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River Bend Lodge

Location: 828 Green Dr., Mio, Michigan, 48647

  • Cabin

  • 3

    Bedrooms

  • 1

    Bathrooms

  • 6

    Sleeps

River Bend Lodge- Mio SLEEPS: 6 comfortably (with additional sleeping for 2, if needed) BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 1 *RIVER FRONT (Au Sable River) *PETS ARE WELCOME (Under 15 lbs.) *SWIMMING with Tubes- not traditional beach swimming. This is an ideal getaway to create your family memories along the famous Au Sable River in Michigan's lower peninsula, just outside of Mio, Michigan. This 950 sq ft. classic cabin is ideal for the your small family vacation. Walk in the cabin door to the small, yet open kitchen. To the left is the first bedroom, right off the kitchen. This first bedroom has a queen-sized bed. Next to the bedroom, and also just off the kitchen is the bathroom. It is a simple toilet, shower, sink with a washer/dryer. It is so convenient to have the washer/dryer close to the kitchen and between the bedrooms. Continuing through the kitchen, you'll find yourself in the small living room. It is ideal to catch a break on a rainy day with satellite TV to catch your favorite show or game. The living room overlooks the Au Sable River. There is a door leading from the living room onto the back patio. Adjacent to the living room are 2 additional bedrooms, both with a double/ full-sized bed. Outside there is a fire pit with campfire chairs and propane grill. Canoeing and tubing fun along the Au Sable River are where the fun begins. The charm of the River Bend Lodge revolves around the classic log cabin exterior mixed with the modern interior. You'll find the basic amenities from home in this classic cabin. Outside fun, campfires around the fire pit and endless opportunities to explore the grand Au Sable River await. Let your canoe, tubing, ATV or mountain biking trip begin right outside your cabin door. Location: The cottage is about 20 minutes past Commins Flats Landing. Bedrooms: Bedroom #1: 1 Queen-size bed Bedroom #2: 1 Full-size bed Bedroom #3: 1 Full-size bed Additional sleeping: There is a pull out that can sleep up to 2 people. Bathroom: Full bath with a washer and dryer in there as well. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ATV/Quad use: Enjoy the Bull Gap trail head just 2 miles from the Lodge! Drive directly on the local/county road 608 trailhead. All county roads have a max speed of 20 mph for ATVs. Pick up a great trail map for $2 at the local hardware store in Mio. Beach/Swimming: The closest swimming beaches are Loon Lake and Wagner Lake. Boats: You will be able to keep your boat at the site, but to launch it would have to be in Mio or Cummings. Cable: Yes, there is basic Direct TV. Dining Area: There is a dining room table that sits 6 people. Deck: There is no deck, but there are stairs that have a landing at the bottom to stand and get your tube or canoe in the water or to fish off of the property. Dock: There is not a dock. Fire pit/Firewood: Yes, there is a fire pit. Please provide your own wood! Fishing: You can fish right off of the property. Grill: Yes, there is a propane grill. Internet: No we are sorry, there is not internet at this time. Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Pets: *Pets (15 lbs or less) are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet. If you allow your pets on the furniture please bring something to put down on furniture/beds for them. Swimming: I would advise not to swim off the dock. However, it is a great place for tubing so you can tube right off the back. Towels: Yes, we provide towels. It's always good to bring extra though. Washer and dryer: Yes, there is a washer and dryer. Canoeing/Tubing/Kayaking: The Au Sable is Michigan's most popular river for paddling! You can rent canoes from a variety of places. It is a little over 6 miles to canoe directly from the cabin to McKinley Landing. McKinley Landing is what we consider the easiest place to remove your canoe, tube or kayak. Canoe Rentals - Glennie: Alcona Canoe Rental Hale: Rollways Resort Mio: Gotts Landing Hinchman's Acres Resort Oscoda: Au Sable River Kayaking Company LLC; B & B LLC (Hunts) Oscoda Canoe Rental Launch/Landing sites: Yes, you can launch or land your canoe/kayak or canoe directly off the River Bend Lodge dock! Launching from the River Bend Lodge McKinley Landing: The easiest landing spot for your canoe trip LAUNCHING from the River Bend Lodge. To get to the landing from the River Bend Lodge. It is a 2.5 hour ride (by canoe) from the cottage (a little over 6 miles) 1. Take Green Road back to the main road. 2. Turn Left onto the main road 3. Travel 5 miles on the main road 4. When the road ends, turn left. 5. The landing is on the Left hand side Landing at the River Bend Lodge If you want to LAND to the River Bend Lodge, you can launch from Mio at M33. With your canoe, kayak or tube you will pass Commins Flats Landing and get off at the steps for the River Bend Lodge in approximately 3 hours. ***************************************************************************************************************** LOCAL ATTRACTIONS & STORES Au Sable River Info: Voted Michigan's Most Popular River for Paddling! Check out McKinley Landing Canoe Rentals: Hinchmans Acres, Gotts Landing - or launch yourself at Mio or Commings Landing/ Flat. We are about 20 minutes past the Commings Flat, on the opposite side of the landing, directly on the Au Sable River. Grocery Store: Family Fare (On 33 just north of M72), Family Dollar, Rite Aid Hinchman Acres: Located in Mio. Established in 1943 is one of the oldest and largest paddle sports operations in Michigan. The current is gentle, no rapids or 'white water'. The river winds through mile after mile of unspoiled wilderness with deer, beaver, ducks, otter, wild mink, bald eagles and other wildlife. Kayaks/Canoes: Yes-You can slow drift. The Au Sable is a Blue Ribbon river. Bring your own canoe or rent one (Hinchman Acres or Gotts Landing are the closest to the cabin. Mio to McKinley Bridge- drift boats, regular canoes, kayaks, tubes. Miscellaneous: Ace Hardware (M33 and M72), Mio Flea Market, Fairview Auction House, Au Sable Valley Rail Road (In Fairview really fun for kids) Recreational: Bull Gap (ATV Hill and main trail head), Snowmobile Trails, ATV Trails, Sidewinders Golf Course, Fairview Golf Course, Federal Land - Grouse and Deer Hunting Restaurants: Mio Saloon, Paddle Inn, Au Sable River Restaurant, Scenic Riverwood Bar & Restaurant (McKinley), Mio Pizza Distances: Houghton Lake: 1 hour and 15 minutes (56 miles) Mackinac Bridge/ Mackinaw City: 2 hours and 15 minutes (127 mile)

Amenities

  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels
  • Washer
  • Tub Shower
  • Toilet
  • Double Bed
  • Queen Size Bed
  • Children friendly
  • Minimum age limit
  • Pets access considered
  • Dining Area
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Satellite or Cable (TV)
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Grill

Location

Reviews

by Sue & Lee C on 2019-06-17
We really enjoyed our stay. The cabin was very clean and cozy. Loved the location. Only a few minor suggestions. There were no dish towels so I used paper towel to wash and dry the dishes. The grass needed to be trimmed around the cabin, that would have cut down on some of the bugs. Also there were no blinds. This cabin Sat close to another cabin and it would have been nice to have blinds in the living room and kitchen for privacy. We would definitely rent it again as the pros really outweighed the cons. Liked doing business with your company.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Sue and Lee, we are so happy that you enjoyed Rapid River Lodge.  It is a great location.  Thanks for your suggestions - we'll look into them right away.  We hope to work with you again soon.
by Linda V on 2019-05-29
Peaceful vacation-We thoroughly enjoyed our stay It was very neat and comfortable very private and quiet. Beautiful surroundings I would highly recommend this cabin. Thank you

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Linda, weare so very happy that you enjoyed staying at River Bend Lodge.  Now that warmer weather is here, canoeing and tubing fun along the Au Sable River are where the fun begins.  This is such a  great get-away vacation spot.  we hope to see you again!
 
by Danny Beniston on 2018-11-06
Boys weekend-The cabin was comfortable and the trails were nearby. I would definitely stay there again



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Danny, we are so happy that you and your friends enjoyed your time at River Bend Lodge.  It is a great property for riding ATVs!  We look forward to your return trip.
by Tom Y on 2018-10-19
Great place. Love the river. ATV riding is great. Ride in- ride out for atvs right at bull gap trailhead.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Tom, we are so happy that you loved River Bend Lodge!  It is a great spot for ATV riding.  We look forward to seeing you again!
by Judy Kjergaard on 2018-09-19
Had a great stay! Would stay there again and recommend it to everyone!



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Judy, we're so happy that you enjoyed your stay at River Bend Lodge.  Sitting on the swing over looking the water is total serenity.  We hope to see you and your friends back again!

 
by Elizabeth D on 2018-09-12
Great Mio stay!-The cabin worked out perfectly for our family. Nice cabin with lots to offer - we stayed here for a family wedding in Mio. We hope to come back in the summer so we can float the river.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Betty, we are so happy that River Bend Lodge was the perfect spot for your family, and we look forward to having you float the river next summer!  
by Erika T on 2018-08-21
This was a great little cabin with a beautiful view of the Au Sable. We had a very relaxing time around the fire and bird watching



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Erika,  we are so glad that you enjoyed your time at River Bend Lodge.  It is small but mighty!  We hope to see you again.
by John Slaven on 2018-08-19
Awesome Ausable-My wife and I and 3 children greatly enjoyed the River Bend Lodge over our 4 night stay. The location is right on the Ausable, where you can enjoy the quietness and beauty of the river and it's surroundings. It is located about 5 miles east of Mio, in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. There are enough neighbors around to feel comfortable, but still enjoy the privacy. The cabin has everything you need, and the Direct T.V. made it easier with the kids. Several canoe liveries are in town, 10 minutes away, or you could bring your own. Local lakes provide convenient swimming for the family. The only negative was the propane grill, that needed a serious clean up, and was in our opinion not usable. Otherwise this is a Michigan gem that we hope to re-visit next summer.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

John, we are so glad that River Bend Lodge was just what you were looking for.  We really appreciate your thoughtful review, and we will look into the grill situation.  We hope to see you again!
by Kevin S on 2018-08-09
Over all very nice-Very nice. Quiet relaxing . Cabin was nice lots of room. Good fishing and tubing, lots of wildlife. Had a very good time. Looking forward to renting again in the future.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Kevin, we are so glad that you enjoyed the quiet of  River Bend Lodge.  The log cabin effect is pretty seductive, and being out in nature where you can actually see wildlife close by makes for a wonderful vacation spot.  We'll look for you again!  
by Kevin Smith on 2018-08-08
Vacation at river bend lodge-Had a good time. Lots of wildlife. Most likely be back .

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Kevin, we're glad that you had a good time at River Bend Lodge, and we hope to see you back again.
 
by Karen Fowler on 2018-08-04
Had a great time. It's a great place to get away and just relax. It's r third time up there. We love it.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Karen we hope that you make it four times at River Bend Lodge!  We are so glad that you had a great time.
by Elbert Lilly on 2018-03-25
Excellent! A perfect relaxing getaway-We spent five blissful days staring out at the Au Sable River, cozying up by the fireplace, and staring up at the night sky. It was a perfect getaway from our busy lives in the city. The cabin was fully furnished and had all of the cooking utensils we needed. Down the street we could buy loads of firewood for ten bucks and it was enough to keep the fires burning all week long. There was a swing outside, right on the river bend and we sat on it often. The nights were quiet, dark, and perfect for getting a great night's sleep. Definitely will be coming back!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

We are so happy that you had such a great "time away" at the Au Sable River.  It certainly is relazing there!   We have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us.  We hope to see you again soon.
 
by Pamela Mcaulay on 2018-01-11
Girls Getaway-Perfect for our Girls Getaway! The River Bend Lodge was perfect for three old gals to get away from it all. Very peaceful and quiet, as very few cottages open in the winter. Loved watching the Common Mergansers dive for fish, then pop up in front of you, with the morning mist coming off the water. We unfortunately picked three super cold nights for our adventure. We ordered a cord of wood and had a fire in the fire pit outside and the fireplace inside the whole time--so cozy. The cabin was well stocked with supplies. We left the key in the lock box when we checked in--glad we did too because the door on the river side stays locked when you exit--and we locked ourselves out. A few suggestions: winter blankets vs summer blankets on the beds, waste baskets in the bedrooms, an alternative heat source for the bathroom, and a hatchet for making kindling (we had to buy one). We did have a plumbing issue in the kitchen that was promptly fixed. I would recommend the River Bend Lodge for those desiring a rustic getaway!
by Pamela McAulay on 2018-01-10
Perfect Girls Getaway-The River Bend Lodge was perfect for three old gals to get away from it all. Very peaceful and quiet, as very few cottages open in the winter. Loved watching the Common Mergansers dive for fish, then pop up in front of you, with the morning mist coming off the water. We unfortunately picked three super cold nights for our adventure. We ordered a cord of wood and had a fire in the fire pit outside and the fireplace inside the whole time--so cozy. The cabin was well stocked with supplies. We left the key in the lock box when we checked in--glad we did too because the door on the river side stays locked when you exit--and we locked ourselves out. A few suggestions: winter blankets vs summer blankets on the beds, waste baskets in the bedrooms, an alternative heat source for the bathroom, and a hatchet for making kindling (we had to buy one). We did have a plumbing issue in the kitchen that was promptly fixed. I would recommend the River Bend Lodge for those desiring a rustic getaway!
 

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

So happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.  We will look into the issues that you described, and I'm glad that you received prompt service for the kitchen plumbing.    We have 72 properties and give returning guests a 10% discount when they book directly through us.  We look forward to working with you in the future!

by Chris Fulton on 2017-12-27
Cozy, clean cabin!-We really enjoyed our stay at your cabin. We were impressed with the cleanliness of it. The fireplace gave it a warm, cozy feeling, and it's a scenic location, right on the river. Loved it and will go back!
FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Hi Chris!  Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at River Bend Lodge. We appreciate your comments regarding the cleanliness of the cabin.  Our caretaker takes great pride in her work-we will most definitely pass your review on to her.  Thank you again, and we look forward to your next vacation with Freshwater Vacation Rentals! 
by Chris Fulton on 2017-12-27
Cozy, clean cabin!-We really enjoyed our stay at your cabin. We were impressed with the cleanliness of it. The fireplace gave it a warm, cozy feeling, and it's a scenic location, right on the river. Loved it and will go back!
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: 
Hi Chris!  Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at River Bend Lodge. We appreciate your comments regarding the cleanliness of the cabin.  Our caretaker takes great pride in her work-we will most definitely pass your review on to her.  The AuSable River is a beautiful place! Thank you again, and we look forward to your next vacation with Freshwater Vacation Rentals! 
by Adam Russell on 2017-11-28
Great place-Awesome setting, well furnished, comfortable place. Management was responsive to a slight issue with the TV. Took care of the issue immediately. Will stay there again.
 

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

So happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.   Check out all 72 properties.  We give returning guests a 10% discount when they book directly through us.  We look forward to working with you in the future!

 

by Karen Fowler on 2017-10-19
This is our second time here. We love how the cabin is on the river. It's beautiful in the fall and winter and look forward to a summer visit. The door handle on the back door is very hard and not sure if it was locked.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. We love, love, love the colors in the fall. Thank you for the great, positive review! We do hope you book again in the future. Remember, we have 60 properties stacked around Michigan; please check out our website to see the newest homes and special deals.
by Elizabeth Pennazoli on 2017-08-15
Great cabin and customer service!-2nd year staying at this cabin and it is awesome. More importantly, any interaction with the staff surpasses my expectations. Thanks!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
YEAH! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! We agree, the house has so much to offer. Thank you for your compliments and comments. 
by Gina Ford on 2017-08-04
Very nice. Cozy and beautiful view. Would definitely rent this place again.-★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The contact people were very helpful and accommodating. The place was nice and cozy the view was absolutely beautiful.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Thank you for you compliments. We love River Bend Lodge as well. The view is absolutely gorgeous. We hope you consider booking one of our other 54 waterfront properties next time you are scheduling your Michigan adventure!
by Bridget Osborn on 2017-07-22
KAYAKING DREAM-The location of the cabin is perfect! The river is beautiful, and the cabin location I s perfect for launching kayaks. The fire pit in the backyard overlooking the river is picturesque. It is clean and well stocked. We vacationed with our children, so we especially appreciated the washer and dryer. We would definitely rent it again!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time, which is great to hear! We are already booking for 2018, so give us a call if you wish to reserve some dates. Thank you for booking with Freshwater!
by Bridget Osborn on 2017-07-12
Beautiful waterfront-★ ★ ★ ★ ★Well equipped cabin for our family of five. Perfect!
by Marcus Fried on 2017-06-02
Great Weekend-As advertised. Great value. Relaxing riverside stay.
by Zack Chasse on 2017-05-22
Awesome get away for friends and family!-Everyone that stayed at the cabin off the ausable river had a great time! It was even better than we had thought if you want to enjoy a great place and have fun with family and friends this place will not disappoint!
by Rick Mowrey on 2017-05-03
Nice clean cabin right on the river . Great for fly fishing. Stocked with everything . Could use a little more lighting
by Matthew Knoblock on 2017-01-18
Great Cabin, Great River View-Great cabin, nice on the inside and out with a great river view. Everything we needed. I would highly recommend it, and will look forward to renting it again in the future. Sincerely,Matt Knoblock
by Teresca Merrell on 2017-01-10
Winter weekend-We spent a weekend in the cabin. Was absolutely beautiful. Very clean and everything was there that you could of needed. Lots of room and a beautiful view of the river. We were able to contact owners with any issues immediately. I can't wait to come back with my kids.
by Meaghan Maraffino on 2017-01-04
My friends and I (and our dogs) spent New Years weekend at Riverbend lodge. It was exactly the getaway we were looking for, and the location was perfect for hiking and coming back to relax by the fire. The river was beautiful and the lodge itself was very comfortable. We would definitely recommend it and hope to be back soon!
by Renee Gute on 2017-01-01
Cottage was very cute and cozy. We had a relaxing time and enjoyed the scenic view out our back door of the beautiful Ausable river. Cottage was well equipped and staff was very helpful with all of our questions.
by Angie Alkire on 2016-09-11
Great Weekend-This is a great cabin on the river. Cabin was clean, and has everything you need while your there. We will be back again.
by John Coulson on 2016-05-19
Very nice "old Michigan cottage". One lightbulb needed replacement, and grill was burned out and unusable. Otherwise a wonderful experience. We had a great time and will use again.
by Jennifer J. on 2016-04-30
Great memories were made.-This cabin is absolutely great.It had everything we needed & felt right at home.The River in the backyard was soothing to sit by & enjoy the outdoors.I look forward to returning in the summer.Also it was the cleanest vacation rental we have every stayed in! Thank you to the owners for sharing with us!!Freshwater customer service was very helpful & nice. Date of arrival March 4, 2016
by D. on 2016-04-30
Fantastic!-Loved the fact that it is a true cottage, a breath of fresh air. It reminds me of my childhood and everything is so comfortable and modern rustic feel. My family really enjoyed watching the canoes going by. Very relaxing and clean. Date of arrivalJuly 20, 2015

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