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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:
August 15, 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • 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.


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Little Bear Beach Cottage - Beautiful beach and clear lake!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews

Beautiful setting. Crystal clear lake and comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

Amazing vacation! The cottage is comfortable and well equipped. Be sure whomever is staying with you can handle stairs as there are a lot, but honestly, it adds to the beauty of the place. We vacationed wth myself, my husband, my 5 year old daughter, my sister and my mom. It was a vacation in which we could disconnect from busy and connect with each other. Loved the board games for the evenings and of course the wild life in the morning on the lake is amazinng, especially the pleated woodpeckers and giant Herons. If you don't have an amazing time, it's your own fault!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windsor, ON

Awesome week!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Little Bear Beach Cottage! The cottage was well-equipped and clean and comfortable. It felt very homey! The kitchen and bathroom are modern and newly renovated. By far the best part of this cottage was the setting! The fire pit and dock and beach were absolutely wonderful! We used the kayaks every day and my daughter fished right off the dock!! The water was clear and beautiful and so serene. We definitely plan on returning to Little Bear Lake!

Thank you to Hans for being accommodating and wonderful to deal with! The Internet access was a bonus as our cell phone reception was almost nonexistent! And from what I understand, very few cottages in the area have Internet so that was fantastic!

Could not ask for more!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at this cottage the week of July 4th. We had the absolute BEST time! The house and the location were perfect! The house had everything you could possibly need for a week's stay. The water was crystal clear and perfect for our children to swim in and kayaking and taking the paddle boat out was great. To top it all off, we also caught a fair amount of decent sized fish which was really fun for all of us as it is the main thing we look forward to when vacationing. This area of Michigan is probably one of our favorite areas we've visited so far. Paul's Pub in Johannesburg was great and we also enjoyed visiting Gaylord and Lewiston for shopping and dining. All in all, we loved this vacation and wish we could have stayed longer. We hope to be back soon. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely beach cottage with us. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation spot, lots of extras provided for fun in the lake

  • 4 of 5


- Beautiful bathroom (our toddler LOVED the tub)

- Great firepit and beach area

- Kayaks and paddle boat were a huge hit!

- TV set up was nice for evening movies and rainy day

- Friendly chipmunks all over the place. :)


- Hot water was hard to get so that made showering and doing dishes a frustrating process. But hey, we were on vacation, so we decided to use paper plates instead to save some time on nightly dishes.

- Steep stairs down to the beach. Really not a huge deal but our 70 year old aunt came to visit one day and after one trip down/up she decided she wouldn't be able to make it again because it was so hard on her knees.

Thank you Hans for letting us rent your place! :)

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback! Update! A new hot water tank and whole house filter were professionally installed on 6/28/17. Thanks Hans
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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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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!

Of course, Gaylord is known as the Golf Mecca of the Midwest. With over a 100 course offerings, discover all that the north has to offer. Click here for more!

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:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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
June 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
July 2018
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
August 2018
Aug 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
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

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $125
Damage Deposit $250

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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