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WaterFront, Canoe, Aluminum Boat ,WiFi, over looks water and state land.

Bedrooms 2
Space 65 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 5-6 Sleeps. See "DESCRIPTION" for Rates & Dates.

9702 W Silver Lake Road Mears Michigan 49436



2) CLICK "Rates and Availability" above to see Calendar. The Grey color is not available.

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Two Bedrooms. One has a Double bed with firm Sealy mattress. Bedroom two has Bunk beds, the lower is a double, the upper a single.

Living Room has Two Couches.

Kitchen features Electric range with oven, 20 Cu Ft Refrigerator, Microwave, Mr Coffee - Coffee Maker, Pots and Pans, Griddle, lots of cups, plates, silverware.

Bath is small 3/4 bath with shower. The Water Heater is under the sink and is about 10 gallons so no Hollywood showers.

TV - no cable. 2 Channels High Definition CBS and FOX 22' flat screen w/ DVD . I include a few family movies for guests. The desk in the LR has a few board games. Scrabble, cards,checkers, and monopoly. Want to watch TV on vacation ? Silver Sands Hotel $250 a night will be happy to rent you one room.

There is a vacuum , a couple brooms, and a few cleaning products.

Charcoal Grill, a couple fishing poles but no guarantees on condition. Guests tangle them up and I do not repair.

Wood stove for heat. 3 Fans , No Air. The Cottage is in the shade , being 2/3 mile from Lake Michigan , generally air temperatures are 10 degrees cooler than inland 10 miles.

Fire pit on road side plus one by the water. State land across channel for free fire wood or several places in area sell bundles starting at $3.

There are 5 Deck chairs, a couple beach chairs under the bunk beds.

14' Sea Nymph "R" Aluminum row boat and oars included with optional HONDA 5 HP Outboard. ($75 per stay for the outboard ). Coleman Canoe and paddles included. 4 coast guard approved flotation Seat cushions and a Four life vests (3 are kids sizes) .

Note – to rent a 14' aluminum with little motor at Wave Club on Silver Lake it is $125 a day. update. Wave Club stopped renting Aluminum boats. Now they rent paddle boards. Good luck with that.

Vacation Rentals changed all their software for 2015 and has limited characters.

I cannot get all my weeks and prices published on the main page.


FRIDAY 1 PM check in to FRIDAY 11 AM Check Out.

I will rent 3 day weekends in May , September and October. 2017 RATES HERE

All May Weekends ~ ~ RESERVED

Memoriial Weekend $400 RESERVED

June 2- June 9 $500 RESERVED

June 9 - June 16 $650

June 16 - June 23 $720 RESERVED

June 23 - June 30 $820

June 30 - July 7 $1100 RESERVED

July 7th - July 14th $1000 RESERVED

July 14th - July 21 $1000 RESERVED

July 21 - July 28 $1000 ~~~ RESERVED

July 28 to August 4 $1000 ~~~RESERVED

August 4th - August 11th $900 ~~~ RESERVED

August 11th - August 18th $800

August 18th to August 25th $750 --- RESERVED

August 25 - September 1 $600 .

Sept Labor Day weekend 3 Nights Min $100 a night.

Post labor day $90 a night 3 night minimum. Rents Go to end of October or

first hard freeze. Internet is shut off November 1st

Shoot me a message with desired dates and I will shoot you a

price. Vacation was bought out and everything changed. not user friendly, my customers get emails I do not send, and the web sight wants to charge guests about 8% more in case the owner/property manager is a fraud or double books. Feel free to pay them or me. as of September 2016 all guests have paid me direct.

More Details

Property Manager
Steve Danville
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Steve Danville

Born and Raised in Shelby MI 15 minutes from Silver Lake.

Graduated GVSU 1978. Licensed Realtor and property manager since 1978. Married since 1981, two daughters and one grandson.

Steve Danville purchased this cottage in 1978

Why Steve Danville chose Silver Lake

I grew up in Oceana County. As soon as we turned 16 and could drive, Silver Lake was the place to go in the Summer. I noted most cottage owners were 40-70 years old or older. Not wanting to wait, I bought my cottage asap in 1977 when I was 23. Lots on Silver Lake Water Front were and still are cost prohibitive for me, however on the silver lake channel I could afford. My kids have their best memories

of the summers at this cottage as well and many of their friends.

I appreciate my paying guests that pay my property taxes and insurance for us.

What makes this cottage unique

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are one of the best places to

be in the World ....for my money anyway.

Guestbook comments from the manager

copy and paste from email sent 8/31/2016

Hi Steve,

I just wanted to thank you again! We didn't want to leave. The kids said that this was their best vacation ever. I hope we left everything looking okay because we would love to come back!

Thanks again,

Aug 2016
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Mears Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 65 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • This is a cabin. There is no jet tub, and no Hollywood Showers. The 15 Gallon water heater will see to that.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , bunk beds in bedroom 2
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Deck facing the Silver Lake Channel & hundreds of acres of State Land Woods. Plenty of wild life to watch. The near by Silver Lake Sand Dunes offer 2000 acres of beach sand. Take the Canoe or Aluminum boat to get there. Cottage is 1 mile from Lake Michigan with free parking and Public Beech Access. 1.5 Miles from the Lake Michigan Little Point Sable Light House. 1/3 mile down the Silver Lake Channel is a small park with a few picnic tables. A foot bridge is used to cross the channel to get to the park. The park is between my cottage and the Silver Lake Channel Dam. In the other direction.. 1/2 Mile North is a small free County boat launch. 1.5 Miles to the Silver Lake State Park Camp Grounds. There is a swimming area at this park. Also a boat launch for heavier boats. Walking. Walk off road... State Land across the channel or across the road through Hide-away-camp grounds joins State Land walking paths in the woods. I prefer walks through Hide-away camp grounds.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

WaterFront, Canoe, Aluminum Boat ,WiFi, over looks water and state land.
average rating of 4.5 based on 23 reviews
Roselle, Illinois

Lovely location. Clean, rustic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed our stay, Especially being able to canoe just across the channel to Michigan state forest and dunes! Our dog loved it too!! Steve is easy to work with and returned our deposit right away. Great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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We had a great vacation and will be returning!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is perfect and cozy! The kids had so much to do from taking the canoe fishing up and down the channel to riding the boat over to the sand dunes. Less than 5 minutes away from Lake Michigan and an awesome view from the top of the lighthouse. The sand dunes offer hours of fun but the best memories our family made were hanging out on the dock fishing and sitting around the campfire! Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Family had a good week. Sand Dunes are a spectical

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family rents along the Michigan coast from South Haven to Traverse City. Pentwater and the Silver Lake Sand dunes areas are

the best for clean sandy beeches. Steve provided all we needed to

get to the dunes. Kids life jackets supplied, descent aluminum boat and

the kids used the canoe daily. Water was okay ( taste ). appliances worked as they should . ( no washing machine or dryer )... the cottage was clean. Yes, we had to broom the spider webs off the deck and deck chairs in the morning, if you want to be in the woods by the water it is more like camping than staying in a 5 star hotel. One rainy day kept us inside and we had 1 or 2 channels on tv that worked... just like when I was a kid. It would be nice is the area had more bike trails. Over all the family had a good time, the boys a blast. They pitched a tent one night across the creek on the state land. Mother worried. I didnt. Vacation is what you make it. We had a good experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Dirty and uncomfortable - pt 1

  • 2 of 5

Pros first:

* Location, location, location (but I think that is ALL you are paying for). 1/4 mile along canal to Silver Lake and 1.5 mile drive to Lake Michigan. The price of cottage itself is not a good value.

* Excellent communication and responses from Steve.

* Bed sheets were clean.

* Fridge and freezer worked great.

* Tap water tasted good.


* Nature -- must be a drought because canal was as shallow as 5 inches in many parts. We literally had to get out of boat in several places and pull it to the opening of lake. We paid extra for the motor, but since it was such a hassle to get to lake by rowing and wading, we only went out twice. Again, so shallow, there were nothing but 1-2" little fishes swimming around, so no fishing either.

* Per website description, I was expecting humble accomodations (which they were), but I also expected comfortable and clean (which cottage was not). I also expected everything to work, which did not.

* Steve warned of a small water heater. Hot water was the least of our problems. (We had hot water all week). The problem was no water pressure! By the third day we had ZERO water. My husband had to open/close the valve to dilapidated water pump for over an hour which is exposed to the elements and LITERALLY cobbled together with (interior) plumbers putty, plastic grocery bag wrapped around pipe with duct tape and dangerous, exposed wires (not in conduit).

* IMO very little investment in property since 1978. Again, I expected humble, but everything is just cobbled together in a cheap and/or tacky fashion. IMO, there is no reason for an ancient stove/oven. Both the burners and the oven worked intermittently. One night I cooked a pizza and the oven worked great. The next night it would not get past (guessing) 250 degrees and it took over an hour for a semi cooked pizza. Front right burner worked one day and then not the next.

* Cabin is set up to accomodate a family and yet there is no where to enjoy a meal together. (Investing in a picnic table would be nice). There is a table inside with four chairs, but cottage so small, only three can sit really.

* We were greeted by the front of the house with one broken (pieces chipped off), plastic Adirondack chair in front that was filthy with dirt.

* Every single porch chair was dirty with dirt and cob webs behind them.

* Charcoal grill was so dirty that we put a sheet of foil on top when we used it.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am HAPPY to Report it has been over FIVE YEARS since my last Chronic Complainer. Let me address Gail's complaints. ~ Water Pressure. Gail did not tell me about any water pressure problem until they departed. If I would have received a text, email, or call , I would have told them it takes 2 seconds to burp the water pump ., well pumps can develop air pockets sometimes and I have a valve to open for two seconds to cure that problem. The husband spent an hour messing with it Gail wrote... I am a text away with the simple two-second cure. Gail, you did not mention the money I refunded for your water pressure and Oven inconvenience. ~ Uncomfortable ? The mattress is a Hotel grade firm sealy posturepedic. Kitchen chairs are padded, deck chairs standard heavy resin several styles. ~ Fishing, In my photos , a guest sent me a fish photo June 2016. 15 inches maybe. If Gail and or her husband caught 1 and 2 inch fish - the problem may be deeper then the Silver Lake Channel. ~ Oven. If the oven worked great, then half speed, chances are good one of the 2 oven elements failed during your stay. The Range was immediately replaced. I would have made a service call had I known. I am a text away. ~ Dirty - Now that is a dirty word.. In a few hours , especially with some rain and wind in the woods the deck and chairs will get dusty/dirty in minutes. Thankfully (for me) you are a once every 5 years tenant. Sorry about the oven. I replaced the range as soon as I found out it failed.. My suggestion to Gail, rent an all new deep water summer home for $4500. a week. 2016 YTD happy guests "11" unhappy "1"
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Step Up from Camping

  • 4 of 5

Steve was great at communication leading up to the rental and during the stay. It is a nice place, great view and the boys loved fishing there in the mornings. The canoe was great and well used by us every day. The kitchen is small but adequate and we cooked over 3/4 of our meals at the cabin. The main reason with a couple minor reasons I gave it a four instead of a five: Main: There are not doors on the bedrooms....just curtains. Vacationing with a toddler: nap times earlier bed need doors. And is was not made clear that this was the case. Minor: it hasn't had a deep clean this year for sure lots of dust and musty smells.....

It was a nice stay and very relaxing. The main reason as I said is there aren't doors.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ive giving a lot of thought about Bedroom doors at the cabin since 1978. Due to the limited space, they would need to be pocket doors. As a Realtor, I have seen more pocket doors broken as I have seen working ones. My conclusion was the most practical, functional, reliable divider is a curtain. Did I fail to disclose?. Yes. First time this was brought up. The longer my description is, the less chance people will read it all. I will try and add a photo showing your concern. 2) In the Summer time, next to the water the cabin may have that cottage damp air. When the humidity drops, not so much. Ive been a few of the neighbors homes on the channel , same smell.
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Great cabin

  • 4 of 5

Just got back from a wonderful long weekend at this cabin location was great u r right on the canal which is beautiful the canoe and row boat were awesome will definitely b going back next year thanks Steve


  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Val Dune Mears
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Ludington Michigan or Muskegon 40 miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Bonona 4 miles Oceana 10
Nearest Train
85 Miles
Grand Rapids MI
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Hide Away Camp Ground Resturant 200 yards
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake Michigan or Silver Lake
Car: not necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Walk Dunes To Lake Michigan.

* Swim.

* Fish.

* Canoe.

* Row the boat to the Sand Dunes.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* See Top things to do. FREE..

* Walk the State Woods.

* Canoe.

* Row Boat.

* Fish off my land or Foot bridge down the channel..

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Boat to picnic.

* Sand Dunes and the Dune Buggies.

* Light House.

* Pentwater.

* Craigs Cruisers.

Cottage Suggestions. Take them or Leave them, It's Your Vacation.

Canoe - Included is a Coleman Canoe life jackets, seat cushions and paddles. The canoe works well in the Silver Lake channel and getting to the sand dunes if the pilots of the canoe have some skills.

Go left ( West) from the cottage in the canoe and one can go about 1/2 mile to a small dam.

Row Boat - WAY more stable then the Canoe. This Sea Worthy 14 foot Aluminum Sea Nymph 14R. Unsinkable. . Rowing out the channel may be a challenge when you get close to Silver lake the channel narrows. It depends on the current of that day. Some will walk the boat a few feet into Silver lake then the current stops. The row back is a breeze. Ive been rowing it since the 1970's. Due to some shallow areas, it is best to row the channel and use the motor in Silver Lake.

WATER- One of the facts of the walking area of the Silver Lake beeches at the sand dunes is you cannot drive there and park on the dunes.. It keeps the Dunes more exclusive to boaters.

The Sand dunes are in 3 sections. South is Mac Wood Dune rides. Middle is the public area. Most people get there via boat. The North is for Motor vehicles with off road registration, State Park registration, flags etc to drive there.

If you want to go to Lake Michigan.. there are 2 parking areas at Lake Michigan near the cottage. Just turn Right (West) out of the cottage and follow the asphalt. One is a parking area for the public where the channel meets Lake Michigan the other is at the Light House.

FISHING - Many people fish right in front of the cottage. Most of the fishermen I see on Silver lake are near where this Channel enters Silver Lake. One man recommends between the State Park and the boat rental docks. Also, there is an upper channel to check out.

Silver Lake. Silver Lake is about 2 miles long and 1 mile wide. The deepest part is actually near the dunes about 25 feet deep. There is a severe drop off as the Dunes encroach on the Lake. On the road side of Silver Lake it is relatively shallow for hundreds of feet.

Boat Launches - there are 5. only one at the State Park works for Fiberglass boats. 17' or smaller Aluminum boats or jet ski's may use the others. One is across the street from Mac Wood Dune Rides, One Between the State park and Flordale resort, one near the Boat rental place at the end of the lake and one on the upper channel.

State Land is across the channel from the cottage- You are welcome to hike on the land across the channel from the cottage. If you run into a sandy road you have reached where Mac Wood Dune rides run and pedestrians make the drivers nervous. Please keep a distance from their trails. Hiking is one way to the Dunes.

HIDE AWAY CAMP GROUNDS - Across the street has a coin laundry room, a little store , and PIZZA. Whippy Dip next to Mac Woods has Pizza.

This cottage is 1/2 Mile to Silver Lake. One mile to Lake Michigan.

11 miles from Pentwater ( a tourist community bordering Lake Michigan).

6-8 miles from Stony Lake

3 golf courses

Lake Michigan beaches 1 mile.

Little Point Sable Lighthouse

Multiple water activities and rentals

Silver Lake Sand Dunes / Mac Wood Dune Rides

Jeep Rentals

Mini Golf & Go Cart Track


For additional Photos just send a request.


Rates & Availability

Mears Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
.Post Labor Day Email me $90
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2018 - Dec 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

HERE ARE ALL THE RATES for 2015 Changed all there software and it is not user friendly. Not enough characters to finish my Rates.
They are listed in my description. Also I like email the best. sdanville AT Greenridge dot com .
July and August I rent Friday to Friday. 1 pm check in 11 am check out.

NOTE - There is a Calendar on this page to check available Dates. Upper right on main page.
7 Nights. Check in Fridays 1 PM . Check Out Friday 11 AM sharp.
$200 damage/deposit. Over 90% of the time 100% refunded.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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