Hipcamp host Jill  E.,
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After staying here in the Pond Cabin at Bear Tree Homestead, writer Andrew Stark wrote up a lovely article and Midwest Living Magazine.   In May/June 2020, the article was titled "A Wild and Watery Getaway to Marquette Michigan."  The Pond Cabin is the most private cabin we offer.  It is off-grid and sits on the far end of the pond.  There is no electricity or running water.


After staying here in the Pond Cabin at Bear Tree Homestead, writer Andrew Stark wrote up a lovely article and Midwest Living Magazine.   In May/June 2020, the article was titled "A Wild and Watery Getaway to Marquette Michigan."  The Pond Cabin is the most private cabin we offer.  It is off-grid and sits on the far end of the pond.  There is no electricity or running water.  Firewood to heat the cabin is provided in colder months.  Water is available, and there is a 2 burner gas stove for cooking and a private fire pit with a grate.   A front porch overlooks the pond and offers a great place to sit even on a rainy day and enjoy a book. 

 The rustic Pond Cabin can sleep 4 people.  A fold-out sofa bed and full-size mattress are in the small low ceiling loft, accessed by the ladder.  This space is tight, a steep ladder accesses no rails, and it can be very warm in the summer.   Clean sheets, blankets, and pillows will be provided, but you will need to make up the beds.    The pond cabin is easily accessible with its own driveway and parking for 2-3 vehicles.    It is a short walk to our cabin area. We have a "Host" sign on our front porch if you need to get more water or find us.    A tent can be set up next to this cabin very easily.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A RESERVATION. This is a working homestead, and our cabins are rustic.   We have lots of sounds around our homestead, including chain saws, dogs, sheep ducks, and chickens, as well as a couple of roasters, so you will most likely hear some charming farm sounds.  Our dogs are friendly, but they do bark, especially when people come and go.  We also have neighbors, and their dogs seem to think this is the place to be, so you may encounter their dogs as well.  On a scarce occasion, our neighbors may run a generator or have a night party.   The cabins may have spiders and even mice, but we do our best to take precautions before your arrival. 

The Homestead is only 8 miles from downtown Marquette, but the last 2 miles are trail roads and can be difficult to travel in the winter and spring thaw. We recommend a 4 wheel or all-wheel drive during these times. 

 Refunds will not be considered for mismanaged expectations, and any concerns can always be addressed with your host directly. 

We do accept a 2-day minimum stay, and you will find a sheet of information in the cabin and instructions on how things work. 

We no longer require a meet and greet, but our paths hopefully will cross while you are on the property.  You can text or call with any questions you may have during your stay or stop by our home.  


Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Bins available
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Jill a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Both mountain biking and fat tire snow biking have become extremely popular and this area is known for excellent biking trails....Read more


Lake Superior, Harlow Lake the Dead River public access sites are all just 2 miles away so bring what ever boat your into and e...Read more


Fishing in local lakes and rivers near by check out, the Dead River, Carp River, Little Garlic River, Yellow Dog River, Harlow ...Read more


This is some of the absolute best hiking in the midwest. We on the trail system connecting the North Country Trail, the Noquema...Read more


Lake Superior, Dead River and Harlow lake are all about 2 miles and have boat launch area. Many other lakes rivers with an hour...Read more

Snow sports

Snowshoe trails out the door, World class Cross Country skiing trail system 1 mile away, 10 miles to Marquette Mountain down hi...Read more


Surfing on Lake Superior has become a real adventure even in the frigid spring waters. This takes place in the public beach ar...Read more

Wildlife watching

All the wild life typically found in the lake superior region can be seen here. Among the less common animals seen nearby are F...Read more



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Located in the transition zone of Northern hardwoods to Boreal forests. Pockets of old growth and virgin stands of pine, oak, m...Read more


We are at the base of Hogback Mountain it is a short but challenging hike up from the homestead. It is about a half hour to th...Read more

River, stream, or creek

There is a small creek that you can hear from the Pond Cabin. See if you can find the little hidden trail that leads you to t...Read more

Swimming hole

The pond is a very cold, spring fed, shallow, and has some muck but it is great for wading in and a quick dip. Feel free to use...Read more


We are a small family farm growing our own food and medicine including nut and fruit trees, extensive gardens, chickens, sheep....Read more


You can park right next to the cabin.


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Hipcamper Val
Val L.
recommends this listing.
October 16th, 2021

A sweet little primitive log cabin with a lovely pond to contemplate from the back door. It's virtually right off the North Country Trail and a series of other trails.
The hosts have provided everything you might need and then some.

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Hipcamper Brittany
Brittany M.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2021

My husband and I enjoyed a long weekend with our dogs at the Pond Cabin. The cabin is secluded in the woods, but a short easy drive to Marquette where we enjoyed visiting breweries and checking out the Lake. The Pond Cabin is just a few minutes' walk from the North Country Trail and we were able to hike up Hogback Mountain. The cabin is cozy, clean, and had everything we needed. It was so lovely to stay in the cabin and we'd love to come back.

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah S.
recommends this listing.
September 29th, 2021

Jill’s cute little cabin is exactly what it’s advertised - a rustic experience on a beautiful piece of land that connects to all kinds of great hiking trails. It’s also located about 20 min from town and while the signs blend in a little too well and the property is a bit difficult to find, we had a great time.

Hipcamper Peter

The highlight of my year

Peter R.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2021

The cabin is idyllic and inspiring, the landscape and trails are amazing! I had a very nice 4 day stay at the Pond Cabin and really didn’t want to leave. If you like a rustic experience or seek challenging (but very rewarding) hiking trails, I couldn’t praise a place more highly.

Reflections on the pondWay finding signs help you get thereCharming small cabin tucked into the trees
Hipcamper Jill
Response from Jill , the Host, on September 25th, 2021

Peter, Thank you for your thoughtful words and for choosing to stay here. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the trails and the property. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Hipcamper Laura

Fairytale cottage!

Laura M.
recommends this listing.
September 9th, 2021

What a fairytale spot! We LOVED our few days there. Can’t recommend enough if you want to get away from it all. Can be a little tricky to find the first time so I’d recommend arriving during daylight

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Hipcamper Nikki

Highly recommend!

Nikki A.
recommends this listing.
September 9th, 2021

Wonderful spot. Beautiful, secluded, and close to hiking trails...don't miss out on Hogback Mountain!

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle N.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Beautiful intriguing little cabin. Absolutely loved our stay there for a few nights and wish it could have been longer. The cookies were a very sweet touch and I'm so glad it's dog friendly and affordable. You can tell they put a lot of time into this little gem and it definitely shows. I really hope to be back.

Hipcamper Boyd
Boyd B.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2021

Super nice and accommodating people, Nick and Jill. Serene place with nice hiking outside the door!

Hipcamper Samantha
Samantha G.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2021

My stay at the Pond Cabin was a dream. The cabin and land it sits on is picturesque and transports you to a simpler time. I loved sitting on the front porch of the cabin, facing the pond and watching the hummingbirds drink from the feeder suspended nearby. Reading at night from the light of oil lamps was romantic and sweet. The cabin is situated right off the North Country Trail, an ideal location for hikers with great trails a short walk from your doorstep. The surrounding area of Marquette offered plenty to do and see during my time there. The host Jill was a delight to get to know, as were her many animals on the homestead! I would definitely recommend the Pond Cabin to anyone looking to unplug and enjoy the natural world for a few days in a comfortable and well cared for setting.

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