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Bedrooms 4
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property


Poplar Lake Lodge is a very secluded 4000 FT. lodge with a large stocked privately owned lake in Upper Michigan. Fish include Northern, Muskie, Large Mouth, Crappie and plenty of pan fish. Boats and trolling motor included, also wifi internet and Direct TV with led tv. We are centrally located in the Hiawatha National Forest in the middle of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior in Delta County. With no permanent residents for miles and a private driveway 2.5 miles long and a locked gate 1/2 mile from lodge if peace and quiet and seclusion is what you are looking for Poplar Lake Sporting lodge is the place for you. Fifteen miles north of Little Bay De Noc and Rapid River, the closet town which is a 35 minute trip due to the windy roads.

Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Charlie

I was born in Chicago and came up to the U.P. with my dad to this location during the summer. My dad died in 1974 and I continued to enjoy the U.P. In 1990 I moved up with my family and built a 4000 sq. ft. house. After 2 years my wife moved back to Chicago and I stayed. I then opened the property up for guests during the summer and have done so ever since.

Charlie purchased this lodge in 1965

What makes this lodge unique

This is one of the largest privately stocked lakes( no license required) and the most secluded location in the U.P. of Michigan with most of the conveniences of home.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Date 10/14/14

Second year h...

5 of 5 Jane Jan 11, 2014 Poplar Lake Sporting Lodge

"Second year here...can hardly wait until 2014 stay"

What I like best about this bit of paradise is the getting away from life's hectic pace. Charlie & Dar welcome me back like family & are fantastic hosts.

I learned some new things last year. It is not far from Pictured Rocks and that makes for a great day trip. Want to try a tour of Grand Island in 2014.

After a day out, it is great to come back to peace and quiet...

Love hiking with the dogs and enjoying the beauty around. While it is hard to leave, I know I will always return to watch the sun rise over the water while enjoying a great cup of coffee!

More Review Details

Your Response - Jan 13, 2014

Thanks for the great review, looking forward to seeing you and Charlie in Sept. this year. Hope you had a great Christmas. May the New Year bring you happiness and joy.
Sep 2013
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Rapid River Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms are very modern.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Private entrance way to the deck and a connecting bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Private entrance to the deck and shared connected bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , Master bathroom close by with lake view
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , This bedroom is on the lower level with private entrance way
  • All bedrooms have large windows over looking the lake and private entrance ways in 3 of the 4 bedrooms. 2 of the bedrooms have patio doors going to the deck which is 15 feet away from the lake.
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
This is one of the most private spots in the mid west which includes your own stocked 42 acre lake.


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average rating of 4.5 based on 30 reviews

Amazing Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway in a beautiful location. This has been our favorite location for our men's retreat for the past several years. Plenty of room and plenty of on property activities available.The recent updates have just made this lodge an even greater experience! Can't wait to go back next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for the great review, see you again next year.
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Great Place, Beautiful Colors

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place in the U.P of Michigan that was both secluded and in the National Forest.This place is exactly what we were looking for. Fall colors going into the lodge were fantastic. The driveway is a long dirt road very assessable as long as you do not have a low profile sports car. The fishing and the weather were great. we will be back next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review
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Hunters paradise

  • 4 of 5

With no other hunters for miles and a lodge with every accommodation you can think of, this was a great place to stay. The problem we had (no fault of the location) was the warm temperatures and the deer not moving. We had 40 and 50 degree days all week with no snow. We did manage to see some doe but no bucks and the 3 of us were hoping to get enough snow for some deer migration. I guess you can’t control mother nature.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great fishing at a nice lodge

  • 5 of 5

Returning again for our 2nd year in 2017. We had a great time and enjoyed the solitude and plenty for everyone to do. We like to fish and had good luck with the northern and the large mouth bass, also caught a few crappie. Nice size large mouth bass and crappie's. The only regret of the whole trip is that we were hoping to hook into one of the muskies but no luck. Maybe next year. Charlie showed the kid's how to catch the small pan fish off the end of the dock and we used them for bait for the bigger fish. All in all a great trip and would recommend it to anyone who wants remoteness and seclusion.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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what a headache

  • 2 of 5

to start out that 20 min drive to rapid river is a 40 min drive. better have a pickup or suv to go down the driveway. first couple days everyone woke up with headaches and figured out it was the propane lights causing it. place needs to be remodeled. refridgerators are old and to small to hold all your food needed to keep food in coolers. the only thing that was true was it is secluded and the view from the screened in porch was nice

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am disappointed to hear that your stay at the lodge was not what you expected. I expressed concern when you stated that you were keeping your fishing boats in the water in Gladstone, which is a town that is 40 to 50 minutes away. I was concerned because you said that you were going to drive each day back and forth between Gladstone and the lodge. At this time, I asked if you knew where it was and you confirmed that you knew the distance. In my advertising, it is stated that the nearest town is 15 miles away, not 15 minutes. However, the lodge is centrally located between the larger cities. They are within an hour’s drive. I will review my website and make any necessary changes, if it is not clear. With respect to the propane lights, I am not sure what happened. I have not had problems in the past. Perhaps, one of the mantles was broken, but they are checked each Saturday. In addition, there are regular lights available in each room. I am sorry that you feel that the lodge needs to be remodeled. I am always looking for ways to improve the property. As for the refrigerators, they are propane. Propane refrigerators are smaller than electric refrigerators. The refrigerator in the kitchen is only a year old (10 cu. Ft.-60 inches tall). This can be seen in the picture of the kitchen on the website. The refrigerator in the recreation room is older, but it is quite a bit larger (15 cubic feet). It is also in good condition and can be used as a freezer. I will add another refrigerator next year to make sure I never have this complaint or issue again. Finally, during your stay, I attempted to call five different times and was only able to speak to someone twice. I always call to see how everything is going. I was never informed that you were experiencing problems. I wish that you would have let me know as soon as you experienced any issues. Again, I am sorry that you were disappointed with your stay. It is my goal to provide good service and as I stated I would have worked with you at the time of your stay to resolve any issues or problems. UPDATE 07/20/17 As of May 2017 I bought the largest propane refrigerator in the world, 22 Cubic Inch. I now have 3 refrigerators.
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  • 5 of 5

Hard to describe, Never knew there was a place this secluded and private in upper michigan. Located in the middle of the Hiawatha National Forest no other people, and your own lake and boats. We had a family reunion and I was not the one to pick the place out but I will be going back next year. We had fire works and evening bonfires and did not need to worry about any neighbors. Just remember it is a long trip to town if you want milk or eggs. Driveway is dirt and 2.5 miles and 35 minutes to town. The type of seclusion we wanted. Awesome

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review, glad you enjoyed my little piece of heaven.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Both K.I Sawyer and Escanaba Airport
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Trenary, Rapid River
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Marquette Mt.
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
U.S 41
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Trenary, Rapid River
Nearest Beach
small beach and swim platform on location
Car: necessary

This is one of the most secluded spots in the upper peninsula of Michigan. We are surrounded on three sides for miles by Hiawatha National Forest. Are entire property is thick mature woods. Our private stocked lake (Northern, Muskie, Large Mouth, Crappie, Perch and other pan fish) is only available to our family and guests. We also have a 70 foot dock great for fishing from. We have a 21/2 mile private drive. Plenty of wild life (deer, bear, birds and much more.) 2 swans that make our lake there home each year. We have the Grand Isle trail which crosses our road which is a non motorized trail which goes from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior. Pictured Rocks in Munising and Little Bay De Noc on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior are all must see attractions within less then 1 hour. We also have 4 casinos and 4 golf courses within a 1 hour drive. If you want seclusion and privacy where no one will bother you. This is the place.


Rates & Availability

Rapid River Lodge Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

Rates apply to the first 4 adults, $150 each additional guest for the week even if they only stay overnight. Check in Saturday 5pm and check out the following Saturday 10am. Children 3 and under are free. Please include children over 3 as adults to figure out total cost.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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