Toms Lake Cabin

Area Status: Open
Winter scene - Front view of Tom's Cabin

Toms Lake Cabin Rental

If you are searching for a memorable Upper Peninsula Michigan vacation rental experience, then consider renting Toms Lake Cabin. The location is cozy and quaint any time of year, and the diversity of recreational activities means there is something for everyone.

About Toms Lake Cabin

Toms Lake Cabin sits on a knoll overlooking a semi-open area surrounded by tall pines and Toms Lake. The setting is ideal for a rustic Upper Peninsula Michigan getaway. Many visitors return year after year and this location has been lovingly described in online reviews as the best place on earth.

The structure was built in 1991 with generous donations from Rapid River Rustic Homes, which contributed the basic cabin package, and RE-EDCO Incorporated, which did much of the finish work. Furniture construction was done by the USDA - Forest Service.

About Toms Lake

Toms Lake is one-quarter mile north of County Road (CR) 440, off Forest Road 2082. The area has an abundance of lakes and varying elevations.

  • The 23-acre lake is approximately 29 miles northwest of Manistique in Schoolcraft County.
  • There is a good swimming area at Toms Lake; however, the site has not been checked for  hazards so caution should be exercised. Please remember that you swim at your own risk.
  • In 1996, fisheries biologists surveyed the lake and found a decent largemouth bass and bluegill fishery.
  • Boat access at Toms Lake is limited to carry-in only.

Recreation Near Toms Lake Cabin

Rent Toms Lake Cabin during any season of the year and enjoy the wide variety of recreational experiences that the Upper Peninsula Michigan and Hiawatha National Forest have to offer!

  • The cabin is one-quarter mile west of the Ironjaw semi-primitive area and the Pine Marten Run trail system, which offers 26 miles of trail suitable for horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers.
  • Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular on the Pine Marten Run Trail, but the trail is not groomed.
  • ‚ÄčIt is also near the Big Island Lake Wilderness with its 23 small lakes and portages to challenge the canoeist.
  • The nationally designated Wild and Scenic Indian River is also nearby, and its 51 miles offer outstanding canoeing and fishing opportunities.
  • For the winter enthusiast, there is ice fishing on Toms Lake and snowmobile trails can be found nearby.
  • Be aware, this facility is not cleaned between user visits.

There are private cabins on the other side of the lake, and you may see or hear motorized boats and jet skis that access Toms Lake from their properties.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Reservations Required.
Operational Hours: Effective September 1, 2021
  • Check-in Time: 2 pm
  • Check-out Time: 12 pm
Reservations: Reserve Tom's Lake Cabin and view an interactive map at
Fees: Camping (per night): The cabin can be rented for up to seven (7) consecutive nights
  • $45.00
For Reservations:                                   
Open Season: January 1 - December 31
Closest Towns: Manistique

General Information


From the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Forest Highway 13 (25 miles west of Manistique or 14 miles east of Rapid River), drive north 19 miles on FH13 to County Road 440. Turn right (east) on CR440 and drive about 3 miles to FR2082. Turn left (north) and drive to the cabin.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

  • The cabin accommodates a maximum of eight people.
  • Cook outdoors on the charcoal grill provided, or on your own camp stove.
  • Bring your own camping equipment including camp stove, dishes, cooking and eating utensils, toilet paper, water containers, lanterns, bedding, and pillows.
  • Toms Cabin has two tables with chairs, four double bunk beds with mattresses and a wood stove.
  • Firewood is provided by the Forest Service.
  • There are no modern bathroom facilities or electricity in the cabin.
  • An outdoor vault toilet is located behind the cabin.
  • The water source is a hand pump in the front of the cabin.
  • You must pack out what you pack in.

Boating - Non-Motorized

The cabin can be accessed by boat from a small boat launch off of FR2173.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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