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Little Bear Beach Cottage - Beautiful beach and clear lake!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, Sleeps 8

Enjoy an old-fashioned "Up North" rustic family cottage getaway in this quiet and very private beachfront A-frame cottage. The lake is a private all-sports lake that is 128 acres. Adjacent Big Bear Lake is a public lake that is 350 acres. This cozy three-bedroom cottage that sleeps eight is clean, modern and comfortable. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, bedroom #2 has a queen size futon, bedroom #3 has two twins and the family room has a sleeper sofa that will sleep two. The beach is one of the best on the lake! As you can see from the pictures and maps, The Little Bear Beach Cottage is located on the tip of the Little Bear Lake. This provides quiet and seclusion, yet still being able to enjoy all water sports on this lake. Four boats are included for your enjoyment - a paddleboat, 2 kayaks, and a rowboat.

Hans Kniep
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Your place is incredible! From the dog bowls to the location to the

beach and its amenities - it was absolutely perfect. What a beautiful home

you have - thank you for letting us stay the weekend! "
Oct 2016
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Johannesburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
Living room amenities include: 32" TV w/satellite, DVD player, and board games. The kitchen is fully equipped with range, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, toaster, blender and all cooking utensils. We also have a full-sized washer and dryer. For some outdoor cooking, you'll find a gas grill and picnic table. There is a shed by the water that has electricity and a small fridge.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Little Bear Beach Cottage - Beautiful beach and clear lake!
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Excellent for a cozy weekend break

  • 5 of 5

We took a few days off and had a long weekend by the lake to enjoy the falls colors.The cottage has everything needed for a cozy weekend in the countryside. The well-appointed kitchen meant we could cook up a storm, then enjoy some hot apple cider around the fire pit. Perfect size and great location for a family getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, private, beach cottage!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect family getaway! The four of us, my husband and I, son, niece and our Jack Russell all loved this amazing location. We spent mornings enjoying coffee on the deck. The lake view is spectacular! We loved touring the lake on the paddle boat and kayaks in the afternoons. The lake is so clear, the water perfect for swimming even in September! Nights were spent around the bonfire making Smores beneath the most stunning star filled sky!!

The cabin itself is clean and cozy. We had everything we needed to feel right at home. We also spent a day hiking in Pigeon National Forest, definitely worth the drive! Simply beautiful!! thanks, Hans, for allowing us to enjoy a much needed, perfect week away! We hope to return again soon.


  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

It was beautiful! Everyone loved the cottage and the lakefront property. We spent every day kayaking and paddle-boating. We did some fishing, both off the dock and in the boat. We had bonfires every night. The view of the stars at night was amazing! Nobody wanted to leave and the kids want to make it an annual trip! My 15 year old daughter said it was the best place to celebrate her birthday! We can't express enough how much we loved our stay here!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Three Rivers

2nd time around was even better than the 1st time!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your lovely cabin with us again. Our group was 6 children (10 to 18) and 2 adults. Even though the weather wasn't the ideal Spring break weather, we managed to spend a great amount of quality family time together....even without complaints! This cabin has everything you could need. The beds are comfortable, the showers are warm and the wood burning stove topped it off! We will definitely be returning to Little Bear Beach Cottage. Thank you Hans!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cozy spot on the water

  • 5 of 5

Visited in the winter. Overlooking the frozen lake was amazing. Comfortable beds. Quick but nice stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Three Rivers

Went above our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a perfect gem on a great lake. We had children with us ranging from 10 to 18 and they fell in love with the cottage immediately. This cottage offers great activities that get the kids outside exploring nature. From fishing to kayaking, they kept us busy the entire time! I have already re-booked Little Bear Beach Cottage for next year. Thank you for sharing your lovely cottage with our family!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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or the kids: In Lewiston (~20 min away) there is Smitty's Place Family Fun Center. There they have Putt-putt golf, go-karts, pool tables, arcade games, and air hockey. Plus they serve ice cream and pizza.

For the adults: Also in Lewiston, there is snowmobile and jet ski rental available. They will deliver and pickup rentals right from the cottage!! Click here for more info. Also, take the family over to J & B's for a great atmosphere and an awesome dinner!

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You can find peace and quiet nestled on this private beach property located on private Little Bear Lake. Only 18 miles outside of Gaylord, Michigan there is year 'round fun with plenty to do! In winter, for snowmobiling, there is direct access to hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails and seasonal roads. In summer, there are ATV/ORV trails minutes away. For skiers or golfers, we are only 20 minutes to Treetops and with over 20 golf courses in the area, this is considered the golf Mecca of the Midwest. Also close to casinos and only an hour to Mackinaw Island or how about visiting Gaylord during Alpenfest or the Otsego County Fair?

Central location, minutes from scenic Gaylord - antiques / arts / crafts, shopping and fine dining as well as prime golf courses and fall color sites. Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Grand Traverse wine region, Petosky, Charlevoix and casinos are easy day trips.


Rates & Availability

Johannesburg Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $125

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

Weekly Rate: $700 - $1400

Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

Summer - Weekly rentals only
$1100 /week + $250 Security Deposit
$1300/week + $250 Security Deposit ($1400/week for 4th of July Week)
$1300 /week + $250 Security Deposit
Check-in is 4:00 PM Saturday - Check-out is 10:00 AM Saturday
Rest of the Year
$150/night (min 2 night) + $100 Security Deposit
$700/week + $100 Security Deposit

Off-season arrivals and departures are negotiable

*All rates are subject to $75 Cleaning fee
*Max of 8 people

$25 night / $125 week additional charge

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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