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Property Details

Updated: Apr 9, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 9

Quaint lake cottage located on a channel connecting to Magician Lake in Sister Lakes, Michigan. The property is located at the mouth of Polk Channel, a mile-long waterway excavated in the 1950's, running from Magician Lake through Viewpoint Beach...surrounded by pines and other hardwoods that have been growing for a century or more. The cottage is perfect for a family vacation, or couples trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Newly renovated - new everything! If in the area, please contact for a tour. Fish off the dock, swim and boat on the lake. Wi-Fi available. Air Conditioned.

The property is perfect for an autumn get-a-way. Enjoy a campfire on a cool fall evening, kayak the mile-long Polk channel ( we have 3 kayaks), walk through the woods to view the colorful fall leaves, participate in the many wine-tasting activities sponsored by local wineries, shop in quaint, but bustling, Dowagiac, attend a University of Notre Dame football game in South Bend, IN, carve a jack-lantern from a pumpkin provided by Viewpoint Beach Resort management! The cottage is heated; you will be warm and cozy on a cold night after a busy, fun fall day in the country. Check the fee for a two night stay!

We have three cottages next to each other... Frog Hollow, Turtle Cove and Heron's Nest...perfect for a group retreat, a reunion or a get-a-way with a group of friends!

Experience a real American summer and autumn in the country!

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

This property has been in the family for 105 years. The land was originally used as a grain farm but after its puurchase in 1910 Edmund R. Polk and his wife Agnes, with their five children, developed the land into a summer resort called Viewpoint Beach Reseot.

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Turtle Cove at Viewpoint Beach on Magician Lake
Sister Lakes Southwest Michigan
Merrillville, Ind,usa

Fathers and Son's Weekend

Fathers and Son's Weekend
  • 5 of 5
It was a great time, for me and my two son's. The location of the house was perfect.Did some good fishing off the channel. We caught crappie, blue gill, small mouth, and catfish. The people were very freindly. I will be bring back the whole family next.
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Turtle Cove at Viewpoint Beach on Magician Lake
Sister Lakes Southwest Michigan
Villa Park, IL

Fantastic Rental!

  • 5 of 5
I was very impressed with the house and property. The channel in the back with lake access was absoulutly wonderful. House was very comfortable with plenty of places to sit and relax. The patio furniture was fantastic to relax in as well as the picnic table and fire pit. The public boat launch was easy to find and very well kept. It was very easy to launch an 18ft power boat. The Sister Lakes area is very friendy and homey. My goup and I immediatly felt right at home. I highly recommend BT's Pub for their food and great deck seating. Also enjoyed Stephie's Coffee house for some great coffee. There are too many good features about the area and home to list. Looking forward to my next visit.
Thanks AJ
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Turtle Cove at Viewpoint Beach on Magician Lake
Sister Lakes Southwest Michigan
urbana, il, usa

Fantastic host and site

  • 5 of 5
My bride and I hosted our wedding on Cynthia's three properties (turtle cove, frog hollow, heron's nest)...we had a bunch of friends and relatives come stay in the cottages for several days before the big day, and then had a big outdoor thing with many more guests the day of. Plenty of space...

And it's beautiful: quiet and peaceful, wonderful lake my little niece and nephew loved going out on, nice open lawn for the reception, beautiful tree covered area right in front of the lake where we said our vows, barbecue pits right in the backyard by a canal so you could dock your boat right next to them, the cabins had everything you might need with a grocery store and restaurants just a few minutes drive down the road...

Plenty of space for a big party if you go in for all three looking to throw a wedding, but if you rent just one of the three, plenty of space for a quiet getaway from the city with just the family, and everything you might need...

Cynthia was incredibly helpful whenever we had a need, which as you can imagine was often when prepping a wedding...She's kind and caring and responsive and unobtrusive...really, what more can you ask for?

I've never done this kind of rental before, and neither had my wife, but if you're looking for a peaceful beautiful midwestern spot to take a break or throw a big outdoor party, we can't imagine a better site or a better owner. We'll be going back some anniversary soon, you should too...
  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

This property has a wide appeal for those who seek a real American summer experience. Swimming, sunbathing, boating and family bonfires help to make a memorable time at the lake. Area attractions and shopping in Dowagiac, Niles and St. Joseph add to the family fun!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : South Bend, IN at 35 Miles Nearest Golf : Indian Lake at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Dowagiac, MI at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : M152 at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Magician Lake at 0.25 Miles Car: necessary

* Swimming

* Boating

* Sunbathing

* Walking/Jogging

* Bowling

* Golfing - at local courses or the new Harbor Shores Course in Benton Harbor, MI

* Going on U-Pick Fruit Outings at local farms

* Playing Miniature Golf

* Biking

* Kayaking

* Viewing movies at 5-Mile Drive-in Movie

* Shopping in Dowagiac and St. Joseph, MI

* Attending wine tastings at local wineries

* Attending the University of Notre Dame home football games in South Bend, IN

* Fishing


From $220 Per night

Rental rates

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May 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $250.00
  • Firewood $20.00 + Tax
  • Pontoon Boat Rental $950.00 + Tax
  • Bicycles $10.00 + Tax
  • Kayaks $20.00 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 6.0%

Payment of the $250 refundable security deposit and a signed contract will confirm your reservation. Full payment if reservations is made prior to March will be payable 60 days prior to check-in. Reservations made after March will have the payment in full date stated in the contract.

Check-In: 3:00 p.m. (Michigan Time)
Check-Out: 11: a.m. (Michigan Time)
Weekly rate: $890/week (May - October) plus 6% MI Tax
Nightly rate: 3-night rate: $660 plus 6% MI Tax
4-night rate: $750 plus 6% MI Tax
Damage Deposit: $250 Refundable Deposit

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Updated: Apr 9, 2015


From the Owner

Turtle Cove has a wide-open kitchen/living area that is conducive to family gatherings. The pier on the channel provides mooring for your boat or a rebtal boat.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • Tenant should provide towels and paper goods.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 4 twin/ single, Two bunkbeds; Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Tenant should provide bedding. Pillows are provided. Livingroom can accommodate several air mattresses.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Beds: 1 double bed and 1 twin bed (First Bedroom); 2 Bunk Beds: 2 twin/2full (Second Bedroom; 1 double bed (Third Bedroom) Pillows provided. Air conditioned. Entertainment: Cable TV, Internet Access Kitchen: Full Kitchen; Microwave; Dishes/Silverware/Utensils/Pot &Pans. Outdoor Features: Dock for boats and jet skies; Large wrap-around deck; Fire Pit; Charcoal Grill; Picnic Table; Lakefront Swimming. Fall: wine tasting-tours, walking in the colorful woods; kayaking on the Polk Channel; shopping, carving a jack-0-lantern, campfire; grilling outside on the barbeque, attend the University of Notre Dame home football games in South Bend, IN...just 45 minutes away! NO Campers, Motor Homes Suitability: No pets allowed Smoking Not Allowed Inside Cottage Renters are required to supply: * Bed linens/Blankets * Towels * Paper Goods * Charcoal for Grill

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