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20 Best Cabin Rentals in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

by Brittany Varano

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A forested haven where three of America’s Great Lakes come together, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors.

Whether you’re a Yooper who’s grown up amongst the natural beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or visitor from elsewhere, there’s a lot to love this far north. In the summers, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Huron beckon with the promise of fantastic fishing, boating, swimming, and beach time.

As the short summer months quickly turn to fall, the leaves of the surrounding national forest change to vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow, offering a wonderful sight to behold. And for snow lovers, ATV trails become snowmobile trails as the landscape turns into a snowy winter wonderland. You also can’t miss seeing the fantastic Eben ice caves and ice formations of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Before you set off for what  will be a Michigan adventure of a lifetime, don’t miss these charming cabin rentals in the Upper Peninsula to make your trip all the more memorable.

And for more options, check out the best UP Airbnb rentals for a getaway in any season.

1. Rapid River Log Cabin

Rapid River Log Cabin
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Why you should stay: Sleep on 160-acres of pristine land with a 2-acre pond.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

The Rapid River log cabin has everything you need for an eventful yet relaxing escape to nature. From the home’s front deck, take in nothing but sweeping views of lush forests, lush green grass, and your very own private pond.

The open floor plan and tall ceilings make the 1,450 sq ft of space feel homey and inviting. Upstairs, the lofted sleeping space for the kiddos holds three twin beds, and there are also two bedrooms for mom and dad or traveling couples. This place takes you out of the chaos of life and into the peace of nature.

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2. Walden

walden cabin
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Why you should stay: A cozy and stylish little cabin in Eagle Harbor Township, within walking distance of Lake Superior.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

Walden is a beautifully decorated one-bedroom cabin that makes for a wonderful romantic getaway in the U.P. The hosts have carefully constructed much of the interior to have a modern-farmhouse aesthetic that’s pleasantly trendy. Large chalet-style windows welcome in light from the rising sun that emanates off of the white walls, dark-stained wooden ceiling and flooring, and calming neutral furnishings.

Although the property is close enough to Eagle Harbor to walk, you’ll feel as if you’re staying in a secluded cabin surrounded by nothing but the woods. Start up a fire in the stone firepit when weather permits, or spend the day out exploring the best of the area. Mount Bohemia’s exhilarating ski slopes are close by for winter visitors, as are well-groomed cross country ski trails.

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3. Spring Lake Cabin

Spring Lake Cabin
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Why you should stay: Charming studio layout cabin on a private spring-fed lake in Iron Mountain.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights 
  • Pets allowed: yes

This Spring Lake cabin offers guests a charming place to call home while staying in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Exposed wooden beams marry perfectly with the stone fireplace in the living room where you can curl up with a good book or in the arms of a loved one. Spend your days kayaking or paddle boating on the lake right outside your door, or basking in the sunshine on the wraparound deck.

When adventure beckons, make a point to check out the area’s attractions and see the old Iron Mountain Iron Mine, the WWII Glider and Military Museum, or one of many golf courses and hiking trail systems.

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4. CedarHurst Lodge

CedarHurst Lodge
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Why you should stay: A secluded wooden lodge on the shores of Juncob Lake perfect for large family getaways or events.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

The CedarHurst Lodge is a stunning example of cabin workmanship with a log facade, interior exposed beams, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace stationed in the spacious great room. There are three bedrooms for eight, and guest Megan said it well when she wrote, “The space is huge, and comfortably sleeps everyone, with plenty of little spaces to find some quiet when you need it.”

Amongst the home’s fabulous amenities, the stand-out features include the large screened-in porch, the private wooden dock for comfortable lake swimming, and the massive property that boasts miles of hiking trails. The Michigamme River is only a few miles away, offering even more outdoor fun, and the bustling town of Marquette is 45 minutes away by car if you need a day in the city.

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5. Paradise View

Paradise View
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Why you should stay: The rustic charm of knotty pine and Whitefish Bay views await you at this two-bedroom cabin.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

Aptly named for its picturesque surroundings, Paradise View is a stunning Michigan vacation rental on the shores of Lake Superior. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is less than ten miles away and is home to excellent hiking trails and viewpoints overlooking the Tahquamenon River and waterfalls.

While at home, whip up your favorite recipes in the fully equipped kitchen, kick back and relax in the sunny living room next to the wood-burning fireplace, and sit out on the deck to watch the lapping waves of the Great Lake. Other luxury amenities include heated floors, a jacuzzi bathtub, and Smart T.V.s with a reliable WiFi connection.

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6. Big Bay Cabin

Big Bay Rustic Rental cabin
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Why you should stay: Sandy beachfront access on Lake Michigan facing colorful sunsets in the evening.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights 
  • Pets allowed: no

The Big Bay cabin is an excellent home base to explore the southern shores of the Upper Peninsula. With high-end amenities and a location close to Fayetteville Historic State, the gorgeous Kitch-iti-kipi spring, and Palms Book State Park, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to love about this cabin rental.

This cabin also boasts vaulted ceilings, an open floor plan, and a well-appointed kitchen on the ground floor for easy family bonding. There are three bedrooms and 2.5 baths for your group of eight to comfortably spread out when it comes time for bed. Guest Adam raves that “This place is a gem. Right on the water, nice sandy beach, and a beautiful house. I definitely recommend it for a relaxing stay on Big Bay de Noc!”

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7. Cabin on a Private Lake

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Why you should stay: Go off the grid in a cabin with a sauna, a jon boat, two kayaks, and private lakefront access.

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

Escape to a cabin on a private lake, where you have nothing but the sights and sounds of the surrounding wilderness to distract you from uninterrupted relaxation. A quaint and minimalistic interior welcomes you to the secluded property where two sets of bunk beds, a rustic kitchen, and a no-fuss dining area offer a place for you to rest up before a long day out on Moss Lake.

The cabin doesn’t have full plumbing, but rather an outhouse for an authentic outdoorsy experience. On the premise, you can warm up in the new wooden sauna, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and cookout on the grill.

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8. Empire Sleeping Cabin

Empire Sleeping Cabin
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Why you should stay: Comfortable shelter for a camping-meets-cabin experience in Grand Marais.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: no

Enjoy curling up at night in the warmth and comfort of the Empire Sleeping Cabin, a tiny home of sorts complete with a plush king-sized bed, his and hers nightstands, an electric mock fireplace heater, and cafe-style seating for two. A full, heated bathroom is located only a few yards away from the cabin where towels and toiletries are provided. Just in front of the house, a free-standing stone firepit and lawn chairs invite you to sit underneath the stars with a beer in hand.

During the day, make the most of this U.P cabin rental’s prime location close to beautiful natural attractions like Lake Superior, Sable Falls, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, where stunning views and memorable hiking trails will keep you entertained for days.

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9. Lux Little Chalet

Lux Little Chalet
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Why you should stay: Brand new tiny cottage facing the lake with a stunning interior.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

The Lux Little Chalet may be small, but the interior is filled with big personability that’ll make you momentarily forget you’re in a cabin in the Upper Peninsula. The beautifully decorated home features elegant patterned wallpaper, exposed wooden beams, and a modern kitchen with marble countertops.

Large windows and French doors allow natural light and lake views to pour in to create a bright and cozy atmosphere. There is one bedroom with a queen bed, plus a sleeper sofa for two more guests in the living room. Visit Lake Superior in style!

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10. Cedarville Chalet Cabin

UP chalet log cabin rental
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Why you should stay: Take in panoramic views of Cedarville Bay from this spacious chalet.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

This Cedarville chalet cabin situated right on Lake Huron’s shores offers guests a fantastic location on the eastern side of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Not only can you enjoy convenient lake access and fires next to the water, but downtown Cedarville is also a short walk away where grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and more are ready to entertain.

The home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a sleeper sofa to comfortably accommodate eight guests. There’s even an entertainment room complete with pool table, dartboard, and home gym for those pesky rainy days or urgent workout sessions.

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11. UP Log Cabin

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Why you should stay: Enjoy 9 acres of seclusion on Michigan’s chain of lakes in Wetmore.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

It doesn’t get much better than this at this classic UP log cabin in Wetmore, Michigan. Gorgeous chalet-style windows act as the focal point of this cabin rental allowing natural light to fill the space. Enjoy your trip with a kayak or canoe ride around the lake, a hike through the forest, and a fire under the stars.

You’ll find three total bedrooms and spacious living areas for ultimate relaxation. Curl up next to the stone fireplace in the living room or cook up a gourmet meal in the fully-equipped kitchen. A large balcony deck offers a prime location to enjoy your meals or your morning coffee.

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12. Anam Cara

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Why you should stay: Luxury wilderness retreat on the shores of Spruce Lake featuring a Finnish sauna.

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

Escaping it all has never been more luxurious than at Anam Cara, a cabin destination in Michigamme with nearly a mile of private lakeshore on Spruce Lake. Aside from having private access with your own dock, this cheery red home also features an outdoor sauna that’ll soothe your tired body after a long day on the trails.

Inside, three bedrooms and a detached apartment welcome up to ten guests to the UP. Each room has hotel-grade mattresses with down-filled bedding that’ll cradle you gently to sleep each night. The home’s other noteworthy features include a lovely lakeside deck and firepit.

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13. Quiet Log Cabin

Quiet Log Cabin
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Why you should stay: Pet-friendly log cabin with private access to Aleck Lake in Hiawatha National Forest.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

This quiet log cabin makes for a great home base for classic UP activities. Located just minutes from trails for snowmobiling, ATVing, hiking, and biking, there’s even birdwatching and waterfalls steps from your door too! Downtown Munising is a 20-minute drive away where you’ll find local restaurants and the famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

It’s all dirt roads to the property where cell service is spotty but not nonexistent. You’ll also find a kayak, fishing poles, picnic table, and BBQ grill for free use during your stay.

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14. Lake Superior Log Home

Lake Superior Log Home
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Why you should stay: Experience the beauty of a Great Lakes’ sunset from the comfort of this luxury cabin rental.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 4-7 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

This Lake Superior log home exudes warmth from every corner as cedar logs, and hardwood floors capture your attention. We have a feeling that you’ll also love the floor to ceiling windows that let Lake Superior views flood into the living room. The home also features a well-appointed kitchen, crackling fireplace, and a cozy outdoor deck.

This cabin rental has two bedrooms and one bathroom for up to six guests. There’s also an air mattress available in the basement for two.

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15. The Fish House

The Fish House
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Why you should stay: Kayak and enjoy a bonfire along the shores of Brevort Lake in this knotty pine cabin.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

The Fish House  is an attractive knotty pine log home on the shores of Brevoort Lake, a 4400 acre swimming and fishing lake that’s quiet and peaceful. From the comfy patio seating, enjoy campfires, nightly stargazing, and wildlife viewing. If you’re traveling with kiddies, they’ll love the swing set, large yard, and swinging hammock. The Fish House is a top-notch place to stay in the UP.

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16. Lake Superior Cabin

Lake Superior Cabin
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Why you should stay: Beautiful cabin for six with views of Brockway Mountain and the Copper Harbor Lighthouse.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 night
  • Pets allowed: yes

Overlooking Copper Harbor, this Lake Superior cabin rocks impressive views of the Great Lake from most rooms. Six guests can enjoy the private seclusion of two bedrooms and an open loft. Comfy cabin decor makes you feel right home the moment you step through the door.

The town of Copper Harbor is a short bike ride away from the property, and Fort Wilkins State Park is also within walking distance. Depending on the time of year, you might just get lucky and see the vibrant colors of the northern lights.

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17. Huron Horizons

Big Bay Cabin
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Why you should stay: A stunning lakefront cabin overlooking Lake Superior’s Big Bay.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

Perched above the jaw-dropping views of the lake, Huron Horizons is an incredible cabin. The backyard is perfectly set up for outdoor fun, with a beautiful stone fire circle, outdoor deck, and screened-in gazebo.

Inside, climb the spiral staircase to the master bedroom where lake views shine in and can be enjoyed from the private attached balcony. The college town of Marquette is 30 minutes away as well as some pretty impressive Michigan attractions.

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18. Cabin in the Woods

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Why you should stay: Four-season getaway nestled in a national forest that’s gorgeous year-round.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

As cabins in the woods go, this one in Hiawatha National Forest is pretty darn charming. Situated in between two of the UP’s best towns, 40-minutes from Marquette and 20-minutes from Munising, you’ll be staying smack dab in the middle of the peninsula.

On the premises, you have a private lake and paddleboat at your disposal. Enjoy fishing, swimming, and boating at your leisure. Off the lake, fire up the BBQ grill on the outdoor deck, head out on a forested hike or explore the nearby scenery.

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19. The Reel Inn

The Reel Inn
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Why you should stay: Cabin rental on the banks of Au Train River just ten minutes from downtown Munising.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

The Reel Inn is a classic Michigan cabin getaway in Au Train, ten minutes from Munising. Known as one of the best places in Michigan for kayaking and canoeing, the Au Train River is just feet away from the property. The hosts have on deck kayak rentals for those interested, as well as a complimentary paddle boat and canoe for use.

The home has three queen-sized beds, one in the bedroom and two in the loft, plus a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops. Pets are welcome with prior approval for families traveling with their furry friends.

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20. Great Lakes Home

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Why you should stay: Fabulous location near to some of the UP’s best attractions.

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

This classic Great Lakes home puts you right where you want to be in the UP. Located just minutes from scenic gem Mackinac Island, easily hit up Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point, and Pictured Rock Lakeshore during your stay.

Or if you’re more keen to relax at home, this Michigan vacation rental is nestled along 100 feet of the sandy shoreline of Brevort Lake. Kick back and relax on the spacious deck overlooking the lake, or get some exercise kayaking and swimming. There are three bedrooms and enough space for any large group of 12.

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