Stonington Clearview Cottage Rapid River

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STONINGTON CLEARVIEW COTTAGE (directly on Lake Michigan) Dogs are welcomed!

Pets Welcome







SLEEPS: 2 comfortable (4 environmentally conscientious people is the absolute max due to water conservation)
BEDROOMS: 1 + loft = 2 sleeping rooms
BATHROOMS: 1- full
*LAKEFRONT (Lake Michigan) 
*No air conditioning!

Did you used to like to camp, yet crave a comfortable bed, and prefer indoor plumbing you don't need to share with your neighbors?  Are you environmentally conservative with your water usage? Do you love to sit by the fire, relaxing and taking in the view? Is a sandy beach a bonus for you?  If so, this is the ideal cabin for you!

At the point between Little Bay de Noc and Big Bay de Noc, this cabin is ideal for capturing the beauty of Lake Michigan. Watch the freighters pass by on gorgeous Lake Michigan. Have your morning coffee while you watch the eagles soar overhead, or take the view in from behind the big picture window in the cabin.  Sunsets are spectacular here! Enjoy the privacy and solitude  without immediate neighbors. This cozy cabin, and its tranquil location, will capture your heart as you find respite from busy schedules and everyday stress. It would be an ideal writer's retreat, or a quiet, cozy get-away for an environmentally conscientious couple.   This cabin is ideally situated for active exploration.  Bring your bike and enjoy miles of well-paved, quiet roads winding past bucolic farms, or bring your kayak.  The clear, shallow waters of the quiet cove are perfect for kayakers. Anglers will enjoy the outstanding fishing opportunities at Big Bay and Little Bay De Noc. Enjoying hiking miles of trails within driving distance of the Stonington.

We are happy to announce that the beach in front of the Stonington Clearview Cottage is wide and sandy at the moment (May 2016) . It's been an ideal beach since the ice melted.  Still, the tides do change at times, and in 2014, we did not have a beach. Therefore, if the beach is a bonus, and not a necessity, you'll love it here! The pathway down to the beach has some sea grass, yet it an easy stroll, all within 50 feet of the cottage door.

Water conservation at the cottage is not only nice, it is essential.  The water system needs to be purged for 30 seconds each morning to clear the filter.  This is easily done by pressing the button located in the master bedroom.  We have a 45 gallon holding tank.  Once the tank runs dry, it fills at a rate of 6 gallons/hour.  The daily amount of water most people normally use in their homes in the city would be excessive here.  Daily showers for a family of 4, especially if you have average teenagers, in addition to multiple dish washings and toilet flushing (especially by teens or older family members) could result in a loss of water pressure before the week is out.  Yes, sometimes the water will appear to have a brownish tint-- that is solely due to the iron in the water.  Go green in this beautiful lakefront cottage!

Drinking water is provided during your stay at the Stonington Cottage. A water cooler is provided at the cabin, so you will have plenty of drinking water during your stay at the Clearview Stonington Cottage.

Cara's favorite point about this cottage: This unique location--- right at the tip of the Stonington Peninsula, where the Little and Big Bay De Noc meet in Lake Michigan.  I love that it gives you a great vantage point to see the freighters. The fire pit is set up perfectly.

Beds:  Main floor:    1 Queen Bed

           Upstairs (open loft): 2 double/full-sized beds.

**Caution-- even though we have plenty of bedroom space, the challenge for most people at this beautiful cabin is the strict water conservation that is required for your stay.  Therefore, 2 is the ideal number of people at the Stonington Cottage.**

Distances from:

Peninsula Point Lighthouse- Very close to the cottage. Come for a visit and see where the Monarch Butterflies hang out around mid September!

Picture Rocks National Lakeshore- 1 hour away

Tahquamenon Falls State Park- 139 miles and 2 hours 55 minutes away.

Mackinac Bridge- 148 miles and 3 hours 4 minutes away. 

Nearest Boat Launch:Fayette Historic State Park, On Swede 13th Rd, 2.8 miles from property

Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQ)

Beach: This is a small, natural, Lake Michigan beach. The beach varies between sandy and no sand (due to high water levels.)

Bugs: Yes, there are bugs off all kinds at this lakefront cabin.  There are spiders, ants, mosquitos, just to name a few. We clean them out and they come right back again. Please bring your bug spray to this lakefront cabin!

Grocery Store:  Oak Bluff Grocery - 2821 S Hill Rd, Gladstone, MI 49837   (906) 428-4899  Also, Rapid River Minimart - 7668 US-2, Rapid River, MI 49878 (906) 474-6990

Grill: Yes, there is a charcoal grill at the cottage. Please bring your own charcoal.

Monarch Butterflies: The Stonington Peninsula plays a vital role in the monarch butterfly's migration. Each year in September, thousands of monarchs converge on the Stonington Peninsula before migrating across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin on their trek to adulthood. Book now to witness one of the Stonington Peninsula's naturally occurring phenomena! This yearly event is something that brings happiness to Guests of all ages!

Pets:  3 Dogs (MAX) are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet. 

Water: Many of our guests, and the owner's themselves,  have no problem with the water. Still, we have found that people from the city, who are used to an unlimited amount of water at all times have run the well dry during their stay, and have had to wait a few hours for it to slowly refill.  There is a brown tinge to the water. Therefore, we supply drinking water to ease the mind of guests. This is a shallow well. We always like to fully disclose any potential hiccups. 

Wood:  Check out Oak Bluff Grocery - 2821 S Hill Rd, Gladstone, MI 49837   (906) 428-4899 
              or Garth Bluff store on County 513 T Road on your way to the property on the right hand side.


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • Telephone/Landline
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Charcoal
  • Patio Chairs
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
Special Features
  • ATV allowed

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $149.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


Just Perfect
Beautiful setting. Comfortable cabin. Perfect Upper Peninsula vacation!!!

Beverly, we love hearing that you found the cottage to be just perfect!    We're glad that you spent your getaway with us, and we hope to see you back again.
Jul 2023
5 stars
The cabin was beautiful! Everything was much nicer than I expected. The pictures definitely don't do it justice

Grace, we love that it was even nicer than you expected!  We hope that you come back again.
Jul 2023
Quiet getaway
Enjoyed our stay very much. Everything we could possibly need was provided. Other than the well water smell everything was perfect.


Thank you for sharing your review Veronica. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay, and that everything needed was provided during your time with us, though we wish there is more that could be done with the well water smell, we are delighted to know the stay still felt perfect! 
Jul 2022
Perfect in Every Way!
From the moment we drove up, and then stepped into Clearview Cottage, we were enchanted! We spent the first few minutes just walking about, exclaiming “Look at this!”, and “It has that!”. We knew the cabin came with “essentials”, but didn’t imagine it meant pet food bowls, charcoal AND lighter, campfire pie makers, etc.! We over-packed, as many guests probably do! Setting - A+. Scenery - A+. Accommodations - A+. House water situation was a minimal issue. We’ll be back!

Barb, we love your enthusiasm!  It made our day.  Plus we love getting A+s.  We look forward to your return.
Sep 2021
Perfect UP getaway cabin
This was the perfect cabin for myself and my 2 golden retrievers! Very comfortable, clean, and absolutely everything I could have asked for was supplied! The dogs and I enjoyed the lake, and the large area around the cabin, we were watchful for critters like skunks, bobcat, and porcupine, but didn’t have any “run ins!” Whatever the owners used to scare off the mosquitoes worked, I never had to use repellent at all, and we never saw and ticks. The water was not an issue for me, I’m normally careful anyway, and just made sure I purged as directed every morning, easy-peasy. The park at the lighthouse a couple miles away was another at place for the dogs to enjoy the lake, and I saw so many Monarch butterflies already, I think I need to schedule a stay to see them gather up another year in mid September! I did day trips each day to Munising (Pictured Rocks), Palms Book (Kitch-iti-kipi), Fayette, and Escanaba. Each day I did the trip and had time to enjoy the cabin, as well. The only minus was during a particularly heavy rainstorm that revealed a small (I think) leak somewhere at the top of the fireplace, but I notified the staff at checkout and I’m sure the owners will get it taken care of, you can tell how well they take care of the property. I hope to stay again in the future.

Linda, thank you for this great review!  I'm sure your goldens loved the water.  Vacationing with our pups is the best.  We would be happy for you to come back in Sept for the Monarch migration.
Aug 2021
Great getaway!
The cabin was perfect! Very secluded. Had the charm of the lake and being in the woods. Reminded me quite a bit of my childhood family cabin. Couldn't believe the value we got for the inexpensive price. The only downfall for the particular trip we took was that it was quite a ways away from the main road. So if you plan on going out a bunch like we did it isn't the most convenient. But if you plan on staying in and relaxing and enjoying the space it is perfect. I wish we could have stayed longer.

Amber, we love knowing that you had a great getaway.  It was a pleasure having you as our guest and next time you will have to book for a longer period of time!
Oct 2020
5 stars
We LOVED this cabin. We didn't want to leave! We would definently rent this unit again. Thank you so much for sharing this peaceful spot with us.

Heidi, your enthusiasm made our day!  Next time you will need to stay longer.  We look forward to your return
Sep 2020
5 stars
wonderful and tranquil beautiful spot

Anne-Marie, we certainly all need some tranquility right about now, so we are happy that you found it at Stonington Clearview Cottage.  The wood in the cottage makes it feel so warm and cozy, plus the view is wonderful.  The magnificent stone fireplace is great for cool nights. We hope to see you again!
Jul 2020
Honeymoon Getaway
We had an amazing time in this cute cabin on the lake. Very remote and quiet and away from the world. Saw lots of deer and turkeys. Only problem we had was with ticks. Was a warmer than normal fall so that was probably tp blame. Overall a great time and perfect place to relax and explore with little to no human contact. We will be back again for sure!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Diana, first, congratulations on your marriage.  We are pleased that you chose Stonington Clearview Cottage for you honeymoon! This property is right on Lake Michigan and is pet friendly.  It sleeps 2 - 4 and is perfect for environmentally conscientious people.  It's a good place to go to relax and really getaway.  We do hope that you return.
Oct 2019
Cabin was wonderful, peaceful. Wish the weather had been better. Did not get to fish much. Beach needs work.

Michael, we  are so happy that you enjoyed staying at Stonington Clearview Cottage.  The interior wood and the fabulous stone fireplace make this such a comfortable cottage.  The privacy, and the views of Lake Michigan make this the perfect vacation spot.  We hope to see you again.
Jun 2019
Home away from home
I felt very comfortable and at home in the cabin. I will definitely be making more trips to this cabin in the future. Thank you

Randy, we look forward to you coming back many times.  You know when you feel like you have found a home away from home, that you've found the perfect spot for your vacation.  Being on Lake Michigan and the option to bring your pet only adds to the allure, plus there are many day trips that one can make.
Jun 2019
Cabin was wonderful, peaceful. Wish the weather had been better. Did not get to fish much. Beach needs work.

Michael, too bad the weather didn't cooperate so that you could have fished more, but we are glad that you enjoyed the cabin and the tranquility.  Thanks for letting us know about the beach.  We hope to see you again soon.
Jun 2019
If you are looking for peace and quiet along with a beautiful beach, this is the place!


Linda, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Stonington Clearview Cottage. Being on Lake Michigan is such a summer treat!
Aug 2018
What a wonderful vacation setting!!! It was very relaxing and comfortable. It would be nice to know where to replenish the water bottle, and where to recycle.


James we are please to know that you enjoyed your stay at Stonington Clearview Cottage.  We keep additional bottled water on site that the cleaner has access to, so I apologize if you ran out. Guests can leave the empty 5-gallon jugs next to the water cooler and our cleaners will replenish them.  We hope to see you back again!
Jul 2018
So Peaceful!
I just loved this place! I felt so at piece with the beautiful water view and the cozy cottage.


We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Stonington Clearview Cottage.  It is peaceful and cozy.  Don't you just love that stone fireplace?  The beauty of the U.P. is breath-taking and the convenience to sites like Pictured Rocks makes it even better.
Jun 2018
Classy Cabin on Lake Michigan
old style, very cool cabin w/ great view of the big lake. It was an awesome stay.

We are happy you enjoyed your stay! We hope to host you again in the future!
Sep 2017
Very good. Experience was good. Water is poor but ok to work with. Ants. View, beaches and Fayette park was the highlight. We had a fabulous time.

We are happy you enjoyed your stay. Ugh...ants in the UP are hard to control. Sorry for the inconvenience. The view are so spectacular. We are glad you booked with Freshwater Vacation Rentals and hope you checkout our other 54 waterfront properties throughout Michigan.
Aug 2017
Wonderful experience
My family loved this cottage. All the amenities we wanted and so many personal touches that gave the cottage so much warmth and character. Opening all the windows and letting the breeze come in off the lake was divine and we all slept deeply. Water conservation was simple and easy to maintain. We walked out to our little private beach every day and soaked in the views, cooked in the fire pit, and wandered in the woods. We saw a bald eagle family and countless deer during our stay on the peninsula. We were sad to leave and plan on coming back in the future.

OHHHH, the Bald Eagles...wonderful to watch. We are happy you enjoyed your stay! Please tell us your future dates so we can reserve them! 
Aug 2017
Clean , and sweet , perfect for quiet and relaxing times I would go back in a heartbeat ! This lovely place allowed me to refresh by self . Peaceful and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your lovely place with me.
Lou Anne
Aug 2017
Birthday Weekend
I surprised my wife with a get-away to our favorite summer location- the UP- this time we ventured to the south (we have historically gone to the Superior side) and found a fantastic location in the Stongington Cabin. It felt like we had the whole bay to ourselves- perfect little beach area, great views, and perfectly cozy. The location is just far enough away from the "big city" of Escanaba to feel like you're really getting away, but close enough it's not a complete haul to head in for a little sightseeing or to grab a bite to eat. Our only issue was...we needed more time! We will definitely be back!

It is always nice to visit the Superior side; there is such beauty there! We are happy that you enjoyed your weekend. Sounds like the wife had a blast! Be sure to call us to book your 2018 Michigan adventure! 
Jun 2017
The cabin easily accommodated four adults. Bottled water supplied. Knotty pine interior provided a retro feel. Will rent the unit again the next time we visit the area.
Jun 2016
A beautiful place to call "home"!
Such a beautiful retreat home base! We trailered our motorcycle up and rode the smooth road of the peninsula and up to Munising area (Pictured Rocks, Grand Marais), and to Palms Book State Park (Big Springs; so awesome!) and around the bay to Gladstone for Sunday morning worship. The amenities at the cabin and communication with the host company were excellent! No problems whatsoever; even with the limitations on the water system. We would love to stay here again if we revisit this area. In the meantime we're hoping the same company has other Great Lakes lakefront cabins as affordable as this one in other parts of the UP as we intend to explore different areas each summer for many summers to come. Thank you! Date of arrival:July 15, 2015
Apr 2016
Incredible cabin and area. Peaceful, natural, and beautiful, would recommend to anyone for a relaxing getaway. Date of arrival:July 29, 2015
Apr 2016

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