Lakefront House on Beautiful Northern Michigan Lak

View from Lake. Shoreline maintained in natural state. Better for the lake!
View from Lake. Shoreline maintained in natural state. Better for the lake!Second Floor Bedroom, has private bath and private outdoor deckView from KitchenLiving Room with fireplace.  Note: TV has been updated since the photo taken.First Floor Bedroom with 2 twin beds.  Bath is across the hallFirst floor bedroom with double bed. . bath just across the hall;Deck access tooChannel and bridge that guests cross in order to arrive at house, on the island.Lakeside deck; Nice sand in front of deck. . great for the little ones (shallow)View of lake from front deck. House faces west so we get great sunsets.Two-track road leading to house. Great for jogging, biking or walkingNice Avery Lake smallie, caught by Dan (owner) on a fly. . best way to fish hereKayaking on Avery Lake. We have 3 kayaks, 1 canoe, rowboat and new paddle boardSwimming on lake is great! Several clear springs from nearby hills feed the lakeFoggy morning.  Several beautiful islands in the lake. . . fun to explore!Sunset over lake from front deck.  There are decks on every side of house.View of house from lake in fall. . . an absolutely great time to be here
5761 Island Dr, Gaylord, MI 49709

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Overview

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Type: Home
Per week: $1,200
Per month: $3,600
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No

Description of the Gaylord vacation home rental

Listen to the call of the loons from a modern, 3 bedroom, 2 bath A-frame house located on the shores of serene, 415 acre Avery Lake near Lewiston, MI. A quiet place to appreciate nature and just relax. Area wildlife includes deer, elk, black bear, bald eagles and more. Enjoy excellent fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye, pike and panfish. Fly fishing for smallmouth bass is great in the summer and fall, and we encourage catch and release. Three kayaks, a canoe, a row boat (on which you can put your own outboard motor, up to 15hp) and a new STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD are provided. Numerous trout streams are nearby too.
Much of the lake is surrounded by Mackinaw State Forest, which provides miles of trails for snowmobiling, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, hiking and thousands of acres for hunting. About a half hour drive to the fabulous Garland Resort for golfing or cross-country skiing or less than an hour drive to Gaylord, the Golf Mecca of the Midwest.
The house is located in a very private, wooded setting, on a small island with a drivable causeway and bridge. There are three large bedrooms, each having access to outside decks. Also, there is a large deck off the living room with a great view of the sunset over the lake. The front of the house facing the lake contains large windows affording a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding hills from the living room and kitchen areas. The interior of the house is panelled in rustic knotty pine complemented by a cathedral ceiling. There is a nice lakeside deck, which provides access to a great swimming area. We want you to have a great experience here and will be happy to provide you with any information about area fishing, canoeing, hiking, etc. Maximum of six guests during any stay, please, and we have had a long-standing policy of no pets, as some of our regular and repeating guests have allergies.

Area Information

Montmorency County is probably one of the least developed counties of northern Michigan. Much of the county consists of state forest land. The area abounds in beautiful lakes and clear trout streams. Very close to Avery Lake, are small streams like Hunt Creek and Gilchrist Creek, each having gin-clear water with good populations of brown trout. Canada Creek is just north of Atlanta, and has some surprisingly good brook trout fishing. About 25 miles directly south, the Au Sable River flows through Huron National Forest and is designated a National Wild and Scenic River in this stretch. Great opportunities for floating this river exist, and you are welcome to transport our canoes and/or kayak to the river for a great day of fishing or just enjoying nature.
In the northwest part of Montmorency County, the beautiful Pigeon River State Forest has abundant small lakes and some very decent trout streams as well. Try fishing on the East Branch of the Black River, or the Main Branch of the Black for wild brookies, or the Sturgeon River or the Pigeon River for brookies, rainbows and browns. All are within about a 30 to 45 minute drive from Avery Lake.
For golfers, Garland Resort is probably one of the nicest courses in the area. And of course there are the many fabulous courses in the Gaylord area.
Great dining is found at the Lewiston Lodge, about a 20 minute drive from Avery Lake, between the huge lakes of East Twin and West Twin. Lewiston, Michigan is located on East Twin and has a decent grocery store and additional great restaurants - like the Redwood Steak House.

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Aug 09 2013 Aug 08 2014 - - $1,200 $3,600 2 Nights
Check In: 1 p.m. Check Out: 1 p.m.
Deposits: Usually none
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: We ask guests to do a light cleaning before leaving. If they choose not to do so (there is a space on the rental agreement where guests can choose NOT to do the light cleaning) then we charge an additional $60.00 cleaning fee.

Amenities

  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • Features

  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Kayak
  • Porch
  • Beach Chairs
  • Full Kitchen
  • Lakefront
  • View (Lake)
  • Bikes
  • Garage
  • Parking Included
  • View (Water)
  • Canoe
  • Heating
  • Patio
  • Waterfront
  • Appliances

  • Blender
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • CD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Stereo
  • Activities

  • Beach
    (onsite)
  • Hunting
    (onsite)
  • Windsurfing
    (onsite)
  • Shopping Area
    (10 miles)
  • Bicycling
    (onsite)
  • Kayaking
    (onsite)
  • Grocery Store
    (10 miles)
  • Tennis
    (10 miles)
  • Boating
    (onsite)
  • Lake
    (onsite)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (10 miles)
  • Golf
    (15 miles)
  • Canoeing
    (onsite)
  • Sailing
    (onsite)
  • Miniature Golf
    (10 miles)
  • Bowling
    (25 miles)
  • Cross-Country Skiing
    (onsite)
  • Scuba Diving
    (onsite)
  • Playground
    (10 miles)
  • Downhill Skiing
    (25 miles)
  • Fishing
    (onsite)
  • Snorkeling
    (onsite)
  • Restaurant
    (10 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (25 miles)
  • Hiking
    (onsite)
  • Snowmobiling
    (onsite)


Other Vacation Rental Amenities

Quiet setting on wooded island accessable by car; clean, clear water, good fishing, wildlife, lakeside deck, swimming, hiking, mountain biking;
Come here if you want a total relaxation experience far removed from the hustle-bustle of city life!! Great restaurants in Lewiston, about 10 miles away.

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Gaylord, Michigan

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Shayne Looper

Southern Michigan

Pleasant, Farly Remote Place to Stay

The house on Avery Lake is comfortable and the scenery is lovely. The owner provides a canoe, three kayaks and a 12' fishing boat. Though information about the lake mentions pike, walleye and perch, a local fisherman told me that he usually only takes pike in the Spring and does not catch walleye, but the lake boasts a good bass population (especially smallmouth). The information the owner provided was helpful. Follow his directions - not your GPS, which will take you down sandy two-track roads at speeds to 20 mph. The owner will ask you to compost food scraps (something we were happy to do) and to take your trash with you or to the local transfer station. You'll want to bring bedclothes and towels. Take a good book for the times you're not on the lake. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

AJ Weber

East Lansing, MI

practically perfect

Thank you for renting your home to us. We had a wonderful week. Peace and quiet was what we were looking for, and we found it on Avery Lake. And such a beautiful lake. The view is so pretty and it must be gorgeous in autumn. Your house was nice and clean, with plenty of room to stretch out. Practically perfect!

Heather Gifford

St. Thomas, ON

Relaxing Lakefront Vacation!

We truly enjoyed our stay at the beautiful Avery Lake Cottage. From the secluded drive to the cottage, we knew we were in for a treat. Beautiful sunrise and sunsets, warm and clean water, had everything that we needed and MORE. I even made friends with the Chipmunks. Canoeing and kayaking with the loons and quiet evenings on the deck were amazing. We had a wonderful time, miss it already and will be sure to be back. Thank you so much.

Sharon Andrews

Sebring Florida

Beautiful and peaceful stay!

Enjoyed our stay! The lake view is incredible! Everything we needed was supplied! We loved s'mores at the fire pit at night! No WiFi and cell phone connection was tricky! Redwood Steakhouse in Lewiston is awesome!

Debra Ely

Constantine Mi

Beautiful Views

The lake views, the haunting cries of the loons your place is amazing. Great fishing to keep the guys happy a great book in the closet for myself to read on the deck. We had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for sharing your vacation home with us. I can see a return trip in the future loved it. Also the sunsets were beautiful !!!! Thanks again Dan.

Shane Vincent

Franklin, MI USA

Serenety at it's BEST!!!

My daughters and I thouroughly enjoyed our week long stay! The amenities and the scenery are every bit as good as described and we didn't want to leave! Thank you Dan for the use of your wonderful home, boat, kayaks, canoe, and lake! We had a woderful time!!!!

hans van Gellecum

Wheatley Ontario Canada

Every lake waterfront

We had a nice week on the clear and warm every lake Nice house

Scott Paris

Princeton, NJ

Relaxing, serene, peaceful

We stayed at Avery Lake for a week in July and loved it. The weather was great and the lodging was wonderful. The bed, bath, kitchen, and all amenities were clean and comfortable in a rustic environment. We enjoyed the kayak, canoe, and rowboat everyday because the lake is clean, clear and not cluttered with jetskis and motorboats. The fishing was not so good but the views and sunsets were great. We also had our bikes and enjoyed the trails. It is far enough away from towns and noise to really relax so just enjoy the natural beauty in a comfortable A frame in the woods. The owners were gracious and helpful, and we had a wonderful vacation at Avery Lake.

Matthew Kaufmann

Clinton twp michigan

Sit back relax & enjoy.

Lets start by saying that all my stress from the hustle of the city went away right as we arrived. The little ones loved the fishing & swimming as did I and my father-in-law despite the kids had better luck at fishing than we did. Really enjoyed the beautiful house & great weather,eventhough the wife was 8 months pregnant and left a day early because of the heat had a great time. Loved sitting on the deck in the morning having coffee and watching the loons go back & forth with tgeir babies. Thanks go out to Dan & his wife had a great time!

Eric Patterson

Cleveland, OH USA

Tranquil Retreat

From the moment we arrived ~ we knew that we'd found the right vacation home, and that the description provided was wholly accurate. Peaceful, quiet, remote. Nature and the lake right outside the door. Calm cool winds carried the sound of the loons both morning and evening. Whether we were wading in the lake, canoeing/kayaking around the island, fishing in the lake or any of the nearby streams...this was a retreat to nature that even an ardent outdoorsman could appreciate. If you're looking to "get away" from it all, then you really can't do better than Avery Lake.

Rob Harrell

South Lyon, MI

Secluded Weekend Getaway

I was looking for a secluded place on a lake to take my girlfriend for a surprise trip where I planned on proposing to her. Dan (the owner) took the time to open up the cabin early and have everything up and running by the time we arrived. Accomidations were wonderful and I had no complaints other than the weather being a little colder than I had hoped. We definitely enjoyed our stay and it will be a location that my new Fiance' and I remember for the rest of our lives.

Scott M. Buckingham

Midland, MI

Beauiful setting.

This was a nice place in a beautiful natural setting. The owners were very accommodating. My son and I each caught a smallmouth bass in the 20" class on the surface with our fly rods. Very fun!! Thanks!

A renter

Cuyahoga Falls, OH USA

Paradise in Michigan

We have been vacationing in Michigan for the past few years and have always had beautiful weather and lots of fun. But this past vacation was the best. This home is absolutely spectacular. Waking up each morning and having cofee on the deck overlooking a beautiful lake. The sunrises and sunsets were breathtaking. It was peaceful and fun for all. My children had a wonderful time in the water on their rafts and fishing. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation spot this is it.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Guestbook

We have been renting for ten years and our guests have been very satisfied. We keep a Guest Comment Book on site and invite guests to share their thoughts, experiences, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:How's the swimming?
A:We have a 6 x 18 foot deck, which is right on the water. There is sand on bottom of lake for about 20 feet out from the deck, and water is shallow there. As the water gets deeper, the bottom of lake becomes a bit soft, but there are submerged logs that a swimmer can stand on. Most people find the swimming excellent, and the quality of water is absolutely fantastic, as the lake is fed from springs coming from near-by hills.
Q:How's the fishing.?
A:Generally, Avery Lake has good quality fishing. The most predominant species is smallmouth bass, with largemouth a close second. Also, lots of bluegills, some perch. There is a healthy population of northern pike, and a few walleye as well.
Best time is late May to early June. There is usually a mayfly hatch that takes place during the first week of June (hexigenia limbata) and bass go absolutely nuts over just about any dry fly presented to them. As the water warms, fishing can still be good. I have to say that that for consistently good bass fishing, consider bringing a fly rod, and dry fly patterns between size 16 and 12. Hopper patterns work great. You can take bass all the way up to early to mid September on dry flies. If you use lures, Rapalas, Mepps spinners, and top waters work well. Early in May, just after ice-out, is best time for large pike, and of course Daredevils can be good at that time of year, but you have to have patients, as pike are not as prolific in the lake as bass.
Q:What's the ambiance like around the lake and what is there to do?
A:Avery Lake is truly a unique place. About 60 to 70 percent of the shoreline is state forest land, so there is not a whole lot of development on the lake. You will likely not find many lakes in Michigan with such high quality of water. It is a bit off the beaten path, and is accessible only after driving several miles on good quality gravel roads, but the drive is worth the effort. It is surrounded by fully-forested lovely hills. It is a fantastic place just to kick back and relax for a few days, read, explore, hike, bicycle, meditate, whatever!
There are many high-quality golf courses located within easy driving distance. There are several rivers in the area great for canoeing, such as the Au Sable, Pigeon, Black, Sturgeon, and a there are smaller streams great for trout fishing, like Hunt Creek, Gilchrist Creek, Canada Creek, East Branch of Black and others.
Bring your mountain bikes for almost unlimited two-track trails through the state forest land that surrounds the lake.
Q:Do you have TV?; Cell phone reception?; Internet service?
A:There is an HD TV in the house, and we do have basic satellite service on it. There is also a DVD player, and a CD player.
Cell phone reception can be tricky, but most people are able to make and receive calls. You may have to walk around the property a bit to get a strong enough signal. Usually, out on the front deck, or on the lakeside deck, are areas where the signal is the strongest. There is no land-line phone that serves the premises.
Unfortunately, we have no internet service. The phone company does not provide DSL to such a remote location. Nor is there any cable service available for internet. However, I can usually get a weak signal on my smartphone and with patients I can use the internet in this manner. Additionally, what seems to work better is to use a cellphone as a wi-fi hotspot for purposes of using a laptop. There are apps you can get on your cellphone that will serve as wi-fi hotspots, so check with your service provider or check out your phone's app store for these. Of course, I-Pads with their own connection may work as well.

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Daniel and Cheryl McCormick

Daniel and Cheryl McCormick

419-764-9950

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    We are Dan and Cheryl, and although we actually purchased the property in 2003, it has been in our family since the mid 70s. We both grew up in Toledo, Ohio, but we have been coming to beautiful Avery Lake since the late 60s, when we camped at the state forest campground. We now divide our time ...
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