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Welcome to Diamond Lake,
an all-sports lake in the Manistee National Forest: Where the water is spring-fed and crystal clear.  It is the perfect location to get away!  Immerse yourself in the history and tranquility of simpler times while still having access to modern amenities. If you are looking for a place to connect with nature and with those you love, come on over. The swimming, fishing, star-gazing and water sports are exceptional and the hot tub is ready for relaxing.

The Blue Heron Retreat has four rental units that all boast of their lake views, The Blue Heron Suite, Fisherman’s Cove, and Sunrise Suite are all attached to the main lodging. The Eagles Nest is a separate cabin overlooking the water. We have a number of amenities and common spaces on our property that are available for all guests including kayaks, paddle boat, hot tubs, fire pit, and our new Grotto. We also have pontoons for rent during the peak season.
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All rentals include personal patio, deck and/or courtyard spaces and shared access with guests to over 200 feet of beach front, kayaks, hot tubs, and fire pit.

Exploring The Lake


Whether your idea of a vacation at Blue Heron Retreat is alone-time spent in a Kayak (included), or a Pontoon Boat full of family (for rent), we have you covered!



"We had the pleasure of recently staying in the historic Blue Heron Suite.  The Amish Log furniture adds to the cozy atmosphere and the morning view over the lake is absolutely breath-taking!  We spent the afternoon hiking the nearby trail system and I'm looking forward to returning during the summer for kayaking the lake.  If you're looking for a charming nature lover's paradise, this is for you."    ~Susan G. (Cadillac, MI)

"Thanks, Christine! We enjoyed our stay!"   ~John W., bow hunter (Grand Rapids, MI)

"It was so wonderful meeting you! Thank you for welcoming us.  We had an amazing time and can't wait to come back!  And, thank you again for the birthday donuts!  Meant more to me than I can express."  ~Jessica K. (Chicago, IL)

"I stayed in the Eagle’s Nest and it was the perfect spot for me and three of my friends. There was plenty of room in the cabin and it was super cozy with incredible views of Diamond Lake. Each morning I would wake up to the sunrise and enjoy my coffee out on the deck, taking in the tranquil sounds of the birds chirping around me. The calm vibe helped me unwind and completely relax- something I have a hard time doing. We also did some exploring at the nearby North Country Trail that was within 5 minutes of the cabin. It was a beautiful fall day and the colors were stunning. The hostess, Christine was super friendly and accommodating. If you’re looking for a unique spot to get away and really unplug and decompress, check out The Blue Heron Retreat. You’ll be so happy you did!" ~Kami K. (Holland, MI)

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