Location: 12520 River Road, Republic, Michigan, 49879
SLEEPS: 4 comfortably
BEDROOMS: 1 small + 2 tiny (where only a full sized bed can fit comfortably)
BATHROOMS: 1 (shower only, no tub, with heated floors)
*ON RIVER (Michigamme River)
*ONLY ACCESSIBLE VIA WATER (hence the word island!)
*EXCELLENT FOR FISHERMEN
* JON-BOAT, basic PONTOON (as possible) + CANOE INCLUDED
*PRIVATE BOAT DOCK (May-September)
*SCREENED IN PORCH
*SWIMMING technically possible, yet not easy
*PETS are WELCOMED
NEW IN 2018: 40 in. Flat screen, Smart TV
NEW IN 2017: Renovated galley kitchen with improved cooking space, countertops and shelving, Old Town Canoe
NEW IN 2016: Screened in porch, Satellite TV + all new outdoor furniture, lounge chairs and tables.
Escape the ordinary vacation. Relax or be adventurous. Fish your heart out! Take a break from technology. This historic (1800's), 3 bedroom, cedar log cabin is nestled within a 2 acre rustic private island on the Michigamme River. Flexibility is key.
Electricity, running water, a land-line phone, satellite (Direct TV) + DVD and WiFi internet are some of the creature comforts on this rustic island. Enjoy the wildflowers and wilderness. Rustic Decor throughout. High beam ceilings. Kitchen, breakfast bar, bathroom with shower, plus a gorgeous natural wood-burning cobblestone fireplace warms the living room. Linens and towels provided.
An open mind and flexibility are keys to fun here. The island is only Water-access only. Be your own captain! One of our boats will be waiting for you, as you venture off to the Island. A Jon boat (best in low water), pontoon**NOT guaranteed (best in high water) with electric motor, canoe, aluminum boat are all provided for your sole use during your stay. We try to keep all the boats running at all times, yet Spring and Fall are the times that it is most challenging. If you need a specific boat (i.e. pontoon) to have the fun you dream about, then the Island may not be your best choice. Flexibility is not just nice virtue, yet a necessity.
Off-street and alongside road parking. Republic Island is the home of excellent fishing, bird watching (a bald eagle nests nearby), and canoeing.
Requirements for Island: You are able-bodied enough to be able to drive/row the boat/canoe, if needed. Plus you should have decent agility to walk up and down the uneven walkways. A positive, flexible attitude is essential for a good experience. As a Special Education teacher by trade, I wish we could find a way to accommodate all abilities in the Republic Island experience. While you do not need to be an athlete, at least an average level of agility is definitely required in order to have a positive experience for you and your family.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Animals: Yes, there are all kinds of animals that like to roam around the island. 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. While we haven't seen any moose, deer or bear actually on the island, it's not an impossibility. We do our absolute best to keep all the critters away and out of the cabin. We do not use Decon within the cabin due to pets and children being part of our family of guests. Fall is the biggest challenge as the little critters, including mice, are looking for a warm place to stay the winter months. We are vigilant about keeping critters at bay, and are always open to suggestions.
Bathroom: Even though the Island is rustic, we do have a normal toilet and sink with a neat shower that has you surrounded by the logs of the 1800s. We even have a wonderful, heated floor in the bathroom. The bathroom has the historic drain slope of the room, which was customary at the time of new, indoor plumbing, though we have tried to maintain the historic feel.
Beach/Swimming: There is NOT a traditional sandy beach around the Island. Personally, I truly wish there was a way to make that happen. We've done our best to create a peaceful experience, yet being on a flowing river, there isn't a simple way to maintain a sandy beach. My apologies. We recommend that people head into town (2 miles) to enjoy the sandy beach area in Republic when they want to swim in a traditional way on a beach. Plus, to be honestly, the river bottom is generally muddy, so it isn't the ideal place to enjoy traditional swimming. If you are an excellent swimmer, we do enjoy taking the pontoon boat out into the middle of the river, with the 1-2 mph current, jumping in and swimming around, yet I wouldn't recommend that for anyone who isn't a strong swimmer. The middle of the river is 20 feet deep.
Boats: Ideally, basic boat knowledge is needed for the island. Still, a ton of patience, a flexible attitude and sense of humor can make it work as well. Generally the SPRING and the FALL are times where pontoon boat use is limited. There will be at least 1 boat available for your sole use, and we have up to 3 boats that may be available. I'm sorry, we can not guarantee which boats will be available for your use during your stay.
There will be one of the following boats available (yet no guarantee on which one), there is a :
1. Simple pontoon boat with an electric motor (you must still be able to row, if needed.)
We do our absolute best to keep the simple pontoon (with lawn chairs) up and running at all times. Fixing or replacing anything on the Island is a challenge. That is also the excitement of being on an island. We always do our best. We require flexibility There isn't a key. We use a prop instead of keys. The pontoon isn't fancy at all. It functions like a floating barge.
2. Jon boat (flat bottom)
3. NEW in 2017 (Old Town Canoe)
Considering bringing your own boat? Bring an extra dose of patience and flexibility. There is a gravel launch within 1/2 mile and a nice cement launch 2 miles away, right off of MI-95.
The Michigamme River is quite rocky, and we've lost a few motors + props in the past 10 years. That is why we only have a simple electric motor on the pontoon. It all depends on the fluctuating water levels. Sometimes your navigation skills are not enough, as the rocks seems to creep up as the water fluctuations are a natural occurrence. We normally have 4 boats for your use during your stay, though at times we have to pull various ones due to the water levels. The jon boat is always our trusted simple boat.
ATV's: closest official snowmobile trail is 241, approximately 1.5 miles from the island.
Bugs: Yes, there are bugs on the Island. There are mosquitos. The Island vacation is not for everyone. It is for true outdoorsy guests who are flexible and love an adventure, while enjoying many of the amenities of an historic cabin. We've added a screened in porch in 2016 to allow our guests to enjoy the Island scenery, while limiting the impact of mosquitos.
Cell phone service: Cell phone service is generally unreliable in the Upper Peninsula when you travel outside of Marquette and Escanaba. Therefore, we have a land line at the cabin with unlimited local and long distance service for your use. We also have WiFi, if you have an iphone, facetime audio is a great way to use your phone if your service isn't strong or nonexistent.
Children: Our experience has been that kids either absolutely love or hate the Island experience. The kids who can entertain themselves, don't need TV or electronics for fun and love the outdoors (especially fishing) think they are in heaven. It's the best trip of their lives. On the flip side, I've had even one parent leave early because her kids were so bored and therefore she couldn't relax. Plus, they were scared of every sound and never wanted to leave the cabin. When they found out that we only had 3 channels, they were very upset. I just like to make sure everyone is aware of the pros and cons to the Island experience. It isn't Disney World, yet I've been surprised at how many people have that expectation. It is important to us that our guests have the best experience possible. Again, depending on the ages of your kids, it may be ok. There is just a lot more to consider when we rent to the Island with families in mind. I'll admit that it wasn't the easiest place to be when we had our 5 year old with us. It's getting easier each year, though between 1-4 years old, it was huge challenge. Our little Luke loved to explore and wander. There are steep parts of the island. We just have be extra-vigilant when he is there.
* Pictured Rocks: 1 hour and 45 minute drive
* Marquette: 45 minutes (northeast)
* Ishpeming: 20 minutes
* Iron Mountain: 45 minutes (south
*Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 3 hours
*Mackinac Bridge: 3 hours and 50 minutes away. (205 miles)
Dock: The docks are floating docks. Due to the fluctuation of the river levels, we are not able to control, yet do our best to control the placement of the docks. During the late summer/fall, and the Michigamme River can be low and muddy. We advise you to please bring boots, plus your patience between mid-August and October.
Fishing: Generally the Island has very good fishing. Smallmouth bass, walleye, perch, pike and pan fish are what most of our guests report catching. If you are a trout fisherman, trout can be caught in the upper Michigamme River. Most tributaries have brook trout that flow into the Michigamme, yet it is not a trout stream per se. I would recommend our Tioga Falls Cabin if you are interested in trout fishing.
Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online
The closest place to purchase a fishing license in person is:
Coming from the south (Iron River) Peter's True Value of Republic
Coming from the north (Champion) Koski Korners (BP Gas Station)
Fishing poles: I would advise you to bring your own fishing poles to the Island. While you may be lucky and find one or 2 there, we can't guarantee any will be there upon your arrival.
Grill: Brand new charcoal grill in 2017! You may get lucky if the previous guest left some, but to be safe we suggest you pick up charcoal on your way there.We actually have both an electric grill and a charcoal grill.
Grocery Store: The closest, full-sized grocery store is about a 1/2 hour drive from the cabin, Ishpeming. It is the IGA Jubilee right on U.S 41. If you are driving from Wisconsin/Chicago, the last grocery store is in Iron Mountain.
There is a little store in the town of Republic, about 15 minutes from the cabin, yet there isn't a large selection, and the prices are convenience-store equivalent.
There is a larger convenience store/BP Gas station on the corner of U.S. 41 and MI-95, about 20 minutes north of the cabin.
Hammock: We do have a hammock on the Island. I love it! Enjoy!
Internet: Wi-fi is on the Island! Personally, I do think it is good to disconnect from technology for a while, yet I listened to our guests and realized that many do need to check in with work while they are vacationing.
Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let me know, and I'll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillow cases and bath towels.
Parking: You can either park your car in the off-road parking spot or alongside River Road. We highly recommend that you pull into the parking space, just in case one of the logging trucks drives by. Still, you can park roadside adjacent to the path leading toward the Island.
Pets: *Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet. Yes, we do accept dogs, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on. Just let us know which bed you will be using with them, and we'll make sure it is ready for your sheets when you arrive. Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum. Generally, dogs love the Island with all the water and places to explore. Their food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed.
Space: Our 1100 sq. ft. log cabin on a 2 acre Island, it is ideal for 2-4 people. It is considered very tight for 6 people, and therefore I do not recommend 6 people on the island together. The island experience is unique in that it brings out the true essence in people when they truly have a chance to get away from it all. Still, six different personalities, especially if they aren't in one family unit can bring out conflict. There are people who feel claustrophobic on an island, even though you can literally see your car 300 feet across the river. We have always had very positive feedback from couples and small families. It's an ideal, private get-away.
Towels: Yes, we provide towels. It's always good to bring extra though.
Washer and dryer: No. It's on my wish list.
Wood: Yes, we provide firewood for Republic Island. We will leave you a handful of started logs on the Island. Once you have burned through the starter pieces, you are welcome to get as much wood as you need during your stay in the parking space on the other side of the road, across from the Island. We ask our guests to please let us know if the wood pile is getting low so we can order more wood. Everyone uses firewood at different speeds. Please note: We have had guests find it too taxing to carry the firewood back and forth. From personal experience of carrying a chord over, it can be taxing. Therefore, we are offering a face chord of wood to be delivered directly to the Island for you for an additional $100. Please let us know if you are interested in this option.
Minimum age limit
Pets access considered
Satellite or Cable (TV)
Deck Patio (uncovered)
Lanai Gazebo (covered)
by Sam Gon 2019-05-27
Cute cabin on an island. Be prepared to do a lot of boating!
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: Sam, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Republic Island. Since the island is water-access only, the boating is both important and fun! It is a unique property, and perfect for those who really want to get away from it all. We hope to work with you again.
by Lisa Don 2018-08-08
A fun stay in a lovely woodsy environment.
Republic Island is a pretty cool place, especially if you want privacy. We're so happy that you enjoyed it.
by Peter Son 2018-08-03
Great place to get away from it all.-We had a great time being in the middle of the U.P. and still having some of the creature comforts like WiFi and tv. The fishing was good and the pontoon was a great platform to fish from safely. There is a large small mouth bass that hangs to the left of dock, he got away twice before I could get the net on him. He had to be at least 20 inches. We walked a trail off of River Road and picked a bag of wild blueberries and raspberries. The island is also centrally located so we were able to take a couple of day trips and explore some of the sites of the U.P.
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: Peter, it sounds like you had a great vacation, and we're so happy that Republic Island was the perfect place for you. Small mouth bass, wild raspberries and blueberries sounds like the perfect meal! We look forward to seeing you again.
by Jeffery Vanderveenon 2018-07-22
Absolutely Perfect-I know there are other reviews and comments about bringing children to the island, but from a family who normally tent camps for summer vacation, this was the perfect getaway! We arrived to the island to find everything we needed and more! The bedrooms each have full size beds so there was plenty of room for all of us. Everyone quickly claimed rooms and began exploring the island. The cabin is simple and rustic and filled with local history and history of the island as well as interesting photos throughout the cabin. You can see the river from almost every window! The cabin came stocked with everything we needed to get through the week with cooking utensils, a coffee pot, grill and even games and reading material. We even found a high chair under the deck to use for our youngest! There isn't really a place to swim right off the island, but we found that the river gets deep enough in a couple places to swim off the row boat, there is also a beach a couple miles down the road, or a state park about 30 minutes away to go swimming. We ate all our meals on the screened in porch and spent every night around a camp fire roasting marshmallows. The cabin does have a very nice flat screen TV which we used maybe twice to let the kids watch some morning cartoons while my wife and I got ready. There is a canoe which we used several times to explore around the river, and my son used the flat bottom boat for fishing every day! We only used the WiFi to send pictures to friends and family. You really do need to be an outdoors family to enjoy the island and even with the TV and WiFi, it is very rustic, yet beautiful. If your kids aren't able to easily entertain themselves by exploring or fishing, then this probably isn't the location for you, but for my family this was 100% the right place! By the end of the trip, no one wanted to leave. All our kids said this was the best family vacation we've had yet and my wife and I agree. We made reservations to come back next year before we were halfway home and foresee many years of summer vacations at the island! Thank you to the hosts for providing such an amazing location to share! The island brought my whole family closer and we can't wait to come back!
Jeffery, your review made my day. This is the perfect review of Republic Island for guests considering coming to the island to read. I could actually visualize you all being there, and I love that your kids said it was the best vacation ever! Knowing that you are coming back next year, and hopefully for years to come, says it all!
by Chantel Giffordon 2018-07-14
We love Republic Island!-We stayed on the island the week from 6/23 to 6/30/18. This was our 2nd time staying on the island. It was perfect this year for us since we brought our dogs (as usual) and our grandbaby. She is 1 1/2 years old and absolutely loved being able to run outdoors and be on the boat. The fishing was great this year. We caught walleye, perch, crappie, small mouth bass, pike, and rock bass. The biggest pike was 32" and made Mark's day! Our dogs love the ability to run and explore. They enjoyed chasing the snake and the chipmunks. They always enjoy the time on the boat. This was our 3rd year using Freshwater Vacation rentals and look forward to next year!
We love our returning guests, especially when they appreciate the joy of Republic Island like you do. Your little grandbaby is so lucky to have you as grandparents, who take her into nature for vacations. Between your pups and the fish she watched you catch, she will have many happy memories of Republic Island. Thank you for letting us be a part of those memories!
by Chantel Giffordon 2018-07-05
Wonderful Time!-We stayed on the island the week from 6/23 to 6/30/18. This was our 2nd time staying on the island. It was perfect this year for us since we brought our dogs (as usual) and our grandbaby. She is 1 1/2 years old and absolutly loved being able to run outdoors and be on the boat. The fishing was great this year. We caught walleye, perch, cropie, small mouth bass, pike, and rock bass. The biggest pike was 32" and made Mark's day! Our dogs love the ability to run and explore. They enjoyed chasing the snake and the chipmunks. They always enjoy the time on the boat. This was our 3rd year using Freshwater Vacation rentals and look forward to next year!
Chantel, we love having you back! Republic Island is the perfect place for your dogs, and I'm sure that your grandbaby was in heaven. Having freedom in nature can not be beat. And the fish, oh my goodness what were you using for bait? Way to go. Mark needs to get an award for that pike. See you next year!
by Sarah Bodbylon 2018-06-22
Great 'wilderness' getaway!-We spent a wonderful week on Republic Island in mid-June. The cabin was great and had lots of charm. We thought the best place to hang out was the screened in porch on the back of the cabin. The heated floor in the bathroom and on-demand hot water were well appreciated on chilly mornings! The cabin is accurately labelled as for the adventurous. We were happily isolated from all human activity and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the river by boat and canoe. The fishing was also excellent! Two pieces of advice for future travelers. 1. Bug spray. 2. If the electric motor on the pontoon suddenly quits, there is a red breaker switch that can be snapped back into place which is mounted on the back wall of where the batteries are stored under the pontoon seats.
Sarah, Republic Island is truly the place to go to get away from everything. We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay. That screened in porch is the best! Thanks for your advice, especially for the pontoon.
by Steven Hawkinsonon 2017-10-10
Nice place-Nice location. Easy to find. Fits the adventuress spirit. Good walleye fishing. Caught a few northern too. The cabin is older but well maintained. Has a lot of character. Couldn’t ask for a better night sky.
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: We agree! The sky during this time of year in the UP is phenomenal. We are happy you enjoyed your stay!
by Mike Sheetson 2017-10-05
Republic Island Cabin-I very much enjoyed my stay. It was as unique a vacation experience as I have had, being so close to home. It was a very cute and well kept cabin, and had a surprising amount of amenities. I did experience some issue with the pontoon boat, as the push pole was cracked, and the first time I went to use it, the end broke off, cutting my hand. Aside from that, the experience of using the boat to get back and forth was quite fun. I did leave some Kerosene and recreational fuel there, we had to get some to start the campfires, as the wood still had alot of moisture in it. I hope to be able to rent this cabin again in the future, as it was very enjoyable.
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: We are thrilled you enjoyed your adventurous stay! Sorry to hear of the pontoon incident. We will get on maintenance right away. Thank you for leaving the Kerosene...yes, wet wood is troublesome. We look forward to seeing you next year!
by Deniese Suttleon 2017-09-03
peace and quiet-we had a very good time.. the cabin was rustic and awesome...seen nasty snake but just one.. seen hummingbird.hawk.cute little chipmunk.. several baby frogs it was awesome.. we loved it will come again...just beautifulp
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: We are happy you enjoyed your stay! Wow...sounds like Wild Kingdom up there! That is so cool to enjoy nature in that realm. Thank you for letting us know! We hope to host you again :) Let us know your dates, we are already taking bookings for 2018 at the island.
by Rob Storkon 2017-08-18
Republic Island July 20-27 2017-A wonderful bit of seclusion. We enjoyed the quiet, the river and the peacefulness. I would stay up by the fire and here the mysterious sounds of the UP at night and wonder what they were caused by (sometimes a little scary). The only downer was our last full day there when I decided to fill up the car with gas before we left in the morning. I was about 10 feet from the River Road dock when the electric motor on the pontoon quit. The wind and the current quickly took me down river. I drifted past the cabin and fortunately my wife was within hearing distance and I told her what had happened and to call the number left for emergencies. To make a long story short I figured out the circuit breaker had trouble staying connected and I made it back to the cabin. My wife and I would like to give a special thanks to Tim. He came to my rescue and was exceptional with his generosity and helpfulness. He went out of his way to help us with our luggage and make sure we made it to the car the next day without floating down the river. He is a very very nice man.
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: We LOVE Tim too! Nothing like a little adventure down the river! We are happy it all worked out and you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for booking with us! We are taking booking for 2018 already, so let us know if you are interested in future dates!
by John & Nancy Mcintyreon 2017-08-13
We had eight people in our family stay at the cabin, including two small children and we had a wonderful time. Two people in our group slept in a tent. There was a nice grassy area for the tent. The rest of us slept comfortably in the cabin. We loved the pontoon boat and we all went fishing daily. The young children in our family loved the island and the river. Wood for fires in the fire pit was provided and we had a fire every day. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: It is so nice for a family to enjoy the island. It has so much to offer. Thank you for booking with us. We hope you consider choosing Freshwater for your next vacation!
by Matt Woerpelon 2017-06-26
RUSTIC LITTLE CABIN-It is a neat little historic cabin. Everything was small but comfortable. Spent most of our time in the screen porch, nice addition. Lugging gear up and down the hills took a bit of effort, but earned a beer after that. I liked the hammock out on the point. Pretty nice views from up and down the river. Having the internet allowed us to keep tabs on storm fronts. Radar let us know good times to light the grill. Grilled out lunch and dinner every day. Almost used the whole 18 lb bag. After our week on the island, we would go back and would recommend it to others.
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: The island is not for the weak of heart...it is for the adventurer, which you have proved to be! We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay on our island. We love the hammock as well! Next time you are up for a Michigan adventure, please check out our 54 other vacation rentals, we would love to see you again!
by Jean & Steve Voss & Dollon 2017-06-07
Comfortable Authentic Log Cabin Experience-We vacationed on Republic Island the third week in May. The cabin was tastefully decorated, clean, and well stocked. TV reception was good. The beds were comfortable. The water from the faucet tasted fine. The shower was phenomenal. Crossing the river in the pontoon boat only took a few minutes. At the cabin, we enjoyed watching the waterfowl and taking in spectacular sunsets reflecting over the river in the evening. The river can be seen from every room in the cabin. Bugs weren't present when we visited. (In the past, we learned to use Thermacell lanterns in the UP during bug season which cleared out the worst of mosquito hatches.) Highlights for us in the area included viewing moose on two separate occasions, (one near near Van Riper State Park and the other off Hwy 95), hiking at Craig Lake State Park, Van Riper State Park, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, and the McCormick Wilderness Tract off Co. Road 607. The Peshekee River runs along just about the entire length of Co. Rd. 607 up to the McCormick Wilderness Tract. Canyon Falls and Sturgeon River Gorge were our favorite waterfalls. The cabin had brochures for attractions in the area. The Michigan Department of Tourism sent us a Marquette Region Hike and Bike Trail Guide for free which I'd recommend. We did a lot of back road touring on logging roads. Very few of those roads had any signs and it's easy to fall off course, so pack your patience if you go that route. We saw the most wildlife off major highways. If you like a bit of adventure, you can't go wrong with Republic Island and the surrounding area. Check them out on Facebook too!
FRESHWATER RESPONSE: Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay on Republic Island! We love the moose too!
by Daniel Johnsonon 2017-05-23
WE LOVED IT, AND PLAN ON DOING IT AGAIN. THANK YOU SO MUCH. FRESHWATER VACATION RENTALS RESPONSE: Thanks for sharing! We will be here when you're ready to plan your next getaway to Republic Island!
by Thomas Johnsonon 2017-05-08
Most Wonderful Time-I just wanted to sincerely thank you for the most wonderful and relaxing weekend my friends and I have had in a long time. What a beautiful cabin and area. Everything was perfect.
*FRESHWATER RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the kind words! We are thrilled to hear you and your friends had a relaxing weekend. It is such a peaceful area! We hope to have you back in the future! ~FVR
by Abimael Riveraon 2016-12-16
Great experience!-Great service!Had my honey moon in the UP! Great experience!
by Timothy Tebeauon 2016-10-12
Great time!-â€œWe had a great time celebrating our anniversary at Republic Island. Some brilliant early fall color and the serene, isolated location was great for relaxing. I fished and my wife did yoga overlooking the water. The cabin itself has great historic charm and was immaculately clean and well-stocked with everything we could have needed. The pontoon boat made for easy commuting back and forth in what seemed to be relatively high water conditions. Be sure to check out the nearby Black River Falls!â€
by Betty Emeryon 2016-06-27
2016 EMERY'S GETAWAY ISLAND-Rustic, Relic, Unique, Charm, Peace, Serenity, and Solitude - I have found everything on my wishlist, and of course I can say "I RENTED MY OWN ISLAND" for a week. 1st: The 1800's Log Cabin to me has lots of history. It's "SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND"...the outside is not much to look at, but there is a GEM on the inside. It takes alot to keep history alive, and the proud owner's have done a fine job, with just a few little touchups here and there to maintain it. The ground maintenance at our time of arrival, the grass could have been mowed and some trimming along the edges would have been nice. 2nd: There are homes throughout the Michigamme River, possibly vacation homes or weekend homes, however, they were only there on the weekend, there were absolutely no-one there during M-TH...so solitude was all you had, and I so enjoyed it. We had the whole Michigamme to ourselves. I canoed the Michigamme day in and day out in hopes to see a Moose (no luck). Fishing the Michigamme was quite a task. We lost 3 small mouth bass, and caught 1 Rock Bass, and 1 Northern Pike (my husband's goal, so he is happy). We had a campfire, and a romantic fire in the Cobblestone Fireplace each night. I had to call Cara because upon arrival there was NO firewood on the Island, and only a couple of handfuls of firewood at the landing, so we had to get restocked. The only complaint, and something to possibly consider for the owners, is that the Island should be completely stocked upon arrival for your new renter. We drove 10-1/2 hours and arrived at the landing at 1 am, we had a very uncomfortable night sleeping in the truck until daylight, so we can see the waterway to the Island (we didn't sleep at all, due to the excitement). So at daylight we unloaded and loaded the pontoon (thank God the water level was up and we had the pontoon available), and took our week long belongings and had to unload them and put them away, then we had to go back and load and unload firewood (several trips back & forth, up & down the hills)...my husband was not happy with that part whatsoever, as we are to relax, not have to work (and it was work) right when we got there, so it would have been nice, and maybe for future renters, as a suggestion to the owners, this would make their start of vacation a little more relaxing. We had amazing weather all during our stay, and if & when it rained, it was while we were sleeping. I took amazing pictures and have shared some of them. In regards to Gods' wonderful creatures that he had placed on this earth, I would like to share that I did come across 2 snakes (1-momma & 1-baby), 2 Chipmunks (1- to which was delightfully friendly, and I was able to feed him right out of my hand; (he sure is not starving), we saw a Bald Eagle two different times (not close enough where I could acutally get a good pic), and had our fair share of mesqueto's. We played corn hole that we had brought for entertainment, and cards each night with our 2 girls (ages 17). Satilite/Direct TV and WIFI, made life much easier with the girls, and of course with me sharing my experience with everyone on FB. We ventured off the Island 2 different times, once to go to SugarLoaf Mountain, and the other Walmart (an hour away there). I would recommend this beautiful Gem to anyone, and if anyone would like to contact me via FB, I would be more than happy to share my memories on Republic Island. I do want to have all *BEWARE* of the floating dock at the landing, extremely unsafe, as they were all over the place, so it made loading and unloading a little on the wobbly side, my daughter after falling in had fixed the main connection, but going to the additional stretch, there was no way of getting it connected. I would suggest all whom step foot on Republic Island to enjoy a life of pure bliss, to read the journals & the history. I found it to be so enjoyable reading alls' adventures. I would like to say Thank You to both Cara & Mark, for allowing us (the Emery Family) an opportunity to stay on a little piece of Heaven on Earth - REPUBLIC ISLAND.FRESHWATER RESPONSE:Thank you for your kind words, Emery Family! We are in LOVE with your pictures! Thank you so much for sharing them on Facebook and to us personally. You are right, we are constantly working on maintaining the island cabin. It's a challenge that we are always trying to uphold. I'm glad you appreciate the solitude as much as we do on the island. Landscaping: We fell short with your stay about the outside grounds and I deeply apologize. We realized that we need to add additional hands to help with the outside maintenance. Firewood: While I appreciate your suggestion of having the firewood completely stocked on the island, we are unable to maintain that level of regular service without increasing the weekly rate. Years ago, when we first started supplying unlimited firewood for our guests, Mark and I spent 10 hours carrying load after load over to the island. It was the longest day of physical labor I have ever worked in my life. (I'm a teacher by trade, so that may not be saying much. Lol.) Mark and I proudly thought our efforts would supply our guests with firewood for the summer. Two weeks later, the wood was gone. The first 2 families of the season had burned all the wood it took us 20 hours of labor to carry over and beautifully stack on the island for the whole summer. Therefore, since our intention was to supply unlimited wood for the convenience of our guests, we figured we could still offer that amenity, yet we would need to have the guests carry over the wood. Thank you for immediately calling to tell us that you needed additional wood. I'm glad we were able to get it out to you quickly. Our goal is that a few logs are ready to start a fire upon your arrival. Still, based on your feedback, we will now provide the wood-carry over option as an additional option guests can purchase. We'll continue to provide the wood, yet we now provide the additional option of having someone carry it over for you at a reasonable rate. Docks: Again, I sincerely apologize that the floating docks were floating waaayy too much. Once we realized that the docks had loosened, we added additional poles and further tightened down the bolts. Please accept my apologies. That is definitely not how the docks are supposed to behave. The Michigamme River can get quite strong during a storm and it rustles the docks. We have made improvements to ensure this doesn't happen again.Thank you for being such great, flexible adventurous guests. We sincerely hope to have you back again.Sincerely,Cara
by Victoria on 2016-05-01
Whaaah - Don't make me leave/ I want to go back!!-What a delightful cabin - very rustic and homey. I don't think there is anything they forgot to put in this cabin. Felt right at home. The quirks of staying in a historic cabin made it so fun and full of character. It was very quiet - enjoyed the downtime. (Watch out for those mosquitoes though - there is a reason they're called the "state bird" - mean little buggars!)If you want 4 start luxury w/ a pool and someone to keep you entertained- don't come here. But if you enjoy playing games and connecting w/ your family, toodling about on a river that is so calm you think you're on a lake, cooking meals at home and roasting marshmallows, exploring the UP and pretending (if only for a minute) that you're a "Yooper" - then this is paradise!! I've already recommended this place to others - run, don't walk - reserve your space now!!Submitted: Aug 15, 2014 Stayed: Jul 2014
by George on 2016-05-01
Rest and Relaxation-After a week of rest and relaxation we went away rejuvenated and ready to tackle our everyday high stressed lives. The hammock was a nice surprise. Loved the stone fireplace and heated bathroom floor.Submitted: Oct 19, 2010
by Patricia on 2016-05-01
Fantastic Cabin!-We actually were invited to go stay at this cabin with 2 friends of ours, and well we were like sure we have never been this far north. We live in IL. Looked cute and hidden away. We also were able to bring our dogs..which I might add LOVED it I was able to not worry about them just let them out the dog and on they went sniffing. I don't know what those grown evergreen's were but they just layed in them. We only stayed 3 nights after the 2nd night I wanted to stay longer but had to be back to work on Monday so sadly that was not going to happen. I have booked this place for just me and my husband for a week.We are looking forward to our stay. We want to stay longer so we can enjoy how peaceful it is and also maybe have time to explore around. We also went to an antique shop in town it was very nice and the guy there was very helpful We can not wait till our next stay and I am sure the dogs are looking forward to it as well.If you are looking for a place to enjoy peace and quite this is your place I say stay more then a weekend tho because you will not want to leave. Also there is a log in the cabin from the people who have stayed here it is very entertaining I sat and read that for a few hours.Submitted: Jan 11, 2011