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Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish

Great for large groups! 40 acres on the Rapid River! Hot tub, wifi, cable!

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, sleeps 18+, 5450 sq. ft.+ 40 private acres

SLEEPS: 20-22






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

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.

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.

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Freshwater Vacation Rentals (Property Manager)
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

• Established in 2005

• 734-284-5677



If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes. If you feel like a social vacation where you have neighbors to enjoy the evening fires together, to remote places where you won't see another soul, give us a call and we'll find the right place for you.

Our philosophy

We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 10 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Well it was a year in planning, but our time at the Lodge was so AWESOME, I live near the lodge, but my family from downstate was blown away!! Everyone enjoyed themselves, we had enough room and would like to book it again next year.
Dec 2013
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Great for large groups! 40 acres on the Rapid River! Hot tub, wifi, cable!
average rating of 4.769231 based on 16 reviews
Pleasant Ridge, MI, USA

Escape Life

  • 5 of 5

My family has enjoyed this wonderful lodge two times now and will continue to return. Eight adults and seven children, two of them infants, managed to survive a week and have a blast! It is an amazing place away from the hectic city life we call normal.

The noise of the river lulls you to sleep and the light show in the midnight sky is amazing. The great kitchen allows for some wonderful meals, should you feel inspired, and the master suite that overlooks the river offers maximum relaxation and romance. There is plenty of room to roam and stretch out. Enjoy bonfires, a read by on the deck, fishing, a kayak ride down the river, cocktails during sunset, volleyball in the side lot- I could go on and on! A truly wonderful place for a family reunion or "big chill" weekend!

The owner was great to deal with and very helpful,the house manager, was equally as nice and helpful when it came to issues such as hot tub maintenance.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
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Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay at the lodge, first was 6 years ago. Our daughter& son-in-law, their neighbors and her parents decided to to vacation at the lodge so we went along. Everybody was able to return this year including 2 more children. Such a peaceful and relaxing place! Weather was awesome and everyone enjoyed the whole experience. Will come again, may make this a yearly experience! We hated leaving yesterday!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

The Lodge was the Perfect place for our Family Reunion! Location was close enough for a visit to Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls, Palms Book, and even a day trip to Mackinac Island! The rapids that run behind the Lodge were a great place to wade, cool your feet, and enjoy the sound of flowing water. Plenty of space for 20 of us. Everything we needed to cook, for the most part, was already in the kitchen. The only suggestion we had was that a Larger OCCUPIED sign might help as we had a few people walk into the lodge while we were there. They were inquiring about it. Not a big deal unless my daughter was breastfeeding or we were in our pajamas 😜. We would come back again and recommend it to others! Next time we will skip purchasing the firewood as the mosquitoes could have carried us away at night, so we weren't able to use hardly any of it. Thank You for your hospitality! Had a great time with Family and exploring the beautiful U.P. !!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Michigan and Minnesota Scouting Friends Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Second year at the Lodge. We enjoyed knowing the space and what the Lodge had to offer this year. The new roof was a great improvement. The Lodge seemed cleaner this year.We love the space where everyone can do their own things. The two decks were great and the hot tub very nice this year. We even raced rubber ducks in the river. It would have been nice to have a firewood supply handy; we scavenged for wood for a couple evening campfires. Love the kitchen and dining space so the 15 of us could sit down to meals together. Close enough to both Lake Michigan and Lake Superior for different day trips.Over all, a fantastic week!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Mt. Pleasant, MI

Winter Party Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This is our third time renting the lodge, and it has been absolutely amazing for all three occasions! First was our wedding in January 2010, then our (slightly delayed :) reception lodging for out-of-town guests in July 2012, and finally in February 2013, we organized and recruited a group of about 20 friends from work, high school, college, etc and had ourselves a winter getaway at the Lodge. It could not have been more wonderful - everyone chipped in for food and their portion of the extremely reasonably-priced winter weekend rate, and we had a great time!

It just so happened that the US Forest Service, Brampton Bike & Ski, and Entrees Etc, were camped out next door at the Rapid River Ski Trail hosting a Winter Trails Day event complete with FREE ski and snowshoe rentals, free soup, cookies, hot cocoa, and cider! Talk about great timing - we were able to outfit our whole group in snowshoes and skis for a Saturday adventure out on the trails!

The Lodge was glorious, as usual. Cara and her staff did a wonderful job being flexible with our arrival and departure times, and the place was warm and cozy when I arrived on Friday afternoon. The caretakers were always available by phone for any questions. The Lodge is just wonderful because of the ability to be spread out in the big "great room" with a group as large as ours, but still being able to have privacy in the separate bedrooms and out in the hot tub on the deck! We played games, and even rigged up a pinata! Sitting out by the river on a crisp winter evening under the stars was unforgettable!

Thanks again to Cara and everyone for making our stay so wonderful! I had several requests to make this an annual event - what a great way to beat the mid-winter blues and catch some fun in between the Holidays and spring break! Great place - everyone is still raving about how beautiful it is at the Lodge and what a great time they had.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
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Wonderful vacation home!!

  • 5 of 5

When we saw this lodge online, we knew we had to stay here. It was big enough for the ten of us, and the pictures looked nice. I emailed Cara and made a huge request of her before we booked it. Due to some medical issues, my father has to sleep in a recliner, and I did not see one in the pictures of the lodge. She did not hesitate to assure me that she would have one in there for him. When we got to the lodge, we could not believe how beautiful everything was! The pictures online do not do it justice. There was a recliner for my father, just as Cara had promised. On the kitchen table, there was a note along with a net and four bug containers for my kids! It was such a nice personal touch!! We spent the entire first day catching crawdads in the river. My kids used their containers to get a good look at their catch! The back deck is huge, and we loved sitting there listening to the river! There was so much to do at the lodge that we really didn't need to leave! We could not have asked for a more perfect vacation! This lodge was more than we could have ever imagined! The owners went above and beyond to make us comfortable in their home. We greatly appreciate what they did for us, and we will definitely stay here again!! My family highly recommends this lodge! Thanks again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Rapid River
Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Marquette (MQT- 35 miles) or Escanaba (ESC)
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Swallow Inn Pub
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Mackinac Island- Star Line, Sheplers or Arnold
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Gladstone Golf Club + 6 others within 20 miles
Nearest Train
240 Miles
Milwaukee, WI
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
U.S. 41 (less than 1 mile) and Hwy.2
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Jacks Restaurant
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Car: necessary

The Rapid River Lodge is located within the Hiawatha National Forest, 6 miles North of Little Bay de Noc Highway 2 and 1/2 mile off of U.S. 41. The Lodge is located 6 miles North of the town of Rapid River where you can find your basic supplies. Gladstone is 24 miles West along Highway 2, and Escanaba 33 miles. 50 miles North of the Lodge is the city of Marquette. From the East, you'll pass through Manistique, just 46 miles from the Lodge. The Lodge is sandwiched between 3 sides of Federal land and The Rapid River Falls Park which makes it a perfect place for privacy and hunting. The small, yet soothing waterfalls make this park a very peaceful place. The Rapid River National Cross Country Ski Trails adjoin the property on the South end with trails 1-10 miles long. The Lodge encompasses 40 acres of private hunting, fishing (brook trout) snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking or walking trails, plus 1/4 mile private (both banks of the river) front.

Other Activities: cross-country skiing, charter fishing trips, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, snowshoeing, walking trails

Golf: Sweetgrass Golfing is a truly dramatic experience. The name sweetgrass refers to an aromatic herb, a sacred plant used in Indian peace and healing rituals that is found along the course. The course includes sand bunkers, water hazards and historical bridges. Beautifully crafted rockwork and cedar log creations throughout the course

Ski: Marquette Mountain, about 40 miles North of the Lodge


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Upper Peninsula Michigan Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic ...
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area ...
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Between Bedroom 1 & 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Adjoining bathroom suite. Can be locked on either side so
    Between Bedrooms 3 & 4 - toilet , shower , Adjoining bathroom suite consisting of a toilet and shower.
    Outside of Bedroom 1, in the hallway-- often this is - toilet , combination tub/shower , Extra deep tub
    Master, Private bath - toilet , tub , shower , From the bedroom, you first enter a changing area where
  • *Bedrooms 4-5 share a bathroom, yet bedroom #5 has an additional private sink/mirror. *The Master Bathroom has a separate toilet plus 2 person tub/changing area, both adjoining the bedroom. *Each of the bathrooms has hand-crafted vanity from local wood craftsmen.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Closest to the main entry with an adjoining bathroom. Can be - 1 queen , A window air conditioning units is housed here in the summer
    Adjoining bathroom with Bedroom 1. Can be converted to a - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 3 beds total: twin bunk beds and 1 full size bed
    Adjoining bathroom (toilet/shower) with Bedroom 4, though - 1 twin/ single , 3 sets of bunks + 1 twin pull-out trundle. Also,where a
    Adjoining bathroom (toilet/shower) with Bedroom 3, though - 1 king , 1 double , Partial riverside view with the only bedroom TV at the
    Master Bedroom with a private tub/changing room + a separate - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Full riverside view
  • * 2 air conditioners to help cool 4 of the bedrooms, as needed. *There is plenty of room for extra sleeping in the great room. Make it a slumber party with your sleeping bags! *The Master Bedroom has a wood-burning stove in the sitting area with 2 high-back chairs to keep you extra-cozy as you gaze onto the river front. *2nd Master bedroom with mounted flat-screenTV and Dish Network with 200 Dish Network *Both master bedrooms have river views. *Child pack and play+ high chair available for easy use. *Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with in order to make your group comfortable. We would be happy to help accommodate your group's needs, in any way we are able (2 extra inflatable mattresses + pull out couch (double bed) in living room available)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests ...
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • skiing ...
*In order to use the hot tub, someone in your group must be comfortable adjusting the chemicals every time it is used. Hot tub is not for kids. *kitchen= staples+cookware. *Cuisinart ice cream maker *72 'HDTV w/ 200 Dish Network] *High chair, playpen, bounce seat /8additional wood-burning stove is next to the door-wall, in the grand sitting area. *Outdoor seating: Picnic table. *Large outdoor fire pit looking at the river *Guided fishing (ice or boat) and canoeing on inland lakes and streams can be arranged. *Guided hunting tours for bird, bear and deer available. *Shopping for essentials-10 minutes away. *Artisan well -continuous, natural flowing water. *Playground at park, within easy view of Lodge deck. Great for families! *2 decks, both with views of the river. 2 decks - 1 used as a bandstand. It is off of the kitchen and houses the grill and picnic table. Deck #2 is 80 feet long and only 20 feet from the river front. 5 door-walls total *Weddings & Events: 60 max

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