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Marten Lake Cabin

Location: Federal Forest 2125 Road, Iron River, Michigan, 49935

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MARTEN LAKE CABIN SLEEPS: 6 MAX (IN 5 BEDS) BEDROOMS: 1 BEDROOM WITH A LOFT BATHROOMS:1 *LAKEFRONT (Marten Lake) *TECHNOLOGY-FREE (FREE OF CABLE. INTERNET, & RELIABLE CELL SERVICE) - just sit back and relax *SMALL ROWBOAT PROVIDED WITH OARS *PROPANE GENERATOR (which powers the interior lights, shower & TV) *HUNTING ALLOWED ON PROPERTY *PETS ARE WELCOMED Marten Lake Cabin is located within the Ottawa National Forest, Iron county, Michigan. Approximately 8 miles south of Sidnaw, in the northern part of Iron County, MI. The Cabin is situated on 40 private acres , with panfish, including pike, available on the small, 176 acre Marten Lake. The average depth of the lake is 6 feet deep. The deepest part of the lake is 20 feet. Live off the grid! Enjoy this simple cabin in the middle of the forest, along a peaceful lake. We have a generator for electricity with propane lights.Still, keep in mind that you must be conservative with your electricity use. For example, you can NOT use both the coffee maker and the microwave at the same time. This beautiful property is surrounded by 1000's of acres of National Forest Land. Great hiking trails, with even a marked trail you'll pass on the way in. An avid hunter would surely enjoy the excellent bird, deer, duck, and bear hunting. If you plan on target shooting, you'll need to use the designated area and be sensitive to the noise that emanates over this quiet, peaceful lake. Bedrooms: Main floor: 1 double bed Upstairs Loft: 2 sets of twin bed bunks Frequently Asked Questions: Animals: Yes, there are all kinds of animals that like to roam around the forest. While you don't see most of them, you have to be someone who is comfortable in that true rustic, outdoorsy environment. This is not Disney World. We have seen snakes (non-poisonous), mice, squirrels, otters, beavers, skunks and a raccoon. You are on a secluded parcel of land in the Ottawa National Forest. While we haven't seen any moose, deer or bear actually near the cabin, it's not an impossibility. We do our absolute best to keep all the critters away and out of the cabin. Fall is the biggest challenge as the little critters, including mice, are looking for a warm place to stay the winter months. We do our best to keep the critters at bay. Bathroom: There is one bathroom on the main floor. It has indoor plumbing and a toilet, shower/tub with a sink. Bedrooms: Main floor: 1 double bed Upstairs Loft: 2 sets of twin bed bunks Blinds: 2 pop-up blinds can can added to the property at no additional charge. Baiting is an additional $80/blind. Baiting will will be done for 2 weeks prior to your arrival. Boat: We provide a small rowboat with oars. (Sorry, no motor-- feel free to bring your own) Boat launch: There is a rustic gravel boat launch on the northeast side of the lake. Cell phone service: Cell phone service is generally unreliable in the Upper Peninsula when you travel outside of Marquette and Escanaba. Rarely has anyone been able to easily accept or make calls at Marten Lake. Still, texting is generally a good option. Dock: There is a small, basic dock on the lake, in front of the Marten Lake Cottage. Firepit: Yes, there is a firepit in the backyard! Fishing: With only 3 cabins on the lake, Northern Pike and Perch are plentiful. Ice fishing is wonderful. you can use tip-ups and watch them from the warmth of the cabin. Guests have also reported a good variety of pan fish. Grill: There is a charcoal grill available for your use at the cottage. Grocery Shopping: A good 20 minutes to the closest convenience store in Sidnaw ( and a good hour to a full grocery store in L'Anse or Iron River. Hunting/target practice: Yes, you may hunt the 40 acres and use the land for target practice. You are expected to clean up after yourself, hunt within the State laws, including acquiring a hunting license, plus properly manage any animals that you hunt. Please be aware of adjoining property owners. Kitchen: We have basic kitchen supplies, including a coffee maker. Lighting: We have a generator with propane lights. We ask our guests to please be conservative with the lighting in consideration of the generator. Keep in mind that the propane generated lights are generally not as strong or bright as your standard electricity in the city. Pets: *Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet. Road: The road to the cabin is a nice gravel road. It is not paved. Swimming: While you technically can swim in Marten Lake, it is muddy and weedy. It would not be considered traditional beach swimming by any means. Still, for the adventurous spirit, anything is possible. :-) View: There is a 3 sided view of Marten Lake, and the only place that you can't see the water is when you turn and look at the driveway/woods. It's a great place with a peaceful view. Water: We have a basic well at the cottage. Well water is pumped into the kitchen sink and bathroom via the generator. *Located 1 hour from downtown Iron River and L'Anse LOCAL ATTRACTIONS * Located 1 hour from downtown Iron River and L'Anse,MI. * Porcupine Mountains and the Keweenaw Peninsula are nice day trips.


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  • Living Room
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  • Towels
  • Wood Stove
  • Tub Shower
  • Toilet
  • Bunk Bed
  • Queen Size Bed
  • Twin Single
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible
  • Children friendly
  • Minimum age limit
  • Pets access considered
  • Dining Area
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Boat
  • Deck Patio (uncovered)
  • Garden
  • Grill


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