|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
RAPID RIVER LODGE
*ON RAPID RIVER, ADJACENT TO SMALL WATERFALLS
*GREAT FOR EXTENDED FAMILY TO BRING RVs OR CAMPERS
*GREAT FOR RETREATS, BUSINESS MEETINGS, SCOUTING, FAMILY REUNIONS & VERY SMALL WEDDINGS (60 people or less)
Cara's favorite point of attraction? Enjoying the hot tub along the river while listening to the soothing water falls. Also, there is nothing like having comfortable room for everyone around the dinner table.
Located on 40 private acres 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. Still, if you are just looking for a large hall and will need to move the furniture out of the great room, then perhaps a standard hall would be your best bet.
The Rapid River Lodge is fabulous place for 18-20 people. A family vacation, group of friends, corporate event, a retreat, anniversary celebration, a place for your out-of-town wedding guests, a place for your bridal party or a VERY small wedding or family reunion (60 people or less) is wonderful. The space is ideal to rejuvenate and reconnect.
This is 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 the Rapid River Falls 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. 1 wood-burning stove. TV/DVD/VCR. Simple bumper pool table, air hockey. Master bedroom overlooks the Rapid River and has a private deck entrance. Large outdoor fire pit along 1/4 mile of secluded river front.
Holiday bookings: All major holidays (Opening Day of Deer Hunting (Gun)- yes, it is officially a U.P. holiday), Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day) require a full week rental rate, with the option of staying up to 7 nights.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
GENERAL RAPID RIVER LODGE FAQs
Business retreats/events: We do have a pull-down screen hidden in one of the beams in the living room (former dance hall). Also, we do have a projector available, which you can use to project images from your computer. Just ask and we'll make sure it is available to you upon arrival.
Cell phone service: Generally, cell phone service stinks at the Lodge. In our experience, Verizon is the best at the Lodge. AT&T is nonexistant. Sprint used to be nonexistant as well, though I have heard it has improved. Hence, we provide a free land line phone with unlimited local and long distance service during your stay.
Future Dates: We will start working on 2017 reservations in September 2016. Guests who have currently reserved the weeks have priority. We try out best to accommodate everyone to the best of our ability. You are welcome to let us know the dates you are interested in, and we'll put you on the list. Thanks for your patience as we work through the many variables. We thank you for your business.
Grocery Stores: The closest convenience store is just 7 miles south of the Lodge, in the gas station on the corner of US 41 and US 2. The closest full-service grocery store is in Escanaba, about 20 minutes southwest of the Lodge. (Elmers, Wal-Mart, Save-A-Lot). The closest Whole Foods-type grocery store is 40 miles North of the Lodge in Marquette. It's called the Marquette Food Co-Op. It's tiny in comparson to a big city Whole Foods, so don't be surprised. Still, you should be able to get the basic, natural foods you'd need.
Pets: Yes, pets are welcome! Still, the Lodge is not an ideal place for dogs. We do not have a fenced yard at the Lodge. There is a road in front of the Lodge (S15 Road) where I've witnessed drivers driving faster than is safe. It is important to me that your pets are safe. Plus, there is a park next to the Lodge. Our dog used to love to meander over to the park as well. It wasn't a relaxing place for me with a pet. Therefore, I can not recommend dogs at the Lodge.
Local Public Pool: Gladstone-about a 15 minute drive
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: is 60.6 miles away and about 1 hour and 22 minutes.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park: is 127 miles away and about 2 hours and 17 minutes.
Mackinac Bridge: is 140 miles away and about 2 hours and 32 minutes.
Weddings: 60 people is the maximum we can allow for a nice experience for everyone. Due to past challenges, we can no longer offer exceptions to this number of people. If the number exceeds 60 people, you will have broken the rental agreement and you will need to leave the property immediately.
The Lodge is NOT an empty hall. Therefore, there is furniture and other pieces which made it comfortable for family gatherings. Yes, back in the day, the Old Dutch Mill was a dance hall similar to VFW halls today. I love the history that the Old Dutch Mill/Rapid River Lodge expresses. Still, with the addition of the 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, it is impossible to offer the same hall experience. It's equivalent to pushing a square peg into a round hole.
INSIDE THE LODGE FAQs
Air Conditioning: The air-conditioning at the Lodge contains 2 window units in 2 of the bedrooms. There is NOT central air-conditioning at the Rapid River Lodge. We do have additional box fans, as well as the 9 ceiling fans for your use.
Beds/Bedrooms/ Sleeping Arrangements: We have 13 beds at the Lodge, and sleep 18-20 people comfortably. There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. A simple bedroom layout graphic is available. Just ask.
Simple linens are provided with each bed: pillow with pillow case, mattress pad, bottom/fitted sheet, top sheet and a blanket and/or comforter. Additional linens and blankets may be found throughout the Lodge.
Bedroom 1: 1 Queen (where a window air conditioning units is housed in the summer)
Bedroom 2: 1 Full + 2 Twins (bunks)
Bedroom 3: 1 Full + 5 Twins (3 sets of bunks + 1 twin pull-out trundle) (where a window air conditioning unit is installed in the summer
Bedroom 4: King + 1 Full (Partial riverside view with the only bedroom TV at the moment)
Bedroom 5: 1 Queen + 1 Full (Full riverside view) + 1 daybed w trundle
There is a full-sized pull-out couch.
Daily Housekeeping Service: We can provide daily housekeeping service (making beds, doing the dishes, basic bathroom wipe-down and floor sweep) for an additional fee of $50-60/day, depending on the distinct needs of your group.
Internet: YES, we have added Internet to the Lodge. Free WI-FI. Yippee! It is wonderful. As good of service as I have here at home. Go Wild Blue! Plus, recently added a 2nd service to cover the back bedrooms.
Coffee Pot: We have a restaurant-style Bunn Coffee maker at the lodge with multiple carafes for your coffee. We have at least 1 additional standard coffee pot as well.
Dishes/Silverware/Cooking/Baking/Glasses: The Lodge is fully equipped for all of your basic needs, and most of your other cooking needs as well. The kitchen prep area is so large that at times it is difficult to find everything. We generally have dishwasher detergent and dish soap for your use. Still, if your family is large and you use all the provided dish soap and need more, the best place to find soap is in Escanaba, about 20 minutes west of the Lodge.
Fryer: We do have an electric fryer at the Lodge. Just let us know if you need to use it. Due to safety concerns, is in our back storage area in the hope that only knowledgeable cooks will use it.
Refrigerators: Yes, we have 2 refrigerators at the Lodge. One is a freezer-less refrigerator, and the other is a standard refrigerator. We do NOT have additional coolers at the Lodge. Please bring your own coolers.
Roaster: We have an electric roaster for your use at the Lodge.
Stove/Oven: We have a standard stove-top with 2 ovens below. One is smaller, more of a pizza-size. The other is standard.
Tables: The beautiful large wooden table seats 18 people with the padded, wooden chairs. We also have the following extras (the exact number may fluctuate a bit) Banquet/Sewing/Scrapbooking Tables 17- 8' x30", 1 table 6'x 36", Standard table height 36"
TV/Cable + DVD/VCR players: Yes, we have basic Dish Network (satellite) with both local and cable channels. We have a large 55" TV in the living room, with a standard DVD player only. Also, there is a small 20" TV with satellite cable in the king-sized bedroom. There is an old-school furniture-style floor TV in the room with a double bed and twin bunks, yet that only functions with the VCR and DVD player. We gave an assortment of VHS tapes and DVDs for your enjoyment.
OUTSIDE THE LODGE FAQs
Boat Rentals: For use on Lake Michigan (not directly on Rapid River, as the river fluctuates between 6 inches and 4 feet) the closest place to rent a boat is Richards Boat Rentals. They rent pontoon boats and fishing boats for use on the Big Bay de Noc.
E4528 State Hwy M-35 - Escanaba, MI 49829 (about 20-25 minutes from the Rapid River Lodge)Fire Pit: Yes, we have a large fire pit, with the beautiful view of the Rapid River. You can find plenty of fallen wood throughout the private 40 acres. You can also ask us to bring a truck bed of wood (face chord) for specially for your bonfires ($80 additional for a 18"x4'x8" face chord)
Fireworks: Please check the fire danger status before you consider using legal fireworks at the Rapid River Lodge. Only legal fireworks are allowed. You are surrounded by a forest. It is your responsibility to be safe. Please be especially cautious around children. Please dispose of all wrappers, sticks, etc.
Hot Tub: Yes, we have an adult hot tub for 6 people. It is our personal hot tub. Please use at your own risk. It will be tested and cleaned prior to your arrival, yet since it is outside, the chemical composition changes easily. It needs to be monitored by one member of your group each time before anyone hops in. Someone has to be assigned to be in charge of monitoring the hot tub chemical needs. We supply the test strips and chemicals. We do not have an automatic system, as they have in hotels.Lawn Chairs: How many? 4 rocking chairs on deck; 4 wooden chairs around fire pit. A few additional lawn chairs on the porches. Probably best to bring your own lawn chairs.
Projector: We have a simple projector you can use with a compatible lap top to show presentations or slide shows during your business retreat. tiny wedding, or just your fun family vacation pictures. We keep this in the back room, so please let us know if you need it left out for you and your family.
River: The Rapid River is directly in front of the Lodge. It does have a current. Normally, it is about 1 foot deep. Over the past 7 years of owning the Lodge, it has been as low as 6 inches and as high as 3 feet.
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
• Established in 2005
• 734-284-5677 or 844-MI-FRESH
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our family had our annual winter reunion at the Rapid River Lodge and our stay was great. The property had more than enough room for all 20 of us and included everything we needed to enjoy our stay. The view of the river was wonderful and everyone really enjoyed the hot tub.
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!!!!!
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. !!
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!
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.
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