Located within the Hiawatha National Forest. Connect with nature, relax, and have fun at this historic lodge, known to locals as the Old Dutch Mill. All under one roof, yet your own personal space. With the open floor plan, there is plenty of space to meet your group's needs. A fabulous place for a family reunion, group of friends, corporate event, a retreat, or a wedding. Rejuvenate and reconnect. A comfortable place where 18 people can gather around a single hand-crafted table or spread out in small groups around 6+ small gathering areas. Children have plenty of room to play. Listen to waterfalls along the 80' deck. Rustic Decor. High ceilings. Large, open kitchen, plus 2 bar and deck areas. A gorgeous natural wood-burning field stone fireplace warms the sitting area. 2 wood-burning stoves. Brand new 73' TV!. Simple bumper pool + foosball. Master bedroom overlooks the Rapid River and has a private deck entrance. Large outdoor fire pit along 1/4 mile of secluded river front
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Activities near the lodge: Canoeing, tubing along the river, fishing and swimming are all fun activities.
Bike trails: Rapid River Trails (13 miles of trails, just outside the Lodge)
Chip-In's Island Resort Casino: W399 US Highway 2 and 41, Harris, MI (approx. 40 miles)
Kewadin Casino in Manistique off of Hwy 2 (approx. 40 miles East)
Island Casino in Bark River off of Hwy. 2 (approx. 30 miles West)
Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises: 50 minutes (approx. 40 miles) (Munising)
Dog sledding through the Hiawatha National Forest: 1 hour (Wetmore)
Snowmobiling: Enjoy 25,000 miles of trails within the Upper Peninsula, starting from outside the Lodge door!
Upper Taquamenen Falls: 2 1/2 hours (Paradise and Newberry)
Weddings, Groups of 20+, Local Events, Retreats!: SMALL weddings: 60 people or less. We can no longer make exceptions to this in consideration of your comfort, and that of your guests, plus the impact on the Lodge. The Lodge is a home, not a hall. Minimum 1 week Summer booking, 2 nights/3 days bookings during the Spring, Fall and Winter, unless I can attach your stay to an already existing booking.. We provide 10 tables + the head table with 20-30 chairs. You are responsible for your own organizing, cleaning, catering, add. supplies, parking organization. Parking for 10-15 cars at Lodge. Call for details.
We provide supplies (towels, dishware, linens and toilet paper) for groups of 20 or less. 20-60 people? Please bring extra supplies as needed.
January: Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, winter fun!
February: Ternary Outhouse Races, snowmobiling and more winter fun
April 15-May 15: Apply for your Bear Hunting License; scrapbookers and quilters enjoy your retreats!
Mid-April-May: Turkey Hunting.
Last Saturday in April: Trout season begins (although parts of the Rapid River are open year 'round).
May: Mushroom picking.
June Balloons on the Bay.
July: Summer fun with family- relaxing and enjoying the time together.
August: Upper Peninsula State Fair
September 10 - End of October: Bear Hunting. Outfitter trips.
September 15: Grouse and small game hunting.
October 1-December: Bow-Hunting for Deer.
November 15-November 30: Gun Hunting for deer, Thanksgiving
December: Holiday celebrations
Rapid River + Driving Time + bugs: The Rapid River is a shallow, rocky river which meanders in front of the Lodge, next to the waterfalls. It is a great spot for trout fishing in the Spring. The river connects to Little Bay de Noc/ Lake Michigan, approximately 5 miles downstream. The river fluctuates between 6 inches and 3 feet, depending on the weather. The Lodge is located approximately: *6 hours from Chicago. *7 hours from Detroit. *2 1/2 hours from Mackinac Bridge. *1 3/4 hours from Wisconsin border. *Be careful when using Map-quest. Map-quest takes you to 15th Rd., not S.15 Rd, where the Lodge is located, 6 miles North of Highway 2, 1/2 miles West of U.S. 41, heading North, toward Marquette.
As much as I wish I could control the bugs, as in any normal cabin experience, there are mosquitoes, ticks, and spiders. We do our best to keep the Lodge as safe as possible. If you take your dog for a walk in the woods, you need to thoroughly check your dog for ticks before you bring her/her back into the lodge.