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Almost a Castle on Lake Gogebic, is a large, newer lake home on beautiful Lake Gogebic, a 13,000+ acre lake, famous for Walleye and Perch fishing, in the South Western portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It is open year round and is on the snowmobile trail. You will feel like a king and queen in this very large lake front home with over 4,400 sq ft of combined living space on the main floor and second floor. With 5 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 3.5 bathrooms, fireplace, and 300 ft. of shoreline, you will get the vacation you want instead of being packed into a small cabin. If it is starting to feel expensive, look at our rates and you will see it costs about the same as most places half it's size. Many guests split the cost with another family because it can facilitate 15 people.
       
      Come see this area's great waterfalls and beaches, ride ATV's, snowmobile, hike, swim or fish. Catch Walleye's right from our pier or shoreline and then have a campfire while overlooking the lake. Below are some of the pictures and information on what this vacation home has to offer.

Kitchen and dining table          
 Half of dining room, kitchen, and fireplace room.                   View of Lake Gogebic from kitchen.                                    800 sq. foot master bedroom                 

Bedrooms: The master bedroom is enormous and overlooks the lake. It is approximately 25 feet wide by 30 feet long. There is another bedroom that overlooks the lake that is about 25 feet long by 20 feet wide. Both of these rooms have a king size bed and at least one twin bed in case one of your kids needs to be near you. Two other bedrooms are large enough to have a queen bed and at least one additional twin bed. There are four bedrooms upstairs and one bedroom downstairs. The downstairs bedroom has two twin beds and it's own half bathroom.

* We have many new pictures and decorations up but have not been able to take new photo's yet. Updated photo's are coming. 
   
                         
      Master Bedroom #1, King bed and 2 twin beds                Maser Bedroom #2, 1 king bed and 1 twin bed                        Bedrooms 3 has a queen and a twin

                                                 
          
         1/2 of Bedroom 4. Queen bed and 2 twins                                    Other half of Bedroom 4                                   Bedroom 5 has two twin beds and private 1/2 bath


          
Master bedroom #1, different angle than above picture.         Bedroom #3 with a different angle than above picture        Fireplace is in the same large room as dining room and
                                                                                                                                                                                kitchen which makes for great meals with family 
                                                                                                                                                                                       and friends. This area overlooks the lake.                                                                                                                                                    

Living Rooms and Rec Room
       There is a large living room upstairs, (33' x 14') that faces the lake. It has lots of windows to and a great view of the lake. On the main floor there is also a living room attached to the kitchen and dining room with a fireplace all overlooking the lake. On the main floor there is also a rec room with air hockey, and a basketball game. The ping pong room is upstairs. The upstairs living room and the rec room have satellite TV's. You will appreciate having multiple living rooms on cold or rainy days so kids have a place to call their own. 

                                                    
                                       Upstairs living room overlooking lake                           Upstairs living room windows overlook lake and back yard


                                                   
                           Main Floor Rec. Room Faces Lake and Private Back Yard                      Rec. Room Faces Lake and Private Back Yard


 
                                                  
                               Rec  Continued. Ping Pong Table is upstairs in a                     Rec. Room and windows faces lake and Private back yard
                                                         separate room.
 

 
Bathroom's: We have 3 full bathrooms and one that has a toilet and sink = 3.5 total bathrooms. During the winter, in really cold weather we sometimes have to shut down the master bedrooms private bathroom, due to the risk of pipes freezing. The main floor will have 2 bathrooms available. The upstairs floor will have one very large bathroom upstairs available year round and one available most of the year.

Rates: Rates listed are for 8 people or less, either adults or kids. Additional guests cost $25 per night, per person. Maximum of 15
                   people. * Add 6% Michigan State Sales Tax to all prices.   $800 security deposit required for first stay, $500 security deposit 
                   from that point on.

Summer 2014: Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day Weekend. (8 people or less)
                       2 night stay  =  $700
                       3 night stay  =  $800
                       Week (Saturday to Saturday)  = $1,650
                       Additional nights are $200 per night 
                       * The week of the Fourth of July is $50 more (we pay our cleaning help more during this week)

Winter 2014: December 15 - March 31st. (8 people or less)
                       2 night stays: $700 (2 night stays are not available in February, stays must be 3 or more nights in February)
                       3 night stays: $800
                       Weekly: 8 people or less =  $1,750
                       Additional nights $200 per night 
                       *  New Years Eve week is $100 more (we pay our cleaning help more during this week)

Spring and Fall 2014: Labor Day to Dec 14. (8 people or less)     
                       2 night stays: $600
                       3 night stays: $700
                       Weekly: 8 people or less =  $1,300
                        Additional nights $150 per night

Check in time:     4 pm or later, unless we approve an earlier time and cabin has already been cleaned.
Check out time: 10 am unless we approve a later time.

Call us at: 608-575-1343 or email us at: ajdelkins@netscape.net
Website: almostacastleonlakegogebic.com

Location: It is located about 15 miles North of the Wisconsin border, North of Presque Isle, WI., and about 30 minutes West of the Cisco Chain of lakes near Watersmeet Michigan. Minocqua and Eagle River are both about 45 miles away. This means less boat traffic, more privacy, more fish and a better price for you. We are directly on the snowmobile trail and this area averages over 250 inches of snow. That's is over 21 feet of snow a year. All that water helps keep this lake full even in dry years.


Lake Superior                                                                                                      Lake Gogebic
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Walk along the endless beaches at Little Girls Point County Park,           Enjoy Lake Gogebic's beautiful shorelines or sand beaches
on Lake Superior about 35 minutes away. Most of the beach is               at either the state park only a mile away or the county park  
lined with Billions of quartz pebbles. They come in lots of striking             about 5 miles away. Our beach is a gravel and sand mix 
colors, white, green, reddish, purple, brown, black and ones with             and provides nice swimming. Sand Castle building may not
many colors mixed in.                                                                                      be an option but skipping stones and swimming are great here.


Fishing on Lake Gogebic:  Fishing magazines frequently state that some of the Midwest's best perch and walleye fishing is on Lake Gogebic. Every gas station, restaurant, and business in the area has lots of jumbo perch fish mounts on their walls, with some perch over 2 lbs.  There are a lot of 11"- 14" perch in this lake. This is one of the best Walleye fishing lakes in the Midwest. There are a lot of 16-22" Walleyes in this lake. Catch them from our pier or in one of the boats we provide at no cost.  There are also some trophy Northern Pike and some very nice bass in the lake.        There are multiple guides in the area who can really help you get on big fish, but I bet you can catch plenty of jumbo perch and other fish without one. Fisherman will enjoy some productive weed lines in 10-12 foot depths, about a 200-300 yards from our pier. Those weed lines are great for Jumbo Perch and Walleyes. Come in the winter and you will see lots of ice fishing tents in that area along with many other area's. Fisherman are consistently there for a reason; Jumbo Perch and great Walleye's.

                                                     
                Happy faces and family memories.      If Dan can catch nice fish anyone can.     Big Northern Pike are in this lake.  

                                   
                        2 lb 2 oz PERCH !                      25 perch, average weight 1.3 lbs               This lake has some of the largest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          perch you will ever find.
                                                                         
Boat Landings:  There is a free public boat landing 150-200 yards away. There is also a state and a county public boat landing that can be used provided you have the appropriate sticker. The lake is an all sports lake so you can use canoes, kayaks, sailboats, jet ski's and motorized boats. 

Boats: We provide two aluminum fishing boats. You are welcome to use our electric trolling motors and batteries, for free. Rent one of our outboards for $125 per week, or rent our Pontoon boat and motor for $400 (2-7 days costs $400 plus tax, 2 day minimum rental). The pontoon boat is not fancy but it does a great job. It has pedestal seats placed in ways that help people fish. We also have at least one canoe that you are welcome to use.

Snowmobile and ATV Trails: Want to ride your snowmobile? We are directly on the trail so you won't have to trailer up once here. Ride to Lake Superior which is about 35-40 miles north. The trail system goes for many miles in all directions. Ride on the lake. Once frozen properly this lake becomes a giant 18 mile long adventure land. You can rent sleds and ATV's from several places near our cabin. We have plenty of parking space for all your toys and have a detached garage with openings at either end so you can drive right through it without having to turn your sled around. We and many others use the small forestry road across the street to access the official ATV trail system. Most township roads, and county roads are fair game to ride on provided you follow the rules and drive responsibly. Get an ATV map to make sure you are legal and don't get lost in this vast area of wilderness. 

Go to: www.upsnowmobiling.com  for free, printable trail maps for the area, and all of the U.P.

                                                                                                                        
Hundreds of miles of groomed trails are available right from our front door. Our vacation rental house has direct access to trail #1 on the Western shore of Lake Gogebic about 1/2 way down the lake. (Approximately 2 miles South of Fish Tales and 2 miles North of The Gogebic Lodge and Restaurant). Direct access onto Lake Gogebic is 150 yards away at a small boat landing, and part of the snowmobile trail. You can unload your sleds once here and never have to load up again until you leave for home. We have plenty of parking space.


Snowfall: Due to wind with high humidity coming from Lake Superior, and then dropping as snow in the Porcupine Mtns area, Lake Gogebic gets more snow than Wisconsin and a lot of the U.P. The Lake Gogebic area gets an average of 250" of snow each year, and 300 is common, so trails get lots of new snow. In November and December of 2013, only 2 months, Lake Gogebic had more than 55" of snow and the trails were great.

Downhill and Cross Country Skiing:
  Downhill ski on some of the best skiing east of the Tetons while only driving 30-40 minutes to ski resorts like Indianhead, BlackJack, Big Powderhorn, Norway Mtn, Pine Mtn, Porcupine Mtn. State Park, (downhill and cross country),  Whitecap Mountain, and Mount Zion. Did you know that this area's average annual snowfall is approx. 250". There are several places to cross county ski. Check the Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce's web site for active cross country trails. We like to cross country ski down to the Lake Gogebic State Park or the County Park. This stretch has lots of undeveloped shoreline.

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                 One of many downhill ski options                                                       ABR cross country ski trail system 30 minutes away.
                                                                                                                      Or go out the back door and into the Lake Gogebic State Park system
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                                                                           ABR is a full service ski touring center with 60km of trails located on over 1100 
                                                                             scenic acres of varied terrain along the Montreal River in Ironwood Michigan.

Waterfalls:
Take a hike along a waterfall. Most of the hiking trails at waterfalls, are relatively short ( 0.3  to 2 miles) and have bridges, boardwalks and improved trails. Some parts are wheel chair accessible. There are many more waterfalls than what we show here. Look at the Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce website, or Wilds of Michigan website for more.

                       

Waterfalls,Hiking trails, and Mountain Biking: The U.P. is filled with waterfalls. Some of the best ones are 30-60 minutes drive from this cabin. Hike along the Lake Superior shoreline which is filled with beautiful quartz rocks polished smooth to skip on the water. Agates and other pretty rocks are hidden treasures for you and your kids to find. We really enjoy going to Lake of the Clouds which is in the first range of mountains from the shoreline of Lake Superior. That park has many miles of hiking trails with some leading deep into wilderness and others requiring little effort to overlook the Porcupine Mountains and Beautiful Lake Of The Clouds. Many people come to the area just to see the waterfalls. From Saxon Harbor North along the Lake Superior shoreline, there are many waterfalls to visit. Most waterfalls have trails, bridges and other improvements to help people view them. These tend to be great hikes for kids because most are approximately a 1-3 miles long and they have lots of fun walkways, bridges, terraces etc. for kids to run around on. See the pictures of waterfalls at the bottom of this page along with a list of many mountain bike trail systems.

Visit Lake Of The Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains National Park. It has fantastic hiking trails all around the lake and mountains. It's only 35 miles away and you can drive almost to the very top of the mountain. Also be sure to go to some of the great waterfalls or take a hike along some of the endless Lake Superior beaches. The beach in the picture below is sandy. Many beaches are lined with quartz rocks, polished smooth and in colors from white to green and even reddish. Little Girls Point County Park is a great place to look for rocks and it isn't very far away.

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There are lots of hiking trails in the Ottawa National Forest                                                                  Black River Harbor

       

MI-TRALE offers over 500 miles of  ATV, ORV, Multi-Use and Horse trails in the Western U.P. of Michigan. This trail system has separate sections set up for ATV's, motorcycles, and horses. 

              
Beachs at Little Girls Point County Park along                  Hopefully you will get a climpse of Aurora Borealis, 
Lake Superior. Most of the beach is lined with                  known as the Northern Lights, which occasionally 
quartz pebbles as far as the eye can see.                         light up the night sky. 


Call us at: 608-575-1343 or email us at: ajdelkins@netscape.net
Website: almostacastleonlakegogebic.com


Other Amenities:
Free WiFi
Free Satelight TV for two different TV's
2 DVD players
Air conditioning if needed, It is rarely needed. ( $15 per day or $75 per week charge if we activate it via computer). 
2 grills, one is propane and the other is charcoal. (You supply gas and or charcoal ).
Dishwasher
2 aluminum fishing boats.
Fire pit by lake, and you can burn any wood that is already fallen on the ground.
Pier and swimming area.
Wood burning fireplace off kitchen/living room.
Paved driveway and plenty of parking for 4-5 trucks with trailers.
Directly on snowmobile and ATV trails.
Ping pong table, air hockey, and basketball game.
3 acre site with 300' of shoreline and woods that separates neighbors from this house on both sides.
All the bedding material needed. (Guests must bring their own bath towels, soap etc.)
Use of an outside garage for keeping sleds, boat, ATV etc. 
Laundromat available in both towns nearby 5-7 miles away. (Due to potential septic system problems we can't let people use our             washer and dryer. 
Grocery store, convenience store, ATV and snowmobile rentals, gas stations available within 2-7 miles.

Rules:
No Smoking inside any building or on our decks. Cigarette butts must be put in a tin.
No parties, or large get together's. Your group is your group you can't use this as a place to invite other guests.
No loud noises: No fireworks, No radios or music outside in driveway, deck, yard, pier etc.
No pets 
No riding sleds, ATV's or driving any vehicle in the back yard or on septic mound.
No studded tracks on sleds on the paved driveway. We have a dirt entrance and exit for sleds.
No charcoal grills or oil fish cookers on our deck or in the house/garage. Please use these in the yard 15+ feet away from house or deck if you bring them.
Security deposit required. 



                                             Call us at: 608-575-1343 or email us at: ajdelkins@netscape.net
                                                Website: Almostacastleonlakegogebic.com

Other Photos:
                      
Tiered deck overlooking lake. Tables and chairs not shown.    Back yard, with fire pit, large pier, and woods on both sides of property

Want to see a different lake home to Rent? click on this link to access Big Bear Family Cabins L.L.C. a 6 bedroom lake house outside of Mercer WI.  Bigbearfamilycabins.com      It is a large lake home on a quite, private lake about 2 miles East of Mercer WI, 35 miles from Minocqua, and 50 miles from Eagle River

Things to do in the area:
Go to one of the many waterfalls and the hiking trails along them
presque isle scenic area         waterfalls
Presque Isle River Waterfalls

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Bond Falls                                                                                                                                                               Lake of the Clouds hiking trails

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                                        O-Kun-De-Kun-Falls                                                                        Suspension Bridge at Black River Harbor

 
    Copper Falls State Park                                                                                                                                              



Potawatomi Falls

       
Gorge Falls                                                                                                                                                                               Sandstone Falls



                      
Rainbow Falls                                                                                                                                               Yondota Falls



Agate Falls

Skiing
         
Many Downhill ski Hills are in the immediate area: Indian Head, Black Jack, and many many more.           These photo's don't show how large the Porcupine Mtn Ski hills are.
                                                                                                                                                     They are considered the best skiing East of the Rockies by many people



black river harbor
See Wilds of Michigan website

copper peak
Copper Peak Adventure Ride


Go for a drive to see maples and fall colors

adventure mine     
Tour a Mine

Ride one of many mountain bike trails
biking
Agonikak/Land O’ Lakes Loop
Length: 21.6 total miles
Elevation gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Aerobic level – moderate; Technical difficulty – easy to moderate
Duration: 3-5 hours
Local Contacts: Ottawa National Forest, Watersmeet Ranger District

Powers Road Trail
Elevation gain: Intermediate-Max
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Aerobic level – moderate-expert; Technical difficulty – moderate-expert
Local Contacts: Gogebic County Forestry an Parks Commission

Wolverine Single Track
Nearest City: Ironwood
Length: 9.1 miles
Elevation gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Aerobic level – moderate; Technical difficulty – easy to difficult
Duration: 1-2 hours
Local Contacts: Wolverine Ski Club

Porcupine Mountain Loop
Nearest City: Ontonagon
Length: 13.8 miles
Elevation gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Aerobic level – moderate to moderately strenuous; Technical difficulty – easy to moderate
Duration: 2-4 hours
Local Contacts: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park