Heart Lake Cottages is the ideal northern Michigan location for snowmobiling! Located right across the street from Trail 7, we offer door to trail riding with instant access to Michigan’s 6,300 miles of snowmobile trails!
We have ample trailer parking, and a work area in the pole barn should you need a warm dry area to work on your sled…and get right back out on the trail!
Heart Lake Cottages is the perfect spot for your snowmobile group of 38 or less!
Skiing/Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing:
Two great ski resorts are within 15 minutes of the resort, Treetops and Otsego Club (now open to the public as of winter 2017).
Snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails are accessible right from Heart Lake Cottages.
Let's rev up our off-road engines and venture out on more than 3,100 miles of ORV trails.
Michigan ORV trails run the gamut from twisty, single-tracks to rocky hill climbs to soggy mud bogs, all daring dirt bikes, quads and dune buggies to stir up the dirt.
For a unique off road experience head to Silver Lake Sand Dunes, the only place in Michigan you can drive the dunes. Or get rugged on the ORV trails of Drummond Island. Are you ready to take it off-road and enjoy the muddy side of Pure Michigan?
Use Heart Lake Cottages as your mushroom hunting headquarters. We are located in the epicenter of northern Michigan’s morel mushroom hotspots. https://www.facebook.com/michiganmorels/ Whether you have a secret hunting spot, or if you are just starting out and need some help, we have maps and books for helping in your search. Use Mother’s Day as your rough guide line as to timing for your morel search. Morel festivals are fun to take part in too! http://bcmorelfestival.com/
Many hunters use Heart Lake Cottages as home base during hunting season. Whether you choose bow or fire arms, birds, or deer…we are in the heart of prime hunting areas. We also have a buck pole on site. All of the cottages are secure and safe!
Gaylord’s buck pole is at DerMiner’s Parkside Market
TUBING ON THE STURGEON RIVER
What's the best way to spend a hot, sunny afternoon in beautiful Northern Michigan? Floating on a tube down a crystal-clear, refreshing river! River Tubing (aka: "Rump-Bumping") is a wet and extremely fun (often times hilarious) group adventure! Recommended for: all ages and skill levels as long as they are comfortable and confident in, on, and around water. Tubing is best on a sunny day that's at least 70 degrees. We recommend the short trip for young children. Please Note: Tubes go slower than everything else, so a 2 hr. Raft trip will take 2.5 hours by Tube.
Water runs fast and is a brisk 55 degrees!
WATERFALL TOURS IN THE UPPER PENINSULA
Michigan is said to have nearly 200 named waterfalls, all but one of which are located in the Upper Peninsula. However most of those falls are quite small. Many of them are better described as rapids. There are still a good number of interesting falls to visit across the UP. Tahquamenon Falls is the most impressive waterfall in the state. Miners Falls, Laughing Whitefish Falls, Bond Falls, Agate Falls, Gorge Falls, Potawatomi Falls and Superior Falls are also all not to be missed.
MACKINAW CITY AND MACKINAC ISLAND
What is it about an island and vacations? It’s a natural fit on Mackinac Island. You have an Island where the automobile never replaced the horse and carriage. You have lodging properties where corporations never replaced family ownership. You have a Revolutionary era Fort where the British couldn’t permanently replace Americans. You have Fudge Stores where box recipes never replaced our 19th Century recipes. You have a place to leave your routine, discover the rhythm of waves and horse-clops and a place that getting to is half the fun. Discover Award Winning Lodging Restaurants from casual to fine dining Tours and Carriage Rides Shopping from Island Specific to Art and Boutique Attractions for all styles, capabilities and ages Nightlife to finish up your day.
SLEEPING BEAR DUNES
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a United States National Lakeshore located along the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan in Leelanau and Benzie counties near Empire, Michigan. The park covers a 35-mile-long stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou islands. This Northern Michigan park was established primarily because of its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. The lakeshore also contains many cultural features including the 1871 South Manitou Island Lighthouse, three former stations of the Coast Guard and an extensive rural historic farm district. In 2011, the area won the title of "The Most Beautiful Place in America" from Good Morning America. In 2014, a section of the park was named the Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness by the United States Congress. Shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, the diverse terrain and ecology of the dune environment is alive with opportunity for observing and learning about our natural world and what we can do to protect it
IRON BELLE TRAIL
Jump on the longest designated state trail in the nation as you hike or bike your way between Belle Isle Park in Detroit and Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula. Explore pristine forests, pass cool rivers and visit charming towns, and find out why Michigan is known as “The Trails State.” The 1,273-mile hiking route (69% complete) incorporates a large portion of the existing North Country National Scenic Trail. It traverses the west side of the Lower Peninsula and borders Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula. The 791-mile bicycle route (64% complete) utilizes existing multi-use trails and follows US-2, a designated national bicycling route in the Upper Peninsula. View the interactive trail map!
Get a glimpse of maritime history at the Soo Locks, where freighters, barges, tugboats and more traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and Lake Huron every day and night. See how the Soo Locks work HERE.
They are legendary in the maritime world – a group of mighty Locks that have provided safe passage and a vital shipping connection within the Great Lakes for nearly 160 years. But they are so much more. They are a wonder of engineering and a living, breathing history lesson. They provide a flight of fantasy as one imagines the highs and lows of a life spent on the seas. They are the destination for nearly 1 million visitors annually – each taking something different and fresh away from the experience. How can something so old feel so new? Visit and see for yourself!
Whether tracing the path of a 1,000-foot freighter aboard a tour boat or watching the action from the observation platform located within Soo Locks park, first-timers and old-timers alike flock to the Soo Locks to see vessels haul vital cargo and share a wave and a smile with the merchant mariners aboard these massive ships.
The first State Lock was built in 1855. Up until then, explorers, fur traders, and Native Americans portaged their canoes and cargoes around the rapids. Everything would change when a 21-foot drop in water levels was rendered less important with the construction of a Lock. Much has been written about the history of this impressive facility.
During its first year of operation, the canal was navigated by 27 vessels. In recent years, nearly 7,000 vessels pass through the Locks annually hauling 86 million tons of cargo. The four Locks operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers – the Davis, Sabin, MacArthur, and Poe locks – continue to provide the much-needed connection between Superior and Huron. Currently, all ships utilize the larger Poe (1,200 feet) and MacArthur (800 feet) locks.
The Soo Locks Visitors Center is open from Mid-May through Mid-October from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Year round Soo Locks Park hours here.
Cottages sleep 2, 4, 6 or 8 people.
Heart Lake Cottages offers fully furnished cottages on a beautiful lake with many amenities. We are centrally located to 14 area golf courses - you choose when and where you play!
Your accommodations will include at no additional charge:
Fully furnished waterfront cottages
Set your own tee-times at area courses
Canoes, rowboat, swim raft
Frosted Mugs in every freezer
Large bonfire pit - split wood provided
Excellent, friendly service
Why stay at an expensive Golf Resort when you can have your cake and eat it too? Stay at Heart Lake Cottages and choose where and when you play. Between rounds, enjoy our beautiful and relaxed waterfront setting or socializing around the bonfire in the evening.
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ELK VIEWING AREA
Elk inhabit this site year-round, but certain times are better for viewing than others. Probably the best month is September, when the males (bulls) are trying to establish dominance for mating rights with the females (cows). They are very active during this time, making loud vocalizations (bugling), and breaking brush with their antlers to impress cows and intimidate their rivals. If you plan to visit during September, try to arrive during the week. Elk viewing has become very popular and weekends are crowded.
Another good time to view elk is from late April through early May. Elk are active throughout the daylight hours eating the new green growth and there are few people out to see them. Several elk viewing sites have been established on this site. These are not the only places you can see elk, but they are located in known elk gathering spots, and are good places to start.
The best viewing is done from your car, since elk are accustomed to seeing cars. Use binoculars or spotting scopes for best results. Do not approach elk. Despite their large size, they are timid animals and will not tolerate much disturbance.