Welcome to Water Camp, a collection of Northern Michigan Vacation Rentals


Water Camp was born in 2020 when, on a dark and stormy day at Torch Lake, Jon and Alison visited what would become the Cedar Cabin. Even through the rain, they were drawn to the bright turquoise blues of the lake and peaceful scenery. Since then, Water Camp has evolved to become a Torch Lake destination, welcoming guests from near and far to experience a true Northern Michigan retreat, a place to rest, connect, and explore.

“What if we could create a place where time stands still?”

Three kids, a few moves, and a pandemic later they found themselves dreaming of finding the perfect family retreat. Somewhere with water and beautiful views, full of nostalgia and the freedom of childhood play. After the perfect little cabin went up for sale, that once far-off dream became a reality.

Jon & Alison met while working as interns in Grand Rapids, Michigan...

A stay with us isn’t just a break from the everyday. It’s a chance to reconnect with nature, friends, family, and yourself. Experience the childlike joy of paddling out on the lake in the early morning, or soaking in the conversations around the fire. At Water Camp, you can book the “Up North” trip you’ve always dreamed of.

It’s not just a “vacation”

At Water Camp, every little detail of your stay has been considered. We have worked tirelessly to refine our guest experience and continually improve our properties. On top of that, we provide personable communication, reliable service, and curated spaces designed with both form and function in mind. Our location is second-to-none, offering access to all of Northern Michigan’s greatest treasures year-round. 

Andrew | The Cedar Cabin

Our third time staying at Alison’s cabin on Torch Lake. Every stay has been outstanding, and she has even made nice improvements to the cabin since last summer. As always, highly recommend!


Rachel | The Birch Cottage

The cabin is perfectly appointed and decorated and has the best views of the lake. The stand-up paddle board was so much fun, and swimming right off the dock was exactly what we were looking for. Alison was responsive and helpful every step of the way. The other families in the neighboring cabins were welcoming. If you're looking for a cabin on Torch Lake, you won't regret booking this one!

“My family enjoyed such a lovely week on Torch Lake!”

Jennifer | The Birch Cottage

Alison was an EXCEPTIONAL hostess from start to finish always ready to answer our questions & was never intrusive. We especially LOVED the smallest details like locally made soap in the bathroom, food wrap in the kitchen, endless blankets, an abundance of outdoor items to enjoy outside! Pictures do no justice of the majestic sunsets. We can’t wait to come back in the future!

“The property was even BETTER than described!”

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Our guidebook is the perfect companion for your stay