Welcome to your lakefront cottage experience! Listen to the loons on this 80-acre all-sports lake. Cottage has dock to tie up your boat you have launched at Harper Lake paved public boat launch. We provide canoe, paddles, swimming raft and paddleboat for your enjoyment.
This vacation rental on Harper Lake is in Irons, Michigan. Irons is a small town located just northwest of Baldwin, about 30 minutes from Ludington and Manistee and just 50 minutes from Traverse City.
White Pines Cottage is quiet, super-clean, and nestled in a peaceful wooded setting with 129 feet of lake frontage. Bass, perch, and pike can be found in Harper Lake.
Besides dining area and eating bar, there is a large deck with gas grill, sitting benches and picnic table overlooking the lake. Lawn and beach chairs available along with a lakeside fire-pit for nighttime relaxing and/or marshmallow roasting.
Location is perfect for relaxing and also for fun day trips to the surrounding area. Only 30 minutes from Lake Michigan beaches - Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee, located on a bluff providing stunning views of Lake Michigan, is the perfect place to spend an afternoon on the Big Lake.
Ludington State Park offers some of the best hiking in the area. It covers 5300 acres and features dunes, beaches, marshes and forest. Big Sable Point Lighthouse is located inside this park and it makes for a great 2-mile hike.Nearby, Steans Park Beach has free parking and views of Ludington North Breakwater Light.
Ludington is known as the #1 Salmon Fishing Port in Michigan. Take a charterboat fishing trip for some adventure and great memories.
Canoeing, kayaking or tubing on the Little Manistee River, Pere Marquette River and Pine River is available only a few minutes away. For renting of canoes, kayaks or rafts for families and groups - Baldwin is the best place for beginning your day on the Pere Marquette River.
Tippy Dam is one of the finest fishing areas in all of Michigan. Located just 20 minutes from cottage, the area just below the dam is an excellent location to catch trout, steelhead and salmon.
Also, Irons has miles of public trails for quad, dirt-biking, and mountain biking as well as hiking. For hikers, take advantage of the North Country National Scenic Trail system and hike a few miles. This national hiking trail stretches over 4000 miles linking seven northern states from New York to North Dakota. One of the finest segments of the 575 miles through Michigan follows the Manistee River valley. A trailhead is located only 1.5 miles from cottage on FreeSoil Road.
Another trail system is Big M Cross-Country Ski and Mountain Bike Trail. This is a 37.9 mile loop trail system located 20 minutes from White Pines Cottage. This trail offers a variety of terrain as you traverse up and down hills through the woods.The bike trail is open from April to September. Although the trail is primarily used by mountain bikers, it is open to hiking also.
http://lakecotrails.com/ is the perfect website for you to check out if you are an ORV/ATV enthusiast! The Lake County trail system has several great trails for the beginner to expert.
Famous Dublin jerky (plus all your grocery needs) can be bought at the Dublin store - only a few miles away! Don't forget to try Dublin fudge...we think it's better than any other fudge in Michigan!
Traverse City is located 50 minutes to the north. Wineries and vineyards can be found all over Traverse City making it a perfect destination for wine tours and tastings. Also known for quality dining and shopping Traverse City makes for a great day trip!
Located at the corner of US-31 and M-22 in Manistee - Little Manistee Casino features over 1300 slots and video poker games, along with popular table games like blackjack, poker, craps, roulette and more. Check out the concert schedule featuring national acts and entertainment.
White Pines is located only 1/2 hour from M-22. M-22, one of Michigan's most beloved scenic byways, starts in Manistee and follows the Lake Michigan coast up north to the Leelanau Penisula. You have the lake on one side of the road and the forest-lined landscape on the other! M-22 is 116 miles of scenic highway known for one of the prettiest color tours you will ever experience! M-22 will allow you to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline, climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes, discover art galleries, wineries and dining. The colors are delightful even in other seasons!
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been named by Good Morning America as "The Most Beautiful Place in America" and voted one of America's top 10 Family Destinations by Family Fun magazine is reached by M-22 and is a must-see destination while you are staying at White Pines Cottage!
Kids will love the Kaleva Bottle House Museum, a registered historic site, built with over 60,000 soft drink bottles from a local bottling factory.The hours to visit are Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 PM.
Another great thing to check out is the Little Manistee River Wier. This is an egg-take and salmon harvest facility operated by the Michigan DNR. this is the only steelhead egg-take operation in Michigan. Between 10-20,000 fish travel through this wier for egg-take each fall.
Check-in is Saturday after 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and checkout the following Saturday 11:00 a.m.Eastern time.
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