Wheeler Lake House Kalkaska

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WHEELER LAKE HOUSE (Kalkaska, MI): Sleeps 7, 3 boats & 2 kayaks, Quiet Lake, WiFi (satellite). 






*LAKEFRONT (Wheeler Lake)

** Satellite WiFi **
***2 Kayaks added this year*** (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Nice, quiet, peaceful and serene, Wheeler Lake House is great for those who want to unwind. Only 8 homes rest on this private lake so guests are able to take in the woodlands, see the resident swans and loons, and enjoy the stillness of the lake. Jump in one of the two row-boats and enjoy fishing on this all sports lake. Love the winter? Enjoy hopping on the maintained country road and cruise on over to a local snowmobile trail!

Wheeler Lake House consists of 2 buildings: the main house and a bunk house. The main house hosts 2 bedrooms, living room, bathroom and deck. Of course, there is also a fully-equipped kitchen that is perfect for whipping up a meal, or if you prefer, take the food outside and relax while grilling on a propane grill.  At night, enjoy looking at the stars while you sit around the campfire.   

The detached bunk house is equipped with a 40” flat screen Smart TV, couch, and Double-Twin bunk bed (sleeps 3). This space is great for kids or teens. There is not a bathroom in the bunk house.

Air Conditioning:  The Main house and Bunk house have air conditioning and both bedrooms have ceiling fans.

ATV's:  Yes, please feel free to bring the trailer!

Animals:  You may see deer, swans, geese, ducks, squirrel, turkey, and possibly bear.

Bathroom:  There is a full bathroom with tub and shower in the Main house.

Beach/Swimming: The layout goes as such: grass—3 feet of sand—water. The lake bottom is soft sand. Water shoes are optional.
Bedroom Configuration:
          Bedroom 1: Master bedroom has Queen bed
          Bedroom 2: Queen bed
          Bedroom 3: Bunk-House 12x16 (detached from rest of house) Double - Twin Bunk

Boats:  NEWLY ADDED - 2 Kayaks! There are 2 row boats with oars for guests to use. You are able to bring a motor up to 5 horsepower. And a paddle boat is also available. There are 4 life jackets (adult sizes). (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Bugs:  Typical Michigan bugs

Cell phone service:  Verizon is great! The other carriers are ok. A booster is in the home.

Dock:  The dock is 20ft. There is no public launch on Wheeler Lake. You are able to jump off dock into water to swim.

Fireplace:  There is not a fireplace in this home.

Fire-pit:  Yes! Bring your s’mores.

Fishing:  Some common fish you will see in the lake are bass, pike, bluegill, perch, catfish, and sunfish.  There are also lots of turtles, so be aware!  Please be sure to bring your own poles as there are none provided at this property. Also, in order to fish in Michigan lakes, one is required to hold a fishing license. Click here to purchase your fishing license online.

Grill:  On the deck you will find a propane grill. Propane is provided.

Grocery Store:  Family Fare Supermarket -  784 S Cedar St, Kalkaska, MI 49646    (231) 258-2101

Handicap Friendly:  Let us explain what we mean by handicap friendly…there is a zero-1 step entry into this home, and it is one level (a ranch-style home). There are bars in the bathroom for guest support however, the hallways are not up to official handicap standards and do not come equipped with special apparatus to help those in need.

Internet: Yes, there is (satellite) WiFi at the property

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 us know, and we’ll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillow cases and bath towels.

Parking:  You can park 2-4 cars or 2 truck/trailer combos

Pets:  We are sorry, pets are not allowed at this property.

Privacy:  Neighbors directly on either side of the cottage. There are only 8 homes on the lake.

Seniors:  Come one, come all! This space is great for those over 60. Sometimes when renting a home, you are never too sure about the terrain: is the home on top of a hill?, is parking on a steep slope?, are there 100 steps to the beach or the unit?, etc. This home gets the FVR approval for the young at heart!

Smoking:  No smoking of any kind is allowed on the property. Due to the close proximity of the neighbors, it is strictly prohibited.

SnowmobilesYes, you can ride right from the house. The trail begins at the first bend in the road from the house (less than half a mile from the property). You will need to ride the power line to Mancelona to get to the main trail.
 A person (resident and nonresident) that operates a snowmobile in Michigan is required to purchase a snowmobile trail permit. The trail permit enables snowmobilers to ride state-designated trails and thousands more miles of public roads and on public lands (where authorized). It is valid for one year, which begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30 of the following year. State-designated trails are open Dec. 1-March 31 and grooming occurs when there is enough snow on the ground. Click here to purchase your snowmobile trail permit.     

Space:  There are 2 buildings: The Main lake house and the Bunk house.

Televisions:  There is a 40” TV in the bunk house and a 43” flat in main home.  Both televisions are Smart TVs. You can sign in to your Netflix or Hulu account and enjoy your favorite shows and movies. There is no cable or satellite TV, but there are 14 local channels in both the bunk house and in the main home.

Towels:  Yes, we provide towels.  It's always good to bring extra though. We do not provide beach towels.

Washer and dryer:  NO WASHER! There is a washer & dryer at the property, however, the washer is not hooked up yet. Guests are welcome to use the dryer if need be.

Wood: Wood is provided.



Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Animal Statues (taxidermy)
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Handicap accessible
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Oscillating Fans
  • Smart TV or TV with Roku, Chromecast, Streaming Abilities
  • Smoke Detectors
  • TV-NO cable
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Crockpot
  • Electric Skillet
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Percolator
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Paddle Boat Included
  • Picnic Table
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Rowboat Included
  • Snowmobile from Property
  • Swimming on Property
Local Amenities
  • Winery
Special Features
  • ATV allowed
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Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $99.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


5 stars
My wife and I were looking for some down time and this was it. Very nice cottage everything was clean.Got to feed the fish and swans.cooked on the grill, enjoyed a nice fire and listened to the water roll onto the sand.Very nice place,will come back next year. Thanks.


Thank you for sharing your review, Rod. It is great to know that you were able to have a comfortable stay, and get some good downtime in, as well as enjoy some of the provided amenities and beauty of the lake! We can't wait to have you back!
Sep 2022
Absolutely Amazing
My family absolutely loved the cabin and we plan on making more trips to this location as our vacation trip of the year.Everyone was amazing help owner included. Wont be using any other place other than freshwater for rentals either.. could not be any happier!!!


Hi Amanda! Thank you for such a wonderful review, and compliment to our team, as well as the home owner! We would love to make our lake house a family staple for your future vacations, and are so happy to know you all enjoyed your stay!
Aug 2022
Wheeler lake house
We had a wonderful time .


Hi Rebecca! We are so happy you had a great stay! 
Jul 2022
Great weekend
We had a great weekend at the lake! The lake is beautiful. We rowed and paddled our way around. Amazing variety of birds, including an eagle! We enjoyed near by disk golf and wineries. We sat around the fire in the evenings. It's always great to have a full kitchen on vacation. Beds were comfortable. The only issue was the toilet being finicky a few times.

Kate, we're glad that you had  great weekend!  A lake, boats, nature, wineries and disk golf all make for a pretty great vacation.  We hope that you come again.
Jun 2022
Great Weekend
Wonderful house with a beautiful view.

Susan, we're so glad that you enjoyed Wheeler Lake House, and its fabulous view!  We hope that you come back again.
May 2022
Wheeler Lake house
We had a wonderful stay at the Wheeler lake house. We had a wedding and it was so nice to come back and relax. Plenty of space for 4 people. We would definitely like to stay there in the future. The cottage has beautiful views of the lake. It was clean and comfortable. We didn’t end up using the bunk house but it was cute and also clean. Thanks again!

Julie, we love hearing that you had a wonderful stay, and that the cottage worked out so well for your group.  We look forward to your return!
Sep 2021
Peaceful and quiet setting. Had fun watching all the birds (even eagles), two swans (Bonnie and Clyde), and turkeys. View of lake is spectacular and southern exposure of the house was perfect for the sunshine. House was clean and kitchen was well equipped. Staff was extremely responsive when we could not find the fire wood. This was our second time at this location and we are looking forward to a third.

Cheryl, we love that this was your 2nd time staying and that you plan on returning.  The wild life there is a joy to see, plus who can beat the views of the lake!  We await your return in 2022.
Sep 2021
Great place. Loved it. See the VRBO review for more info. We even booked it again for Aug 31/Sep 1 as Sep 1 is our anniversary and my first day of retirement. We thought this was the perfect place to be to enjoy that first day of not working.


Cheryl, congratulations on both your upcoming anniversary and your retirement, and we love that you are going to spend them with us!  When guests say they are going to return, that is the best review possible, so thank you for that.  We look forward to your return.
Jun 2021
Cozy getaway
It was a perfect little getaway at this cozy cabin on Wheeler Lake. We were right on the water! It was a serene view over morning coffee. We appreciated the supply wood for an evening fire.

Trish, we love knowing that this was the perfect getaway for you!  We hope to work with you again.
Mar 2021
Mid October Fall colors.
What a perfectly magical getaway for us! Shockingly neat and cozy. The lake view unbelievably mesmerizing, with added treats of adorable wildlife. So many visitors. A swan couple, rafter of turkeys, sweet and friendly chickadees, so many blue jays, a bald eagle sighting, and funny red squirrels. It’s worth the drive down the old dirt road.

Aaron, thank you for this wonderful review!  We love that you saw so many creatures.  It's good for the soul.  We enjoyed having you as our guests and we'd love to see you come back again
Oct 2020
Beautiful and Peaceful Setting
This is my idea of the perfect northern Michigan cabin on a lake. This is a true diamond in the rough waiting to be discovered. September 13 and the leaves were turning, no bugs at this time of year, cool nights for a camp fire. The cabin with deck is just feet away from the water,early one morning having coffee two beaver swam 5ft off shore, the local eagle performed three times for us! Cabin is well stocked with cooking gear,wi-fi works,bring bottled water to drink, an axe to split wood and have a great time, we did.

Roger, thank you for this lovely review.  We love the idea of it being the perfect northern MI cabin, and we whole-heartedly agree!  It was a pleasure having you as our guest, and we hope to do so again.
Sep 2020
Great peaceful stay
My wife and our five children had a wonderful time. It was very quiet and peaceful. The kids really enjoyed taking the provided paddle boat and canoe out on the lake. We swam, fished and sat by the fire for four days! It was a blessing and wonderful stay!

Matt, it sounds like you all had a  blast!  We loved having you as our guests and hope to work with you again.
Aug 2020
A Wonderful Escape!
I love Freshwater Vacation Rentals! They are very personable and professional. working with them for my reservation was a Breeze! The property on Wheeler Lake was breath taking and exactly what my family and I needed to escape the Hustle and Bustle of life! Not only is this location within a days trip to all the great sites that Northern Michigan has to offer but this is also a place to relax and do nothing. We enjoyed fishing, campfires, grilling, going out on the row boat and kicking back to watch all the natural wonders. I am looking forward to going back for another visit!

Sarah , it sounds like you all had a blast!  Thank you especially for your kind words for the FVR staff.  Our customers are our #1 priority.  We look forward to your return!
Jul 2020
Wheeler lk cabin
Snowed like mad ,it was great ,very peaceful,clean, excellent,get away spot thanks and I'm sure we'll be back

Zane, we would love to see you come back to Wheeler Lake House!  It is the perfect spot to go for some hard earned R & R, and having loads of snow just makes it all the better. The view of Wheeler Lake is spectacular, and snowmobilers can ride out right from the house.
Mar 2020
wheeler lake house {the schaal's honeymoon}
thanks so much for the amazing place we got to spend our honeymoon and enjoy all the snowmobile trail Kalkaska had to offer we enjoyed the comfy home and will be back to rent it again as long as you still offer the home

First thing, Sarah, congratulations on your wedding!  We are thrilled that you decided to honeymoon at Wheeler Lake House, and that you had good snowmobiling.  The Lake House is a beautiful Aframe with windows all across the front for fantastic views of the lake.  It is handicap accessible and sleeps 7.  It is quiet and peaceful - the perfect place to unwind.  
Feb 2020
This place is run by an organization rather than by an individual, and they are very responsive and informative. It's so cozy and is equipped with everything you need in a regular hotel. If you need anything extra, there is a small downtown in a 12 minute driving distance. The only thing that I was concerned about was smell of the water. I messaged the owner, so hopefully there will be a fix very soon. If so, I would be interested in returning this same place again in the future!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Harrison, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed staying at Wheeler Lake House.  It sleeps 7 and has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.  Only 8 homes are on this private lake so guests are able to take in the woodlands, resident swans and loons, and stillness of the lake.  Thanks for the information about the water.  We will get that check out.  We'd love to have you come back again.
Nov 2019
Wonderful communication & cozy little home with the perfect space for anyone looking for a little “get away” without going too far!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Cassidy, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Wheeler Lake House.  This cottage sleeps 7, has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.  If your pup is hypoallergenic, he is welcome to join you.  This is a great place to go to unwind.  We hope to work with you again.
Nov 2019

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