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Bear Lake, Lakefront cottage, all sports lake, sandy bottom in Bear Lake

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vacation rental description

Enjoy this 1800 acre all sports lake with a sandy bottom. The lake is quiet and has wonderful fishing, skiing, swimming. The bottom is all sand and very shallow for 200+ feet, making it great for kids! There is a small sea wall, no steps to the dock for ease. Lake entry from the dock is just 2 steps with railings on both sides of the steps.

Activiites to choose from in the area include: Kayaking, canoeing, tubing, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake MI beaches, biking, Little River casino, and Crystal Mountain, golfing and fishing to name a few activities.

WINTER offers SKIING AT CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN just 10 minutes away or enjoy snowmobiling the Spur Trails out your door.

You will enjoy all the comforts of home in this 4 bedroom, 2 bath cottage!
With the open floor plan and windows across the entire front of the cottage, the view is wonderful.  The kitchen is open to both the dining and living
areas with views of the water.  It's set up to easily keep an eye on kids whether you are inside or out. 

This cottage is extremely clean and well kept with everything you
will need to make your vacation enjoyable.

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Aaron Swanker 231-499-7400

house rental amenities

Cottage is comfortable for 6 adults, or 6 adults + 2 children. The trundle beds are small twin beds, in small rooms.

Master Bedroom - King size bed, private bath with a tub/shower combo.
2nd Bedroom - 1 Queen size bed
3rd Bedroom - 2 twin beds(Trundle style)
4th Bedroom - 2 twin beds(Trundle style)
Second Full Bathroom has a shower.

Other Conveniences to make the stay comfortable include:
-Washer & Dryer
-Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave coffee maker,
pots & pans, and all the utensils you need.
-Outside there is a campfire ring, sandbox, and
plenty of lawn chairs.
-Bed linens and towels are supplied.
-Sand anchor for a boat or personal watercraft.

activities and attractions in Bear Lake Michigan

Wonderful swimming, fishing, water skiing and other water activities are
all available just out your front door. SKI CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN in the WINTER! Sleeping Bear Dunes and Leelenau are within 50 min.

Other area activities to check out include:
-Lake Michigan Beaches 10 minutes
-Beulah, Onekema, Frankfort 20 minutes away.
-Golfing enthusiasts can enjoy Arcadia Bluffs, Crystal
Mountain, Interlochen, and Bear Lake Highlands golf courses just minutes away.
-Rockin R Ranch for horseback riding, carriage rides, Lake MI rides or group
hayrides. Located on the East Side of the lake and just 5 minutes away.
-Fun areas within an hour include: Glen Arbor and Traverse City
-Canoe, raft, tube, or kayak down the Betsie, Platte, and Manistee
-Numerous mountain biking areas within a short drive, or ride from
your back door and explore the two tracks in the Manistee National
-Winter is no less active with snowmobile trails out your door and
Crystal Mountain for skiing just 10 minutes away.
-If you're feeling lucky the Little River Casino is 15 minutes.
-Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Manitou Islands are just a short drive
North for a another great day trip.
-Spring and Fall gives way to Grouse/Woodcock hunting as well as
Salmon and Steelhead fishing in local rivers like
the Betsie, the Big & Little Manistee, the Platte, and Bear Creek
for salmon.
-The Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye fishing on Bear Lake only adds
to your trip.

vacation rental rates

Summer Rates:  Under no circumstances are there to be more than 8 people at this rental unless it has been cleared with owner. 4th of July week and Bear Lake weeks are premium weeks renting at $2,000.

Off Season Rates:  Sept - May                
3 day weekends are available during off season.  Call for rates.

TO RESERVE:   You will be asked to send 1/2 of the rental fee to reserve your vacation dates.  Then one month prior to the rental date you will send the other 1/2 of the rental along with your $500.00 security deposit. The security deposit is returned if there is no damage and cottage is clean within a week of check out.

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Top things to do in Bear Lake
  • Enjoy the lake!
  • Visit Lake MI Beaches 10 minutes!
  • Go Sleeping Bear Dunes or Leelenau for the day.
  • Golf Arcadia Bluffs, Bear Lake Highlands, Crystal MTN
  • Tube, kayak, or canoe the many rivers in the area.
Top things to do on a budget
  • Take a bike ride.
  • Golf Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
  • Walk the best MI beaches, Arcadia, Pierport, Alberta all 10 min!
  • Hike Old Baldy on M-22 just north of Pierport just minutes away.
  • Climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Top things to do with a family
  • Bike path from Alberta along Crystal Lake to Beulah.
  • Wednesday nights family golf specials at Crystal Mountain.
  • Raft one of the many rivers.
  • Outdoor Movie Theatre, 30 miles on US 31 north in Honor.
  • RELAX at the lake, take a canoe paddle.

Aaron Swanker , owner

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traveler reviews for this bear lake house rental

Amazing vacation home!

Review submitted: July 16, 2013   Date of arrival: June 30, 2013

This home exceeded our expectations for our family vacation. Everything was well appointed and exceptionally clean. The beds were very comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed to make great meals quickly and easily. The dishwasher and washer/dryer helped us clean up and get back to the lake fast! The lake was very clean and quiet and it was like we had it all to ourselves. The owner was always available to answer questions. We hope to be able to use it again next year!!

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Great place for a family with young children

Review submitted: June 19, 2013   Date of arrival: June 7, 2013

We had an amazing week at Bear Lake with our 5 children age 11 and under. The weather was in the 70's all week and the children spent everyday swimming and riding their bikes up and down the dead end road. The water was waist deep on my 3 year old and it stayed that depth for at least 100 feet. My older children loved taking out the canoe and my husband took the children fishing in the boat and my son caught a 19 inch bass! There is a really nice small beach on Lake Michigan just a short drive away off from 13 mile road. We loved driving there in the evenings to watch the sunset. Bear Lake is a great place for a family vacation and this cabin fit our needs exactly. The cabin is decorated so cute and is very clean and comfortable. My children are begging to do it again next year and we are definitely planning on it. You won't be disappointed at all in your stay here.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Dee (ontario, Canada)

Review submitted: October 5, 2012   Date of arrival: September 27, 2012

It was more than my sisters and I could have asked for! The cottage was so inviting, the sunrises and sunsets were amazing. This IS the first time since we have started our sister getaways that we all agreed that this is THE PLACE WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR. We would love to go back next year.

Recommended for: families with young children, girls getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


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