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The Shadow Trails Inn- 'The Lodge' on Walloon Lake

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lodge, 6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

The historic Shadow Trails Inn. The Lodge, as it it known locally, has been updated over each of the last five years years-- new dining room, kitchen , pantry 1st floor master bedroom, 2nd floor media room, laundry room, gas fireplace, 3 remodeled bathrooms, new lakefront flagstone patio with path and steps directly to the lake. Every room at the Lodge has a view of the lake !

Originally built in 1909, this red pine log home played a significant role as one of Walloon Lake's earliest fishing lodges. The Lodge is a featured landmark on historic section maps that continue to be reproduced today. It is one the last remaining authentic landmarks from early Walloon and the time of Hemmingway. Located on the South arm of the Walloon, the Lodge sits on 160 feet of flat, level lake frontage, and is only a few steps from the waters edge. In the true lodge spirit, the home features 3 field stone fireplaces and 6 bedrooms ( 1st floor master and 5 bedrooms on 2nd floor) and 3.5 baths.

Park your boat(s) on the private dock or use the kayaks and canoe for an afternoon paddle. Play basketball on your own court, or pull the group together for speedmitton, wiffle ball or croquet on the expansive side yard.

The Lodge has hosted and entertained vacationing families for more than 100 years. We invite you to join that traditon and be part of a special Walloon experience.

If you have questions about the Lodge, Walloon Lake, or Northern Michigan, please feel free to call or email anytime,

Keywords: Family reunions, historic, Lakefront, authentic, romantic

More Details

David Rentschler
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 14, 2017

About David Rentschler

I am fourth generation at Walloon Lake and have lived here seasonally, summers and winters, for 56 years. One year, I liked it so much I stayed the whole year!!!

I love the history and traditions of Walloon, which inevitably are about the great experiences and memories created and shared with family and friends.

My two older brothers and younger sister reunite with our families every summer and mix old memories with new. In the photo above, I'm steering a 1954 Chris Craft Utility 22, which my grandfather Bud Parrish purchased new at the back in '54. It's a perfect compliment to the timeless warmth and familiarity of the Lodge.

David Rentschler purchased this lodge in 2010

Why David Rentschler chose Northern Michigan

Everyone knows the Shadow Trails Inn!! The Inn. Originally constructed as a Fishing Lodge 1908, thr Lodge has hosted families from across the US. for more than 100 years.

It was serving guests when Ernest Hemingway lived and fished on Walloon as a boy. It served public dinners in the old dining hall ( since removed) to my mother as a child and later my parents and their friends. When I was a teenager, The Inn hosted water ski tournaments and I'd spend the day on the shore with hundreds of others waiting my turn to crash and splash.

The Inn has had only a handful of owners, and when the opportunity arose to purchase, I jumped on it and have spent the last 6 years updating and improving the Lodge experience.

What makes this lodge unique

The reason the Shadow Trails Inn was built where it is, is pretty simple--location and lot features. Most winds on Walloon are N/NW. The lodge faces east and is shielded by a dense forest of mature Michigan pines. The lack of strong wind makes it possible to swim, kayak, canoe , tube , boat or just your I pad in the outdoor calm all day long.

The lot is wide and level, which is great for any outside activity. The lake bottom is sandy and smooth, ideal for children and families.


Boyne City Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 1.5 baths 1st floor 2 full baths upstairs
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1st floor Master suite with private bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Oversized room, lake view
    Bedroom #2 - 2 double , Large room, lake view
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , Over-sized bunk room, lake views
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Queen with a separate bunk, provides max flexibility
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Large bedroom, lake views
  • The first floor BR is the official master suite, but all three King bedrooms are sized as masters.
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
2 Kayaks, Canoe, stand up paddleboard


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(13 traveler reviews)

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The Shadow Trails Inn- 'The Lodge' on Walloon Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Columbus, OH


  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely stunning place with a neat family history. There were charming pictures and memorabilia around the house that spoke to the 100+ year history of the lodge. It is extremely roomy and full of character. It was a great winter getaway with the perfect ski lodge feel. The owner had a very nice property manager come over and help us with any needs. We also appreciated that we were asked when it would be convenient for us to have the driveway plowed and the fireplace pilot light lit. We also spoke about how amazing the property would be in the summer. This is a place we would visit again!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Location and property!

  • 5 of 5

The Shadow Trails Inn on Walloon Lake was truly the perfect location for a high level event I recently planned. Not only did it feel like the perfect vacation property for a large family, it was also extremely fitting for my event as well. The outdoor area that is located right on the water couldn't be more perfect! It provides plenty of great seating, a fit pit and fabulous views literally right on the water. The lodge is more spacious than you can even image from the photos and the amenities were perfect! I couldn't have been more thankful to find this property and couldn't have asked for better service from the owners. We look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lindsay, Looking forward to your return in September. Hope you to see you then! Many thanks, David
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A Wonderful Week for the Family on Walloon

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a wonderful week at The Lodge on beautiful Walloon Lake. The Lodge is classic Walloon, channeling the spirit of earlier generations on the lake with all of the modern amenities and conveniences you expect in a premium vacation home. The cottage was large enough to accommodate several overnight guests very comfortably, but it still felt cozy when it was just our immediate family. We spent a memorable week water skiing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, and just hanging out on the dock or comfortable porch enjoying being "away from it all."

The owner has captured the essence of Walloon Lake in The Lodge. He was also very responsive to any questions or special requests we had. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A home run at Walloon Lake

  • 5 of 5

We had our family reunion at the Shadow Trails Inn and it was just great. We 14 people, including 2 babies, a great-grandma and a woman who uses a walker, and I don't think we could have found anything that was so perfect for everyone. And as the one in charge of these family reunions, I have to say that can be a hard bill to fill!

The house sits right on the lake with a nice flat grass yard in between, so it was easy to get to the docks where we had fun in the kayaks and in a motor boat and a flote boat that Dave (the owner) helped us arrange. No one felt left out, as it was easy to get to the water, but also easy to sit on the porch or in the yard and talk to family members bobbing around. The lake has a really gentle slope too, so you can really walk out in the lake for at least 30 feet with no trouble at all. We did all the fun stuff--roasted s'mores, kayaked and canoed around the lake, took long walks along the road, and ate at the cute new restaurant in town. And Walloon Lake is just beautiful. Really amazing.

We also really enjoyed the house. It absorbs a lot of people, with a dining room table big enough for all of us, and a kitchen that a lot of people can be in without feeling crowded. But it also has plenty of nooks where you can go to read quietly or whatever. It's picturesque and well decorated but also comfy/cozy so you immediately feel at home.

Dave was a great host--welcoming and fun, and he did everything possible to get us acclimated and make us feel welcome, from getting us maps to recommending takeout. Highly recommended for families or any group looking for a great place on a beautiful lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Nice Stay

  • 5 of 5

Th location is great. The house is in good condition and clean. It is everything perfect for a large family get together.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati, Ohio

A great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation with my husband and I, our children and grandchildren, ages ranging from 65 down to 7 months. THe house was in a great location on the lake and only 10 minutes from Boyne City. THere was sleeping for 18 people in generously sized bedrooms. The kitchen was great and very well equipped. There were plenty of dishes and silverware and great pots, pans and serving pieces. The pictures in the listing really didn't do justice to the beautiful outdoor space! With 2 kayaks, a canoe, 3 tubes all off of a beautiful dock, there was more than enough to do. Also, there was a tether ball in shallow water with sandy bottom and a badminton net and croquet set in the side yard. The hammock was a fantastic spot to hang out, relax, dream up adventures,and rock the baby.

We enjoyed the Farmer's Market in Boyne City by the lake on Wed. and Saturday. Also had a nice lunch and dinner at Cafe Sante. The bookstore/coffee spot was another favorite!

We would recommend this to family and friends as a great vacation spot!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, you were wonderful guests, and I hope to see you back at Walloon Lake, and the Lodge. All the best, David
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Located on the main body of Walloon Lake


Rates & Availability

Boyne City Lodge Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2017 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rentals are subject to a cleaning fee of approximately $175 and a damage deposit of approximately $500. These amounts vary depending on previous rental experience and number in party.

The rental is guaranteed when a rental agreement is signed and half of the non refundable rental amount is paid.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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