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Long Lake Waterfront Home

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

Loon Lodge is a beautiful and private waterfront home on Long Lake, one of the most popular lakes in northern Michigan. The house is a secluded retreat; the property has more than 200 feet of frontage on the lake and the next closest house is more than 100 yards away, completely hidden by trees.

The house is directly on Long Lake. You can jump off the dock and enjoy the clear waters. The water is crystal clear and the bottom is a mix of sand and small rocks.

The house has a dock and a deck that looks over the lake. There is a mooring for boats and we provide a canoe and row boat for you to use. You can explore the five public islands in the lake, watch the sunset from the deck or dock and swim whenever you want. There is a small beach when the lake water level is low.

Loon Lodge has two large bedrooms and two baths and sleeps up to 8 people. The house has new beds and linens, a new gas grill, high speed internet, a TV with limited reception and a DVD player. Loon Lodge also has a new furnace and new washer and dryer.

Traverse City is just 15 minutes away so you have easy access to shopping, movies and activities. There are public tennis courts just down the street and a public boat launch across the lake. Fishing is excellent in Long Lake.

A few comments from our recent guests:

'After vacationing at various places on Long Lake for 41 years, my family found Loon Lodge to be our favorite spot.'

'Had a great time!!! Caught 17 walleye, 3 nice pike and the largest smallmouth bass I've ever caught. Great drives every day, awesome campfires and just all in all a great time.'

'A week of relaxation and reconnection. We feel lucky to be able to visit this spot.'

'I can't remember when we have been able to completely relax this much on a vacation.'

'This is the fifth year in a row that my family has rented a cabin. Everyone agreed that this was the best cabin ever. It was perfect.'

More Details

Tim Calkins
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

About Tim Calkins

Our family has owned this property for almost 100 years; our grandparents started coming up from Chicago about 1910 and bought a place a little after that. We've been coming up ever since.

We started renting Loon Lodge about 10 years ago and have enjoyed welcoming guests to the house and the area.

Tim, our main contact person, lives in Chicago with his wife and three kids. They make it up to Long Lake every summer.

Tim Calkins purchased this house in 1990

Why Tim Calkins chose Northern Michigan

Long Lake is wonderful. It is big enough for sailing and canoe trips, but not scary like Lake Michigan. The water is clear and warms up during the summer.

Our house is close to Traverse City, a cute northern Michigan town, but very private, far back in the woods.

What makes this house unique

Loon Lodge is a perfect place to relax. There is a lot to do but simply kicking back at the house is so tempting.

Loon Lodge has a private deck, lawn and beach area. You are free to swim, sail, water ski, read or just sleep in, listening to the waves.

The adventurous types will head out to hike the Sleeping Bear Dunes, canoe the Boardman or Platte Rivers, bike the local trails, go horseback riding and tour the vineyards and craft brewers. Golfers will try to different courses in the area.

Long Lake is great for fishing. You can play tennis nearby or explore charming Traverse City, with the busy Front Street area.

It is a great spot for a vacation.


Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Two bedrooms and two baths. Beautiful living room, eat-in kitchen. Huge master bedroom with a queen bed and a single bed. Second bedroom with a queen bed and a single bed. Two daybeds in the living room. Fireplace, new gas grill, TV and DVD (no cable). Boat house with large deck (firepit on deck). Canoe, private mooring and dock, small private beach when lake water levels are low. Linens included (sheets, blankets and pillows).


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)


Wonderful cottage getaway

  • 5 of 5

It is a wonderful setting as it is both remote (tucked away in the woods by the lake) and close to all the modern conveniences of the city. The cottage is very cozy and the outdoor seating is a real plus. Having access to a canoe is a lot of fun. Overall, it is the perfect woodland get away .

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nicely equipped!

  • 5 of 5

Nicely equipped. Close to Traverse. Great location on the lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I searched for the perfect place for our honeymoon, and Loon Lodge was absolutely beyond expectation. The cabin is in excellent condition and it was great to have our own dock, canoe, grill, etc. It is very secluded, but only a few minutes from downtown Traverse City. For those venturing out, the cabin isn't far from Sleeping Bear Dunes, Fishtown, winery trails, etc (which I also recommend visiting). The scenery is beautiful at the cabin. We spent a lot of our time just sitting outside on the dock. We both commented that it was our first vacation and location that we had a hard time saying goodbye to at the end of our stay. We plan on returning in years to come as it is also the perfect location for family and couple trips. Highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Loon Lodge. We were two couples plus a four month old - the space is ideally suited for families traveling together, with two en suite baths and a large living room complete with comfortable seating, books, and wonderful views of the lake and surrounding scenery. The weather was beautiful, so we took full advantage of the canoe, and the dock (for swimming). This is a wonderfully private property that is very clean. Tim, the owner, is extremely responsive, and sent a plumber out to help us when we had a minor plumbing issue in one of the bathrooms (problem fixed right away). My husband loves to cook, and we found the kitchen well-appointed, including with all the tools we needed to grill. It's clear the owners care about their property. We felt very welcome. The pictures here don't do it justice - the lake and the trees are very beautiful. You'll be well-positioned here to explore northern MI, including Leland, Lake Leelanau, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Suttons Bay, etc. Don't miss a trip, or several, to Moomer's for ice cream - it's just down the road.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay at Loon Lodge.

  • 5 of 5

We (two couples) had a wonderful time at Loon Lodge. The scenery is spectacular and the serenity of the lake and forest was just what we needed. We even had a loon on the lake in front of our cabin morning and evening. Nothing authenticates your north woods experience like the sounds of loons calling across the water. The weather turned cold and windy so we only got to eat dinner and enjoy s'mores on the dock one night. Other evenings we enjoyed the warmth and coziness of a fire in the fireplace. The cabin had all the comforts of home that we could ask for and was perfect for two couples:two roomy bedrooms, two bathrooms, and large central living room. Having wifi was great. TV reception was not great due, I think, to the rural and rustic nature of the area, which we enjoyed. Having TV is not very important to us, especially with wifi to keep informed. Traverse City is just a short jaunt away and there are a plethora of great restaurants and shopping there. Brunch at The Blue Heron or Patisserie Amie is is not to be missed. Pizza from That'sa Pizza is very good. And the cabin is just down the road from Moomer's Ice Cream! The autumn leaves were just starting to turn but it was still a pleasant, easy drive through lovely wine country with both the woods and the waters along Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is spectacular scenery as is Sleeping Bear Dune. Loon Lodge is a lovely cabin in a beautiful setting and a peaceful woodland experience. The kitchen is cozy but adequate for fixing full meals. The road back to the cabin is a little bumpy and narrow but it really verifies that you are leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind. The lake is gorgeous and as soon as we drove up we fell in love with the cabin and setting. We hated to leave and hope to return as soon as we can. Tim provided lots of helpful information both before we got there and with the guest information. Tim also provided us with numbers to be used if needed but we did not need that. By all means, follow Tim's directions, not your GPS.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic! HIGHLY recommend this nature haven.

  • 5 of 5

Booking was very easy through VRBO and paypal. Tim was very quick to respond.

The driving directions provided by Tim were fantastic….use those.

It was fun to drive through the long, winding, tree lined road to the house.

I couldn't get the door open….my husband had to do it each time :)

The house was spotless.

There were some supplies left for us~ pump soap, toilet paper, paper towels, bar soap.

We slept in the 2 bigger beds. We used the daybeds to lay on during the day.

We only used the shower/bath during the week. The water pressure was good and stayed hot for 3 quick showers in a row…the 4th was iffy. :)

We didn't cook while there….but the fridge and microwave worked well.

We never turned the tv on.

The internet connection worked at all times, except during a thunderstorm.

We used the washer a few times during the week ….had to wash the towels we brought from home and some random clothes. it worked well.

We used the dryer a little bit more due to drying our wet swimming stuff.

We swam off the pier on a few occasions and did end up with the lake itch that Tim informs you about. The kids were 100% w/o any red bumps within 6 hours of getting out of the water. They were just super itchy for those hours. We always got out of the water and washed off in the tub with soap. If they were super itchy, we used benadryl cream. My husband got it the worst and is at home with at least 10 bumps on his legs still.

The water was super clean. Only saw fish at night and they were tiny.

The windows are temperamental at moments. I learned which ones would fall off of their track when winding back in. I had hubby help push those closed from outside daily. Only a few windows have window treatments. It took me a minute to get used to it at night.

The fire pit and patio were perfect at night.

We never used the heat or indoor fireplace.

We HIGHLY recommend staying here and hope to stay here again in the future.

The house was perfect for us. I know your family will love it as much as we did.

Family of 5. 3-39 years old

2 dogs. puppy and old guy

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had a good stay at Loon Lodge! One note: we are getting new window treatments in the bedrooms this fall. I hope you can make it back for another trip to Long Lake sometime soon.
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Season
May 27 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Peak
Jul 15 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400

We rent Saturday to Sat in July and August. The house can sleep up to eight people. It is prohibited to have more than eight people staying over-night in the house. Large parties, loud music and jet skis are not allowed. Inspect the mooring; we are not responsible for any damage that may occur due to the mooring. Pets are OK but you are responsible for damage. Don't leave your dog if it will howl!

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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