Mackinac Lakefront Cabins – Review
When planning our trip “up north” we contemplated many lodging options. August is peak tourist season so there are essentially no deals to be found in Mackinaw City and even the budget hotels go for a premium. We didn’t like our budget motel the last time we were up there so we decided to broaden our horizons and look into cabin rentals. We found a little place called Mackinac Lakefront Cabins where you can rent a cabin right on the shores of Lake Huron. We figured we would be more likely to forgive a dirty little cabin than a dirty motel room, plus the price was the best in town so what did we have to lose?
Things to note:
Mackinac Lakefront Cabins is a “sister” campsite to Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. To check in you must go to the Mill Creek office just a short drive down the road.
Both campgrounds are well signed and easy to find, just minutes from downtown.
You have to provide your own bedding (blankets, sheets, pillows, etc) and other linens like bath towels, wash cloths. etc.
They require a one night’s deposit that is refundable if you cancel more than 7 days prior to your arrival.
Check in was a little chaotic down at Mill Creek. They have you line up your vehicle in one of two rows and then you get out to check in. When we arrived there was a mad rush of people coming in and we were in the middle of it all. Check in itself was a breeze, however, we were stuck behind two cars that took much longer than us to get checked in. It was a bit frustrating but it really only delayed us by about 5 minutes or so.
After checking in at Mill Creek we drove to our cabin. The Mackinac Lakefront cabins are set back quite a ways from the road. This was very nice and gave everything a more secluded feel. We got cabin #15 which was the very last one with a great view of the lake, island, and bridge! Our cabin was very clean, fresh, and new looking. We had a small bathroom with shower, microwave and mini fridge in the “kitchen”, and cable TV. They advertised free wifi, however, our phones did not catch any signal but this was a non issue for us and our data plans.
There were some great amenities near our cabin including a nice beach with plenty of things for kids to climb on, a coffee shack for fresh coffee in the morning, two fire pits that were lit nightly and charcoal grills that you can borrow. We were also welcome to utilize any of the amenities over at Mill Creek as well.
Betsy: After our last experience in Mackinaw City at the budget motel I was a bit apprehensive about what we would be walking into with these cabins. Thankfully I had nothing to worry about. Everything was clean, modern and perfect for our needs. I will admit that we probably could have done with less as we didn’t spend a ton of time at the cabin. However, after a long day of sightseeing it was nice to come “home” to something that I felt comfortable being in.
Chris: I would take these cabins over a hotel any day! Even though we didn’t really make much use of them other than sleeping… I could easily see us staying in all day lounging around with a great view and the sound of the waves. There were only 17 cabins and a handful of spots for RV parking so it was very quiet and peaceful with plenty of room to spread out!