Otter Lake is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan between Baraga and Chassell. It is approximately 30 miles south of the cities of Houghton and Hancock, yet completely out in the woods. (Map)
Filpus Log Cabins are located on 25 private wooded acres bordering Otter Lake. Both of the cabins have remodeled interiors with all the conveniences of a small home, such as cooking facilities, linens, color Satellite TV, VCR, microwave, picnic table and a barbecue grill. Each cabin has its own private dock with a 14 foot aluminum boat. Outboard motors are available for rent.
Filpus Log Cabins are Open Year Round.
Cabin #1 is a round log Scandinavian style cabin that was Harold's original boyhood home. It has two bedrooms, one with a queen size bed and the other with a bunk bed and a single bed There are additional single beds upstairs. There is a separate building with a sauna that can also be used by cabin #2 guests.
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Cabin #2 (below) is a 100 year old hand-hewn log home built by Harold's grandfather. The interior logs have been sandblasted. New interior partition walls have been added and cabinets built with pine paneling.
The cabin has two bedrooms upstairs, one with a queen size bed and the other with a double bed and bunk beds.
There is a swimming beach at cabin #2 that is
Both cabins are fully modernized and have gas and wood stoves for heat. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the Northern way of heating a home. Plenty of wood supplied.
Previous guests have admired the craftsmanship of the cabins and the quiet secluded atmosphere.
The area has a lot of historical interests with copper mining and lumbering that occurred over 100 years ago. Canyon Falls, Sturgeon River Gorge and Falls, the Porcupine Mountains and Copper Harbor are some of the many areas that offer miles of scenic hiking. Later September and early October is the best time to take in the brilliant fall colors at their peak.
There is easy access for snowmobiles from the cabins to the Bill Nicholls and Baraga-Chassell trails. The Baraga-Chassell trail is 5 miles from the cabins and the Bill Nicholls trail is 12 miles from the cabins. The ride to the Nicholls trail is mostly along an abandoned railroad grade that is a pleasant ride through a wooded area. Snowmobile rentals nearby.
Otter Lake is 3 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and 30 feet deep. The lake has northern pike, walleye, small and large mouth bass, crappie and perch. Spring and fall is the ideal time for walleye fishing. The majority of the lake is surrounded by wetlands, woods and steep hills preventing developments that most lakes have. In the Otter River Watershed there are numerous rivers and streams with rainbow and brook trout.
The 8 pound 2 ounce walleye pictured below was caught in October 2016 so start planning your fishing trip now. .
The area has a lot of state land and large corporate land holdings that are available for hunting. These large tracts of land have miles of old logging roads for ruffed grouse and deer hunting. The lake and surrounding Sturgeon River wetlands are ideal for duck and goose hunting.
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Photos: Sheldon Minsky