Sundog Lake Cottage Republic

SUNDOG LAKE COTTAGE (Republic, MI): Sleeps 7, 2 boats included, Pets are welcomed!

Pets Welcome







SLEEPS: 7 max
*LAKEFRONT (Sundog Lake)



If you are looking for peace and quiet, on a gorgeous tranquil lake, then you have found your home! Sundog Lake Cottage can sleep up to 7 people with two bedrooms and loft area. A fully stocked kitchen will make you feel right at home. The walk-out basement allows easy access to the lake and yard. Lots of green grass for running and playing games or just enjoying the sunshine. Open concept living area has great lake views from every window, but why enjoy the serenity from inside…take your morning coffee on the deck and watch for the resident bald eagles. In the evening, enjoy your dinner at the picnic table with the loons providing the dining entertainment!

Guests get to enjoy the propane grill, fire pit, Jon Boat, a kayak, and outdoor games while staying at the Sundog Lake Cottage. For rainy days, there are many board games, books and movies for guest to enjoy. Sundog Lake Cottage also comes with a washer/dryer, air conditioning unit in the loft area, fans and a private dock. Due to the boating and access restrictions, we can not authorize guests to bring their own boats.



Air Conditioning: No central air, but there is a AC unit in loft

Animals: Deer, Bears, Wolves, Porcupine, Raccoon, Snakes (it's the Northwoods so wildlife is around, however owner has only seen deer, porcupine and 1 garder snake).


         Main Floor Bathroom—sink, toilet, shower

Beach/Swimming: Spring-fed lake, so it is VERY clear. The water layout goes grass then water. It is a sandy/boulder bottom. Once past the dock, lake could get murky depending on weather, so water shoes are something you might want to bring


Bedroom Configuration:
              Bedroom #1 main floor: 1 Queen

              Bedroom #2 main floor: 2 Twins

              Bedroom =Loft: 2 Queen & 2 Twin

Boats:  1 Jon Boat with oars and a kayak for guest to enjoy. Various sized life jackets are available for guests to use. We can not allow guests to bring their own boats since this is a private lake and there is not any public access.

TVs: TV gets 3 channels--blue ray player with dvd’s


Cell phone service: Verizon is good. Other cell service can be spotty as usual in the U.P.

              * Pictured Rocks: 1 hour and 55 minutes (92 miles)
              * Marquette: 1 hour (50 miles)
              * Porcupine Mountains: 2 hours 10 minutes (118 miles)                                             
* Iron Mountain: 53 minutes ( 39 miles)               
              * Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 3 hours and 30 min ( 180 miles)
* Ishpeming: 53 minutes (36 miles)
              * Mackinac Bridge: 4 hours ( 215 miles)

Dock: Your private dock is an L-shaped dock, which is 16 feet long. Feel free to use the boats present. There is no public access to this lake so there are not any launching capabilities.

Fishing: Good! Bass, Bluegill, Perch, Crappie, Sunfish

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at here! 

Fishing poles: Guests should bring their own

Grill: Propane Grill. Propane will be provided for guests

Grocery Store: There is a True Value Hardware store in South Republic which functions as a convenience store, about  20 minutes away. The closest full-size grocery store can be found in either direction-- Northeast, toward Marquette, you'll find the Jubilee IGA about 45 minutes in Ishpeming.  Heading south, you'll find a Walmart about a hour from the cabin.

Internet:  YES, however this is mobile hotspot, and can be spotty depending upon the weather therefore we cannot guarantee it will always be working. This is ideal for light Internet use, and not for streaming or gaming of any kind. 

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let me know, and I’ll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillow cases and bath towels.

Parking: Plenty of parking for 3-4 cars and a trailer!

Pets: Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/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 to put over furniture.  Please make sure the furniture is covered with the linens/blankets before you allow them on any. Also 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: Neighbors are in view, but in the distance

Space:  2 floors with a loft and a walk-out basement.

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

Water: The water is a bit metallic tasting (pretty usual in UP Michigan), so guests are encouraged to bring some bottled water for drinking.  

Washer and dryer:  YES! Laundry soap will be provided

Wood: Guests may find wood on property to burn or guests can buy bundles from the side of the road/store.




Property/indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Balcony
  • Basic paper products included.
  • DVD player
  • Ceiling fans
  • Linens & towels included
  • Log Cabin
  • Pets allowed.
  • TV with 2 channels only
  • TV with DVD player only
  • Washer & dryer
  • Box Fans
  • Board Games
  • Radio/CD Player
  • Blow Dryer
  • Books
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Crockpot
Outdoor Amenities
  • Kayak included
  • Fire pit
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Swimming on property
  • Patio chairs
  • Deck/patio
  • Private boat dock
  • Picnic table
  • grill-propane
  • Jon Boat-not guaranteed, please ask
  • Hammock
  • Good Fishing
Special Features
  • Pack and Play
  • Pellet Stove
  • Baby gates

06/20/2019 - 12/31/20203$225.00


Beautiful cabin, peaceful lake
Had a great time at this cabin! 2 adults, 3 teen girls and a dog really enjoyed the kayaks, boat, fishing, swimming, bonfires and nightly movies. Hummingbirds and loons greeted us in the morning, with a gentle fog over the lake. Could hear the coyotes at night and see eagles during the day. Bridge out cove was gorgeous and feeds to a separate lake! 18" salmon found there! Large mouth bass and bluegill caught in Sundog lake. Cabin had just about everything you need. Can't wait to go back!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Doris, Hummingbirds, loons, coyotes and bald eagles - not too shabby for a summer vacation.  Plus it's always great when your family pet can join you!  There is a jon boat and a kayak for guests to explore this tranquil lake.  There is also a fire pit and outdoor games for guests' pleasure.  We'll look for your return.
Aug 2019
Beautiful cabin and glorious setting!
We had such a relaxing time in this beautiful cabin! Very home-like, with almost everything you need to have fun. Just bring meat and potatoes, as my husband said :) Fishing was wonderful, 3 teen girls had a blast with the kayaks and floaties we brought, dog had fun swimming in the lake (which she had never done before!). Can't wait to go again!!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Doris, Hummingbirds, loons, coyotes and bald eagles - not too shabby for a summer vacation.  Plus it's always great when your family pet can join you!  There is a jon boat and a kayak for guests to explore this tranquil lake.  There is also a fire pit and outdoor games for guests' pleasure.  We'll look for your return.
Aug 2019
Beautiful Cabin in a Beautiful Setting
We couldn’t have asked for a more fantastic experience!! The home is beautiful and well-maintained. The owners have more than adequately stocked the home with pretty much everything you could ask for in a vacation rental. The views of the lake are gorgeous and serene. Our family had a wonderful trip while staying here. I would strongly recommend this property to anyone looking for a calm and quiet retreat to a scenic location. We will definitely be coming back again!!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Daniel, thanks for taking the time to write this great review.  The best thing a guest can say about a property is that they would recommend it, so thank you for that.  We'd love to have you back at Sundog Lake Cottage anytime!
Aug 2019
Peaceful retreat with million dollar view!
This was our 2nd time renting a vacation home thru FreshWater Vacation Rentals and they are just wonderful to work with! So accommodating, knowledgeable on rentals, quick to respond to inquires and make it so easy and seamless to book rental. Customer Service, Follow up, responsiveness and communication is excellent. This was our first time renting Sundog Lake Cottage and it did not disappoint! We felt so comfortable and at home here the moment we walked thru the door. The place is cozy, charming, well appointed and fully stocked! Then there is a million dollar view from deck and inside from the walls of windows! It is so beautiful, peaceful, tranquil, romantic and sights and sounds of nature abounds! Perfect vacation for my husband and I to unwind, reconnect and celebrate our wedding Anniversary. Our English Cream Golden Doodle, Sophie was in heaven here too! We enjoyed breakfast with a view every morning, grilling out on top deck with a view and cocktails every night. We enjoyed lounging and swimming in the crystal clear, Spring fed lake many days, and beautiful sunsets and bonfires on the waters edge. We loved it there so much we never left and just enjoyed our 7 days at the cozy cottage with a million dollar view and the great outdoors! We will be back! Thanks for sharing this beautiful place!

Rochelle, what a wonderful review!  We are so happy to have you as our guests again.  Returning guests are our best advertisement.  We appreciate your comments about FVR.  Customer satisfaction is our #1 goal.  We'll look forward to your next stay with us.
Jul 2019
I can't say enough great things about this property. It is obviously very well taken care of. Cabin and property. I've rented several places in different areas from primitive to oceanfront. We wanted to stay close to home this year so we could bring the family dog. It was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable family getaways. We all felt immediately comfortable here. The lake is quiet and so peaceful. Great swimming for myself and the dog. Great fishing for my son and husband. We hope to be back and staying longer next time. Thank you for sharing this amazing place with us.

Lisa, we love your enthusiasm for Sundog Lake Cottage.  It is a great property.  It comes with a 16' private dock, a jon boat and a kayak for the guests to use, plus it's pet friendly!  For rainy days, there are many board games, books and movies for guests to enjoy.  We are happy to share it with you anytime and hope you come back again.
Jul 2019
Perfect place for a peaceful getaway.
Everything about this rental exceeded my expectations. I've never rented a place that was so well stocked. They really thought of anything you might need. The cabin and property were beautiful. My family immediately felt at home here. Hope to come again.

Lisa, thanks for this great review!  Sundog Lake Cottage is the perfect place to stay when you need peace and quiet.  The open concept living area has great lake views from every window, plus it has a great deck for drinking your coffee in the morning.  There is a Jon Boat and a kayak for exploring the lake.  You can also take day tips to many of the UP sites.  We also hope that you come again.
Jul 2019
Awesome place!! Great fishing!
Check in was very easy and property was beautiful! Would definitely rent again

Christopher, we're happy to hear that Sundog Lake Cottage met your expectations.  The front room is magnificent, and the deck is perfect for both coffee and cocktails.  Guests get to enjoy the propane grill, fire pit, Jon Boat, a kayak, and outdoor games while staying at the Sundog Lake Cottage. You can't beat it!  We hope to see you again.
Christopher C
Jun 2019
Beautiful view of the lake Quite nature setting

Keith we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Sundog Lake Cottage.  We hope to see you again!
Oct 2018
Great Rental In U.P.
Our group of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our stay, wish we could have stayed longer. Well furnished and comfortable. Hoping to return next October.

Mark we are so happy that Sundog Lake Cottage fit the needs of your group.  We look forward to working with you again on your return trips.
Oct 2018
Thanks for the great stay
what a great place to enjoy the U.P we will be back


William, we look forward of seeing you again at  Sundog Lake Cottage.  It is so peaceful and quiet there.
Aug 2018
“This is a very secluded beautiful home. Cell service is hit or miss with any provider. Tv truly only has 3 channels so should bring dvds for rainy days. WiFi is limited and not strong enough for streaming from Netflix or anything like that. Lake is quiet and stocked with all kinds of fish. Neighbors are around but didn’t see any except one at the trash bins. Would have loved a raft out in the lake for older kids to swim to. Swimming was possible but have to have floats to get out where you aren’t near some bigger rocks. Was a bit difficult to spend too much time swimming. Great to have the kayak and John boat to use. Explored the lake with them, had a blast. If you plan to sight see prepare to spend some time in the car. House is at minimum 1 hour from local attractions. Average 2 hours. House was as described, sleeps 10 people easily. Seating indoors was a bit short for the 10 but there are sufficient # of seats outside for 10. Overall this was a great stay! Very relaxing and quiet. Had an amazing time! ”


Jeni, thank you for this honest review.  It is important for our guests to realize that this property really allows them to get away from it all.  We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again.

Aug 2018
Beautiful cottage... quiet and peaceful. The loons singing on the lake throughout the day was the best part.


The loons are the best, aren't they!  We're so glad that you had a good vacation at  Sundog Lake Cottage, Brian, and we hope to see you again.
Aug 2018
We were SO Excited...
We were SO excited to have the opportunity to stay at this location with our family -- and in every aspect, the hosts met or exceeded expectations. We were by no means lacking during any part of our stay! Instructions seemed clear so there were no surprises. The property and home offered so many options for activities. We loved being able to walk directly down to the lake and spend time relaxing + making memories. The value is absolutely incredible for all that is included, especially compared to lesser properties we'd seen for rent in similar types of areas. We were very comfortable and would love to make it a tradition to stay at Sundog again. Beautiful cabin and even more gorgeous view! Highly recommended.
Jul 2018
Peace and quiet
Very remote and a great place to find some peace and quiet


One of the best things about Sundog Lake Cottage is how remote it is - you can literally, and figuratively, get away from it all.  We hope that you feel renewed as you re-enter your everyday life!
Jul 2018
This cottage is amazing!!!
This cottage is amazing!!! It is very secluded and peaceful. Everything you could need is heat to have an amazing time. We fished went swimming and out for a trip in the provided kayak. We can not wait to come back next year!


Jeanie, we're so happy that you love Sundog Lake Cottage as much as we do! Swimming and kayaking makes for the perfect summer vacation.  We can't wait to see you next year!

Jul 2018

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