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Did you know that the state of Michigan has over 10,000 lakes? Therefore, it’s no surprise that lake recreation is a really big deal in this part of the Midwest! If you want to experience a slice of heaven this season, consider booking one of these lake house vacation rentals in Michigan through Airbnb or Vrbo.
"Laugh-a-Lot" Rental on All-Sports Pratt Lake - Gladwin
Spanning about 1,100 square feet, this lake house is on the 189-acre Pratt Lake. It sleeps seven to nine people and has three bedrooms and one bathroom. This is a charming space with a kitchen, laundry machines, outdoor eating area, covered porch, and swing set for the kids. It’s easy to enjoy the lake life here with all the water sports available and the fun places to check out in the Gladwin area for recreation. You’ll have about 80 feet of water frontage with this rental. Pets are welcome here.
Summer Sunset Lake House - Champion
For up to seven people, this Michigan lake house is located on one of the Upper Peninsula’s largest inland lakes. It’s 35 miles from Marquette and home to lots of wildlife. There are four deck spaces with seating areas outside, as well as a five-person hot tub on the lakeside. Hot tub usage requires an extra $30 per day. This home has three bedrooms, three beds, and 1.5 baths to accommodate guests. The lake here is great for swimming, boating, fishing, and jet skiing. Make sure to check out Van Riper State Park just five minutes away from the beach and kids’ playground.
Cottage on the Shores of Big Manistique Lake - McMillan
Plan your getaway for Big Manistique Lake and enjoy this lake house during any season of the year. It has a well-equipped kitchen, living room that overlooks the lake with large windows, a spacious deck, and a stone fireplace. The lake area here has a sandy bottom and is great for swimming. You can bring your boat along and use the dock if you want to try some fishing. It’s also fun to hang out on the large deck and at the lakeside fire pit. Ask the owner if you want to bring your dog along.
Lake House Oasis on Lake Michigan - Manistique
Available to rent on Airbnb, this is a beachfront home that’s fun for the whole family and accommodates eight people. The house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and it’s a true oasis by the lake. The home welcomes pets and comes with three kayaks that you can use. However, there is no air conditioning in the home, so you’ll have to suffice with fans. Guests enjoy views of Lake Michigan, as well as the dining room, breakfast nook, outside patio, and walkway to the beach. You’ll need to have your dog on a leash while outside since there is no fenced yard.
Renovated Home with Fire Pit - Lakeside
Nicknamed the “Hygge House” to describe the sense of coziness you’ll feel inside, this lake house is just 1,000 feet from a private association beach along Lake Michigan. The home sleeps six people and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The Airbnb host provides guests with beach gear and also a great place to come back and unwind at the end of the day. The outside area has a spacious patio, gas grill, and outdoor dining set. You’ll also enjoy the enclosed yard for playing games and free parking for up to three vehicles.
Unique Lake Michigan Lakefront Log Cabin - Arcadia
With about 900 square feet of space, this cozy log cabin is just steps from Lake Michigan. It sleeps up to six people and has two bedrooms and one bathroom. This is a great place to enjoy sunset views, cozying up around the bonfire, and going swimming on warm days. You’ll have a kitchen here with new appliances, linens and towels provided, and a gas grill for outdoor cooking. Water access from this property varies based on the lake levels. However, it’s a great place to be during any season of the year.
Lakeside Retreat Nestled Among the Trees - Lakeside
For up to six guests, there’s the option of renting this lakeside retreat with three bedrooms and one bathroom. This home is in Lakeside, Michigan and is about 90 minutes from Chicago. It has modern appliances, vintage charm, and an open floor plan. You’ll have Wi-Fi here and enjoy the loft that is accessible with a motorized hoist that operates a built-in ladder. It’s a 10-minute walk from here to reach a public overlook with great sunset views over Lake Michigan.
Lakefront Vacationing at Its Best - Twin Lake
A Vrbo lake house rental that guests enjoy is this property that sleeps up to 14 people. It is a 2,300-square-foot house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The lake house has a great hot tub and lets you walk right down to the lake to dip your toes in the lake. The outdoor offerings include a 20-foot pontoon boat available to rent, kayaks, paddleboat, stand-up paddleboards, fire pit, and outdoor shower to rinse off the sand.
Swan on the Lake - Ludington
With this Airbnb lake house rental, you’ll be just three miles from the state park and five miles from town. It has a private screened porch and great lake access, so bring your own boat. Known as “Swan,” the home has a full kitchen, two bedrooms, a private bathroom, a fire pit, and Wi-Fi. The host provides you with two kayaks and two paddleboards that are shared only with the other half of the duplex. When you’re in this part of Michigan, you’ll be in a small community of houses and in a great location to go for a bike ride. Ludington is a fun place to be to check out restaurants and museums nearby too.
Eagle's Nest: Hot Tub & Private Beach on Lake Michigan - Manistee
Here’s a Lake Michigan vacation rental home with 2,400 square feet of space, three bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms. It sleeps up to eight people and features a wrap-around deck, pergola, fire pit, grills, and hiking on 140 acres of marked trails nearby. Eagle’s Nest is a great getaway spot for vacations, family trips, and anniversary celebrations. This is a rare lake house with an accessible and beautiful beach, and it’s also a place where you can view bald eagles and other wildlife.
Belle Vie on Portage Lake - Pinckney
If you’re looking for a lake vacation for your family, consider this Vrbo rental property. It’s a 1,700-square-foot house that sleeps eight people and has three bedrooms and three baths. You can go swimming right off the shore of the private beach here or off the dock into the shallow bay. It’s a great place for kids to safely swim, and the host provides water toys and sand toys to make your vacation a fun one. A pack-and-play is also available here. You’ll be in a convenient location near the Ore Creek Brewery, Riverside Pizza, and a small grocery/liquor store nearby. When you stay here, downtown Ann Arbor is just 15 minutes away.
The Lake House - Richfield Township
For a big group looking for a lake getaway, consider this vacation rental with three bedrooms, eight beds, and three baths. It sleeps 14 people and also has a huge deck, indoor hot tub/spa, large backyard on the lake, gas grill, and bonfire ring. The interior offers Wi-Fi, laundry machines, and a TV with streaming services. This property is on a rural, unpaved road, which means you might need 4WD or snow tires in the winter. It is close to hiking trails and the cute town of Saint Helen too.
Lakefront Home with a View - Middleville
Airbnb guests love this blue lake house that sleeps up to four people. It’s at the end of a private driveway and offers lovely views. You’ll be on a no-wake lake and be able to enjoy the lake for swimming and paddle-boating on the provided boat. Nearby, you’ll find mountain biking trails, a movie theater, craft beverages, and a casino. This rental home is a 790-square-foot lake house with a bedroom and a sleeper sofa. There are two decks on the back of the property, and there is a shared dock with the house next door that guests can access for swimming. Other perks of staying here are the kitchen, TV with standard cable, and Wi-Fi. Pets are not allowed at this Michigan lake house.
Lake Michigan Beach Home by Frank Lloyd Wright Pro - Oostburg
This lovely and spacious home is on Lake Michigan and features a screened porch, large outdoor deck, and canoe and rowboat that come with life jackets and other floating devices. It’s a year-round home with lake views and modern amenities, including Wi-Fi and cable TV. The home sleeps up to five guests and has two bedrooms, five beds, and 1.5 baths. You’ll have your own 180 feet of Lake Michigan beach and be close to urban areas yet surrounded by two acres of trees in a serene setting at the same time.
Two-Bedroom Lake House - Traverse City
It’s fun to be in the Traverse City area for your lake house vacation, especially if you book this peaceful and pet-friendly house. It is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house with 100-feet of frontage on Spider Lake. The home offers free Wi-Fi, a TV, two complimentary kayaks, a paddleboard, mountain bikes, and firewood. You can also pay to rent a 16-foot pontoon boat here. The home sleeps up to six guests and is great for families.
Cooley Lake "Koi Cottage" with Boat for Rent - White Lake Charter Township
Up to five people can stay at this cottage on Cooley Lake and have two bedrooms and two bathrooms to themselves. This recently renovated cottage has a lovely deck and gas grill that overlooks the lake when you relax on the lounging and sunbathing furniture. The home is a four-seasons getaway that’s perfect for a lake-centric trip. In the summer, you can access the dock with a boat and water toys for rent. In the winter, there is ice skating and ice fishing nearby. Guests can park vehicles in the driveway and also spend time in the front turf yard.
Sweetheart Beach Cottage - Lake Ann
When you want to be by the lake and also live the tiny house lifestyle, this Airbnb rental is a good option. It’s a tiny house for two people in the village of Lake Ann on Herendeene Lake. The rental comes with a private yard, kayak launch, and dock and swim platform that is shared with the main house. The sleeping area is accessible by a loft. There is Wi-Fi available and Netflix on the TV. You can really get away from it all when you stay here while also being just minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City.
Wet Nest, Private Lakefront Cottage - Bellaire
For larger groups of up to 10 people, there’s the option of renting this cottage that has three queen-size beds and two double beds in one bedroom and then another queen-size bed in a second bedroom. The Airbnb rental has a private beach and dock on Intermediate Lake, which is part of the Upper Chain of Lakes. It’s also 10 minutes to a Torch Lake boat launch and 45 minutes from Traverse City. Come here for a Northern Michigan getaway and to be right on the water because this rental has 80 feet of a private beach and a great swimming area for kids. The home also has laundry machines, a bathroom with a walk-in shower, and is on a half-acre of a partially wooded lot.
Blue Cottage in Manistee on Lake Michigan Beach - Manistee County
With this Vrbo rental, you’ll get a six-bedroom home with awesome views of Lake Michigan. The home sleeps 15 people and has six bedrooms, 10 beds, and three bathrooms. It has lots of natural light, a spacious kitchen, two dining rooms, and three floors. The air conditioner is a split unit that is on the main floor only. Guests love spending time on the two decks and being just steps away from a private beach. It’s also a great place for families because there is plenty of room to spread out and make yourself at home.
Private Lake Michigan Cottage with Eight-Person Hot Tub - Fennville
Located right along Lake Michigan, this Airbnb rental accommodates up to 12 guests and has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There is a seven-night minimum to stay here in the summer months. It’s a nautical-themed cottage with multiple levels and a fully equipped kitchen. Meanwhile, the outside area has hammocks and an umbrella patio table to enjoy the views. This vacation rental home has 100 feet of private lake shore and a small beach area. Within about six minutes, you can drive to Saugatuck and Douglas. It’s a beautiful property that is highly rated by past guests who have stayed here.
Lake Michigan Cottage with Private Frontage - Arcadia
This lake house has 20 feet of private frontage and is north of Arcadia, Michigan. It is a 560-square-foot cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom to accommodate four people. This Vrbo rental allows dogs and comes with a boat launch system that you can use if you bring your own kayak or canoe. You can access a private beach by climbing down just a few steps to the sand. Meanwhile, the Betsie Valley Trail is about 15 minutes away, and Traverse City is 50 minutes away. During most of the summer, rentals are available only from Saturday to Saturday.
Classic, Updated Lake Michigan Knotty Pine Cottage - Emmet County
Here’s a Vrbo rental that is a cottage along Lake Michigan with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is a 1,000-square-foot home that sleeps five people in a classic 1950s space that has been updated. The cottage is next to a private, sandy beach and a great place to be for swimming, kayaking, hiking, and relaxing. You can check out Dark Sky Park nearby to see the stars and also visit the historic village and lighthouses. Hop on the bike trail to get to Mackinaw City or spend time in the woods. Other features of this home rental are indoor and outdoor showers, dining tables by a stone fireplace, and an updated kitchen. One dog of any size can stay here with the owner’s approval.