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- 0% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 0 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 0 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - no cats. One non shedding dog okay.no cats. One non shedding dog okay.
No smoking - not inside. and for Petes sake take your Butts.not inside. and for Petes sake take your Butts.
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 20
- - Vacationrentals site cancelation policy is inaccurate. My real policy is I refund 100% if I can rent. I re-rent 80% of the time.
- In 2018 I had one days notice for a cancelation. The guest and I both lost $550. Lose lose.
great get away
We really enjoyed our time in the Silver Lake area. We were looking to get away from the city after shelter in place and wanted a place on the water where we could swim and canoe. The owner offers use of canoe and aluminum boat making this modest accommodation a perfect summer get away. The house offers the essentials except you are asked to bring your own towels. I recommend bringing an extra kitchen towel and floor towel for the bathroom.
The house has a great porch you can sit on and watch nature. Our kids (10 and 12) learned to canoe in the channel and had a blast. The channel is great for bird watching too- we spotted an active blue heron while canoeing and follow him up the creek for a while.
We took the boat with motor to the beach on Silver Lake. The kids ran up and down the dunes and had a blast. The water goes from shallow to deep quick so we did not swim a lot but there was plenty of fun and relaxing on the dune beach.
Relaxing weekend away
My family and I had a great time at Steven's cottage over Memorial Weekend. Took the little boat to Silver Lake and spent time at the sand dunes. Steven was very easy to communicate with and the description of his cottage is accurate.
Great place to relax
The location is wonderful...removed from noise and city life, but plenty to do in the surrounding towns. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our October visit. Read the owner's description carefully to decide whether the place is for you. He describes it out accurately in the listing. Not a luxury accommodation, but great for kicking back. Thinking about coming back with my 9-year-old granddaughter. The owner is just the best!
Great Weekend Getaway
We went when all the stores and shops were shut down for the season but it was still a relaxing and peaceful weekend. Easy access to the dunes and Lighthouse so we were still able to hike. Great house for our stay!
It was exactly what it says. It was in a great location. My family had a lot of fun.
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
Mini Golf & Go Cart Track
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Steve Danville .
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 a grandson.
Steve Danville . purchased this Cottage in 1977
Why Steve Danville . chose Mears
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; 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 water front and have access to Silver Lake via boat.. My kids have fond memories of the summers at this cottage as well and many of their friends. I appreciate my paying guests that pay my property taxes by renting the cottage.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are one of a kind. More specific to my place, The channel offers the option of taking the boat or canoe to a County park with 2 tables on the channel for a change from the popular Silver Lake dunes. Or keep going West to the dam. Kids or Adults alike will remember the little boat trips for a life time. One family told me the kids spent the whole week in the canoe.