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Best of Both Worlds!

Bedrooms 3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, Sleeps 9

Sitting on 2.5 acres and 100 ft of frontage on Rapid River this large log home is within paddling distance to the famous Torch Lake sandbar. You get the best of both worlds with this property. You can feel like you are a million miles away from everything yet still being so close. We are at a point in the river where no more motorized vehicles can pass so it is quiet and peaceful. Around the corner is the sandbar where you can anchor for the day, grab a burger at the Burger Barge or even order a pizza to be delivered to your boat from Fabianos.

The Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed is a seventy-five mile-long waterway consisting of fourteen lakes and connecting rivers including what National Geographic ranked the third most beautiful lake in the world: Torch Lake. We are also near many snowmobile and ORV trail heads as well as a short drive to several ski resorts. If shopping, restaurants, golf, wineries and breweries are what you desire we are just a 20-minute drive into Traverse City. There are beautiful hiking and snowshoeing trails out the back door or just minutes away in the National Forest, Skegemog or Grass River Natural Areas or Sand Lakes Quiet Area.

The name “Torch Lake” was derived from translation from the Ojibwa name Was-wa-gon-ong meaning 'Place of the Torches', referring to the practice of the local Native American population who once used torches at night to attract fish for harvesting. We felt it was fitting to name our home “Noopiming” which is Ojibwa for “in the woods”.

Noopiming is large and open. Upstairs there is a large master with stained glass windows, skylights, king size bed and an en suite full bathroom with jet tub. Outside of the master is a large loft with a second living area and a trundle bed. On the main level, adjacent to the 2nd full bath, is a bedroom room with a full size bed. One more bedroom rests at the foot of the stairs with a bunk bed (full on the bottom and twin on top). All bedrooms have dressers, closets with hangers and ceiling fans. We provide all bedding, pillows, bath towels, kitchen towels and beach towels.

The full size kitchen is equipped with anything you would need during your stay. The downstairs living room has a 40” TV with blu-ray player and WiFi. We have a library of DVD’s for you to use as well as books and games.

Please feel free to ask us any questions. It is always a bummer to show up for a well-earned vacation and feel like what you are renting is not what you saw in pictures.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2017

About Chelsea

My husband and I are both Michiganders who love to travel the world and feel blessed to come home to such a beautiful place.

Chelsea purchased this lodge in 2013

Why Chelsea chose Rapid City

I grew up spending my summers at my grandparents cabin on Lake Skegemog. Though it is my favorite place in the world it is not very accessible to someone in a wheelchair. Our search for this home began with trying to find a rental for ourselves. Trying to find an accessible cabin let alone find one without steps or barriers to the waterfront was a challenge. While we cannot yet claim that this home is ADA compliant, that is our goal. The main floor including the bathroom, both bedrooms, and doorways/hallways are accessible to someone in a wheelchair and there is a ramp in the garage for easy access in and out of the house.

What makes this lodge unique

The house itself is open, spacious and very clean. It is also stocked with books, games, outdoor toys and furniture. All you need is your suitcase.


Torch River Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2567 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 11
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Main floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Master en suite.
  • All towels (bath sheets, hand, wash and beach towels) are included.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , This bedroom is adjacent to the main floor full bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Main floor. Full size bottom bunk and twin size on top.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Upstairs Master with en suite full bath with jet tub.
    Bedroom 4 Open Loft - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed. Queen raised aero bed upon request with booking
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Perfect for guests attending Great Lakes Equestrian Festival.


4/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Best of Both Worlds!
average rating of 4.0 based on 3 reviews

Great place, just hope nothing breaks

  • 2 of 5

My friends and I recently stayed at this house. It's a beautiful home and located in a great area. Very spacious and we all enjoyed the space. That said, when things went wrong, we did not get great customer service at all. We had 10 people including two small kids at the house and part of the selling point was having major appliances, especially a washer and dryer since kids go through laundry quickly. The washer broke before we arrived and the owners looked into fixing it but basically concluded that nothing could be done so we were out of luck. They offered to pay for our laundry (~$50) but we would have to drive 15-20 minutes into Traverse than another 15-20 back to get it done. This was a pretty big hassle, especially when on vacation with children. When we suggested they pick up the laundry and handle getting it cleaned for us since the washer was broke, they declined.

I also was able to text one of the owners leading up to and during the first couple days of our trip. She was always responsive until the washer broke at which point she stopped replying to my texts. I did get a call from another owner but he basically just said they tried hard but couldn't fix the issue so we were out of luck.

This house is not cheap and they advertise a full array of functioning appliances but the lack of responsiveness and the weak gesture to pay for our laundry (but still making us go into town to do it ourselves) was disappointing. We will likely not stay with Noopiming again due to the poor customer service.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Westland, MI USA

Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Noopiming Lodge was amazing! The lodge was clean and spacious with attention to detail in every room. We enjoyed watching the ducks on the river as well as kayaking. The kitchen was easy to navigate and was equipped with anything and everything we needed. Beautiful wooded views from each window. Our group was large (10 people) there was plenty of space for everyone. We will definitely be returning!!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sheri! We are so pleased you had a great time. You are welcome back any time!
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Southeast Michigan

Great Family Vacation Place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have stayed at Noopiming Lodge several times over the past couple of months, and each time it was absolutely fabulous! It is a very comfortable, welcoming, clean, and extremely spacious place - plus it has all the comforts of home and then some. Plenty of room inside and out, it's a great family vacation place! Everything was as posted on VRBO! We highly recommend it to anyone that wants a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22.8 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
5.1 Miles
Alden Bar & Grille
Nearest Golf
17.9 Miles
The Bear Golf Course Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Motorway
7.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.9 Miles
Torch Riviera
Nearest Ski
16.7 Miles
Schuss Mountain
Car: necessary

We are very close to the Torch Lake Sandbar, National Forest, Skegemog Swamp Pathway, Grass River Natural Area, Seven Bridges, Sand Lakes Quiet Area, ORV and snowmobile trails. We have many guests from the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival stay with us every year.


Rates & Availability

Torch River Lodge Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Cleaning Fee $200

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please inquire for rates that include a holiday. Off season rates can be adjusted for less then a 7 day stay.

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