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Affordable Family Vacation Rental with Lake Access

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Looking for a nice quiet vacation in Michigan's Upper Peninsula? Well, come on up, we got just the place for you. This is an older two story house that sits about 300 feet back from Lake Independence (you can not see the lake) with a good driveway for you to walk down to get to the lake. The house is completely furnished and contains everything you'll need for your stay, you'll just need to bring your own food & toothbrush. As you walk into the house you are in a large screened in porch with a sofa, a couple of chairs and a table. Most folks like to sit here and read or do jigsaw puzzles, yup, folks still do those on quiet evening up here. Step into the living room and you'll see a sofa bed (queen sized) two recliner chairs and a TV and VCR/DVD, TV is limited to 2 or 3 channels (depends on the weather). From the living room you go back into the kitchen - dining area. Kitchen has a full sized electric stove and refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and other misc. electric

kitchen appliances. All the pots and pans and dishes are there that you'll need for a comfortable stay. Dining area sits 6 comfortably. Toward the back of the house is a large room that is mainly empty except for a washer and dryer and a few storage shelves, off this room is the downstairs bathroom which contains a shower. Adding to the rustic experience, you'll notice that the hardwood floors have a slight slope to them. This is due to the outside foundations having settled a few inches over the years.

The sleeping arrangements are what we like to call 'friendly'. Upstairs is one big room with a king size bed, queen size bed, and a set of trundle beds. Upstairs there is also a complete bathroom with a big old deep tub in it

On the grounds, you have a gas bar-b-q grill, a fire pit with a good supply of wood, and about a half dozen bikes of various sizes for your use. As mentioned it is only a short walk to the lake where we have a dock available if you want to tie your boat up there (we do not supply a boat). The lake out front is great for swimming with a hard sand bottom and nice warm shallow water going out about 50 yards, perfect for small children. The lake is a good fishing spot. It contains walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass, jumbo perch and a few crappie. Smallmouth bass in the 20' size are common, northern pike up to about 35 pounds have been take from our lake and we even caught a Michigan Master Angler pike a few years ago (25 pounds).

Nearby there are nice hikes to wilderness waterfalls, stream fishing for native Brook Trout, a good boat ramp to Lake Superior and it's fishing, tours of the Big Bay Point Lighthouse, some great wild blueberry picking at the right times of the year, and viewing of Michigan's great wildlife. Within a mile of the the cabin our guests have seen deer, bear, moose, fox, wolves, eagles and osprey as well as lots of little woods creatures. You can often watch the deer in the yard from your screened in porch in the evening.

The cabin rents for $100.00 per day (minimum two days rental required) or $500.00 per week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, $400.00 per week before or after those dates for up to 6 people. There is an extra charge of $15.00 per night or $50.00 per week for each additional guest. No more than eight guests are allowed. A $100.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Cabin is available for rental from May thru November.

Deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days before date of reservation, non-refundable after that.

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Russell and Theresa Gust
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Russell and Theresa Gust

I am a retired x-ray tech. and my wife is a retired school teacher of 30+ years. I was raised in lower Michigan (yes I am a Troll) and my wife has spent her entire life in the Upper Peninsula, she is a true Yooper. Now that we have the time we enjoy traveling during the spring and fall. We stay home to take care of the cabin and our gardens in the summer, also so I can try to catch all of the walleyes out of Lake Independence, that's the lake right out front. We really do enjoy meeting new folks as you come to stay for a week or two at our cabin.

Why Russell and Theresa Gust chose Big Bay

We bought this property on Lake Independence many years ago when we were first thinking about retirement. We wanted a lake house for the summers and someplace warm for the winters. Lake Independence is a very desirable lake and we were just lucky to get a lot on the nice sandy north shore of the lake.

What makes this house unique

Our rental philosophy is to offer a vacation to young family who may not otherwise be able to afford one. We love to have young couples with their children in the cabin. A word or two about the cabin it has all the amenities but it is not fancy. It is a two story house that was moved to the property many years ago and set on 3 rows of wood pilings that had been driven into the ground. Well over the years the outside two rows have gotten wet and sunk a little, thus the floors on the ground floor slope a little. The sleeping arrangement is what we like to call 'friendly'. The upstairs is one big room with a king size bed, a queen size bed, and a set of trundle beds, there is also a full bathroom upstairs. To make your stay more comfortable, we keep a good supply of wood for the fire pit out in the yard, there is always a spare tank for the gas grill, we keep bikes of all sizes for everyone to ride. Down at the lake there is a nice dock for your watercraft. The lake itself is nice and shallow out in front, making it perfect for small children to play in.

As you may have noticed, we don't charge any cleaning fees. So most of our guests try to leave the cabin fairly clean. I guess they figure that for as low as the rent is, they can invest a little time cleaning before they leave. Oh sure, there is always some laundry and a little touchup for us to do, but we sure do appreciate the way most of our renters leave the cabin.

We sure hope you will give us a try. But if you want something fancy, try looking at some of the other places around the lake, Lake Independence is a lovely place to stay.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Big Bay in Powell

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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average rating of 4.6363635 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Place made me feel like I was at home. Had everything we needed, didn't have to bring half the things I did bring. They're goal is for you to be comfortable and enjoy your week there! We definitely will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you fellows enjoyed yourselves. We were happy to see your brother-in-law get his first bear. See you next fall..........bigger bears await!
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Grandma's old place

  • 4 of 5

The place is very charming and comfortable. My daughters & granddaughters enjoyed staying there. The fire pit was awesome and to have the wood there for us to use was great too. Russ & Theresa were very nice people. The only negative thing was an odor in the back bathroom that smelled like urine.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were happy that you were able to fulfill an item on your "bucket list" by bringing your daughters and granddaughters for a vacation at the same place where you used to come as a child. As for the odor you experienced in the bathroom, we are unable to detect anything and neither are the present renters. But we will keep an eye on the possible problem.
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Friendly welcome, good location, comfortable house with lots of character

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The house is rustically comfortable and cosy with a huge supply of kitchen equipment and lots of towels and linen available. We enjoyed the firepit, the grill, the solid fuel stove and the bikes. It's a short bike ride to the beautiful shoreline of low cliffs at Big Bay lighthouse and also to Squaw beach, which is good for swimming. If you like swimming and snorkelling it's just 20 minutes by car to Black Rocks just outside Marquette. The Gusts are extremely welcoming and helpful. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you were able to enjoy your stay so much despite the poor weather. We would love to have you back again. We enjoyed your company.
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Waunakee, Wisconsin

Fantastic stay. Clean. All needed amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay with the Gusts. House has a ton of character. Yet is very clean. All needed amenities and then some. Took the bikes for a ride. Had nightly fires with provided firewood. Grilled dinners on very nice gas grill. Linens provided were nice touch. We even did some laundry to keep workload down when we returned home. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were glad to have you as our guests. We enjoyed your company and really enjoyed your very well trained dog. Happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves.
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Was wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Could not have asked for a nicer place. Cabin was very clean, and equipped with everything that you could needed. Theresa and Russ where great hosts and very friendly. Thank you again. Robin

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Hope to see you back again next year.
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Good Times

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed ourselves. The address is clearly marked with a big sign. The house is clean, nicely patched up, and reasonably furnished. The lake is very good for small children as the sandy bottom is shallow near the dock. The Gusts were very friendly. Access to Lake Superior is good and the town is small but has most of what you might need immediately. The Wal-Mart in Marquette is excellent and not too long a run. Cell tower is nearby and signal strength is excellent. The only TV is Public Television, but the movie collection is extensive. Mail should be addressed to General Delivery and not to the Gust's mailbox as the postmistress won't give it to you otherwise. We had a nice time.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
K.I. Sawyer International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Thunder Bay Inn or Lumberjack Tavern
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Marquette Country Club
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
U.S. 41/M-28
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Thunderbay Inn or Big Bay Cafe
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Marquette Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Out front or Squaw Beach on Lake Superior
Car: necessary

If you haven't figured it out by now, we are out in the country. We are 30 miles from the nearest city of any size. We are a quiet, peaceful, slow moving community. If you like nature, you will love the Big Bay area.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

You will see that we list rental rates for less than one week at $80.00/night, it is the policy of VRBO the if you rent for over one week that additional nights will be at a pro-rated amount figured off the weekly rate. We DO NOT allow the pro-rated rental rates. Any days more or less that a full week will be charged at $80.00 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.