About the Cabin
We’re delighted that you’ve chosen AshKay Island for your getaway. On behalf of our family, we extend a warm welcome. We’re sure your stay with us will be comfortable and enjoyable. AshKay Island offers you and your family many wonderful adventures that will create a lifetime of memories.
This is the time to relax and unwind! We hope you’ll put away the cell phones, laptop, and iPad. Cuddle up by the fire with a good book, wet a line in the lake, take a nap in the hammock, or spend quality time with your family playing a game of cornhole. You’ll reconnect with your friends and family and for a few days you’ll forget about the stress of daily life.
The island itself has many activities and the local area has many great attractions including restaurants, antique shops, wineries and parks. You’re a very short distance from Michigan International Speedway and at the very edge of the Irish Hills. We’ve listed a few of our favorite local attractions and restaurants in case you get the urge to venture out.
AshKay Island is truly a beautiful place to recharge your batteries and we know you’ll have an enjoyable, relaxing stay.
The Bobo Family,
Andy, Nikki, Ashley, and Kayley
An up-north getaway without the long drive.
The cabin project was started in August, 2013 after we purchased the island and surrounding 64 acres. The land surrounding the cabin was cleared to install the septic system and allow enough sunlight for the solar panels that power the cabin.
In April 2014 we broke ground on the cabin. The cabin is supported by 38 posts that sit on cement footings in the sand. The post and beam construction utilizes Douglas fir from Utah. The siding is board and baton rough cut cedar. The roof is standing seam steel. All materials used to build the cabin and all equipment needed to be transported by barge to the island. The barge was purchased from an owner located in Georgian Bay, Canada and was outfitted with an outboard motor.
The cabin was designed by a local architect for the exclusive purpose of being a unique family vacation rental. The cabin layout was designed for up to two families, and purposely built slightly small to bring families closer together.
Our cabin is designed to be eco-friendly. It is 100% off the grid. The 30-foot deep driven point well provides clean, clear water at 10 gallons per minute. Electricity to power the well and the entire cabin is created by the solar panel system. There’s a diesel backup generator to charge the 24 2-volt batteries for those times when the weather disrupts solar collection.
The spiral staircase leads to the cabin loft. The loft area sleeping quarters have bunk bed sleeping comfortable for adults or children. The cabin was designed to take advantage of the excellent scenery. The windows are casement style and open awning style either left or right. The two porches and the back deck are inviting to sit and relax or watch the kids play on the beach.
AshKay Island is a place to relax. Adults and children can stay as busy as they want to. Children can explore without venturing too far away from home base since you can’t get off the island without swimming or boating. Whether you're an early riser or a late sleeper, doesn’t matter. Family members who want to get up early and wet a line can do so while late risers sleep in.
AshKay Island has a sandy beach located on the northeastern end of the island. A swim platform is located in the bay directly north of the island. Please make sure that children are supervised at all times on the beach (life jackets recommended).
There are many species of birds on and around AshKay Island. There are several colonies of swans, Canadian geese, wood ducks, mallards, kingfishers, woodpeckers, cardinals, and many other varieties. Eagles and ospreys make appearances on occasion.
Cornhole is a game that uses bags filled with corn and boards with holes, hence the name cornhole. The objects of the game are to get the bag in the hole and knock your opponent's bag off the board.
Dogs are welcome at AshKay Island. The island is separated by water from the shore and is a great place to spend time with your pet. Also, it won't run away as it has nowhere to go.
AshKay Island offers numerous opportunities for amateur and professional photographers. Wildlife, scenery, and people offer plenty of subjects to photograph. The sunsets are phenomenal, and are different every night depending on cloud cover.
Take advantage of the surrounding communities if you would like to explore small-town life. The cabin is located equidistant from several small communities that offer activities of interest. These include the towns of Tipton, Clinton, Manchester Tecumseh, and Brooklyn.
Have you ever tried cooking over an open campfire? There is no better place to give it a try. We have a Dutch oven and cast iron skillet. Pick out your favorite recipe and give it a try. Kids love sitting by the campfire and learning how to perfectly brown marshmallows. Instead of the standard chocolate between the graham crackers, try a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
If relaxing and taking it easy is not for you, why not try improving your survival skills? This may mean learning how to tie a new knot or camping out under the stars in a shelter that you built by hand. Bring your survival packs and test out the water purification, fire starters, and freeze-dried food. Live minimally one day to see how it works and then go back to glamping in the cabin the next. Books are available in the AshKay Island library. For a modest fee, a survival expert may be hired for a day to teach survival skills.
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|Peak Season: June 1 - August 30||7 Nights||N/A||$3,800||$14,000|
|Off Season: August 31 - May 31||3 Nights||$600||$3,100||$11,000|
|Holidays: See Chart||3 Nights||$800||Season Weekly Rates Apply||Season Monthly Rates Apply|
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