on the Upper Manistee River seven miles west of Grayling,
Michigan and just south of M-72,the house sits on a bluff about fifty feet
back from and overlooking the river.
There is a stairway down to a four foot by eight foot dock
which gives access to the water for such things as
swimming, canoeing, kayaking, wading, tubing,
fly fishing or wildlife viewing. The river is approximately three
to four feet deep just in front of the dock making it
perfect for an afternoon dip in the heat of the summer sun.To
the right of the dock are wooden steps going into the
river making easy access for youngsters and/or fly
fisherman to reach shallower waters. At daybreak
and again in the late afternoon it is
not unusual to find a Great Blue Heron quietly stalking
it's prey in the shallows just across the river.
At the top of the bluff is a hammock which overlooks
the river and seems to beckon one to lay
down and rest under the swaying pine trees - just for
a little while. If you are looking for a Retreat, this is the place.
Leave your cares at home because there is no
place for them here.
the end of the street there is a private undeveloped park.
The picture at the right was taken from
the park area looking toward the house.
You can see our dock on the left of the picture about
1/2 way up. The park offers solitude and another
access point to the river.
Sometimes wildlife, including deer, can be found drinking from the
river at daybreak or early evening.
The park area also makes a great place to lean against
a tree and read a book or just relax and watch
the trout rise during a hatch.