Lakefront House on Beautiful Northern Michigan Lak

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
“ Excellent ”
22 Reviews
5761 Island Dr, Gaylord, MI 49709


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 RENTAL PERIOD, and we have had a long-standing policy of no pets, as some of our regular and repeating guests have allergies. ALSO, DURING THE SUMMER WE RENT ONLY BY THE WEEK, AND OUR WEEKS RUN FROM SUNDAYS TO THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY. THE RATE FOR THE WEEK IS $1200. WE DO RENT FOR SHORTER PERIODS IN THE SPRING AND FALL.
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.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Aug 09 2014 Aug 08 2015 - - $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.


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

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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Michael Frank

Michael Frank

Garden City, Mi

Spacious house in private setting!

October 6, 2014

Spacious three bedroom house with a nice view of the lake, yet still plenty of privacy. Only a couple of neighbors, who we only saw once. Very peaceful setting, and the house had lots of windows and deck space to enjoy what nature had to offer. You get a three bedroom house in a very nice setting for the price of many motel rooms!

Ann McMahel Huntington

Ann McMahel Huntington

Shelbyville, IN

Great Last Minute Stay

September 29, 2014

Our planned "last minute" trip to Atlanta, MI to ride ATV's took a wrong turn when we found out the Elk Fest was the same weekend and all the motels were sold out with long waiting lists. I had never thought of renting a cabin on Avery Lake, but thank God for Dan and Cheryl and their great home availability. When we finally arrived, we were pleasantly surprised with the house. We only used 1 of the bedrooms since there were only me and my husband. The house was well taken care of and had everything we needed. Although we were only there for morning and evening, since we were out riding most of the day and with relatives who live in Atlanta, we felt like we were home. No neighbors were there, quiet and tranquil, lots of chipmunks and squirrels excited that we were there and even came and set by our feet while we were eating looking for a hand-out. We didn't get to fish or take the boat out, but hopefully the opportunity will arise maybe next year. We definitely want to re-visit in the future. Thanks again for a great place to call home when we are away from home in Indiana.

Dawn Warden

Dawn Warden

Waterford, Mi,

Cabin in the woods

September 7, 2014

Our stay was pleasant. The fishing wasn't very good when we were there but the lake is very nice. Unfortunately we had bad weather and it rained 3 out of the 5 days we were there but we still managed to find things to do. The cabin is well furnished and supplied with stables and a wide screen TV and is clean.

Toinette Strusinski-Broschay

Toinette Strusinski-Broschay

Carleton, MI

Relaxing, Resting, and Recovering

August 26, 2014

We always rent a house on a lake or ocean yearly for a week and we usually stay at different places to experience. We rented this place months ago and honestly when the time came to go, I didn't even want to leave my home; never mind vacation. I fell very ill 2 months before the trip, found out my eldest child could not come due to mandatory football practices, and experienced 3 deaths in my family, including my brother, just a month prior to our arrival. Needless to say, I was not in any mood to vacation. When we arrived the lake was so beautiful and the amenities were perfect. My younger children (11-girl, 6-boy) loved having the opportunity to kayak, go out on the boat almost daily, and Cheryl was even sweet enough to show Shelby how to paddleboard. The water is so shallow by the dock that I wasn't having extreme anxiety every time he went near the water (even though I made him wear his life jacket and he was not happy with me). My husband and the children experienced all of it, while I chose to reflect and recover physically and mentally. It was easy to do here. The lake itself is so serene and peaceful, you can see God's love shine through it and into it. Dan and Cheryl were very accommodating, and even though they were right next to us on another lot, we rarely even saw them but I am sure they heard my kids at times (not always the quietest). The house itself was well stocked with everything you may need. The seating may need a bit updating because if you are not careful the couch will hurt your bottom. It got every one of us. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of blankets, towels, etc. I did a lot of reflecting, and this was the perfect place to do that. Thank you Dan and Cheryl for sharing your cottage with us and another pat on the back to my husband who does all of the research and finds little places like this that can ease your soul and get real with your own character. As for fishing, I think my 6 year old son caught the most fish ever on the lake and my daughter caught the biggest so there is plenty of fishing too. My heart and some of my loss has healed thanks to the time we spent here.

Lisa Balliet Kotch

Lisa Balliet Kotch


Amazing place to relax!

August 13, 2014

What a great place to kick back and relax! Our family of 5 (my husband, myself, 16yo/13yo/7yo sons) had a wonderful week at Avery Lake. Dan was so helpful and informative through emails and once we arrived it was wonderful to meet him and his wife. The house has beautiful lake views and I could have spent the entire time in the rocker on the deck just listening to nature. The guys loved having the kayaks and canoe to explore the lake and my little one enjoyed catching minnows and crayfish while wading in crystal clear water. We didn't catch any fish but had fun trying and exploring the lake's islands at the same time. This home is well stocked for whipping up any meal. The beds were comfortable with plenty of pillows and blankets. If you love games and puzzles, they are provided too! We could not have asked for a better fit to spend time as a family without the intrusion of "real life" during our first trip to Michigan. Thanks to Dan and Cheryl for sharing there little cottage on the lake!

Jeff Wells

Jeff Wells

United States

The Most Beautiful Lake We've Seen In Michigan

August 7, 2014

Clear, warm, unpopulated and remote, the perfect lake for our vacation. Our family of five really enjoyed our time on and around this pristine lake. The charming house was perfect for our needs. Our generous hosts were very easy to deal with and thoughtful to the needs of 1st time, out of town visitors. Our trip down the AuSable was a highlight of the week. Seeing Hinkman's very full parking lot on our way out of town made us very happy we chose mid-week for that adventure. Neighboring with a Bald Eagle (1st time sighting for the kids) was another highlight. My wife & I use to trip in the BWCA & Quetico Parks of northern MN and Ontario. We had a challenging goal for this vacation. We sought a lake as untouched and pristine as those we loved in those parks but with creature comforts for the kids. It also had to be a reasonable drive from home. I was not confident such a place existed. Score!! This was a perfect fit for us and we hope to be able to return someday.

John Brander

John Brander

Warsaw, IN

Serene Lake house

July 28, 2014

Was a great retreat to get away from everything for a week! Everything was very clean and the house was just as described. The provided kayaks, canoe, and paddleboards were all great extras and the swimming area by the dock was extremely kid friendly! Lake water was fresh and clear!

Anne-Marie Dobransky

Anne-Marie Dobransky


Great up-north get-away!

July 16, 2014

2 couples in their 50's, and 2 young women in their 20's. The weather was cool and damp early in the week, strange for July. We brought some movies for our indoor times. Especially loved the kayaks and the paddle-board. Kitchen and bath are well-stocked. Could have used some more comfy seating for our party of 6 for indoor times (2 easy chairs and a couch.... someone always had to use the floor or a hard chair). Clean and comfortable otherwise. Good shopping for groceries in Lewiston. We did a day-trip to Mackinac Island.

Scott Hepner

Scott Hepner

New Albany, Ohio

Avery Lake Hideaway

June 9, 2014

This was just what the doctor ordered! We've never stayed at this property or this lake. We were presently surprised by how well the home/cabin was outfitted. Beautiful and very quiet setting. We'll be back.

Shayne Looper

Shayne Looper

Southern Michigan

Pleasant, Farly Remote Place to Stay

September 15, 2013

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

AJ Weber

East Lansing, MI

practically perfect

August 7, 2013

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

Heather Gifford

St. Thomas, ON

Relaxing Lakefront Vacation!

July 24, 2013

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

Sharon Andrews

Sebring Florida

Beautiful and peaceful stay!

July 15, 2013

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

Debra Ely

Constantine Mi

Beautiful Views

July 7, 2013

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

Shane Vincent

Franklin, MI USA

Serenety at it's BEST!!!

August 20, 2012

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

hans van Gellecum

Wheatley Ontario Canada

Every lake waterfront

August 16, 2012

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

Scott Paris

Scott Paris

Princeton, NJ

Relaxing, serene, peaceful

July 17, 2012

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

Matthew Kaufmann

Clinton twp michigan

Sit back relax & enjoy.

July 15, 2012

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

Eric Patterson

Cleveland, OH USA

Tranquil Retreat

July 14, 2011

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

Rob Harrell

South Lyon, MI

Secluded Weekend Getaway

April 26, 2011

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

Scott M. Buckingham

Midland, MI

Beauiful setting.

September 4, 2008

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

A renter

Cuyahoga Falls, OH USA

Paradise in Michigan

July 9, 2005

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

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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    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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