HOUGHTON LAKE HIDEAWAY
SLEEPS: 11 (comfortably)
*LAKEFRONT (Houghton Lake)
*EXCELLENT SHALLOW LAKEFRONT SWIMMING
*PRIVATE BOAT DOCK and BOAT HOISTS
*PETS ARE WELCOMED (2 pets MAX)
*FOR LARGER GROUPS--Rent 2 cottages together! We also rent out the cottage next door-Houghton Lake Chalet! Check it out here!
Houghton Lake Hideaway is a great place to soak in the fun of Northern Michigan. Enjoy this classic cottage along a quiet street, with neighbors a comfortable distance apart on both sides.
Houghton Lake is a popular destination to enjoy summer fun with your family. The lake is shallow; kids and adults alike enjoy wading and exploring the water, sometimes up to 100 feet from from shore. The sandy lake bottom is perfect for swimming and playing games. You are welcome to bring your own boat and use our tie-off poles as you use our dock. Make sure you bring plenty of rope! Although water levels do fluctuate, the level around the dock tends to be 2- 2/12 feet. There is a sandy bottom around the dock. We always try to get the dock in around the 1st of May each year, weather permitting. Also, there are boat hoists available adjacent to the dock for a speed boat and a pontoon boat.
Entering the cottage, you have the choice of turning to the kitchen area, heading directly upstairs to the main sleeping area and convenient 1/2 bath, or to the comfy living room with windows and a door wall overlooking the gorgeous Houghton Lake.
In the kitchen you will find an ideal wooden dining room table with bench seating to have your meals, or play your favorite board game with your family. A great place for an evening puzzle, or to just sit around and talk about the day. We also have cable TV & Wi-Fi!
Continuing past the comfortable, simple kitchen, you can head into the downstairs master bedroom which hosts a sleep number queen bed. It is adjacent to the sole full bathroom-- ideal for a the older relative in your group, or the couple who just wants a little more privacy from the rest of the group.
Remaining on the main floor, you can escape the activities in the kitchen area by relaxing in the living room.
Better than watching the view from behind the door-wall, open the door-wall and step onto the deck. There you can gather the outdoor chairs and sit with you family and friends and soak in the fresh air.
There is nothing better in the summer than sitting around the fire, roasting your marshmallows and telling great stories while you feel the gentle breeze off of Houghton Lake.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Air Conditioning: No central air, but there are ceiling fans in each bedroom. One window A/C unit on the main floor.
Animals: Typical squirrels & birds. Yes, there are all kinds of animals that like to roam around northern Michigan. While you don't see most of them, you have to be someone who is comfortable in that true rustic, outdoorsy environment. We do our absolute best to keep all the critters away and out of the cabin.
Main floor: Full bathroom
Upstairs: a half bathroom.
Beach/Swimming: You can swim right at the cottage, it is shallow for a good 20 feet and then gets a little deeper. There is a ladder off the dock where you can access the water. The feel is very shallow and sandy!
Bedroom Configuration: (All sleep number beds!!)
Bedroom #1: One queen bed
Bedroom #2: Two queen size beds, and one full size bed.
Bedroom #3: One queen bed and two full size beds.
* Each bedroom has a ceiling fan*
Boats: There are no boats provided, however, below are some places you can visit to obtain a boat for your stay!
-Located behind the Rite Aid is a DNR boat launch. This can be used with a DNR Permit.
-Another DNR Boat Launch is located at Lantz Landing on Old 27 next to Comfort Suites. This landing also requires a DNR Permit.
-Lapham's Marina is a private launch site which can be used for a small fee. Located off County Rd. 100 on Marina Dr. across from Roscommon County Airport (
-Located at Whitney Court, there is a DNR launch site on County Rd. 100. This can be used with a DNR Permit.
-There is a site at the Sullivan Beach, located behind Chase Bank on Park St off M-55, in Prudenville.
-L & G Boat Rentals
-Brian's Lakeside Marina, Inc
-Houghton Lake Marina & Power
-Korbinski's Marine & Lakeview Motel
Cable/Satellite TVs: Yes, there is cable TV!
Cell phone service: Good
Deck: There is a deck with a patio set right outside the living room sliding door. There is also a nice, wooden swing and picnic table.
* Detroit: 3 hours and 15 minutes ( 190 miles)
* Grand Rapids: 2 hours 10 minutes (130 miles)
* Lansing: 2 hours (125 miles)
* Saginaw: 1 hour and 45 minutes (105 miles)
* Traverse City: 1 hour (60 miles)
* Mackinac Bridge: 1 hour 10 minutes (100 miles)
Dock: While there is a dock at the cottage, we do not advise you to tie your boat to the dock for any length of time. The lake is shallow so please use caution. Boats have been known to sink in shallow waters.
Firepit/Firewood: There is an outdoor fire pit, please provide your own wood.
Fishing: Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Perch & more.
Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online
Fishing poles: Please bring your own poles!
Grill: There is a propane grill! Propane is provided.
Grocery Store: 1/2 mile away is the Four Seasons General Store, which stocks basic items such as: liquor, beer, donuts, and bait! The nearest full-service grocery store is 20 minutes away on the south side of the lake.
Internet: Yes! Free wi-fi for guests
Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let me know, and I'll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillow cases and bath towels.
Patio Set: There is a patio set, along with beach chairs!
Parking: There is plenty of parking for two vehicles and trailers. You can park anywhere on the grass between the road and the cottage.
Pets: Your pet is welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet for your entire stay. Yes, we do accept up to 2 dogs, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on. Just let us know which bed you will be using with them, and we'll make sure it is ready for your sheets when you arrive. Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum. Generally, dogs love the water and places to explore. Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed. If you don't crate your pets please DO NOT leave them alone in the cottage.
Privacy: There are cottages right next door.
Space: Two floors. A set of bedrooms upstairs. All main living areas are on main floor.
Towels: Yes, we provide towels. It's always good to bring beach towels though.
Washer and dryer: No. Sorry. It's on my wish list.Get the full listing »