Hipcamp host Jill  E.
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Writer Andrew Stark, wrote up a lovely article and Midwest Living Magazine after staying here in the Pond Cabin at Bear Tree Homestead.   The article was in May/June 2020 issue article 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 r


Writer Andrew Stark, wrote up a lovely article and Midwest Living Magazine after staying here in the Pond Cabin at Bear Tree Homestead.   The article was in May/June 2020 issue article 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.  Water is available and there is a small gas stove for cooking as well as a private fire pit with 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.  There is a fold out sofa bed and full size mattress in the small low ceiling loft, accessed by the ladder.  This space is tight, there are no rails accessed by steep ladder and 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 if you need to get water or find us we have a "Host" sign on our front porch.    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 roaster 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 very rare occasion our neighbors may run a generator or have a night party.   The cabins may have spiders and an 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, you will find a sheet of information in the cabin and instructions on how things work. 

Due to the Covid-19 we are no longer requiring a meet and greet, but our paths may cross while your on the property so please maintain the 6 foot social distancing rule.  You can text or call with any questions you may have during your stay.  


Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA 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
  • 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



Natural features you'll find at The Pond Cabin in Michigan.


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 Ayşe

The most beautiful cabin

Ayşe U.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2019

I and my husband stayed in the cabin for our honeymoon. Our hosts Jill and Nicholas were amazing. They were very friendly, kind, hospitable, and helpful. We feel very lucky to have met such special people.
Finding the cabin was very easy. We just followed the bear paw signs which was very cute and clever way to give directions. When we got to the cabin, we couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. We were mesmerized by its beauty. Our stay was very comfortable and special. We definitely want to go back and enjoy the cabin and see the family again. We highly recommend staying in this wonderful place.

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Hipcamper Andrew

Idyllic off-grid cabin

Andrew S.
recommends this listing.
August 28th, 2019

This place is magical. It has everything you need, but nothing you don't. If you need to truly unplug, I can't recommend this place enough.

The porch overlooks an idyllic pond (fantastic morning views). Hosts provide a bundle of firewood (more for purchase, or you can hunt for some on your own) and fire starters. There's a stocked kitchen (cast iron pan, enamel dishware, cutlery, propane stove, the works), and a comfy loft bed.

Nearby, there are chickens and sheep (and ducks, and dogs). Be aware if you decide to bring your own dog (the chickens are free-roaming).

I've stayed at many Hipcamps, and this was one of my favorite experiences. Can't wait to return.

Hipcamper Samone

Lovely. rustic. welcoming.

Samone D.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2019

What a wonderful place to stay. Jill and Nick are gracious and thoughtful hosts. From the cookies on the table to the offer of a tour of their grounds and showing us how to connect to the NTN from the cabin. We love to hike and we were able to go up to the top of Hogsback mountain in less than 30 minutes to see the northern lights.

It felt very private at the pond cabin. I think their outhouse is quite possibly the cutest I’ve seen. An odd complement I know but it is so worth noting! Even the path up to it is cute! If you like rustic camping like us this will feel like a treat. We’ll be back for sure.

Hipcamper Gary

The perfect place to decompress

Gary O.
recommends this listing.
September 15th, 2019

Had a wonderful time staying at the pond cabin. The cabin itself is beautiful and the location is perfect. The back porch Is large and covered enough that you can still sit under it while it is raining and stay completely dry. It is the perfect place to relax and live simply. Great experience reading by oil lamp sitting next to the iron wood burning stove which did a great job keeping the cabin toasty.
The property as advertised is right on the trail system and you can be climbing hogback mt or accessing other trails with a short walk from the cabin front door
The place is only hard to find IF you Only rely on gps and ignore jill’s Detailed written instructions. With the written directions provided and signage pointing the way you have should have no problem locating.
Great place and great job by hosts. My expectations were exceeded with this experience

Hipcamper Lia
Lia K.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2019

Remote enough to be a nice get away, but easy to get to with the directions provided. Has all the essentials, couldn’t have asked for more. Hosts were very nice and helpful! If I went again I’d probably bring an extra lantern (several are provided I just like lots of light).

Hipcamper Asher

Great base camp for winter hikes!

Asher W.
recommends this listing.
February 9th, 2020

Beautiful hand-built log cabin made a great cozy location for winter camping. Right next to the North Country Trail and a convenient distance to plenty of other outdoor destinations. The hosts are very nice people and were anxious to make sure we had a great stay. Highly recommend summer or winter! (Although fair warning the outhouse is not heated; not for those with a weak constitution!)

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Hipcamper John

Absolutely loved it

John R.
recommends this listing.
February 16th, 2020

Beautiful area, the stinkin cutest little cabin, great view over the pond. We do a lot of cabin hopping throughout the UP and Northern WI and this was, hands down, our favorite. Jill left us some amazing homemade oatmeal cookies as well. We will definitely be back.

Hipcamper Helene
Helene L.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2020

The pond cabin is the best! I never have done any type of camping before, so I was unsure how well I'd like staying at a place with no modern-day convinces (running water, electricity, plumbing, ect). But I loved every minute of it! Stayed 5 nights and wasn't ready to leave by the end of it! The host are wonderful and really do make sure you have all you need to enjoy yourself!
The area is perfect to unplug and clear your mind. Washing up wasn't bad at all I actually enjoyed going to the stream it felt very refreshing! Had access to all the water I needed and the gas burners are a nice little bonus for nights when you don't feel like cooking over a fire. This place is a 10/10 and I will be coming back!

Hipcamper Valerie
Valerie D.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2020

This sight was defined by such a gorgeous equilibrium and harmony. The hosts Nick and Jill put so much love into their relationship with the land. The cabin was extremely comfortable and charming. Their homestead is right on a trailhead for access to a variety of breathtaking and challenging hikes. Bear Tree Homestead places you inside the heart of such a perfect intersection of what the UP has to offer, and the hosts' persona's and daily work magnify that several times over. Such vibrant nature and earnest living going on at Bear Tree

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