Deerwood Cottage Vacation Rental

by the Banks of the Little Manistee River

The Little Manistee River

Take a look at the MONSTER Walleye

Jake Meekhof caught on 9/9/2007

It weighed in at 10.3 LBS.

Those Meekhofs are amazing anglers!

Here are pictures of just a few of the Salmon that our friend, Kurt Meekhof caught on the Manistee.  That's some great salmon Kurt!


The Little Manistee River closes December 31st and re-opens April 1st.

The Weir is out for the year and this let's the fish ascend the river freely.

August 27th 2006

Check out this Big Brown Trout that Cal Fleser caught this week! 

It weighs 5 lbs. and is 24 inches in length.


Christopher Dean of Luther, Michigan

 caught this beautiful Steelhead

Nice steelhead Chris!

Northwest Michigan is home to Trout in America. Just down the road from us on the Pere Marquette was the first planting of German Brown Trout in America.

We have the right stuff to sustain trout through thick and thin; wild strains of trout thrive here. 

As lots of you now know the tail water below Tippy Dam has become one of America’s best Trout fisheries. Brown Trout grow very fast in this rich aquatic environment.

Since the river has stabilized and partially recovered from the ravages of a power generation dam owned by CMS Energy, different species of aquatic insects are regaining their former home and the health of the river is amazing…including the fish that we love to chase. 

The Pine River is also a fabulous active river.  Browns, Rainbows and Brook Trout all call this great river home. Oh, and by the way these fish are wild in this river, as well.

Wild strains of Trout thrive here in our rivers like the Little Manistee, Bear Creek, Pine River, Pere Marquette, Great Sauble and more. This is home for some BIG trout, so come visit and fish these great waters!!  


  let's go FISHING...



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June 13 - 14

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Just a FEW of the nearby inland lakes

Crystal Lake - Location: From M-55 in downtown Wellston take Seaman Road south less than 1 mile, lake on west side of Seaman Road (no motor boats are allowed).

Big Bass Lake - All Sports Lake Location: Follow Bass Lake Road South from 10 1/2 Mile Rd. Fish for: Panfish and Bass

Dorner (Long Lake) - Location: From M-55 east of Wellston take S. Snyder Road south 1.5 miles, lake on west side of S. Snyder. Fish for: Panfish and Largemouth Bass.

Eleanor Lake - Location - From High Bridge Road in downtown Brethren, travel east on Coates Hwy., lake on left hand side less than .5 miles. Fish for: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass and panfish. (no motorboats allowed).

Harper Lake - All Sports Lake Location: just down the road from Deerwood Cottage! Fish for: Bass, Panfish and Lake Trout

Healy Lake - Location: From Bear Lake take 13 Mile Road east to Healy Lake Road to first road on right (Plagany), turn right to next gravel road and follow signs to campgrounds. Fish for: panfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.

Lemon Lake - Location: From Kaleva take Healy Lake Road three miles north to Potter Road, go east on Potter Road 2 miles to Niemi Rd. Go south on Niemi Road less than .5 mi. to Thompsonville Rd. about 2 miles to Lemon Lake. Fish for: Panfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.

Manistee Lake - Located in Manistee. A deep water port for Great Lakes Shipping. Marinas, boat launching facilities and recreational boating services. Fish for panfish, Northern Pike, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye Pike, Muskellung, Salmon in the fall, Steelhead in the fall and spring.

Pine Lake - Location: From the west, take M-55 east 17 miles from its junction with U.S. 31 in Manistee, then right at Wellston on Bosschem Rd. for 1.1 miles, then right on Pine Lake Rd. 2.6 miles to the campground. Fish for: panfish, Cisco, Brown Trout and Largemouth Bass.

Portage Lake - Deep water access to Lake Michigan, excellent sailing. Located off M-22 in Onekama. Fish for panfish (known for Perch), Northern Pike, Walleye Pike, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, fall run of salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead in winter and spring.

Round (Chittenden) Lake - Location: From M-55 in Wellston take S. Baker Rd. south less than .5 mi. to first dirt road on left - take road less than .5 mi. to Round (Chittenden) Lake. Fish for: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill and Perch.

Sand Lake - Location: From M-55 in Wellston follow Seaman Rd. 4.5 miles south through Dublin to entrance road, right on Forest Service Rd. 5728 to the campground. Fish for: panfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow and Brown Trout. (Only boats that can be hand carried for launching are allowed).

Timmerman Lake - Location: From M-55 west of Wellston travel south on East Udell Hills Rd. 2 miles to a dirt road on east side of road, it then dead ends into the lake. Fish for: panfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.

**Tippy Dam Backwaters - Location: Fr. High Bridge Road to downtown Brethren travel east on Coates Hwy. 3.5 miles to Dilling Rd., travel so. on Dilling Rd. until it dead ends into Tippy Dam, launch site is on the left. From Wellston go north on M-55 on Snyder Rd. to Robinson Road. Take Robinson Road to its east end. There is another launch at Red Bridge on Coates Hwy. 7.5 miles east of Brethren. Fish for: Northern Pike, Muskellunge, Walleye Pike, Rainbow and Brown Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, and panfish.