Fantasy Islands: 7 Midwest Getaways
Republic Island, Michigan's Upper Peninsula
A humble pontoon boat and a rowboat near a white picket fence are all that greet visitors to Republic Island in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Guests can see the cabin out on the Michigamme River; to get there, they have to pilot themselves.
On this 2-acre tract 35 miles west of Marquette, barbecue grills, two fire pits, Adirondack chairs with river views and a fish-cleaning table await outside the little cabin on the hill. An extra-wide hammock hangs between majestic pines. It's a destination for those from busy places who are searching for privacy.
Exposed cedar log walls date to the cabin's humble beginnings in the late 1800s. A kitchen, three bedrooms with full-size beds, and a cozy living room stocked with books and board games give a place to rest and recharge. Visitors bring groceries to supplement dinners of fresh-caught fish. From $150 ($975/week in July/August). (734) 837-4976; upmichiganrentals.com