Cottage on the Riverbanks waiting for you!

Crystal clear water, hiking trails & more!

Located right on the Boardman River & surrounded by wildlife.

River Life Cottage

Right on the River!

Explore what nature offers you! Hiking, Kayaking, relaxation & much more. This cottage has it all. Our accommodations are to meet your full-needs. Contact us to book your stay at River Life Cottage!

River Front Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps 6) minutes from Traverse City

East Bay Township Short Term Rental License Number: STR2019-0006

Welcome to River Life Paradise! We invite you to our 2 bedroom, 1 bath with fully equipped kitchen cottage located 50 feet from the bank of the beautiful Boardman River with a private patio, hot tub, and yard on 18 acres of private property and more than 2600 feet of riverfront. The cottage can accommodate 6 people. The Boardman offers tubing, kayaking, and canoeing (we can provide equipment if needed). The river is also a Blue Ribbon trout stream and the fishing is second to none. The water is crystal clear. We also have a hiking trail that guides you along with the many natural features of the property. This is a great place for a short walk. You will encounter many types of wildlife here. Deer, Porcupine, River Otter, Beaver, Bald Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Osprey, and even the occasional bear. Come and hunt mushrooms or do some bird watching.

We are located 10 miles outside of Traverse City. Far enough from town to enjoy peace and quiet, and a never-ending sky full of stars. Yet we are close enough that a quick drive offers so much more to do. Traverse City is the gem of northern Michigan offering world-class dining, Breweries, Wineries, and views. We are also a quarter-mile from the Michigan ATV and snowmobile trail system. Minutes away is the Brown Bridge Quiet area with many hiking trails and beautiful views, also, Ranch Rudolph has horseback riding, dining, and snowmobile rentals! There are trails right out the cottage door to explore. This is a BLUE RIBBON Trout stream offering an abundant amount of Brown trout, and Brook trout with some of the best fishing right in front of the cottage! We look forward to seeing you. Book your vacation soon as we fill up quickly.

*2 Bedrooms and sofa

*Open floor plan

*Full Kitchen

*Large patio overlooking the Boardman River

*Laundry room-washing machine/Dryer

Amenities

*Hot Tub

*Dishwasher

*Central Air

*Wireless Internet

*Heat

*Complete Kitchen

*Bonfire Pit, Open Pit BBQ*

*Picnic Table

*Internet TV (Hulu, Amazon, Netflix)

Activities

*Kayaking

*Tubing/Rafting

*Hiking

*Fishing

*Guide Services Available (for above if wanted)

*Swimming

*Bird Watching

*Painting/Photography

*Solitude

Come and enjoy this unique and beautiful place up North! A true taste of Pure Michigan!

River Life Cottage Amenities

890 sq. ft

Sleeps 6

2 bedrooms

1 bathroom

3 night minimum stay

Pets welcome

  • Top Features

    Children Welcome, No Smoking, TV, Air Conditioning, Heater, Internet, Parking, Pets Welcome, Fireplace, Hot Tub

  • Bedrooms

    2 Bedrooms Sleeps 6 Bedroom 1: Queen (1) Bedroom 2: Bunk Bed (2) (2 Bunk Beds / Sleeps 4)

  • Bathrooms

    1 Bathroom - Bathroom 1: Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower (softwater)

  • Safety Features

    Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, Exterior Lighting

  • Location Type

    Waterfront, River, Waterview (Backward faces the Boardman River just 30 feet away from the banks, a blue-ribbon trout stream), River offers the ability to fish, kayak, canoe, tube or just wade in to find Petoskey stones.

  • General

    Air Conditioning, Heating, Linens Provided, Washing Machine (on-site to use), Clothes Dryer (on-site to use), Outdoor Fireplace, Parking (Plenty of parking, if you have a trailer, please contact us ahead of time to advise where to park), Internet, Towels Provided, Wireless Internet, Iron & Board, Hair Dryer, Paper Towels, Shampoo, Basic Soaps, Toilet Paper, Large Sectional Couch w/ Coffee Table

  • Kitchen

    Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Stove, Oven, Microwave, Grill, Coffee Maker, Toaster, Blender, Ice Maker, Dishes & Utensils, Charcoal BBG Grill on Patio, Countertop Ice Maker, Fully Equipped Kitchen

  • Dining

    Seating for 6 people, Breakfast Bar seats 5, Outdoor Dining on Patio seats 6

  • Entertainment

    Television (only internet-based programming provided through Amazon, HULU & Netflix), DVD Player, Books (Small Library in Cottage & a Large Library in the Lodge), Game Room in "The Lodge", Games, Games for Kids

  • Suitability

    Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hot Tub

    Spa Whirlpool (5 Person Hot Tub)

  • Outside

    Lawn/Garden, Deck/Patio, Bicycles, Outdoor Furniture, Kayak/Canoe

  • Onsite Services

    Private Chef, Concierge

Damages and Incidentals

You will be responsible for any damages to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.

CHECK-IN AFTER: 4:00 PM EST  CHECK OUT BEFORE: 11:00 AM EST

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before your scheduled check-in.

50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before your scheduled check-in.

No Refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.

We are pet friendly

We are a dog-friendly rental!

Our cleaning practice

Cleaned with disinfectant, All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC/140ºF, High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (like countertops, light switches, handles, and faucets)

House Rules

Absolutely no smoking inside the building or screened-in porch. It will result in removal.

We generally don't permit events, but just ask & explain. So we can do our best to accommodate.

Max guest: 6

Minimum age of primary renter: 25

Reviews of River Life Cottage

Blake M.

Relaxing family river house

Great hospitality and one of the best properties along the Boardman River. Good location to get away, family activities on the property, and a short drive to the traverse city downtown area.

Tina G.

Perfect Getaway

Such a beautiful peaceful setting. We enjoyed the hot tub and backyard and our dogs enjoyed seeing the kayakers on the river. Cottage has everything you need and is very nicely furnished. Highly recommend!

Sandra T.

Cozy Place, Close to the City

Great Vacation, We were provided with everything we needed. The hosts were very helpful in recommendations and accommodations! We had a great time!

What's Near You?

Outdoor Activities

Front Street  8.5 Miles

Turtle Creek Casino  10.5 Miles

Centre Ice Arena  4.3 Miles

Clinch Park Arena 4.3 Miles

Clinch Park Beach  8.9 Miles

Spider Lake  3.4 Miles

City Opera House 9 Miles

Traverse City State Park 6.9 Miles

Traverse City Visitor Center 9.1 Miles

Interlochen Center for the Arts 11 Miles

Grand Traverse Resort Golf Course 9.6 Miles

Turtle Creek Stadium 6.2 Miles

Pirate's Cover Adventure Golf  6.8 Miles

Grand Traverse Mall  7 Miles 

Mt. Holiday Ski Area  6.7 Miles

Old Town Playhouse  8.6 Miles 

Village at Grand Traverse Commons  9.2 Miles 

Bryant Park  8.6 Miles 

Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve 5.9 miles

Elmbrook Golf Course 4.7 Miles 

High Lake 3.2 Miles

Forest Lakes 3.4 Miles 

Tibbets Lake  3.5 Miles 

Family Friendly

Front Street  8.5 Miles

Turtle Creek Casino  10.5 Miles

Centre Ice Arena  4.3 Miles

Clinch Park Arena 4.3 Miles

Clinch Park Beach  8.9 Miles

Spider Lake  3.4 Miles

City Opera House 9 Miles

Traverse City State Park 6.9 Miles

Traverse City Visitor Center 9.1 Miles

Interlochen Center for the Arts 11 Miles

Grand Traverse Resort Golf Course 9.6 Miles

Turtle Creek Stadium 6.2 Miles

Pirate's Cover Adventure Golf  6.8 Miles

Grand Traverse Mall  7 Miles 

Mt. Holiday Ski Area  6.7 Miles

Old Town Playhouse  8.6 Miles 

Village at Grand Traverse Commons  9.2 Miles 

Bryant Park  8.6 Miles 

Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve 5.9 miles

Elmbrook Golf Course 4.7 Miles 

High Lake 3.2 Miles

Forest Lakes 3.4 Miles 

Tibbets Lake  3.5 Miles 

Restaurants

Peegeo's  3.5 Miles

That'sa Pizza  4.7 miles

Red Mesa Grill  6.9 Miles 

Taqueria Tc Latino  4.9 Miles 

Culvers  6 Miles 

China Lee  5.7 Miles

Jet's Pizza  5.7 Miles 

A Papano's  4.4 Miles 

Whirly's Coffee & Cream  4.3 Miles

Mancino's Pizza & Grinders of TC  5.8 Miles

Samsara  6 Miles 

Hideaway Bar & Grill  4.3 Miles

Our Landmarks

Front Street  8.5 Miles

Spider Lake  3.4 Miles

City Opera House 9 Miles

Old Town Playhouse  8.6 Miles 

Village at Grand Traverse Commons  9.2 Miles 

Arbutus Lake  1.7 Miles

High Lake 3.2 Miles

Forest Lakes 3.4 Miles 

Tibbets Lake  3.5 Miles 

Rennie Lake  4.3 Miles

River Life Cottage is just minutes away from Traverse City and located on the banks of Boardman River for your family to enjoy. This well-equipped cottage has everything you need including tubing & kayaking! Our visitors come from all over including Detroit, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Chicago & Cleveland, and much further away.  It's time to kick back and relax. You deserve it!