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Herons Nest at Viewpoint Beach on Magician Lake, Sister Lakes, MI 49047

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 9

Herons Nest: A cozy lake cottage, with a huge patio for large family events, is located on Magician Lake in Sister Lakes, Michigan. The property is located at the mouth of Polk Channel, a mile-long waterway excavated in the 1950's, running from Magician Lake through Viewpoint Beach...surrounded by pines and hardwoods that have been growing for a century or more. The cottage is perfect for a family vacation, or couples trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Fish from the dock and swim and boat on the lake. A sandy swimming and boating area is close by. Air conditioned. Boat rentals, which include kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and pontoon boats, are available for daily or weekly rates.. Enjoy the BB - Q and an evening around the fire pit.

Fall: The property is perfect for an autumn get-a-way. Enjoy a campfire on a cool fall evening, kayak the mile-long Polk Channel, walk through the woods to view the colorful autumn leaves, participate in the many wine-tasting activities sponsored by local wineries, shop the quaint, but bustling Dowagiac, attend a University of Notre Dame home football game in South Bend, IN, carve a jack-o-lantern

provided by Viewpoint Beach management. The cottage is heated; you will be warm and cozy on a cold night after busy, fun fall days in the country. Three-night minimum. Sleeps 8.

We have three cottages next door to each other...Frog Hollow, Turtle Cove and Herons Nest...perfect for a fall group retreat, a reunion or a get-a-way with a group of friends.

Experiece a real American summer and/or autumn in the country

Celebrate your wedding in a natural setting.

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More Details

Cynthia Muller
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

Why Cynthia Muller chose Sister Lakes

This property is 174 acres of untouched pine forests and woods. The property was purchased in 1910 by our Grandfather, Edmund Richard Polk and his wife Agnes. They and their five children established a summer resort, building the first cottage in 1911. That cottage is in use today and provides the owners many hours of summer fun.

In 1958-59, Arthur E. Polk, Sr. and Arthur, Junior dug a mile-long channel throughout the property, making the main section an island. A bridge was purchased for scrap, for $250, and moved by housemovers to the present location (22 miles from its original spot in Sumnerville, MI)


Sister Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Resort
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Tenant provides own bedding. Pillows provided..
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunkbed; Tenant provides beddung. Pillows provided.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 bunkbed; 1 twin Tenant provides bedding. Pillows provided
  • Those who wish to camp out can pitch tents in the yard.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Outdoor Features: Dock for boats and jet skies; Fire Pit; Charcoal Grill; 2 Picnic Tables; Wide wrap-around deck perfect for large gatherings ; Lakefront Swimming. Open area for reunions/parties: Check with owner for fees. No overnight camping in the open area. Fall: wine-tasting tours, walking in the colorful woods, fishing, kayakong on the mile-long Polk Channel, shopping, picking apples at a local farm, carving a jack-o-lantern, sitting around a campfire, attending a University of Notre Dame home foorball game in South Bend, IN...just a 45 minute drive Firewood: NO Campers, ATV'S, golf carts, dirt bikes! Suitability: No pets allowed Smoking Not Allowed Inside. Guests are required to supply: * Bed linens/Blankets * Towels * Paper Goods * Charcoal NO PETS ALLOWED


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Herons Nest at Viewpoint Beach on Magician Lake, Sister Lakes, MI 49047
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Family Trip

  • 5 of 5

Our family always has a great time when we stay here. Its very clean and the fishing is great.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! Your husband caught a lot of fish!!! Warm Regards, Cynthia
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We had a wonderful time! Will come again!

  • 5 of 5

Cynthia was very helpful and around if you needed her. The house was perfect for our group!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always delighted when our guests have a memorable time with us. Thank you for your kind comments! Cynthia
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Madison, AL

We always enjoy the Heron’s Nest. It is ideal for a large outdoor event.

  • 4 of 5

Heron’s Nest is peaceful and nice. Located on the manmade canal of Magician Lake. The cottage is cozy, well appointed and functional. The only major downside is that there is no washer and dryer. Ms. Cynthia is the ideal hostess, she is close but never infringes. We look forward to vacationing at the Herons each year.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We strive to make your vacation enjoyable! Kind regards, Cynthia
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Great Cabin and good fishing

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed in the Heron's Nest earlier this month. The cabin was well maintained and very clean. There was plenty of room for everyone. The area was very nice. The cabin rests right on the channel. My kids enjoyed fishing off the dock and caught a steady supply of small bluegill and sunfish. This was a great learning experience and taught them how to feel the bites and watch their bobber. The pontoon boat was nice and well maintained as well. The fishing in Magician Lake was good. We caught fish every time out. We even caught a 30 inch walleye. We are planning to return next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We enjoyed having you with us! See you next summer! Regards, Cynthia
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Madison, AL

Wonderful, relaxing, peaceful, serene!

  • 5 of 5

My 2 grandchildren, my sister, a friend and I stayed at the Heron's Nest for 9 glorious days, July 14th through the 23rd of 2017. Yes, Glorious! The house is well appointed, spacious and beautiful but for me, the three-sided deck was the star! The Heron's Nest and the adjoining vacant lot space were ideal for a large family gathering. The pontoon and paddle board rentals added an another dimension of fun for all. Cynthia and Franz were the ideal hosts, friendly, & helpful without hovering. The property affords plenty of space for pitching tents, but be sure to clear it with the owners in advance. There is direct access to the canal for fishing and docking but you'll have to walk a short distance to swim. I have rented vacation homes before but the Heron's Nest is now my favorite. I hope they'll have us back next year and maybe we'll get both The Heron's Nest and one of the adjoining properties, Frog Hollow or Turtle Cove.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We strive to make each guest feel welcome.
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Very nice stay!

  • 5 of 5

Cynthia is very friendly & accommodating. Our 2nd stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased when we receive repeat guests! "Hope to see you again next year! Cynthia
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
South Bend, IN; Kalamazoo, MI
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Indian Lake Golf Course, Harbor Shores
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Dowagiac, MI
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Roller Skating at "Ramona".

* Bowling.

* Driftwood Ice Cream Parlor.

* Miniature Golf.

* Dining: Captain Jack's.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Swimming.

* Kayaking.

* Sunbathing.

* Walking/Jogging.

* Bike Riding.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* 5-Mile Drive In Movie.

* Roller Skating.

* Bike Riding.

* Eating Ice Cream at Driftwood.

* Picking Fruits at U-Pick Farms.

Swimming, watersports, fishing, sunbathing, barbequing, nature trails and family activities, to name a few. Jet skis and speed boats can be rented from Lake Effect Powersports or JD's Marine. Campfire stories around the firepit are definitely recommended. The Sister Lakes area has an ice cream parlor, a roller rink and a multitude of restaurants to enjoy. Downtown Dowagiac features a number of boutique shops, the Beckwith Theatre, the Wood Fire Italian Restaurant, and Caruso's, a candy shoppe and soda fountain that has been in business since 1922.

"We would love to have you stay with us!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

Check-In: 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Check-Out: 11: a.m (EST)
Rate Details (In US Dollars)
Firewood: 2 bundles FREE at check-in.
Boat Rentals Available: Pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards. Request fee schedule.
Bed pillows are provided. Bed linens, towels, paper goods and charcoal for the BB-Q are NOT provided.
Mattress sizes are: 1 queen; 7 twin.
At check-out it is expected that the cottage will be left broom clean condition with no visible damage. If additional cleaning is required, funds will be deducted from the security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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