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Walled Lake Lodge - a Private Lake Escape

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Michigan Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Lodge, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 22-24)

Welcome to Walled Lake Lodge. Not far from Gaylord, Michigan, Walled Lake Lodge is the perfect spot for you and your loved ones to spend time relaxing, sleeping in and having fun outdoors. It's a great gathering place for family reunions and old friends alike.

Our 4,400 square-foot log cabin is nestled among 600-acres of wildlife-filled pine forests and clear blue waters while still offering all of the comforts of home including a full kitchen, washer/dryer, cozy beds, heating/cooling and much more. The lodge sleeps up to 22 guests comfortably and has room for a few more if needed.

Joining us for the summer? Hang out on the dock soaking in the sun with a good book or casting a line to see what fish might be biting. Take a dip in the refreshing water and swim out to the raft. You can take a leisurely ride around the edge of the 40-acre lake in one of our canoes or row boat. Spend the evenings around a bonfire roasting marshmallows, sharing stories and enjoying each others' company. Or sit around the table on our screened-in porch playing cards, board games or just chatting the evening away.

Need to get your feet moving? There are over 6 miles of 2-track roads on the property of Walled Lake Lodge. Take a nice peaceful walk, you might even come across white-tailed deer feeding in the nearby fields or perhaps even an elk or 2! If you're up during the winter, strap on some cross-country skies or snow shoes and get moving. Or bring your snowmobiles and explore the property.

Want to explore beyond our private property? You're in luck, our cabin falls right at the edge of Northern Lower Michigan's Pigeon River Country State Forest. The second you set foot outside our gate, you're on state park land, with over 95,000 acres of trails and rivers to explore (and fish). For more information on The Pigeon River Country State Forest, visit their website or stop by their headquarters during your stay.

Besides exploring the surrounding state park, there's a lot to do just a short ride away:

- Visit Mackinac Island

- Get a day of golf in at one of the local resorts

- Visiting in winter? Bring your downhill/alpine skies or your snowboard and head to a nearby Northern Michigan ski resort

However you choose to spend time at Walled Lake, we know you'll enjoy it.

Keywords: Lodge

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

Walled Lake Lodge is owned and managed by the McIntyre family. We bought the property in 1988 and built the cabin ourselves with the help of family and friends. It's a place we think of as home. The lodge is a labor of love that began with a small bunk house and has continued to expand with our ever-growing family. Our family is a well traveled bunch, however our hearts remain at Walled Lake Lodge. We hope you enjoy our favorite place in the world as much as we do and look forward to welcoming you soon. -The McIntyres

The Owner purchased this lodge in 1988

Why The Owner chose Michigan

Tom McIntyre, a.k.a. Gramps, purchased the property around Walled Lake in 1988. Together with family and friends, a small bunk house was built in 1990 and continued to grow over the next few years into the lodge it is today. Based in Traverse City, Michigan, the McIntyres have always enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, swimming, water skiing and much more, and Walled Lake was the perfect, Northern Michigan secluded escape they wanted.

What makes this lodge unique

Walled Lake Lodge is the perfect spot for large families, groups of friends or family reunions. It truly is a place to slow down, spend time with loved ones, eat, sleep and relax to your hearts content. Walled Lake is surrounded by private property, so guests have full reign of the lake and property around the lodge during their stay. They have access to fishing, hiking/mountain biking trails, wildlife lookouts, snowmobile trails and much, much more. Walled Lake Lodge has to be experienced first hand to truly be appreciated.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Walled Lake Lodge - a Private Lake Escape
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Family Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 24 had a wonderful and relaxing week at Walled Lake Lodge. Despite having 11 grandchildren all under 9 years old, it was one of the most relaxing vacations we've ever had. Lots of fun in the water, kayaking, swimming, canoeing, jet skiing, and of course minnow chasing. Many memories of staying up late around the campfire and waking in the morning to coffee brewing and the decision of what to eat made on the huge griddle. Can't wait to return next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Haven of Bliss!

  • 5 of 5

Best family vacation house we've had yet. The ten kids found lots to do on the grounds while the ten adults relaxed on the truly HUGE pier. This grandma loved the isolation and the absence of TV, motors and the spotty internet/phone connections! The accommodations allowed each family to have their own bathroom and sleeping space, which is rare and much appreciated by all--especially the in-laws! We are grateful the McIntyres are kind enough to share their little bit of heaven.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay for Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

My family who lives out in the Western US came to Michigan for a family reunion. Many had not been to this area before the reunion, but I told them all that anything outdoors we would want to do, we could do in Michigan, and so they came. In the end we had 21 people from four siblings families and my parents. We needed a place that could hold all of us. After looking into several properties, I discovered Walled Lake Lodge. The owners have been wonderful to work with over the past year to plan this. They were very accommodating with our arrival and use of their property. I personally viewed a number of potential places, and it was clear after visiting, that this was the right place for our reunion. Here is why.

1. It is spacious. There are so many gathering areas-the main great room, the screened porch, the loft area, the second family room/game room, and then of course the outdoor property. We were able to all be together but in different pockets doing different things. But when we wanted to all play a game, or eat or talk, we could do so. That was a big plus to us.

2. It is isolated. It takes a bit to get there and to get out, but we found everything we would want to do, we could do there--hiking, biking, floating on the river, swimming in the lake, fishing, boating. We could do it all there. And, there were no neighbors to hear or to annoy but the animals (the coyotes were pretty active and loud one night, and the eagle stared at us from his tree throughout the week). We could sing around our campfire without bothering anyone and without being bothered.

3. The grounds and lake are awesome. The water was warm enough to float or swim in, and the lake was small enough and calm enough to paddle all over but large enough to use and enjoy. We rented a jet ski for the week, and it was perfect to have to use at the lake. The grounds are flat to and from the property which made it easy for small children and older folks with knee issues. We set up badminton/volleyball and ladder golf and played around in the yard. We loved sitting on the dock, fishing from the dock, and chatting on the dock. The water is so clear and beautiful.

4. The property is set up to really allow you to relax and have fun. The owners have really gone out of their way to make the place nice and accommodating with extras that are wonderful-kitchen appliances, space, things to use and enjoy, and there is a clear sense that they love their place and want you to love it. And we did!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect UP NORTH destination!

  • 5 of 5

We love Walled Lake Lodge so much we don't want to tell anybody about it... to keep it as our own secret fabulous destination! But that wouldn't be fair! The owners clearly love their lodge and its shows in every detail. We have been vacationing as a family (approx 15 people) for 22 years and this is our favorite place so far! We range in age from 14 to 84 and there is something for everyone at Walled Lake Lodge. We had a yogalates class in the living room using the DVD player and big screen, while poker was going on at the game table and the chef and her crew were making pasta in the beautifully equipped kitchen. The dock and deck and raft were constantly in use, from morning coffee to cocktails at sunset. The lake is clean and clear, we had daily swims to the other side and back! The firepit is huge and there is a good supply of wood. We played lots of wiffle ball on the lovely lawn and kayaked and fished. No TV is great -- we watched some movies we brought up as a family instead. In short, we did it all! The website is very accurate, the photos are great but its even nicer in person. The lodge was immaculate and the owners VERY helpful. We would recommend it to anybody without reservation. We feel fortunate to have found it and can't wait to go back next summer... we are already booked!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traverse City, Michigan

Amazing lodge and an amazing piece of property

  • 5 of 5

My extended family has stayed at the Walled Lake Lodge twice, both in the winter and summer. What an awesome private get-away! We made wonderful memories. Our summer trip centered around the beautiful lake. The kids played in the water all day. The shallow entrance to the water was nice for our toddler. We all enjoyed kayaking around, and even found a bald eagle nest on the other side of the lake. The grassy yard was great for soccer and frisbee: dads vs. kids. The great room and kitchen are beautiful. It truly is a gourmet's kitchen. Some dads mountain biked on the nearby High Country Pathway. It was nice to leave directly from the lodge. Another day, we took the bikes by car to the Shingle Mill Pathway. Great trails. We didn't make it up to Mackinaw, or any of the resort towns nearby. It was just to great hanging at the lodge, connecting with family. We also hiked over to the Black River. (10 minute hike.) It looks like it would be a great float trip in a kayak or inflatable. We fished Walled Lake and caught walleye and bass. We didn't have time to fish on the Black River.

The winter trip was in February. It was a great central location for a snowmobile trip. There was plenty of space to dry off wet gear. The lodge was nice and warm, and the fireplace provided great ambience. We also went cross country skiing on the wide two track around the property. By connecting the various trails, we probably made a two mile loop. We didn't ice fish, but we could see the holes in the ice from previous guests. Next time, we are bringing the tip-ups.

Great lodge, amazing lake, on a beautiful piece of land. We have had two great trips, and will be back again! I highly recommend this property to anyone -- you will love it as much as we do!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ypsilanti MI

Our Ladies Trip

  • 5 of 5

For a number of years now, a group of church ladies have gone on trips together. We’ve stayed in hotels and a variety of rental homes. Until now, we have not returned to the same rental home a second time because part of the joy is in the discovery of each new property we rent. For several reasons, we plan to change that trend with Walled Lake Lodge. We have never stayed at a rental house that was so well equipped for our stay. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we could possibly have needed and more, including a movie theater popcorn machine. The weather was just gorgeous while we were there during October. Even if it hadn’t been, there was a closet full of games that we could have played indoors and still enjoyed time together and the view through the huge living room windows overlooking the lake. We had a group of 19 ladies with us this year, ranging from age twenty-something to ninety. There was something for everyone, from canoeing, jogging and hiking, to chatting in the screened in porch. It was a level walk to the dock as well as to the bonfire pit, with only a couple of stairs, so that even some of our ladies with health concerns could make it out to join in the fun. The owners were very friendly and accommodating. They were responsive to our questions before and during our stay. The Lodge is situated in the midst of nature, so that we were able to relax and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation all around us.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Located on 600 private, wooded acres with 3+ miles of two track roads and a variety of wildlife including, elk, deer, fox, coyote, bobcat, black bear, bald eagles, loons, otters and a variety of other wildlife. Access to fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and perch in the 40 acre private lake (we own the entire lake) as well as brook trout in the mile+ of Black River frontage. Board games, and cards available to use.


Rates & Availability

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Nov 4 2015 - May 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Weekend rates in the off season are $1,500. All rates are subject to a 6% Michigan Use Tax. Energy surcharges apply as follows: $50/day in October & April, $100/Day in November & March, and $150/day in December, January, & February.

10% deposit is due at the time of booking, with the remaining 90% due 30 days before arrival.

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Michigan Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (2), Bunk Beds (6) 6 sets of bunk beds for a total of 12 beds
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
600 acres of private property which surrounds a 40-acre private lake with a dock and swimming raft, air-conditioning window units, 2 canoes and 1 row boat available to use, and 1 mile of frontage on the Black River. Screened in porch with table and seating for 8, outdoor fire pit with benches, 2 outdoor picnic tables, extra refrigerator & freezer, kids playhouse & sand box, children's toys & books, baby-changing table. ***Cooking services available at additional charge.***

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