West Lake Retreat

Space for 1 Rig
25 ft max
3 nights maximum

Notice Required
Same day is okay
2 weeks max
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  • Slideouts Allowed
  • Generators Allowed
  • Barbecues Allowed
  • Lawnchairs Allowed
  • Pets Welcome


  • Tow Vehicle Parking
  • Campfire Ring


We’re perched on top of a hill overlooking Arbutus Lake in northern Michigan. We are on the edge of Brown Bridge Quiet Area, a large preserve with great hiking. We’re also a short drive to Traverse City - about 15 mins.

Guests will park in a grassy area near the edge of the woods with a peekaboo view of the lake. Access to the lake directly on our property may be available, but is down a long flight of stairs and will depend on our use of the dock.

Can fill water if needed.

House Rules

Dogs must be fully vaccinated and well socialized. We have two dogs on the property. The yard is not fenced. Our dogs have an invisible fence, so they will be running “free”, but their range will not include your space.

Generator use is okay, but we ask to use it as minimally as you need. Please restrict generator use to 9am-8pm.

Please take your trash with you. We don’t have a dumpster. We generate minimal trash and use pre-paid “red bags” that are available at local grocery stores, if you purchase your own bag, we can take it down to the curb with ours on Monday.

Direct access to the lake is on a case by case basis, ask us when you arrive. It’s a small space, if we’re not using it during your stay, you’re welcome to enjoy the dock & lake.

Access Road Conditions

No rigs bigger than 25ft due to long tree lined driveway and minimal turnaround space.

Tow Vehicle Parking Details

Next to your rig


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During the winter our driveway isn’t the most accessible. We’re a no snow location only.

We’re likely to be off exploring one of Michigan’s State Parks 1 weekend a month in our RV. Chances are we will be here enjoying the lake, so just request and we will let you know if it works!


Traverse City, MI, United States of America

Suggested Local Attractions

Arbutus chain of lakes, Brown Bridge Quiet Area, Boardman River, Vasa Trail, Sand Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula

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Member Since
March 14, 2021
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References for West Lake Retreat


September 2021

Welcoming and Beautiful

Our hosts were very accommodating and welcoming. Their spot is so beautiful with soft grass and lake views! We loved the nearby hiking trails they suggested. We slept peacefully and felt tucked away in a safe place but close to the things we wanted to see.


September 2021

Restful night at this beautiful property

We enjoyed a peaceful night of sleep at this great property that’s about 10 miles from downtown Traverse City. To get to the house, there is a long, paved driveway that is a bit bumpy (we just went slow and it was fine). There was ample room to turn around and get situated in the parking area, which was relatively level. The host was nice and we chatted with him upon arrival and again the next morning. They graciously allowed us to use the patio and we enjoyed our morning coffee overlooking the lake. Highly recommended!


August 2021

Rainy sanctuary

My hosts couldn't have been more helpful, thinking about poor Ms. A. standing out in the rain trying to direct me... lovely property, and lovely people. TY so much for the respite from the road. :)


June 2021


Quiet spot in yard overlooking lake. Hosts we're responsive and helpful. Enjoyed the dock and quiet night.


June 2021

Great Hosts

Thanks for your kind hospitality. You have a wonderful location and it was great sharing it, even if for just a short time.


May 2021

Beautiful Location!

Our hosts were great, very welcoming and accommodating. The lake is beautiful and we spent hours on the dock reading and enjoying the view.