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The 40 Acre Wood

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· Shelby, Oceana, Michigan
40 acres hosted by Dave A.
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www.facebook.com/the40acrewood Before our forest was "owned," it belonged to the Odawa people. Once white settlers arrived and governments were established, land deeds were written. We traced those deeds back through the Oceana County Register of Deeds and found that larger tracts of land were owned by people from Chicago and California, which were later divided into smaller parcels. Interestingly, one owner lost the property after failing to pay back taxes of $3.50, shortly after World War II. It is likely that he never returned. In the mid-1900s, Ed Dewey was the owner. Today, we have a cabin on the east side of the 40 acres that was built by Ed, entirely constructed with oak. He had three sawmills there, each powered by the engines of old Studebakers. He cut and milled enormous oak trees, using the wood to construct crates for transporting cherries. Today, you can still see old oak crates on various farms, but they are slowly being replaced by plastic. Ed never finished the little cabin, and the story goes that he died there. The next owners were a couple from Inkster, near Detroit. Despite Ed leaving an acre of "yard art" all over, the place was used as a vacation home after a 50-foot long mobile home was placed near the cabin. As they aged, they sold off their property to us. First, we acquired the 20 acres where the Cozy Camper Cabin resides, then the 7 acres near Weaver Road and 44th, and finally, the remaining 13 acres with the cabin. We began purchasing the property in parcels in 1992 for $500 an acre and owned it all by 1998. From 1998 to 2008, we removed the mobile home, cleaned up all the yard art, refurbished the cabin, added a garage, and built a new shed nearby. The Hipcamp shed was originally built in 1999 and has been used for storage until it was converted into a unique little place in the woods in 2021. Over the years, our Forester has carefully managed the property. We have logged three times. The first round was to remove 75 huge oak trees. The second round involved culling mature poplar trees. The last time, we took out 276 mature oaks and beeches. A Woodsman spent a year cutting down the tops of the trees. Clearing these old growth trees revitalized the forest, as planned. Today, there are over two miles of trails running throughout the property. Some were logging roads, while others were carved out over time. The land is flat to the north but hilly to the south, as these are forested sand dunes. There are approximately a million trees on the property, densely forested with many large "mother trees" such as oaks, beeches, maples, and pines. The poplar trees are growing rapidly, as they do. Wild cherry, sassafras, beeches, oaks, and maples are also growing quickly and thickly. To the south, there are fenced-in asparagus fields and cherry orchards. To the north, on the other side of Weaver Road, is the privately owned Silver Lake Airport, which remains quiet most of the time. On the east side of our 40 acres, you'll find our cabin and buildings, and we kindly ask you to avoid wandering onto that side of the property. Signs will alert you when you get close. To the west, there is a 20-acre section occasionally occupied by some "Dunners." The area is famous for Silver Lake State Park and the sand dunes, located about 2.5 miles northwest of us. Our neighbors in that area have dune buggies, and they sometimes drive around their property, creating more noise than we prefer. It's possible that you may encounter this during your visit, so please be aware. Deer are abundant in the area, and in 2021, we spotted a porcupine for the first time, although we have occasionally seen evidence of their presence through bark-stripped maples. Raccoons come and go, while turkeys are frequent visitors at times. You can hear coyotes yipping away at night, and depending on the time of year and migratory season, you'll see lots and lots of birds. We're pleased to report that there is no poison ivy on the property! It is a beautiful place in the woods, not far from many entertaining activities suitable for both the young and old. Come and visit, but please be respectful of the land and our privacy while enjoying yours. Love Mother Earth while you are here and nourish your soul.Just 10 minutes from Silver Lake in Oceana County, enjoy our air conditioned Cozy Camper Cabin. Head out and play in the sand, relax on the beach or tour the area! Or stay in and set up a hammock, hike or mountain bike the 1.5 miles of trails on the property or sit by a fire. Use the grill or campfire to prepare a meal. Some of the best experiences West Michigan has to offer are within your reach. - **BRING YOUR OWN WATER** - Cozy Camper Cabin sleeps 2 adults comfortably on a queen-sized bed. Adults 3 and 4 may pitch a tent. There is a 12x12 platform nearby for your convenience. - There is no water source here. You will NEED to bring your own drinking and utility water. - Beautiful wooded campsite with shelter, queen bed, power, air conditioning and heater. - Park Style Grill by Pilot Rock - Picnic table - Full Shade - Converted 10x18 ft. shed with queen size bed and sleeping/storage loft. - 5 power outlets (4 indoor, 1 outdoor on the pole near the picnic table)  - Newly constructed outhouse, toilet paper provided. - Refrigerator with freezer (3.1 Cu Ft) - Space Heater, Air Conditioner (Seasonally) - Room to pitch tents if additional sleeping is needed. There is a tenting site near the Camper Cabin with a 12x12 platform , picnic table and another fire ring. Cozy Camper Cabin guests are welcome to use this space as well when sleeping more than 2 adults. - Large Fire Ring - 1.5 miles of trails for hiking/mountain biking/cross country skiing/snowshoeing - It is recommended you bring your own pillows. - Approximate drive times to area attractions:          Hansen Foods (Grocery Store) - 13 min         Wilson's General Store (Backside of Open Hearth Grille & Bar) - 9 min         Silver Lake State Park Off-Road Vehicle Area - 15 min         Mac Wood's Dune Rides - 9 min         Double JJ Resort, Golf Course, Riding Stable, Indoor Waterpark - 19 min         Silver Lake Resort and Campground - 9 min         Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo - 13 min                 The Fox Barn Winery - 8 min         Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail - 6 min (S Logging Rd and Buchanan)         Craig's Cruisers Silver Lake - 11 min         Whippy Dip - 10 min         Little Point Sable Beach (Great for catching sunsets) - 11 min         Big Hart Brewing Company - 12 min         Val-Du-Lakes Bar and Grill - 11 min         Brown Bear Bar and Grill - 10 min         Open Hearth Grille and Bar - 9 min
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Shelby, Oceana, Michigan, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Odawa First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Dave A.Joined in April 2021
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Hayley A.recommends
November 25, 2023
Cozy Camper Cabin w/ Heat & AC
Wonderful cabin, quiet land. Cozy indeed! The outhouse is a bit of a walk but we can all use more adventure in our days.
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Nicholas C.recommends
November 15, 2023
Cozy Camper Cabin w/ Heat & AC
Very cool spot on a very private and expansive piece of land. Bunk house was great and had the key amenities of heat, bedding, refrigerator, coffee maker. Tent sites were great. Beautiful sunrises and star gazing. Highly recommend!
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Eagon S.recommends
November 8, 2023
Cozy Camper Cabin w/ Heat & AC
Coziest cabin (w/heat!)
Loved staying at the Cozy Cabin (w/heat!) We hung out under the stars the first night and then also brought along a crocpot and made a great beef stew, we walked all the trails, and hung out by the camp fire. It was a perfect recharge for us and we also stayed an additional night it was so great! We hung a blanket off the top storage area and made a little fort! I brought a long some movies on my laptop so we had a movie night one of the nights we were there. Overall it was so beautiful and it stayed warm out side (50° ish with a light jacket) so either indoor or outdoor it was just so perfect. Definitely recommend if you need to just unplug for awhile.
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Rhianna W.recommends
October 22, 2023
Cozy Camper Cabin w/ Heat & AC
Beautiful and quiet space for a getaway. We loved this cozy camping spot!
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Trisha M.recommends
October 18, 2023
Cozy Camper Cabin w/ Heat & AC
Beautiful spot!
Dave’s cabin was super warm and cozy! It was freezing when we arrived but that little space heater is a real champ once we turned it on! The bed was comfortable. We loved having a fridge. We had to cut our 3 day trip short but will definitely be back next year to fully enjoy it.
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Nell S.recommends
October 9, 2023
Cozy Camper Cabin w/ Heat & AC
Normally we opt for tent camping, but with rain this weekend we splurged for this cabin. It surpassed my expectations. The land is well cared for and trails throughout were a real treat.
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