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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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Cynthia Muller
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 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 5.0 based on 6 reviews

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
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Delightful cottage on Magician Lake

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in Heron's Nest Cottage for a week in July, 2015. We had a delightful time. The cottage was extremely comfortable and suited us just perfectly. The cottage was furnished with everything we needed to prepare meals, grill outdoors, and relax on the deck. We were provided with firewood and used the firepit numerous times while enjoying the views of the lake and the channel that backs up to the cottage. The lake was refreshing to swim in. My husband even fished a little with some luck. We are excited about staying again next summer. Thank you Cynthia for making this a memorable vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Pembroke Pines, FL

Great time at Heron's Nest

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Heron's Nest. We were pleasantly surprised with the overall condition of the cottage. The inside had recently been redone with new flooring, fixtures, bathroom, etc. The large deck outside was equipped with a large picnic table and plenty of chairs and tables which accommodated our parties of 20 or more nicely. Most of our people commuted from the South Bend area. We had more than ample parking for all of the cars and outdoor space to set up volleyball and corn hole. Our age range was 10 to 82 and the property was comfortable for everyone. There was also a nice fire pit that we used every night. The Mueller's were very generous with the firewood and would occasionally check on us to see what we needed. There was a nice sandy beach with pier 50 yards from the cottage for swimming and a dock behind the property on the canal where we docked our pontoon. The price was reasonable and Cynthia was flexible to accommodate our specific dates. Great week at the lake; looking forward to next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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urbana, il, usa

everything we wanted

  • 5 of 5

My bride and I hosted our wedding on Cynthia's three properties (turtle cove, frog hollow, heron's nest)...we had a bunch of friends and relatives come stay in the cottages for several days before the big day, and then had a big outdoor thing with many more guests the day of. Plenty of space...

And it's beautiful: quiet and peaceful, wonderful lake my little niece and nephew loved going out on, nice open lawn for the reception, beautiful tree covered area right in front of the lake where we said our vows, barbecue pits right in the backyard by a canal so you could dock your boat right next to them, the cabins had everything you might need with a grocery store and restaurants just a few minutes drive down the road...

Plenty of space for a big party if you go in for all three looking to throw a wedding, but if you rent just one of the three, plenty of space for a quiet getaway from the city with just the family, and everything you might need...

Cynthia was incredibly helpful whenever we had a need, which as you can imagine was often when prepping a wedding...She's kind and caring and responsive and unobtrusive...really, what more can you ask for?

I've never done this kind of rental before, and neither had my wife, but if you're looking for a peaceful beautiful midwestern spot to take a break or throw a big outdoor party, we can't imagine a better site or a better owner. We'll be going back some anniversary soon, you should too...

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Viewpoint Beach Resort has been in the same family for 102 years. The property surrounding the cottages provides "space" for events. This summer we will host the second annual Magician Lake Party for all residents and those visiting the lake for the 4th-of-July-Week Celebrations. We hope to add a fourth cabin...or lodge...that will sleep 12, located on our mile-long waterway that winds throughout the property. Come to us to experience an All-American summer vacation.
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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.