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Lodge with private 420 acre forest preserve, 6 miles of trails

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, sleeps 10-12 adults

3000 Sf Modern (built 2000) Northwoods lodge on a private 5 acre lake,(150' sand beach added in 08) in the middle of very private, geologically unique, gated 420 acre wooded preserve with 6+ miles of private trails. 3 of WI 4 Wild Rivers (Pine, Popple, Peshtigo) as well as several lakes within 20 minute drive. Lakes Michigan and Superior within 75 minutes. Use restaurants and amenities in nearby Iron Mountain, MI, Visit several casinos within 1 hour or close the gate and experience uninterrupted serenity. Perfect retreat for 2 families. Paradise for paddlers, grouse hunters, XC skiers, fly-fishing, hikers, writers, photographers and artists. Resident deer, bear, bobcat, eagle populations. Caretaker (licensed guide) lives just outside the gate.

Hunting and Fishing/Photography: Guides can be arranged for hunting and fishing. Consult WI DNR website for license and season info. Guide can be arranged for unique photo opportunities... many waterfalls nearby.

Catered Meals: Nearby Private Club can arrange for excellent meals for 4 -20.

Equipment: We can suggest rentals for sports equipment.

More Details

Rick Price
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017

About Rick Price

Originally from Ohio, we raised our family in Naperville/Chicago IL and here in this forest/nature preserve . We feel strongly that you learn best about people/diversity/cultures in the major urban areas of the World. We feel just as strongly that you learn the most about yourself when you are exposed to the natural world.

Rick Price purchased this lodge in 1985

Why Rick Price chose Northern Wisconsin

Where else can you rent 420 acres with a lodge and lake for your private use.

What makes this lodge unique

Total privacy


Florence Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Private Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 5 twin/ single
  • Bunk room has 2 bunks that are single size and a 3rd bunk that is full below with a twin above. There is 1 twin sofa bed and 1 queen sofa bed in the family rooms.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Pet friendly with modest extra cleaning charge. No Smoking.


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Lodge with private 420 acre forest preserve, 6 miles of trails
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Great Family Times at Sleeping Bear Lodge

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend at Sleeping Bear Lodge in early March to enjoy the Snowboarding and Skiing at nearby Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain. My three kids loved the cabin and the pool table made for some competitive family fun. The view from the windows are fantastic and the seclusion is second to none.

We will be Back!!

Thanks Rick!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your winter weekend! We would love to have you back in the summer or fall when your kids can enjoy trout fishing in the lake, hiking, and bear watching. BTW The golf course at Pine Mountain is a 5 star course. Thanks for the review!
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Beautiful house and property

  • 5 of 5

Everyone had a great time. Perfect place for our family vacation

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best, largest, and cleanest Cabin / Lodge in northern Wisconsin

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th time here to SBL (Sleeping Bear Lodge). If you want a vacation with peace and nature then this is your destination. Your are on 400+ acres of private land with miles of well manicured trails for ATV or Snowmobiling and even hiking. 2 shooting ranges, one for long guns and one for handguns. A private lake with jon boat, 2 person kayak, canoe, and a paddle boat!

Fishing on the lake is amazing! We caught 9 rainbow trout , 3 perch, and countless large pan fish. Woke up to turkeys out in the open area (hint, if you have a wireless speaker go to youtube and find turkey call video and play it loud off of the deck and we kept the turkey around for awhile to watch them).

The house/cabin/lodge what ever you want to call it is very large and not at all your typical rental property. It is stocked with most everything you need and is clean like your own home. No bugs, no dust, just clean and perfect! Our family has rented well over 20+ homes across the country and we dont even look for another one in Wisconsin when coming here.

Rick the owner is super easy to work with and always accommodating. Joe and Rachel the caretakers of the property and home are also the best people to have if you need them for anything. Joe meets you when you arrive and gives you the full info on the property and knowledge of the area and wildlife. Then you wont see him or anyone again until you leave. But they are only right on the main road if you need them for anything.

Overall your dealing with good people here and not some management company. Beautiful clean home and the most amazing views and serenity you can ask for.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peoria, IL

Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Sleeping Bear Lodge far exceeded all expectations. While snowmobiling in Eagle River and snow tubing at Ski Brule were highlights, we enjoyed snowshoeing and relaxing around the property the most. We also enjoyed conversing with Joe, who takes care of the property and made sure we had everything we needed for the perfect vacation. As part native American, we found his knowledge and respect for the land and wildlife very interesting. We have rented many homes and villas over the years, but found this property's amenities, serenity, privacy, and overall beauty the best. Thank you Rick and Joe for a very memorable vacation, we will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peoria, IL

Winter Wonderland!

  • 5 of 5

We just enjoyed an amazing week at Sleeping Bear Lodge. The pictures do not come close in capturing the overall beauty of this property. While snowmobiling in Eagle River and the new year's eve festivities at Ski Brule were highlights, we enjoyed snowshoeing and relaxing at the property the most. We also enjoyed conversing with Joe, who takes care of the property and makes sure you have everything you need for the perfect vacation. As part native American, we found his knowledge and respect for the land and wildlife in the area very interesting. Over the years, we have rented many homes and villas, but found this property's amenities, serenity, and privacy the best. We found Sleeping Bear Lodge offering the perfect combination of fun outdoor activities and relaxing by the fire while reading a book or playing cards. Thank you Rick(owner) and Joe for a very memorable vacation. We will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Florence, KY

I finally found the perfect rental property. Sleeping Bear Lodge!

  • 5 of 5

I pride myself on finding the finest rentals and Sleeping Bear Lodge is hands down the best of the best. The cabin is stocked with every amenity you could hope for from the ultra-comfy beds to heater fans in the bathrooms. There's even a bidet in the master bath. (no kids, that's not a fountain or an eyewash station!) The kitchen has everything you need. Plenty of books and games and entertainment options if you need a break from the natural Eden just outside your door. Being small business owners, we appreciated the Wi-Fi when we needed to keep in touch with the office. The property is a true nature lover's paradise, and very, very private. Our dog loved running on the sand beach and watching the deer that visited the far side of the private lake every day like clockwork. He also took adantage of the posh dog bed in the lower level while we watched DVDs on the large flat screen with surround sound. Gas grill or charcoal? How about both! (bring your own charcoal but propane is provided) We spent hours on the upper level deck enjoying the fresh air and the view of the lake as well as star gazing at night. There is also a fire pit by the beach and plenty of cut wood for burning. There is great hiking and paddling in the area. If you are a hunter, ATV rider or snow mobiler, this is the place for you. 6 miles of trails on the property and many more miles of trails in the immediate area. If you are a golfer, there are several nice courses within 45 minutes of the cabin. Plenty of restaurants and retail within 15 minutes in Iron Mountain, MI.

Joe the caretaker is wonderful man who makes you feel like a friend from the get go. He and his family live just outside the property and can be there in a snap if you need them, yet they give you all of the privacy you desire.

Many thanks to the owners for sharing such a special place and for being dog-friendly. We will certainly return.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! As frequent travelers/renters, we try to provide the type of experience we appreciate. PS Joe is a friend and loves the place as much as we do!
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Car: necessary

In the heart of unspoiled forest in Florence County,WI on the border of MI U.P. / Equidistant from Lake Michigan's Big Bay Du Noc and Lake Superior's Keeweenaw. / Services and airport close by in Iron Mountain, MI. / Famous Pine Mountain Ski Jump 20 minutes from Lodge./ Many lakes, rivers and streams nearby. / Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, xc and snowmobiling in the immediate area. / Nearby Menomimee River is rated in top 10 US small mouth fisheries./ A paradise for both sports and solitude. / Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison camped here annually.

Other Activities: Groomed XC skiing/Snowmobiling trails


Rates & Availability

Florence Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sumnmer Peak
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Pet Fee $40

ADD $50 per person per night for Adults in excess of 4 per stay. ADD $10 per person to the base cleaning fee for all persons over the count of 4, including children.
Certain Holidays and Hunting Seasons subject to premium rates.
Well-behaved pets are welcome with permission Add $40 to cleaning fee for 1 pet; + $20 for each extra pet
Check-ins are at 4PM... check-outs are at 8

I hold reservations for 7-10 days with an email confirmation pending receipt of a check for the deposit. Deposits are 50% of the total quote, payable by check to Sleeping Bear Lodge and mailed to 1212 S. Naper Blvd., Suite 119-317, Naperville, IL 60540. The balance is payable 30 days prior to check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.