Town Lake Lodge
SLEEPS: 8 max in 6 beds and 1 futon
BATHROOMS: 2 (Bathroom with stand up shower added to lower level in 2017)
*LAKEFRONT (Town Lake)
*1 CANOE INCLUDED
*SWIMMING ON PROPERTY
* WASHER AND DRYER
This beautiful lakefront cabin was built in 2003 and is located in the heart of the Hiawatha National Forest (10 miles South of M28). It is conveniently located next to Pete's Recreation Area and Bruno's Run for great mountain biking/hiking trail access. The World Famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is only 13 miles from the cabin. Fish, canoe or kayak the nearby lakes and the Indian River or spend a day or two admiring the incredible waterfalls in the Munising area. Bike the cliffs of the Grand Island National Recreation Area or have a relaxing day floating and swimming in the sandy bottomed Town Lake.
There is a deck off the cabin with a new gas grill ready for use as well as a deck at the lake shore with a canoe that is provided. Paddle across Town Lake to the general store for yummy ice cream cones and rentals of jet skis and power boats to be used on nearby lakes (Town Lake is a small, quiet 40 acre lake).
There is a 12 X 14 deck right at the edge of the lake. The rest of the lakeshore is natural. The entire lake is hard sand bottom that gets covered in pine needles and leaves each fall. The water quality is excellent which makes for great swimming and snorkeling. We keep the bottom of the lake in front of the deck raked free of most leaves so it is nice and sandy. The lake in front of the deck gets deep pretty quickly, so small kids should be monitored closely. The first 10 feet from shore goes from 0ft to 2ft, the next 10 feet from shore goes from 2ft to 5 or 6ft. After that it goes to 12 feet pretty quickly. Swimming, float tubes, snorkeling and relaxing is great. As always, small kids who are without life jackets should be watched closely. If you want a more traditional shallow water beach with a big grassy lawn, it is less than a mile away at the Pete's Lake Day Use Area.
The cabin has two bedrooms, both with a queen size beds. Additional sleeping is available in the lower level where there are two sets of bunk beds and a full-size futon.
*High speed internet and local phone service are available.
Full of beautiful views and amazing recreational activities, you will love your stay at the Town Lake Lodge!
Bedroom #1 - One queen bed
Bedroom #2- One queen bed
Basement- There are two sets of bunk beds and one futon located in the lower level for additional sleeping arrangements (Full bath added in 2017)
Bathroom- Sink, toilet, shower, and plenty of space for your personal belongings.
Airport: The closest airport is at Sawyer International Airport in Marquette (MQT), 48 miles from the cottage
65 miles to Escanaba (ESC) normally has the best rates. Flying to the Upper Peninsula is rarely at a discount.
Fans: There are two box fans and a ceiling fan.
Fire pit: There is a fire-pit with 6 chairs for you to gather around the fire.
Fishing: You can find a variety of pan fish in Town Lake, including sunfish and largemouth bass. You can click here to purchase your Michigan DNR e-license
Lakeshore: There is a 12 x14 deck right at the edge of the lake. The rest of the shore is natural. Town Lake is a quiet lake.
Landline (telephone): Yes, we do have landline for you to use.
Pets: Sorry, due to allergies, we can not allow pets at the Town Lake Lodge.
Swimming: Not a traditional swimming beach. The entire lake is hard sandy bottom. You can swim here-but the lake does get deep pretty quickly, so small kids should be monitored closely. The first 10 feet from shore goes from 0 ft to 2 ft. the next 10 ft from shore goes from 2 ft. to 5-6 ft. then drops to 12 ft. pretty quickly. There is a more traditional shallow water beach less than 1 mile away at Pete's Lake Day Use Area.
TV: Direct TV, and DVD player connected to TV
Wi-fi: Yes, there is wi-fi here! Also, a landline phone for your use. It's a great feature with the unreliable cell service in the Upper Peninsula.
Boat Rentals: Check out the general store across the lake. Ask for George.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Only 15 miles away on Lake Superior in Munising.
- Basic paper products included.
- Cable- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Ceiling fans
- Linens & towels included
- Internet/ WI FI
- Washer & dryer
- TV with DVD & VHS player
- Coffee maker
- Standard kitchenware & utensils
- Fire pit
- Canoe or Kayak included
- Swimming on property
- Patio chairs
Wow, what a beautiful place!
The cottage was very nice, comfortable, clean and nice rooms. Even though the internet is DSL, it was quite good and we were able to watch streaming TV like Netflix no problem (not that you'll want to do that too much with all the great things to see!). The water even tasted good, which was nice as travelling, that is not always the case. The pictures on the website don't really do the place justice, it is very nice and hanging out lakeside is super. The small fishes there made friends with my wife and daughter and would always show up when they went down to the dock. Nice touch, how'd you train them to be so friendly? ;) The fire ring was great fun and taking the canoe out on the little lake really nice. The scenery all around up there? All I can say is WOW! The only drawback is I am a "sweet blood" and the state bird up there has got to be the mosquito! Not bad during the day, but early morning and evening, you will NEED some insect repellent! But the starry skies, the sounds and those big lakes... I'd stay with a bunch of leeches to see all that! What a great part of the country! We are so glad we decided to visit!Date of arrival:July 18, 2015
My husband and I stayed at the Town Lake Lodge for our honeymoon (3 nights, 2 days). We LOVED every part of our trip! The lodge is beautiful, simple, and CLEAN! I was immediately astounded at the cleanliness. Linens, towels, extra blankets, dishes, cookware, dish soap, grill, TV with DVD player, informational brochures, and firewood were all provided. There were clear instructions for how to use the TV (which connects to Netflix and other internet-based apps). We went fishing and swimming in the crystal-clear Town Lake and caught several bass. Lake Superior and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are just a 20 minute drive away, so we visited both. We felt so relaxed, happy, and at home. We can't wait to go back for our anniversary!
Secluded lake home
The lodge is on a quiet lake ten miles out of town. Very few houses on the lake and nobody around during the week. No light so a million stars at night. The house has everything one needs and is a great get away.
Nice private quaint house
Very nice place to stay, friendly people helped facilitate the contract and payment. Nice and clean and quietFRESHWATER RESPONSE:
We are happy you enjoyed your stay. We pride our small business on customer service, so we appreciate the positive feedback. Be sure to check out our 54 other waterfront properties next time you plan your Michigan adventure!
PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT!
The house was perfect! Clean, well stocked, and all needs anticipated. We look forward to returning. (One chaise at the lake dock needs to be replaced, as the fabric is torn.)FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Yeah! We are thrilled you loved Town Lake Lodge. I have placed a maintenance order for the chaise. Thank you for the suggestion! Please be sure to check out our 54 other properties for your next Michigan adventure.
Great vacation rental in Munising MI
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very comfortable cottage, with all the amenities of home. Great location in relation to Picturesd rocks. Lake is wonderful for fishing, swimming and kayaking.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
We are happy you enjoyed your stay and found the cottage comfortable. We agree, the location is EXCELLENT. Happy you caught a few fish while you were there as well. Please consider renting with Freshwater Vacation Rentals next time you book your Michigan adventure.
Well maintained cottage on a clean and quiet lake which is great for swimming, kayaking, fishing. Close to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with so many activities close by. Would recommend.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for renting with us.
the cabin exceeded our expectations.
the pictures really do not do this cabin and setting justice. it's beautiful perched on a wooded slope that leads to a clean quiet lake. the cabin was clean and simply decorated with taxidermy. we loved the knotty pine paneling. the beds were comfortable. it was a perfect place to rest for a week. we caught many fish from the dock, mostly blue gill and rock bass. the lake was quiet with no motor boats. located only 15 minutes south of munising we weren't far from civilization. on tuesday we went to the farmers market on the bay. on wednesday we played games and listened to a local group play music( fiddle, dulcimer, mandolin, guitar....) at the falling rock cafe in munising. they have coffee, ice cream and sandwiches. we kayaked the beautiful autrain river and drove the sights along highway 58 from grand maria's to miners castle. there is so much to do in the area and the cabin was the perfect spot. we also hiked bruno's run just down the road and picked blueberries growing on the side of the road. i highly recommend town lake lodge. freshwater vacations also made booking easy and made sure i got the cabin i wanted.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay! The house does have so much to offer! Be sure to book for 2018, we are accepting next year's reservations already!
town lake lodge exceeds expectations
From beginning freshwater vacations did everything they could to make our vacation happen. Town lake lodge is beautiful. the pictures don't do it justice. the setting is a clean quiet lake nestled in hemlocks and pine. it was perfect. the cabin itself was adorable with knotty pine paneling and taxidermy on the walls. the cabin was very clean and comfortable and the kitchen well stocked with dishes, wine glasses, knives and pans. there were even a few staple foods in the cupboard. we caught bluegills and rock bass from the dock. a small boat and a canoe are provided. the cabin is 15 miles south of pictured rocks and munising and there is a friendly general store nearby. this is the perfect place to stay in the area. thank you town lake lodge for a quiet place to get away.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
YEAH! We are so excited that you enjoyed your trip! The house does have so much to offer and the area is perfect in terms of location. Consider booking with us for 2018!
Exactly as the listing shows
We really enjoyed our stay! House is comfortable and the settling is great!FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for the positive feedback. For your next vacation, think about renting another one of our 54 waterfront properties across Michigan!
We had a great time
We had a great time and loved the cabin by the lake. We were close to everything we wanted to see and do! We had everything we needed and all the space we needed for 6 to be comfortable.(maybe another fan for the other upstairs bedroom would be nice)
Susan & Mark
Beautiful, quiet, cozy!
We had a lovely stay and wish we were there right now. The cabin was well-stocked with all our little needs/wants and the deck and view were perfect. A hummingbird flew right up to my husband's face the first time we stepped onto the deck. They were both surprised. I would highly recommend this cabin to friends! Thank you for providing an easy and comfortable escape.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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 try to stack the cabin as best we can; we are happy you appreciated it. We hope you do 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. Steer clear of hummingbirds!
Very clean & comfortable.
A true home away from home. The cabin situated in the woods provides a true sanctuary from the world and is a welcoming site after long days of hiking the various trails at Pictured Rocks. Watching the sun set from the dock was a daily ritual and on a clear night the stars were incredible. On the one rainy day it was comforting to just hang out and read, watch the rain and drink hot tea. Having the Hiawatha National Forest trail at Bruno's Run literally a 3 min drive was great when the rain stopped & we wanted a short hike & fresh air. The cabin is extremely clean & well stocked with everything you could possibly need. Joan from the management company was a pleasure to deal with. We will definitely be back. Thank you to the owners for availing this special place for us to enjoy!FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
We are thrilled you has such a great time at the Cabin. We try to stock it to the best of our ability :) We are happy you appreciated that. We can't wait to host you again next year! Be sure to call to make reservations sooner than later!
This cabin was everything we’d hoped it would be. Beautifully located along the quiet Town Lake it was the restful get away we needed. We plan on visiting the Pictures Rocks area frequently and this is where we want to stay every time.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Town Lake Lodge, and that it was everything that you hoped for and needed. Sitting out on that deck is the perfect way to start and end a day. Coffee and cocktails - perfection! We very much look forward to you coming back and remember to let us know that you are returning guests so that we can give you a 10% discount.
So peaceful and relaxing!
We loved staying here and did not want to leave. We were out on the dock or in the water or on the boat as much as possible and enjoyed it so much. The house was comfortable, and the scenery was beautiful. Definitely will be staying againFRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Kendra, we'd certainly love to have you come back! There is nothing better than being on the water during the summer in Michigan. It's a bit of heaven.
Loved and did not want to leave!
My husband and I stayed with our three small kids and loved it! It was so peaceful and close to so many beautiful places. Would definitely stay again!FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Town Lake Lodge-Pictured Rocks is a pretty special place, and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay, Kendra. Please do come back again.
This was truly a great place to stay. Quiet but with all the amenities we needed to keep ourselves entertained. Close to Munising and Picture Rocks. We will definitely be coming back here.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Marike, we would love to have you come back! Town Lake Lodge's proximity to Pictured Rocks is such a great bonus for this property.
This home is amazing! It is situated in the woods on a small quiet lake about 20 minutes from the main town. The house was clean and ready for our arrival. Everything was in working order -- plenty of towels, extra bedding, fans -- and the kitchen is well stocked for cooking during your stay. The general store is up the road for a quick stop of basic supplies. The beach at Pete's Lake and Bruno's Run Trail are also very close to the home. The beaches of Lake Superior and Picture Rocks are about a 20 minute drive. Plenty of canoeing, fishing, and swimming can be enjoyed at the house so you don't have to leave. Our stay was so relaxing and enjoyable it was hard to leaveFRESHWATER RESPONSE:
You know you've had a great vacation when you don't want to leave! We are so happy that Town Lake Lodge was the place that you chose to vacation, and that it fit your needs so well. We're hoping that you come back!
My family of 4 truly enjoyed our stay. The lake was perfect!Nice sandy bottom and clear water. The kitchen was well equipped and I appreciated having sharp knives but there was no dishwasher. Hiking was greatFRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Elaine, we are so happy that you all enjoyed staying at Town Lake Lodge-Pictured Rocks. That area is so incredible with so many great places to hike. We hope to see you again!
Great time...wonderful experience!!
Beautiful setting, house very clean and comfortable. Well appointed to make for a wonderful visit. Great instructions for arrival/departure. Would have appreciated a shade on the bathroom window. Also, had difficulty getting the dead-bolt lock to line up on the downstairs door. The lake was perfect!!! Enjoyed swimming, paddling and watching the fish through crystal clear water. Coffee on the dock every morning was the best. :-) Thanks for a terrific holiday.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Joan, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed Town Lake Lodge as much as we do Looking through the trees over the lake is a pretty serene experience. Being in the heart of the Hiawatha National Forest is a bit of heaven!
Had a Great Stay
Loved the cabin and the lake. Fishing was great! We will come back next time we come to the UP. Dave RodgersFRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Dave, we love that you enjoyed Town Lake Lodge-Pictured Rocks. It's a great property near so many of teh UP fabulous sites. We hope to see you again.
Highly recommend this place! Clean and cozy cabin. Great location. Relaxation, adventure, comfort all rolled into one. Could not get enough of the views from the porch.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Anastazja, we are so happy that Town Lake Lodge pleased you! The views are pretty spectacular. We hope to see you again.
Had a fantastic time staying at the town lake lodge! The property was very clean and updated with all the amenities you would need. I would not hesitate staying here again!FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Michael, Town Lake Lodge is the best isn't it! The view of the lake from the upper deck is perfection, and its proximity to Pictured Rocks makes it the perfect UP property. We do hope to work with you again soon.
Perfect location and on-the-lake cabin
We had a wonderful six days in the cabin. It was extremely clean, well kept and nicely decorated. The cabin is in a great location, on a very nice lake and within a very easy 15-ish minute to Munising. Every question and/or communication we had before, and during, our stay was quick and helpful. We had a family of three late-teenage boys and everyone enjoyed the cabin. Definitely a great experience and will do again.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Tim, thanks for this great review. We are so happy that your family enjoyed staying at Town Lake Lodge. Its got a great deck, a firepit and a canoe to make your summer vacation really special. We hope to see you back again.
Town Lake Lodge
Our family had one of the best vacations we have ever had at Town Lake Lodge. The home sits on a gorgeous, peaceful, and relaxing lake setting with views that are breathtaking from sunrise to sunset. From the time we arrived to the time we left, we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The home was incredibly clean and well-maintained. We would highly recommend staying at Town Lake Lodge to anyone planning a vacation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Awesome!! Thank you so much for a wonderful time!Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Mandi, you made our day! We love that this was your best vacation ever. You've said it all in your review. Awesome!! We'd love to have you come back!
Total recharge escape!
Loved the house! Super comfy couch and bed was amazing! All the comforts of home were available for our needs. Excellent communication and all questions answered amazingly fast. Our only concerns (which were minor!!) - the basement door couldn’t use the deadbolt. (Strike plate was off just a smidgen, easy fix!) but we were concerned with having children down there. Also never saw life jackets for the canoe. However since we were so busy and exhausted we never attempted to use it. I’m sure had I asked I would have an answer right away. Seriously loved the house. It had everything we needed for my birthday trip- so super quiet and relaxing. Exactly the recharge we needed for our escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Having WiFi available for the tweens and teens was a lifesaver after mom forced them into nature for entire days lol. Thank you for a lovely stay. If we ever return to the area we will be sure to stay at Town Lake Lodge!Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Jill, thanks for this great review and happy birthday! I love that you forced your tweens and teens into nature every day! The lake is quiet, so it's great to sit on the deck and relax in peace. Nearby is hiking, biking, and fishing, so it's pretty much perfect for a summer vacation. We hope you do come back for a visit.
We would stay here againFreshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Mildred, we would love to have you come back to Town Lake Lodge. Swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking or biking on nearby trails gives guests many options of things to do, plus it's only 15 miles from Pictured Rocks. There is a 12 X 14 deck right at the edge of the lake, and a fire pit with 6 chairs for guests' comfort.