Top 8 Lakefront Rentals In Michigan, The USA - Updated 2024

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Michigan is part of the Great Lakes and is located in the midwestern region of the United States of America. The state land consists of two peninsulas - the upper and lower peninsulas, which are separated by the Straits of Mackinac. It gets its name from the Ojibwemowin (Native American) word ‘mishigami’ which means ‘large lake.’ Michigan has quickly become a hub for watersports, golfing, and hiking. Many families spend their winters close to the lake for some time outdoors. It is no wonder then, that there are plenty of lakehouses to choose from! Keep reading to find out about the top lakefront rentals in Michigan, the USA.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) host status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to a lake. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 30, 2024.

1. Cozy lakeside cottage from the 1940s in Ludington (from USD 139)

This lakeside cottage in Ludington, Michigan was built in the 1940s and was recently completely renovated to ensure that all the appliances are up-to-date. It is so close to the waterfront that you can see the lake from the living room couch. Imagine spending those summer nights in the living room with your significant other, listening to the sound of the water lapping against the boathouse, feeling warm and toasty thanks to the electric fireplace. You can spend your days picnicking, swimming, hiking or fishing. There are even a few great golf courses nearby! Please note that the minimum stay is 2 nights and that children over the age of 16 are welcome.

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320.71 km (199.3 mi) from Lake Huron Roadside Park
101 reviews   Wifi Available
cottage 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed and other furniture is comfortable
cottage was perfect with all updates and necessities that made our stay comfortable
we also enjoyed resting and relaxing in the quite cozy cottage after a day of exploring
Cleanliness:
the cabin is clean and cosy
it is very clean tastefully decorated and completely furnished with everything you need inside and out
the cottage and property was well kept and very clean
this cottage is so cozy clean and so quaint
we enjoyed a relaxing week in a comfortable clean cottage
Host:
the owner was caring and thoughtful
deb hulst the owner was nice and very helpful
owners mark and deb made sure we had everything we needed
deb and mark are excellent hosts
the owners were very very nice and very helpful when we got lost getting there
Location:
beautiful location and well maintained
right on the water close to great hiking and lake michigan beaches
the location can’t be beat very beautiful with plenty of shade and sun
a very relaxing place to be
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2. Lakefront compound in Ludington for 13 guests (from USD 450)

The Bunkalow can host a staggering 13 guests across 3 buildings: the cottage, the bunkhouse, and the boathouse suite. It is a lakeside compound located in Ludington, Michigan and spans 2,000 square feet (186 square meters). There is plenty of lounge space outside, with the large deck that holds a gas grill and outdoor shower, a dining space, and the lakeside firepit with 10 chairs. The place even comes with a dock and a boat lift. Inside the main living space, you’ll find a fireplace, a dining bar, a flat-screen television, and a fully equipped kitchen. Please note that the minimum stay is three nights.

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321.73 km (200.0 mi) from Lake Huron Roadside Park
88 reviews   Wifi Available
cottage 13 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 13
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air conditioner was great at night
plenty of room to dock our boats and the fire pit and comfy chairs was awesome
we rented the bunkalow with our extended family and it was great lots of room for everyone
Cleanliness:
clean house and plenty of room for multiple families
Host:
everything works and the owner is great
the owner is wonderful to work with
the boat lifts were very helpful as well
Location:
awesome location and cool property
the set up was perfect the location was perfect also
this is the perfect spot to get away with your family and enjoy some peace and quiet
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3. Lakeside cottage for 12 guests in Ludington (from USD 455)

This beautiful lakeside cottage, located in Ludington, Michigan, is 2,200 square feet (204 square meters), allowing it to host 12 guests! It was built in 2009 but has had all the furnishings replaced in 2015. The cottage has an outdoor seating area on both sides (lake-facing and non-lake-facing) and looks simply stunning when it is lit up with string lights at night, with the backdrop of the water. There is plenty of space inside the house, with a kitchen island, a dining table, and a large living area. Almost all the rooms have views of Lake Michigan, including the living room.

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319.7 km (198.7 mi) from Lake Huron Roadside Park
111 reviews   Wifi Available
House 12 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the views of lake michigan are wonderful from every room
beautiful house with excellent floor plan to utilize the lake view for every room
the house is comfortable and beautifully decorated and we loved the sweeping views of lake michigan
the rooms were spacious and nicely furnished
Cleanliness:
all the bathrooms were supplied with soap and body wash which all smelled super good impeccably clean throughout
house was fully stocked with the essentials very clean and heidi and wayne were fantastic hosts
Host:
the home is well supplied in all areas to host the maximum number guests
heidi and wayne were great hosts
your hosts wayne and heidi are just wonderful to work with
our hosts were so easy to work with and could not have been more accommodating
the owners wayne and heidi are wonderful to work with the house itself is absolutely gorgeous
Location:
the location was great and very close to beaches and downtown ludington
great proximity to luddington with its parks and tourist attractions
we stayed for a full week with our family and the house and location are great
nothing beats a lake michigan view at sunset and this house was perfectly placed
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4. Private abode in lakeside resort in Allegan (from USD 100)

Built in 2017, this Airbnb vacation rental is part of a series of similar cottages at TriPonds Resort in Allegan, Michigan. They are located on 90 acres (36.4 hectares) of forest land and contain a small lake. It is a beautiful place to spend time with your family as you can do a number of activities like boating, roasting marshmallows, swimming, and hiking down the numerous trails. On summer nights, you can watch the bubblegum pink sunset skies reflecting off the water surface. This listing can accommodate six guests as it has three bedrooms and one bathroom.

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Allegan, Michigan, United States
288.34 km (179.2 mi) from Lake Huron Roadside Park
76 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 5 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
very clean and new
very clean and spacious cottage
it was clean and comfortable
extra clean and so cute
fresh towels and bedding clean dishes even a shovel for snow/ice out front
Host:
angela was quick to respond and very accommodating to our time sensitive request to save our weekend
Location:
the location is great - a short drive to bittersweet ski resort
a great place to get away for a weekend or so
amazing communication and super easy check in cute place and we would def come back
the location is stunning and the hospitality is commendable
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5. Beautiful cottage for 11 guests in Allegan (from USD 310)

This vacation rental in Allegan, Michigan, was built in 2010 as a pole barn, and over time, additions and modifications have been made to it for it to be the beautiful cottage you see today. It can sleep 11 guests, making it perfect for large families or extended families travelling together. It even comes with plenty of board games and outdoor space for the kids! Outside, you’ll find a private beach and dock so feel free to bring your own boat along.

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Allegan, Michigan, United States
285.62 km (177.5 mi) from Lake Huron Roadside Park
151 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible
Entire cottage 8 Beds 11 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 11

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
so relaxing view of lake dumont from the 4-seasons room was gorgeous
very nice place plenty of room beautiful lake
Cleanliness:
i was impressed with how clean everything was
place was very clean and had all you need to make your stay even more pleasant
the 2 bedroom lakeside cottage is very clean and tastefully decorated
we had a lovely stay their home was very clean and cheerful filled with sweet and inspiring quotes
Host:
fred and kim were excellent hosts
fred and kim are wonderful hosts
fred and kim were so kind and made us feel very welcome
fred and kim were the most gracious hosts their home provided a very relaxing long weekend
very kind and caring couple
Location:
a great place for families who want to spend time away from life and find peace
beautiful location and very responsive hosts
the place was great and perfectly aligned for families
the place is stocked with all kinds of fun board games and interesting stuff to do
and yet the place is very nicely done
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6. Cabin for six guests overlooking Little John Lake in Allegan (from USD 120)

This Airbnb vacation rental is a beautiful cabin in Allegan, Michigan, overlooking the Little John Lake. It can host six guests in its two bedrooms and one bathroom. The interiors are nice and comfortable with exquisite furniture full of character. The highlight of this listing is the large outdoor space. It has a firepit, picnic table, and a private beach with a dock. It even has a small floating dock with a small slide and a diving board for the kids. The cottage is only a 15-minute drive to the ski resort and 45 minutes to the wineries.

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Allegan, Michigan, United States
289.62 km (180.0 mi) from Lake Huron Roadside Park
79 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 5 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this place is super cozy with a beautiful view and many thoughtful touches
there is a nice bonfire area and picnic table to enjoy eating outside
the cabin was in perfect condition with a full kitchen - no need to bring any dishes
Cleanliness:
very clean and family friendly
while it is small it is thoughtfully laid out and is clean
a nice clean cozy cabin with a gorgeous lake to enjoy
it is right on a small lake and is very clean and cozy
cozy clean and stocked with many of the things you would expect to find at home
Host:
hosts were so welcoming and checked in if we needed anything
the owners left the lights and heat on ready for our late night arrival
keith and debbie were amazing hosts they were so kind and helpful
keith was very friendly and came by to introduce himself making us feel welcome
they were very friendly and helpfull throughout the entire weekend
Location:
if we come back during the summer we will definitely choose this place again
this cabin is so cute and right next to a lovely wooded park perfect for hiking
it's super comfortable and cozy if you are just looking to get away to somewhere quiet
this was a great place to get away and relax
one day it rained so we headed into grand rapids which is close enough for a day trip
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7. Large lakehouse for 16 guests in Allegan

Located in Allegan, Michigan overlooking Allegan lake is this Airbnb vacation rental. It can accommodate a whopping 16 guests in its 5 bedrooms. The property consists of a 4500 square feet (418 square meters) house set on 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares) of land, most of which are waterfront. The hosts have made sure to ensure the house is as luxurious as possible, with double convection ovens in the kitchen, and a game room in the basement which has an air hockey table, a ping pong table, and an arcade set. In the backyard, you’ll find a trampoline with a safety net and a firepit. Presently, the dock is only 8 feet (2.5 meters) but this will be extended sometime in the near future. Please note that this is not a place for partying, but for simple family-friendly fun.

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Allegan, Michigan, United States
289.86 km (180.2 mi) from Lake Huron Roadside Park
70 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 11 Beds 16 Guests 5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the house was absolutely outstanding fit everyone we had comfortable
check out vitales pizza and mug shots in allegan for a creative breakfast and lunch menu
plenty of room for everyone with many fun thoughtful extra touches especially in the game room
Cleanliness:
the house was clean comfortable and as advertised
"thoughtful touches?" five stars "sparking clean?" yes indeed
house was clean and comfortable and chase was very quick to respond to any questions
Host:
the host was super friendly
Location:
this house is in a beautiful setting and is close to ski resorts and casinos
wonderful place blown away of the space for an abb
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8. Ranch-style rental for four guests in Allegan (from USD 135)

Located only a short drive from the Village Market and the old Regent Theatre in Allegan, Michigan, this Airbnb vacation rental is a ranch style house for four guests. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom. The house is located on 6 acres (2.4 hectares) of land, thus ensuring that the guests are fairly secluded. There is plenty of outdoor space for picnics, racquet sports, and plain lounging. Please note that swimming is not permitted, but kayaking and canoeing are possible.

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Allegan, Michigan, United States
288.97 km (179.6 mi) from Lake Huron Roadside Park
149 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Barn 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
we had a great visit very clean and exactly as listed
Host:
paul and linda were amazing hosts the place was much better than expected and we enjoyed our time there
however paul was such a great host and replied quickly with such detailed instructions
paul was a great host the place is cozy and clean
very helpful and great place to stay
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Have a beach of a time in Michigan!

We know, finding the perfect lakehouse for you and your family is difficult. Size, beds, and outdoor space are only a few of the important things to consider before spending a weekend or a vacation at a lakehouse. Take a look at these listings and let us know what you think!

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