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Magician Lake is part of the “Sister Lakes” region of Lower
Michigan, about 20 minutes east of St. Joseph and six miles
of the city of Dowagiac. It is the largest of the lakes in the
Lakes area with a total of 498 acres, three islands, two marinas and
a sand bar. The gradual depth of Magician Lake makes it a great
swimming lake for children, and boat rentals, fishing, water skiing
and other lake activities are also available on the lake. There is
one outlet on Magician Lake that is known as Silver Creek, located
the eastern shores. Other recreational activities in the area
include hiking, biking, golf, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling and
sledding. The nearby town of Dowagiac is filled with beautiful
Victorian architecture and has a vibrant downtown area for shopping,
restaurants, theaters and museums. St. Joseph is a deep-water port
town that has picturesque brick roads and many unique shops, art
galleries, antique shops and cafes. Magician Lake is located just
thirty miles north of South Bend, Indiana, one hour from Kalamazoo
and two hours from Chicago. You will enjoy beautiful sunrises &
sunsets and have fun in the sun on our 60 feet of private lake
When we were married we made a list of things we wanted to do in life. One of them was to own a lake house for our someday kids to enjoy. When we were 8 months pregnant, I found this lake house on Magician Lake. We didn't waste any time and we bought it. Although it needed a lot of renovation, over the years we have pretty much renovated the house from top to bottom. We are so happy we made the purchase and we have created so many memories over the years. We wish we could use it more, but with my busy real estate career in the city of Chicago and Scott's demanding career, we are unable to use it as much as we'd like. We rent out the house only 6-7 weeks per year and many of our guests have been coming back year after year. Some of our guests love the area so much they ended up purchasing on the lake!
scott & monique strong purchased this house in 2005
Our lake house is only 2 hours from Chicago. It's a short drive for a wonderful relaxing vacation. We have over 60 feet of lake frontage and the water is clean and warm. Our house is located down a private road and there is not much street traffic, so it's excellent for long walks and bike riding.
We have been traveling to Sister Lakes for many years. This was by far one of the nicer homes we have stayed at. It had a beautiful kitchen with nice appliances and countertop space, fantastic dining room area and great deck! The views from every window were breathtaking. Everything we needed was provided. Our kids did not want to leave! The yard was huge and the beach area is safe for little ones. It's not very deep when you first step in and is pretty shallow all the way to the end of pier. Great for swimming. Magician lake is very clean and its not too busy. We'll be back!!
What a wonderful trip this was for our family. The stay at "Mello Yellow" was a very pleasant experience! We appreciated Monique and Scott sharing their beautiful home with us! The home was clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. It was a pleasure to prepare meals in such a well equipped kitchen. I spent many happy Summer's in the Sisters Lakes area as a child and highly recommend this home for a peaceful, but fun filled family vacation.
The booklet of local activities provided to us by the Strongs was throughly researched and user friendly. There were six of us, my husband and our two adult sons, wife and girlfriend. The home was comfortable for all of us including a disabled member of our group. We look forward to spending time together at "Mello Yellow" some time in the future.
The house was very clean upon our arrival. Eveerrythign was marked and what was accessible. The area had a lot to offer for all ages. Highly recommend. Scott and Monique were very helpful.
We really enjoyed our stay. The large kitchen was terrific for preparing meals and enjoying them with our large family! The sandy beach and sandy shallow lakefront was perfect for the kids as well as the large grassy yard for them to run and play games in! Enjoying a nice fire in the fire pit was always a nice way to end a busy day and relax. Also loved drinking coffee on the large deck in the morning and watching the sun rise. Enjoyed some good fishing as well. Nice and quite because of its location at the end of a dead end road.
This house is very lovely, and nicer than depicted in the photos - which is usually not the case with a rental property! It was fully equipped, and I very much appreciated that items like dishwasher detergent,laundry detergent, etc. were provided. The owners and caretakers were very responsive to any questions we had. The only negative about the property is that there is not much of a beach, which made it difficult for our little children to play in the water. There is a retaining wall with steps down to a fairly rocky beach, and the waves really kick up when there is boat traffic - not easy for little kids to manuever. Probably better for older kids who can jump off the end of the pier to swim. But overall, we loved this property.
We stayed for a week 3 years ago and a weekend last Fall and we just booked another week for this summer. The home is decorated very nicely and the kitchen is better than any kitchen I have ever had! It has beautiful hardwood floors throughout (including the bedrooms). We had a group of 8 which included 2 couples and 4 kids. It is set down a private road on the really nice part of the lake (no weeds, just clean water). It was perfect for our kids who are all younger in age. There is a very large yard where we played volley ball and hung out by the fire pit. Everything we needed was already there. We love to cook and found the kitchen to be a delight. The beds were comfortable and everything was really clean when we arrived. We have stayed on other lakes nearby before and found them it to be a disappointment. Either no yard space or the water had receded. Magician is the best lake out of all the sister lakes and is the largest.
We would highly recommend this place and can't wait to stay there again.
My husband and I stayed at Mellow Yellow with friends for our much needed week long vacation last year. It was a wonderful time. The lake house is situated on a private road and is resting high on a bluff with wonderful views down to the lake. The lake is about 500 acres and the water is very clean. The water is about hip deep until you walk out a ways, so it feels very safe. They have a huge back yard with a firepit and this year when we stayed there just for the weekend we noticed so many more improvements, like a new sea wall and pier and they added a gigantic new deck and paved patio with new grill and seating area. We had a total of 7 people on our vacation and that seemed to be just right. Although the home could sleep up to 10. They also keep it very nice, everything was in working order and they have someone managing it who was very helpful and only lives a couple of doors down, but when we needed anything she was available. I also liked the fact that they have nice furniture, comfortable beds and nice linens. I've stayed at some places that were just plain old gross! This place is charming and has alot of character. They supplied everything, pots, pans, wine opener, coffee maker, towels, sheets, laundry detergent...it was all there. They also had a large binder with fun things to do in the area and directions. The downtown area of Dowagiac is only a 15 minute drive and we had a wonderful dinner at Wood Fire grill. There are also wineries within 20 or 30 minutes. We had such a great time...we really did not want to leave. As I mentioned, we came back recently just for a weekend getaway, and although it was short, we felt totally recharged. We visited some local antique shops which was really fun and went bike riding around the lake. The sunrise in the morning from the deck is priceless! We also noticed an area in the house with lots of games and toys for small kids, although we did not have kids on our trip, it looked like it would be really nice for small kids. I highly recommend this lake house for a family vacation...it is lovely!
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Weekly Rate: $2650 - $2950
June - August
- Week $2950
- No nightly rate available
September – May
- Week $2650
- No nightly rate available
- Available year round (50% deposit required to reserve, balance
- Fully refundable with a 30 day prior cancellation, non-refundable
- $300 security deposit required, refunded 1 week after rental is
vacated, if no damage.
- $120 cleaning fee
- Check-in 4pm/Check-out 10am
- Weekly from Friday-Friday