Rapid City Lodge Rental Photos and Description
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, Sleeps 9
Sitting on 2.5 acres and 100 ft of frontage on Rapid River this large log home is within paddling distance to the famous Torch Lake sandbar. You get the best of both worlds with this property. You can feel like you are a million miles away from everything yet still being so close. We are at a point in the river where no more motorized vehicles can pass so it is quiet and peaceful but just around the corner is the sandbar where you can anchor for the day, grab a burger at the Burger Barge or even order a pizza to be delivered to your boat from Fabianos.
The Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed is a seventy-five mile-long waterway consisting of fourteen lakes and connecting rivers including what National Geographic ranked the third most beautiful lake in the world: Torch Lake. We are also near many snowmobile and ORV trail heads as well as a short drive to several ski resorts. If shopping, restaurants, golf, wineries and breweries are what you desire we are just a 20-minute drive into Traverse City. There are beautiful hiking and snowshoeing trails out the back door or just minutes away in the National Forest, Skegemog or Grass River Natural Areas or Sand Lakes Quiet Area.
The name “Torch Lake” was derived from translation from the Ojibwa name Was-wa-gon-ong meaning 'Place of the Torches', referring to the practice of the local Native American population who once used torches at night to attract fish for harvesting. We felt it was fitting to name our home “Noopiming” which is Ojibwa for “in the woods”.
Noopiming is large and open. Upstairs there is a large master with stained glass windows, skylights, king size bed and an en suite full bathroom with jet tub. Outside of the master is a large loft with a second living area and a queen size bed. On the main level, adjacent to the 2nd full bath, is a bedroom room with a full size bed. One more bedroom rests at the foot of the stairs with a bunk bed (full on the bottom and twin on top). All bedrooms have dressers, closets with hangers and ceiling fans. We provide all bedding, pillows, bath towels, kitchen towels and beach towels.
The full size kitchen is equipped with anything you would need during your stay. The downstairs living room has a 40” TV with blu-ray player and WiFi. We have a library of DVD’s for you to use as well as books and games.
Outside is very private. We have a large screened in porch and above that, just across the catwalk above the kitchen, is a large deck that gets sun in the afternoon. A short walk past the fire pit brings you to the dock on the river. The water is clear and the sand is firm and white. As I mentioned before, no motorized boats can pass our home. The river gets shallow and there is a sand bar down the middle. That’s right, we have our own sand bar! If you look down the river you will see our neighbors sitting in the middle of the river with his or her lounge chairs. It’s perfect! Fishermen can paddle up stream and not be bothered and when the trout are running (in the spring/fall) you can almost grab them with your hands as they swim by the dock.
Please feel free to ask us any questions. It is always a bummer to show up for a well-earned vacation and feel like what you are renting is not what you saw in pictures.
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair accessible
My husband and I are both Michiganders who love to travel the world and feel blessed to come home to such a beautiful place.
Chelsea purchased this lodge in 2013
Why Chelsea chose Rapid City
I grew up spending my summers at my grandparents cabin on Lake Skegemog. Though it is my favorite place in the world it is not very accessible to someone in a wheelchair. Our search for this home began with trying to find a rental for ourselves. Trying to find an accessible cabin let alone find one without steps or barriers to the waterfront was a challenge. While we cannot yet claim that this home is ADA compliant, that is our goal. The main floor including the bathroom, both bedrooms, and doorways/hallways are accessible to someone in a wheelchair and there is a ramp in the garage for easy access in and out of the house.
What makes this lodge unique
We were sold the minute we saw the house. The location and the amount of privacy on the waterfront is a rare find. It is so peaceful and private and you can feel like your miles away from everything but in reality we are just a mile away the famous Torch Lake sandbar where there's always a party! If you would rather explore, you have 75 miles of water to do so. The house itself is open, spacious and very clean. It is also stocked with books, games, outdoor toys and furniture. All you need is your suitcase.