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SUNSET HOUSE (Republic, MI): Sleeps 8, Boats included, Dogs are Welcomed, Sauna, Screened in porch,  A swim raft, 3 kayaks, a rowboat and a paddleboat are included.

Pets Welcome







SLEEPS: 8 comfortably
*LAKEFRONT (Mud Lake) 
*WIFI-The WIFI has been upgraded in 2020 and now have pretty consistently between 12 and 20 Mbps signal strength.  It enables you to have full-streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Youtube TV now.  It's great if you need to work remotely from there.  The owners do it quite often and have had good experiences. 

The Sunset Lake Cottage has a beautiful view along the quiet Mud Lake, just  outside of Republic, Michigan. Mud Lake is connected to Horseshoe Lake by a shallow channel.  Very secluded and quiet.  Mud Lake is mostly a sandy bottom beach, yet it is rocky in some parts. It is sandy around the dock where you go into the water. Please be aware it does drop to 4 ft. pretty quickly, so it isn't friendly for very young children.  Its depth ranges between 10-15 feet deep, with a few spots at 20 feet. Great for fishing, privacy, and relaxation. May and June are the prime fishing time. The cottage has three-bedrooms with gorgeous views throughout. Windows surround the cabin, which makes you feel connected to nature. 

The Sunset Lake Cottage provides a very spacious and comfortable area, both inside and out, with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy. The screened in porch is a great feature. We even have a sauna where up to 8 people can enjoy!

3 kayaks, a rowboat and a paddle boat are included during your stay. Fun for all. Mud Lake is strictly a people-powered lake, no jet skis or water skiing allowed.  You write your own script while you are here. 

There is  satellite TV in the cabin, so there is some connection to the outside world. Cell service is still spotty in the Upper Peninsula. 

The WIFI has been upgraded and now have pretty consistently between 12 and 20 Mbps signal strength.  It enables you to have full-streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Youtube TV now.  It's great if you need to work remotely from there.  The owners do it quite often and have had good experiences. 

As an extra layer of security, we do have a video camera on the outside of the cabin pointing at the driveway to monitor in between guests. They are not monitored on a daily basis. There are no cameras inside the cottage.

Bed Organization:
      Downstairs: 2 Queen beds  (2 beds total)

     Downstairs: (3 beds total) Bunk beds: 1 full with a twin on top + 1 twin                               bed

     Bunkhouse : Outside the main house- ideal for teenagers. 1 Queen                                   bed + 2 twin beds (3 beds total)


Privacy: No close neighbors, though you can see the neighbors across the lake.

Air-Conditioner: - No-We do not have air conditioning.

Beach: While we don't have a traditional sandy beach, enjoy swimming out to the swim raft off the dock. The bottom of the lake is sandy around the dock where you go in the water.  Please be aware it does drop to 4 ft. pretty quickly, so it isn't friendly for very young children.  Its depth ranges between 10-15 feet deep, with a few spots at 20 feet.   For a more traditional beach, we recommend that people head into town (2 miles) to enjoy the sandy beach area in Republic.  

Boats: 3 kayaks, rowboat, paddle boat are included for you to use during your stay.

Cell/Mobile Service: Cell service is spotty in the Upper Peninsula.  Still, we have found that Sprint seems to provide the best service in the area.  AT&T has been pretty good as well.

Coffee Pot: Yes, we have a coffee pot at the cabin. At times there is coffee available, yet we highly recommend that you bring your own. We do not inventory the coffee.

Firewood: Please bring your own. Firewood is not provided. 

Fishing poles: Please bring your own fishing poles.

Grill: Propane grill is provided.

Grocery Store: Where is the closest grocery store? The closest, full-sized grocery store is about a 1/2 hour drive from the cabin, Ishpeming.  It is the IGA Jubilee right on U.S 41.  If you are driving from Wisconsin/Chicago, the last grocery store is in Iron Mountain.There is a little hardware/ convenience store in the town of Republic, about 15 minutes from the cabin, yet there isn't a large selection, and the prices are convenience-store equivalent.There is a larger convenience store/BP Gas station on the corner of U.S. 41 and MI-95, about 20 minutes North of the cabin.

Heating source: Not only do we have the wood-burning fire place, yet we do have electric heat if you just need to get the chill out of the air. 

Internet/WIFI:  The WIFI has been upgraded in 2020 and now have pretty consistently between 12 and 20 Mbps signal strength.  It enables you to have full-streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Youtube TV now.  It's great if you need to work remotely from there.  The owners do it quite often and have had good experiences. 

Linens: Yes, bed linens are provided. There is a washer/dryer at the cabin, that you can use if you would like to wash your linens during your stay.

Kitchen Supplies: The basic kitchen supplies are at the cabin. Basic dishes, pots/pans, glasses, cups, etc. are provided, including basic kitchen spices. We also have a microwave, toaster, KitchenAid Mixer. blender and Pizzazz Pizza Maker. Still, we do not inventory these items, so if there is something particular you would like, we highly recommend bringing it. 

Pets:  Dogs are welcome! We love animals… but cats do not love us.  Allergies require us to say NO CATS. Two well-trained dogs are fine but the house is surrounded by forest with some natural predators, so supervision is also recommended.*Pet-friendly-*Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet. 

TV: We have cable TV in the living room.

Washer & dryer: Yes-you may use during your stay.

Wood:  Check the IGA Jubilee right on U.S 41

Woodstove: Yes, we have a wood stove at the property. Please bring your own wood. You can find a lot of scraps around the hills of the property.

Distances from:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: is 109 miles away ~ 2 hours and 22                                                                 minutes.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park: is 177 miles away ~ 3 hours and 22                                                                  minutes.
Mackinac Bridge: is 215 miles away~4 hours.

Local Area Info

REPUBLIC (12 miles from Sunset House):
*Maki’s Mini Mart (Downtown) –Very limited amount of food and supplies.  Beer and soda is the only guaranteed items in stock.
*Hardware Store (South Republic) – Well stocked Hardware store that also sells gas.
*Antique store (Downtown)
*Pine Grove (Downtown) Local tavern
*Kayak and Outdoor Store
*Beach (Right off M-95 towards downtown Republic)
 *Mine Observation Site (Downtown)
*Summers Place Restaurant


Other Nearby Towns and Activities
CHANNING (10 miles from Sunset House):
Small grocery store
Bait shop
Several bars and a restaurant

SAGOLA (14 miles from Sunset House):
Large Gas station, with minimart and small restaurant
Several bars and a restaurant
MICHIGAMME (25 miles from Sunset House):
Large Gas station
Grocery Store
ISHPEMING (30 miles from Sunset House):
Large gas stations, grocery stores
Lots of entertainment (Movies, bowling, bars)
Fast Food, Congress Pizza, Mamma Mia’s, etc
IRON MOUNTAIN (34 miles from Sunset House):
Large gas stations, grocery stores
Lots of entertainment (Movies, bowling, bars, etc)
Fast food, Excellent Chinese buffet
Big Box stores (Walmart, Home Depot, Shopko, etc)
MARQUETTE (34 miles from Sunset House):
Large gas stations, grocery stores
Lots of entertainment (Movies, bowling, bars)
Big Box stores (Walmart, Home Depot, Shopko)
Closest Public Golf Courses
George Young (35 miles)
Timberstone (35 miles)
Wawonowin (25 miles)
Greywall (45 miles)
Closest Ski Hills
Pine Mountain (35 miles)
Ski Brule (42 miles)
Marquette Mountain (45 miles)



Property/indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Box Fans
  • Bring your own towels-linens included
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Garage
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Log Cabin
  • Pets allowed.
  • Screened-in porch
  • Washer & dryer
  • Wood burning stove
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Pizzazz Pizza Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Hammock
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Paddle Boat Included
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Rowboat Included
  • Sauna
  • Snowmobile from Property
  • Swimming on Property

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
2019-2020 04/01/2018 - 12/31/2021 3 $199.00


Great family week in the UP
We had a great time in the sunset house! It was beautiful and peaceful and there were things to do for The whole family. We would come back again in a minute.

We do our best to create a peaceful yet fun environment that the whole family can enjoy! We're so glad everyone enjoyed their time! We would love to work with you again in the future!
Jul 2021
Friends and Family Vacation
Great location and lots of space for our group. The kids loved the fishing boat and kayaks. The kitchen had everything and more for our use. Will definitely rent again.


Wendy, kids plus a fishing boat and kayaks makes for a great vacation!  We're so glad that your family had fun at Sunset House, and that you want to come back.  That's the best review a guest can give.  See you soon.
Jun 2021
This was our first trip ever to the U.P., and we had a blast. The Sunset House worked out perfectly for our family of five, and the location, house, lake access, and scenic views were exactly how Freshwater Vacation Rentals described. We had absolutely zero issues with the entire process of picking out a rental, paying/confirming the dates, and arriving/departing the property. We will use Freshwater Vacation Rentals again, and I can honestly tell you that our family enjoyed the Sunset House so much that we'll be back next year (and the year after that). Thank you for a fantastic experience Freshwater Vacation Rentals!!

Jon, you made our day!  The fact that you plan on returning says it all.  Thank you for that and we look forward to your return!
Sep 2020
4 stars
Had a nice stay at Sunset House! Tucked away in a very peaceful and serene setting with great views of Mud Lake. Couldn't ask for a nicer upstairs/main level for cooking, eating and relaxing. The downstairs also has a great view from the master bedroom via the walkout. Future guests should understand that all bedrooms are on the lower level along with the full bathroom. The lower level did smell like a basement but wasn't overpowering. No beds on main floor. Only a half bath on main floor. 58 steps down to lake. Fishing was very good overall. Very healthy largemouth bass, pike, crappie and bluegill were plentiful. Lots of birds to enjoy as well as chipmunks and squirrels. You'll have a wonderful stay as long as you don't mind steps! We will return!


Greg, thank you for this thorough review.  We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself and glad to hear that the  fishing was good!  We look forward to your return.
Sep 2020
Great fathers day vacation!
My wife our two children 2 and 4 along with my Father stayed. We hade an amazing fathers day full of swimming and fishing. I caught the largest pile of my life!

Jeremy, congratulations of the pike!  Love it.  We are so glad that you and your family had a fun Father's Day at Sunset House.  It is located on Mud Lake and sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms.  We hope to work with you again soon.
Jun 2020
4 stars
Great property! Had such a fun, relaxing time. The mosquitos could be overwhelming but aside from that we had a great stay.

Shawnray, we love hearing that you had a fun, relaxing time.  That is what vacations are all about.  Sunset House offers a lot:  a kayak, paddle boat and rowboat, a sauna, swimming on the property and a screened in porch.  Plus your dog can join you!  And yes, it can get buggy.  We hope to see you back again!
Jun 2020
Get away from a city
If you want to get away from a big city this is a perfect location. Beautiful lake, woods and solitude!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lukasz, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Sunset House.  We agree, it is the perfect place to go to really get away.  The sauna, kayak, paddleboat, rowboat and hammock all mean the guests will never be bored!  We hope you come back again.
Sep 2019
Sept 2019 UP Getaway
A fantastic place to relax and recharge. The home was spacious. The kitchen has everything needed to prepare meals. Birds and woodland creatures abound. The sauna was a plus! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Donna, thanks for taking the time to write this great review!  Sunset House is the perfect getaway location, and you're right, birds and woodland creatures abound.  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
If you enjoy peace and quiet and love to fish, then stay at this place. The mosquitoes were terrible, but the screened in porches helped with that.

Amber, we hope that you caught lots of fish!  Sunset House has great fishing and is very secluded and quiet.  Windows surround the cabin, which makes you feel connected to nature. 
We know that mosquitoes can be bad in the UP and you are right the screened in porch helps a lot.  We do hope that you come back again.
Jun 2019
Wilderness Fairy Tale
Peaceful, beautiful, wonderful!!! Fish with not another boat in site! Hummingbirds, dragonflies, butterflies, in abundance -and yes - mosquitos. This is a remote wilderness location so bring your bug spray and enjoy the screened porches with views beyond compare. House and traditional sauna were wonderful - so grateful we were able to enjoy this little piece of paradise - HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Kurt, we love your review!  You caught the mystery and beauty of Sunset House perfectly.  We could not say it better.  We hope to see you back again soon.
Jun 2019
Wonderful Escape!!
My family (my wife, my 10 year old, and my 14 year old) all had a tremendous time at the Sunset House. It was easy to find, remote enough to feel "away from it all," yet, close enough to Ishpeming to run for groceries. The paddle-boat and kayaks were so much fun. The cottage is well supplied...we couldn't think of anything we wish it was all there! The lake is quiet and peaceful, it made for a perfect place for swimming, or just enjoying a cup of coffee. We'll definitely be back! Thank you for sharing you wonderful home and lake with us.

Mike, thank you for this wonderful review.  We are thrilled that you and your family had such a great time at Sunset House.  Paddle boats and kayaks are such great fun!  We look forward to working with you again.
Aug 2018
Sunset House is a great get away spot
Very nice setting. In the middle of nowhere. With plenty to do or perfect place to just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the out doors with its large screened in porch's. Would rent again.


Dawn, we love when our guests appreciate our property as much as we do.  The screened in porches are pretty special.  We look forward to your return stay.
Aug 2018
Amazing except Wifi
This house was just amazing, would love to stay there again. Only problem we faced is Wifi, as there is no cellphone signal it was a total detachment from external world. Few of us were planned to work remotely on Friday but as the Wifi is really bad in the house, we have to drive all the way to Marquette to find a starbucks and work from there on that day. Please take care of the Wifi.


Hi Kapileshwar,
Sorry to hear about the WIFI but we'll look into that right away.  It is often spotty in the U.P.  I'm glad there was a starbucks to go to so that you could work.   Sunset House is pretty spectacular.  The screened in porch is simply a delight, and the privacy is an added bonus.  We'd love to work with you again in the future.  

UPDATE:  as of 2019, the WIFI has been updated and can now use all streaming services  and support multiple devices at the same time without any issues.
Jun 2018
Very secluded and relaxing!
We rented this place for our extended family to all get together for our yearly get together since we all live a ways away from each other. It was wonderful! It was the best of both worlds with the house being totally secluded and on a lake with awesome amenities but having WiFi and satellite TV as well for those rainy days. We definitely made use of the paddle boat, row boat and kayaks! We bought a load of wood from their supplier and it was very fairly priced and we didn't even go through all that he dropped off. We made good use of the sauna as well. It is not the most kid friendly place with all of the steep stairs that go down to the dock and down to the lower level porch but with the kids and baby that we had there we didn't have a problem with it. We just made sure the kids knew that they couldn't go further than the first set of stairs without a parent with them. Would definitely stay there again!

We are thrilled you loved your stay! And, we love that you used ALL the boats! It makes it so much more enjoyable. Thank you for all the positive comments!
Aug 2017
We love the Sunset House!
HI- Once again this year, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Sunset House. We love the kayaks, sauna, screened in porches, kitchen amenities, and the location. Everything was perfect, thank you! I did want to mention that the driving directions are confusing. We remembered that we got lost last year too as we made the same mistake arriving this year. Coming from Downstate, the directions are fine up to step 9. Once we turn onto MI 95-South, we had issues. We needed to pass the first CR-601 turn and continue PAST Witch Lake before turning onto the second CR-601 road. After that, steps 13 and 14, the directions are fine. Thanks again for everything, Anita and Michael

We thank you for clarifying the directions. We will change immediately for future guests. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and thank you for returning to Freshwater Vacation Rentals. We truly appreciate your support for our small business. We hope to see you again next year! 
Jul 2017
We had an amazing time, so many activities!!! We really enjoyed eating meals on the pourch too. We never even ised the sauna, to many other things to do. Thanks for a great weekend! The next time we want to rent, I will be sure to check your website first.
May 2017
Great getaway!
We love staying at the Sunset House. It is a very peaceful getaway. Depending on your interest, you can lounge in the hammock with a book, go kayaking on the lake, or enjoy a camp fire - so many things to do. Sauna is spacious and has it's own screened room - it's a lot of fun to jump in the lake after taking one. Date of arrival:July 2, 2016
Jul 2016
Relaxing & Peaceful
My wife and I stayed here over New Year's weekend. We live downstate and we chose it because it is centrally located between nearby family in Iron Mountain and Ishpeming. Rather than travelling to several places to visit, we had everyone come over there. Worked out great! The open floor plan and large kitchen were ideal for entertaining our relatives. After they left we had some time to just relax for a day or so. Talk about peaceful, I didn't want to leave! The view, the setting, and the quiet area are all conducive to a very relaxing experience. Being right on the lake I can certainly see why people would want to stay here in the summertime, however we found it very comfortable and enjoyable in the winter also. We would definitely recommend this to anyone considering a stay. Date of arrival January 1, 2016
Apr 2016

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