would use your services again.

Frank, we are so very happy that Riverdale Hideaway met and exceeded your expectations!  Friendly neighbors is certainly a bonus.  The stone fireplace is amazing.  We hope to see you again soon.
May 2019
It was a wonderful place to relax.
My large family loved it. A great place for us to regroup after going out for the day.

Jamie, we are happy to hear that Riverdale Hideaway fit the needs of your family.  It's always good to have a great place to come back to after  a day of sightseeing or playing.  We hope to see you again
Sep 2018
We had a great stay. Good memories made may come back again. Thanks


Jason, FVR loves to help our guests make great memories!  We are so glad that 
Riverdale Hideaway on Manistique's Indian River was the place you chose to make yours.  We hope that you coma back again.
Aug 2018
Awesome time
Had a fantastic time...beautiful place. So relaxing!


Joseph,  we are so glad that you had a great vacation at Riverdale Hideaway.  The U.P. is gorgeous and Riverdale Hideaway is the perfect location for seeing the popular sites.  We hope to see you again soon!

Aug 2018
Very nice getaway
We enjoyed our time at the Riverdale Hideaway. There was plenty of space, comfy beds and furniture and an awesome enclosed back porch. We used the house as a base to do some sight seeing in the area. We had everything we needed for a fun, relaxing vacation. Neighbors were very nice and it was surprisingly quiet for the weekend before July 4th. We plan to come back!


Hi Ellen,  We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Riverdale Hideaway.  It is in the perfect location for doing day trips!  Happy to hear that it was quiet while you were there, given the 4th of July.  We look forward to working with you again soon.
Jul 2018
Wonderful property
The property was equipped with everything you could possibly think of, no worries if you forgot the wine opener, matches or even campfire roasting sticks - they had it all! Spacious home with room for the guys to watch football, the kids to do puzzles and table to dine. Rain or shine there was plenty to do on site and even great site seeing within miles. River on one side & lake on the other for boating and fishing and the neighbors were fabulous & friendly, too. Limited parking for multiples, but we had 3 full size pick ups and made it work.

YES! We do try to provide everything at Riverdale to the best of our abilities. You're on vacation, why should you have to worry about remembering the wine opener? We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay. Please consider our 54 other properties as well for your next Michigan vacation!
Sep 2017
Thank you!
Thank you for the wonderful vacation. The property was accommodating and provided wonderful space for our family. Great memories, paddle boating, fishing, visiting Kitch-iti-kipi, Oswald's Bear Farm & great evenings at the fire pit. Neighbors were wonderful & kind-what a great neighborhood. Thanks again for sharing your property! Off to walk the bridge!

We are so happy you enjoyed your time here in Manistique! We totally agree about the neighborhood, the neighbors are the kindest people! We hope to see you again!

Sep 2017

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