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Incredible Sunsets Over Pristine Loon Lake

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

The Lodge at Loon Lake is situated on a 2 acre wooded lot overlooking pristine Loon Lake. Loon Lake is approximately 120 acres in size and is located within the Huron National Forest. The 4 bedroom lodge sits above the lake facing west. Every evening brings incredible sunsets over the lake. Only about one third of the shoreline has homes and cottages. The rest of the shoreline is nature at its best. If you are looking for a noisy, loud, power boating lake this is NOT IT. Loon Lake is a quiet, beautiful lake where you can enjoy fishing, swimming, hiking, relaxing on the water and viewing beautiful sunsets. The Lodge at Loon Lake was built in the 1950's and still has that special north woods feel and atmosphere. The entire exterior has been log sided with field stone trim. All the furniture, bedding and decorations have a north woods look. The interior is all knotty pine with wood floors. The large living room has a high ceiling with a stone fireplace. The dining room table can sit up to 8 persons and has a door wall that leads to the upper deck overlooking the lake. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you may need. There is also a small bistro table ideal for having morning coffee and looking over the lake. The master bedroom has a king bed and bathroom. There is a full second bathroom located next to both the Moose and Bear bedrooms. Both of these bedrooms have queen size beds. There is also an upstairs sleeping loft overlooking the main living area which has 4 twin beds. There is a fully equipped laundry room downstairs. On the outside of the lodge and facing the lake is a screen house located under the upper deck, There is also a field stone barbecue and a fire ring for campfires. With the lodge located above the lake there is a stepped walkway down to the lake side decks and water. Here there is a fishing boat with electric trolling motor, 4 person paddle boat, canoe and 2 kayaks along with a shed containing seat cushions, life vests and other water toys.

Jerry Helmicki
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

About Jerry Helmicki

We originally purchased the Lodge in 1987 and it quickly became our favorite place to be. It actually reinforced our love of country living that lends itself to a simpler life. We love canoeing, hiking and horses. We actually had a couple of horses at the Lodge for several years. Then in 1995 we jumped into a new lifestyle by purchasing the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch in Colorado! Unfortunately we had to sell the lodge to make that dream possible. We never thought we would have the opportunity to return to our Lodge on Loon Lake. Well, obviously we were able to make that happen. In August of 2011 the opportunity to repurchase the property presented itself.

Jerry Helmicki purchased this lodge in 2011

Why Jerry Helmicki chose Michigan

Providing great hospitality for people to relax and enjoy the great outdoors has become our passion and we are delighted to be able to share this special place. Waking up to the morning call of the loons on the lake followed by coffee out on the deck while a bald eagle soars over head....WOW it is the best! You will soon discover why this is a 'little piece of heaven!'

What makes this lodge unique

Our Lodge provides an opportunity to bring both family members and friends to a unique environment that provides a peaceful getaway from your everyday life.


Rose City Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Moose bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bear bedroom
    Loft - 4 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • King size beds (1) The master bedroom has a king bed., Queen size Beds (2) Both the Moose and Bear bedrooms have queen beds., Double Beds (1) The downstairs den has an 'easy sleeper' that converts from a couch to double bed., Twin or Single Beds (4) The loft includes 4 twin beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming


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Incredible Sunsets Over Pristine Loon Lake
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews

Very nice relaxing place

  • 1 of 5

The Home is well equipped and in a very quiet location. Deck is perfect for just relaxing and enjoying

the great views of the lake. Owners provide a boat with electric trolling motor, canoe, 2 kayaks

and a paddle boat for exploring the lake. Nice time sitting around the firepit and listening to the

Loons. If your looking for a place to just relax and enjoy nature this is it.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful six day stay at this beautiful Lodge on Loon Lake. We enjoyed time with our children and grandchildren. There were nine of us, and the kids swam, kayaked, fished, used the paddleboat, and just had a great time. There was also time to catch a movie in West Branch and also our daughter and granddaughter went horseback riding in Vanderbilt. The home is beautiful, and had everything we needed. The view is amazing, and a lot of time was spent on the deck overlooking the lake. We heard the Loons many times, and even saw two Eagles. We made wonderful memories with our family. Thank you for sharing this wonderful home with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Get place to relax and get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place for a large group - plenty of beds.

Our family wanted to chill out together for a week and this was a great place to do that.

We never left the lodge except to go to the grocery store and hike once along the Au Sable river . My sons did go golfing one day and loved the golf course (it was about a 30 min. Drive away.)

The swimming raft was a huge hit as was the paddle boat, canoe and fishing boat. Just wish the fish were biting more!!!!

Make sure you bring fans with you - it can get very warm in the lodge from the afternoon sun coming in the lake facing Windows.

The stars at night are truly amazing since there are minimal lights around the lake. And the sunsets are gorgeous!

I have to say I have been missing the sound of the loons with my morning coffee and the beauty of the bald eagles.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely family get away on a peaceful, beautiful lake. Our family loved it!

  • 4 of 5

We loved the evening sunsets and beautiful boat rides across calm water. The lodge was very well equipped and clean. We were able to relax and enjoy a week away with our children and everyone had a space to call their own. We biked, boated, swam, ate, played "king of the raft," as well as the kids enjoying the rope swing located across the lake. We were amazed to see the two eagles each day and hear the loons throughout our stay. It was fun to read about them and their habits and we learned about these unique birds by reading the book provided at the lodge.

A couple things to keep in mind; their isn't air conditioning, but they did provide fans. There are a lot of stairs down to the lake, but we enjoyed making them a part of our daily step and workout goal. There is internet but it is spotty and inconsistent; we re-set the router daily.

There were many fun things to do in the area; Lumberman's Monument, Oscoda Beach, Tubbing on the Rifle or Au Sable River and the Sand Dunes. We highly recommend this property on Loon Lake!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful and restful

  • 5 of 5

This was a 4-generation family vacation and we had a wonderful time. The decor of the cottage was in full keeping with the location - very comfortable furnishings. Fishing was very good - loons and bald eagles thrilled us.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent experience

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at Loon Lake Lodge, which included my parents in their seventies, my husband andtwo daughters, 11 & 2, and my sister and brother in law. The deck is outstanding, and quickly became our favorite place for coffee, drinks, reading, etc. The cabin was beautiful, clean, and had all the conveniences you could ask for, including a small fridge on the lower level which we found very convenient when sitting at the bonfire for extended periods in the evening! The steps in the house and outside might be challenging for older folks who are not in great shape, and we mostly carried the two year old, which was fine. We really enjoyed the pair of loons and their chick, which we heard and saw every day. There were no neighbors the week we were there, and they would have been out of sight from the house, even if they had been there. The fishing boat, kayak, and swim raft were used on a daily basis. We caught plenty of fish, including a few tiny sunfish off the dock, when my toddler basically dropped a worm on a hook in front of them. If you decide to go find the rope swing, here is a hint that will save you water up the nose and possibly a few bruises - your feet go on the knot.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Located within the Huron National Forest are miles of roads suitable for sightseeing and wildlife viewing. Within a 30 minute drive are several golf courses - West Branch Country Club, Greenbriar, Sidewinder, Fairview, Dream Golf Course and Apple Valley. A 10 minute drive from Loon Lake will bring you to the AuSable River - one of the few 'Scenic Wild Rivers' - open to rafting, canoeing, trout fishing, tubing, kayaking, and swimming. A short distance from the Lodge is the Rifle River Recreational Area. This area includes miles of hiking trails, canoeing, fishing and picnic grounds. Less than a 1/2 hour drive is the victorian town of West Branch where shoppers can take advantage of the outlet shops.


Rates & Availability

Rose City Lodge Rental Rates

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6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $45 + Tax
Damage Protection $59

The lodge is only rented on a 6 night Sunday to Saturday weekly basis. THE HOUSEKEEPING FEE IS INCLUDED IN THE WEEKLY RATE. Sunday checkin is 1:00PM. Saturday checkout is 1:00PM.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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