All your Questions Answered

We know many groups want to lock in their Northern Michigan dream vacation months ahead of time. We currently book 12 months in advance. Minimum night stays apply. For example, if you want to book August 1-7 for the following year and there is a 6 night minimum at that time, you’ll have to wait until August 7 of the current year to book for the following year so that the entire 6 night window is available to be booked to satisfy the minimum night stay.

Yes, our cabins are close together (50-100 feet apart with no roads between them other than the driveway for the community). They’re all part of the same small community which is made up of 9 homes with a shared waterfront and common areas including the swim dock, sandy beach area, beach volleyball court, and open grass field for yard games. Because the cabins are in close proximity, you can definitely book them together! It’s a great option if you’re traveling with multiple families but still want your own space.

The dock is typically put into the water around mid-May and removed around mid-October.

No. We do not allow renters to tie up/dock/moor their boat(s) and jet skis during the day or overnight. Additionally, renters may not operate motorized watercraft around the swim dock for the safety of swimmers and paddlers. You’re welcome to bring your own boats and/or jet skis on a trailer and launch them at Butch’s just a mile North or Alden’s downtown harbor boat launch, a few miles South. We ask that you do not come to the swim dock with your boat/jet ski to load and offload people or belongings. Instead, we recommend stopping to tie up at Alden’s downtown harbor for lunch or ice cream, DeWitt Marine or Butch’s for a bathroom break, gas and snacks, or Dockside for a bite to eat overlooking the water. Use caution tying up as the wind and waves can pick up quickly on Torch Lake.

Please note: if you plan to bring a boat or jet ski on a trailer, please message us in advance to let us know so we can give you more detailed instructions on where to keep your trailer for easy access.

For direct bookings, you’ll receive 100% refund within 24 hours of your booking. You will receive 50% refund if you cancel until 30 days before check-in. You will not receive a refund If you cancel within 30 days of check-in.
For Airbnb bookings, please see our cancellation policy on our listings on Airbnb. 

We want to make sure you feel right at home. In the kitchen, we provide the following…
  • Silverware
  • Cooking tools and utensils
  • Dishes
  • Wine glasses, drinking glasses/cups, and mugs
  • Colander/Strainer
  • Pots & pans
  • Electric griddle
  • Blender
  • Slow cooker (at Birch Cottage and Blue Spruce Cottage)
  • Serving dishes & salad bowls
  • Stove and oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster Oven (at Birch Cottage and Cedar Cabin)
  • Toaster (at Blue Spruce Cottage)
  • Refrigerator/freezer
  • Mini beverage refrigerator (at Cedar Cabin and Blue Spruce Cottage)
  • Electric water kettle
  • Drip coffee maker and coffee grinder
  • French Press (at Birch Cottage)
  • Pantry basics including coffee, cooking oil, salt and pepper
  • Sponges, dish scrub brush and dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Public Goods all-natural hand soap
  • Washcloths and hand towels/dish towels

We take care of all the extras so you can focus on planning and enjoying your trip. At Water Camp, we provide the following bathroom items…
  • Toilet paper
  • Bath towels, hand towels and washcloths
  • Public Goods all-natural shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hand soap
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry Detergent
  • “Forgot Something” extras including toothpaste, tooth brushes, makeup remover pads, razors, deodorant, hair ties and feminine products

Packing for kids is no joke! We try to lighten the load by stocking each property with the following items…
  • Pack-n-Play with the standard mattress
  • High chair (booster seat with tray, attaches to dining chair)
  • Kids’ dishes, silverware & cups

Each of our cabins is equipped with…
  • Bluetooth sound system
  • Books, games, and puzzles
  • High-speed wifi
  • Gas grill (including propane)
  • Private deck with outdoor lounge area with dining set and propane fire table (available mid-April through mid-October)
  • Large smart TV with complimentary Apple TV and cable TV
  • Paddleboards and kayaks
  • Yard games
  • Beach chairs
  • Sand toys
  • Beach towels
In addition, you’ll have access to the beautiful grounds of our community (shared by all 9 cabins) including the large grassy area, beach volleyball court, swing set, community deck overlooking the water, sandy beach area with sloped entry to the protected swimming cove, and the swim dock (typically in the water mid-May through mid-October).

No. We do not allow pets at our properties, sorry.

Yes. The registered guest (booking guest) must be at least 25 years of age. This guest assumes all responsibility and sole liability for any loss, injury or accident suffered by all guests in your party while on the premises and for any damage or injury caused to the property or other persons.

Yes, our cabins are great for small, private celebrations. We kindly ask that you pay attention to a a few important conditions if you’d like to host a private event:
  • All guests must be listed in the reservation and fall within the maximum occupancy of the cabin: the registered guest assumes sole responsibility for any damage caused to the property.
  • During your stay, please be respectful of the property and tidy up prior to your departure: additional cleaning required will be charged at $50/hr.
  • Be mindful of outdoor noise, especially during the quiet hours of 10PM to 8AM. The reservation is subject to immediate and non-refundable cancellation if guests become disruptive, unruly, or there are unregistered guests on the property.

This is the best part! You will find a wide array of fun activities in our area all year round! Enjoy swimming, boating, kayaking and paddling on the entire Chain of Lakes including the renowned Torch Lake, skiing and snowboarding at Shanty Creek or Boyne Mountain, fat tire biking and hiking at Glacial Hills Pathway, visiting wineries and nearby towns with great shopping, dining and entertainment. There are a variety of festivals and events throughout the year in Traverse City, Charlevoix, Bellaire, Elk Rapids, and our very own Alden. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more travel inspiration and details about local happenings. 

Water Camp loves hosting guests of all ages. With that said, our cabins and our property are not fully “child-proof.” Make sure young children remain under direct supervision of an adult during their stay, especially outside. Please note that our property has the following features:
  • Open fire pit and fire-tables
  • Easily accessible lake access and dock
  • Swimming area with no lifeguard on duty
  • Swing set

We ask that guests do not use the community wood-burning fire pit down by the water on the South side of the property as it is for owners only. With that said, if an owner starts a fire in the fire pit, you are free to join and enjoy sitting around it. The owner must be responsible for the fire. Each of our cabins has a propane fire table on the deck which guests are of course welcome to enjoy at their leisure. 

All 3 of our properties are zero-entry (no steps from the exterior to any interior areas of the cabin), but do not follow all ADA modifications in terms of hallway and doorway width, showers and toilets, bathroom turning radius, grab bars, accessible sinks, placement of electrical outlets, automatically opening doors, etc. For this reason, our cabins would not be suitable for someone who relies exclusively on a wheelchair and requires these features.
Don’t hesitate to contact us directly at to discuss your specific needs. We’d be more than happy to do what we can to enhance the comfort of your stay.

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