AuTrain River Cottages

What are your office hours?

  • You'll find I answer the phone and e-mails from 9 AM to about 10 PM 365 days a year. I take every February 29th off. However, I do like to play in da woods, so I might miss your call due to Bigfoot blocking the cell coverage from time to time, so please leave me a message and I will call you back!

When are the cottages open?

  • Some cottages are open year-round eh. Currently Mountain Ash, Riverside, Robins Nest, the 4 bedroom and the Cedar cottages are available year round.

How far in advance can we reserve?

  • For summer dates, we will take reservations with deposits up to 51 weeks in advance of your arrival date. For spring and fall, reserve as far in advance as you wish. Please note: we fill prime dates early in the year. Snooze and lose.

Can we show up without a reservation?

  • That's not a good idea. We prepare each cabin for each reservation. It's very important that we know you are coming. Please call ahead.

Do you have bugs? (actual question I was asked!)

  • Yes, we do... we have bugs the size of your face! keep your children on a leash, because they can actually carry them away (it's happened, I've heard about it) Ever seen the Wizard of Oz? the monkeys that fly in and take everyone away.... That's what it's like here only they're bugs, not monkeys.... Sooo if you're afraid of bugs, come in da winter! (but I am guessing that if you're afraid of bugs, you also hate the cold, so don't come here ever!) (the aforementioned paragraph is false with one exception:  we do in fact have bugs.)

When is check in time?

  • Check in is 4 PM to ? If you will be later than 10 PM, no problems! Just let me know so I can leave the light on. Cottage will be open and ready for your arrival.

Check out time?

  • 11 AM.


  • We are Fur-Kid friendly for a small pet fee, although we do have quantity and size limits. Please let us know about your pet when you make your reservation.  Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is not dog-friendly, so you will not be able to take them with you while you visit the park. If you have a dog that does not like to be left alone in a strange place, please consider leaving them with a friend or family member back home. If you are bringing your fur-kid, please keep your them on a leash, clean up after them, and do not leave your pet alone without a crate. We have areas you can let Fido run, even the beach down the road is dog-friendly, just ask.

Do you have boats and motors available for rent?

  • Yes, fishing boats with outboard motors are available for daily, 3-day and weekly rentals. Scroll down for details.

Can I bring my own boat?

  • If you have reserved a river cottage, a place to moor your boat is included. Because of the river’s width and depth, nothing bigger than 15’ is recommended. Woodland Retreat and Lake Superior Lodge does not have mooring available. Woodland Retreat has limited space for parking a boat, contact me for details. Lake Superior Lodge has enough space for any size boat, but you can't moor it )

Can we swim in the river?

  • Absolutely! no stay would be complete without jumping in! You can swim right along the shoreline. The water is crystal clear, warm most of the summer and has a sand/gravel bottom. We recommend you wear water shoes for safety. The water depth is typically about 3-5 feet.

​Can we fish from the shoreline?

  • Please do, especially during the evenings. The kids will love it, they catch more fish in front of the cottages than the adults do in da boats.

Is there internet access?

  • You betcha eh, WiFi is anywhere from 6-15 mbps

Do you have cell reception at the cottages?

  • Yes, Verizon service is available (Sprint roaming) AT&T/T-Mobile Customers have to drive a couple miles to get service... sorry :(

Is there a quiet time?

  • Be reasonable. Be a good neighbor.

How well are the cabins equipped?

  • Better than most. We supply all bed and bath linens, a generous stocking of pots, pans, dishes, silverware and housekeeping items. Coffee and coffee filters, spices to cook with, paper towels, napkins and TP.

What if we need something not in the cabin?

  • ​Just ask, chances are we have it. We got stuff, lots of stuff. Need an iron? We got it.(Why would you want one, you're on vacation) Need some blenders? We got them too.(WooHoo!) Extra pots, pans, baking stuff, and dishes (only if you tell us what time dinner is), We got stuff!

Do you have a grocery store nearby?

  • Ya eh, us yoopers gotta eat!! The nearest full service grocery store is 12 miles away. There is a convenience store less than a mile away from your cottage.

Is there a campfire ring?

  • Yes, there are 2 really nice campfire areas with a picnic table with a great view of the river.  Firewood can be purchased here in town, or all along the road to Munising.

How far is the Picture Rocks National Lakeshore?

  • You are only 12 miles from the boat tour that takes you out to see our fancy colored rocks.  It is only another couple miles to the start of the park if you plan to hike.

How close are you to Lake Superior?

  • Big Gitche-Gumee is less than 2 miles away, and in most yooper's opinion, the best beach on da big lake is right here in AuTrain!

​What do we need to bring?

  • Delicious Beverages, clothing to keep it legal, personal items if you must, and definitely some grub. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your fun pants (or shorts), Da UP is full of adventure!!!

​Boat Rentals:

12 and 14' Fishing boats with 5 hp motors are available to guests for daily/weekly rental. Gas is included in the fee, no need to refill.

12' Boats w/motor: (3 person capacity)

Daily rental: $40
3-Day rental: $100
Weekly rental: $130

14' Boats w/motor (4 person capacity)
Daily rental: $50
3-Day rental: $120
Weekly rental: $160

Canoe: Each cottage comes with one free canoe rental. Additional Canoes are available for rent 

Kayaks:  DA YAK SHAK Livery is right on the main road in AuTrain. We offer discounts on kayak rentals for your use on the river. Please stop by and see us for all of your paddling needs.
Daily: $20 each
3-Day: $35 each

Week: $60 each.


​Daily: $25


Riverside Cottage


DA Spruce


I am a wealth of knowledge when it comes to exploring our area, I am an avid outdoorsman,  I camp, hike, bike, ski, snowshoe, ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile and Jeep nearly the entire U.P. and if you have heard of it, chances are I've been there, or done that. I also know some places "off the radar" if you are looking to get away from the tourist areas.  Just ask, I'll be happy to give you advice.
Deposits are necessary to confirm reservations.
I typically collect between 20-30% deposit
Cancellation / Deposit Refund Policy
Due to demand; cancellation must be made 12 weeks in advance to obtain refund.
Deposit is non refundable within 12 week period unless the week is re-rented. In the instance that you need to cancel within this period, I will re-open your dates and try to fill them. If I am successful, I will refund your deposit.

Sorry, No refunds after check-in. Rates are plus 6% Michigan State tax Prices subject to change without notice I accept Cash, all forms of credit cards & PayPal checks may be used to make reservations, but not for payment on arrival.
Additional information can be obtained by phone (906) 364-8110 or by email at  
Leave me a message if necessary, we are in the U.P, so reception is limited! OR I might just be having fun in da wilderness at that moment!
I would be pleased to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
​Thank You for visiting  

Cory Cole

906 364-8110


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