Croton Pond Vacation Retreat

Cottage and multi-level decks
Cottage and multi-level decks Cottage, view from back yardComfy sitting room with beadboard pineDining area seats up to 8Kitchen is fully equipped with everything neededMaster bedroom has king bed or two twin bedsBedroom #2 with queen bed, carpeting, bureauBedroom #3 with twin beds & attached to bath
6112 Cole Dr, Newaygo, MI 49337

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Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 9
Type: Cottage
Per night: $105 - $165
Per week: $650 - $950
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes

Description of the Newaygo vacation cottage rental

Croton Shores Cottage is nestled on a wooded hillside in a cove along the western shore of beautiful Croton Pond, a 1,320-acre boating and fishing lake that's part of the Muskegon River between historic Croton and Hardy Dams.

Surrounded on three sides by woods, there's plenty of privacy for lounging on the deck or enjoying an evening fire at the fire pit.

This is the perfect place to slow your pace, relive favorite memories from childhood summers at the lake and create a great fish story!

Discover the abundance of local wildlife. From your private dock you can observe swans, blue heron, turtles, geese, ducks and maybe even the elusive bald eagle--all in their natural habitat. Catch a glimpse of resident deer taking a stroll, or watch as wild turkeys wander out from the woods. These encounters with wildlife will create special vacation memories.

Area Information

Bring your own boat, and you'll have direct access to four miles of waterway--from the grand waters above Croton Dam, up the Muskegon River to Hardy Dam. A public launch just below Croton Dam gives you access to miles and miles of some of the best fishing waters around.

This is a haven for water enthusiasts. Muskegon River is ideal for canoes, kayaks, boats or tubes. A summer day on Croton Pond finds pontoon boats, power boats of all sizes, water skiers and personal watercraft.

If you prefer your outdoor fun on land, you'll enjoy the miles and miles of woodland trails that beckon casual walkers, serious hikers, horse riders, dirt bikers and snowmobile enthusiasts alike.

Area golf courses offer challenge on the greens. Free parks provide picnics and swimming.

The town of Newaygo is a true delight--with its interesting shops, diverse eateries, artistic murals, seasonal festivals, homespun farmers market, riverside parks, and more.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Apr 01 2014 May 31 2014 $120 $130 $730 - 2 Nights
Jun 01 2014 Jun 30 2014 $135 $140 $820 - 2 Nights
Jul 01 2014 Aug 31 2014 $155 $165 $950 - 1 Week
Sep 01 2014 Oct 31 2014 $140 $150 $860 - 2 Nights
Nov 01 2014 Dec 31 2014 $120 $130 $740 - 2 Nights
Jan 01 2015 Mar 31 2015 $105 $115 $650 - 2 Nights
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Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 6%
Deposits: One-half of total rental fee due when making reservation. Balance of rental fee, tax and damage deposit of $100-$200 payable at least 30 days prior to arrival.
Payment Options: Personal Check
Other Fees: Only well-behaved dogs under 40 pounds allowed with individual permission from owner. Additional $50 damage/excess cleaning deposit for dog plus $15 per night or $70 per week fee.


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 4 Twin Beds
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Full Kitchen
  • Lakefront
  • View (Lake)
  • Deck
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Waterfront
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • DVD Player
  • Iron
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Boating
  • Jet Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Playground
    (4 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (12 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (4 miles)
  • Bowling
    (20 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
    (3 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    (6 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (20 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Hunting
    (3 miles)
  • Snowmobiling
    (6 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (20 miles)
  • Lake
  • Beach
    (4 miles)
  • Golf
    (8 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (20 miles)
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (4 miles)
  • Ice Skating
    (10 miles)
  • Tennis
    (20 miles)
  • Hiking
    (<1 mile)
  • Park
    (4 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (10 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities

Swimming area on Hardy Pond, 4 miles

Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Newaygo, Michigan

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Howard Korn

Chicago, IL

Nice Place

Great place! Very clean, comfortable and in very good condition. There were only three of us, but it looks like 9 could fit comfortably. Nice view from the back. There is a long walk down steps to the water, but it was sturdy and only had to do it a few times a day. Although a rental, it is taken care of like it was a permanent residence. Nice woodwork inside. It may sound a bit petty, but the only wish I would have is to upgrade the DirecTV package -- it's really basic. Outside that, the place was great and would gladly stay again.

Joy Meiser Mendis

Owner's reply:

Thank you for your positive review. Cleanliness is a top priority at Croton Shores Cottage, as well as a safe and comfortable stay for our guests. We provide the basic TV package so that there is some connection to the outside world, but we really hope that our guests spend their time outdoors or playing games with each other instead. We encourage guests to unplug.

Mary L.


Great Getaway!

Pleasant stay! Beautiful Lake and cozy cottage. Joy was also very helpful, and responded quickly to all communications!


Howell, MI

Snowshoe weekend

We loved Croton Cottage. It was perfect for our group. It was a short drive from home (2 hours) and had access to many trails for snowshoeing. The facilities were perfect with a big kitchen to cook for a large group, and enough beds for everyone. It even had a wood burning stove. A great time was had by all.

The Frazier's

Lombard, IL


What a beautiful and relaxing place to spend a couple of days! It was very clean and the kitchen was stocked with every kitchenware you could ever need! This home is quite comfortable and spacious. The pond was so peaceful with all the ducks and swans! Joy had a binder with tons of information about the area, which was very helpful. We look forward to bringing our family back here to stay for a week! They certainly have thought of everything to make your stay enjoyable! I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone!

Owner Supplied Testimonials


Just wanted to tell you how very much we enjoyed the "cabin"!! We have stayed in cabins throughout Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas, Tennessee & even Utah and your house was far and away the BEST!!! I'm pretty critical...but your cabin was the cleanest, LOVED the sparkling white fluffy towels and wash cloths!! The plates matched and were not chipped or cracked, the beds were comfortable and the sheets matched. The kitchen was well stocked with cookware that was not battered & bent, and all the necessities like scotch tape, scissors, screw driver, as well as cooking utensils were right there. We slept well, ate well...and relaxed well. The fall colors against the lake were amazing to watch in the sunlight from the cabin. Our hope is to visit you again next September for more relaxing and salmon fishing. Dinah F., Jenks, OK

Definitely recommend this "lakeshore cottage" owned by Joy & Ken. Enjoyed watching nature & really appreciating God's world. The scenery is beautiful.
Gerry & Dianne C, Bad Axe, MI

A-OKAY! I would come back with just my spouse! I think this would be awesome in the fall or winter months.
Michele H, Illinois

This cabin was such a nice surprise! Everything is clean, "modern" (new not old), and accessible.
Mary R, St. John, IN

The cottage is very well appointed & we enjoyed our stay. I particularly like the porch! ...
Tom & Julie E, Grand Rapids, MI

Love coming here. So peaceful. Thanks Joy! You are a wonderful hostess.
Mike & Lynne B, Columbus, OH

This cabin is FABULOUS!!
Byron & Sherry E, LaPorte, IN

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:Where can we swim?
A:The closest swimming area is at Consumers Park on Hardy Pond. The park is free, and there is a swimming area as well a picnic area. You can also swim at Sandy Point Park on Hardy Pond, with a fee per car.
Q:Can I bring my boat?
A:Yes! You will have a 20' private dock. The public boat launch is about three miles from the cottage and closer by water.

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Joy Meiser Mendis

Joy Meiser Mendis


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    There's nothing like being near the water and in the woods, and that's what I enjoy about this cottage- - it has both. I personally stay here when I want to get away with family or friends, so I know first- hand what a great retreat it is in both a summer and winter....
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