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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 will hopefully 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
Up to 3 vehicles
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
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

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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 Tom
Tom K.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 13th, 2022

The Pond Cabin was really nice, and really really quiet. Had one chilly night but stocked firewood was ready to make for all things comfy. Getting there is a challenge, make sure you have all the coordinates and have reviewed the area before trying to get there.

Hipcamper Rose
Rose H.
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2022

Was the absolute perfect getaway. I couldn’t say enough about what a fantastic time we had in the beautiful cabin. Just bring clothes and food!

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Hipcamper Russell
Russell W.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2022

The cabin is amazing. We loved the quiet getaway in the secluded woods. The homestead is nothing less than amazing as well. Nice trail at the end of their driveway to hike to hogback mountain was very cool as well. The highland cattle were too cool. Peaceful and inspiring. Thank you guys so much

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah S.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2022

We had a fantastic time at the Pond Cabin, would definitely recommend to anyone who loves the outdoors!

Hipcamper Syed

Pond cabin stay for a weekend

Syed H.
recommends this listing.
April 18th, 2022

Very tranquil cabin which we deeply enjoyed for a long weekend with our dog. Host is extremely helpful. Our only disappointment was our stay wasn't long enough.

Hipcamper Jill
Response from Jill , the Host, on April 22nd, 2022

So glad you enjoyed your extended weekend at the Pond Cabin. Thank you for renting a 4 wheel drive the spring thaw has really taken a toll on the road this past couple of weeks. You left the cabin nice and tidy thank you for that. Sorry, we did not get a chance to meet you but hopefully, you can come back.

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Hipcamper Rebecca
Rebecca Z.
recommends this listing.
April 12th, 2022

We loved the cabin. It was well stocked to fit our needs. The views were outstanding and the cows were adorable. Very private area, but close to town.

Hipcamper Courtney
Courtney F.
recommends this listing.
March 20th, 2022

Bear Pond was such a lovely experience. Jill and Nick are wonderful hosts and I truly appreciate their hospitality and their creative architecture. The trail was great to Hogback Mountian. It was lovely snowshoeing.

Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa P.
recommends this listing.
March 6th, 2022

Jill and Nick were outstanding hosts with an adorable setup. Its proximity to the NCT was perfect for our snowshoe adventure up Hogback. It feels so secluded, yet Marquette is a quick drive away. The roads got a little dicey after the ice storm, but our hosts went above and beyond to help us out.

Hipcamper Angela
Angela P.
recommends this listing.
February 27th, 2022

This place is better than photos. We stayed for presidents weekend, the cabin was warm and cozy and had everything we needed. I brought a bunch of supplies just in case and didn’t use any of it. Close enough to Marquette to get into town if you wanted to, about 15-20 mins (we went to see the dog sleds come in for the UP200!) but so so incredibly secluded. Jill is a very gracious and helpful host, and her homemade cookies are even better than the reviews. We have already booked a return trip for the summer!

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