River Bend Lodge- Mio
SLEEPS: 6 comfortably (with additional sleeping for 2, if needed)
*RIVER FRONT (Au Sable River)
*PETS ARE WELCOME
*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.
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 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 -
Alcona Canoe Rental
Hinchman's Acres Resort
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
Houghton Lake: 1 hour and 15 minutes (56 miles)
Mackinac Bridge/ Mackinaw City: 2 hours and 15 minutes (127 mile)