A true full-log cabin with loft, large covered porch, and private beach!
About Paul Hillman
We live 55 miles from the lodge. We built it because we enjoy entertaining large groups, and have frequently had church groups or friends up for weekends. We’ve had as many as 42 people overnight, with 20 adults on beds and 22 children on air mattresses or in sleeping bags on the floor. We also have room outdoors for people who prefer to pitch small tents.
Paul Hillman purchased this Lodge in 2002
Why Paul Hillman chose Big Rapids
If you are looking for a real log home with a calming, rustic feel, this is the place! You can actually feel the tension melt away the moment you set foot on the 10-foot wide wraparound porch, and plop down in an Adirondack chair overlooking the lake, or in the porch swing. The lodge is perfect for company and church retreats, family reunions, etc. Some friends even think it would be a great place to hold a small wedding. Big Rapids isn’t actually “big” – and that’s part of the charm, too. But it’s big enough – near Ferris State University and small-town shopping.
What makes this Lodge unique
Our private dock and pontoon boat facilitate your fishermen's yen to get out on the water. The deep porch lets you get outdoors and remain comfortable, even when it’s raining. We have ping-pong and foosball tables in the walkout basement and a great hockey game for teens and kids of all ages. The fire ring down near the lake is a perfect gathering place for your throng to enjoy some special time together (with marshmallows!) at night, and benches easily seat 16-20 people. Firewood is provided as part of your rental.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Peaceful and Beautiful
I absolutely loved my stay. It was so relaxing, quiet and and a joy. My favorite part was having a cup of coffee in the morning and looking at the lake, in the quiet of the morning.
We love it when people enjoy the place as much as we do.
Ferris State Graduation
Our family stayed the weekend at this lodge for Ferris State University graduation. The home was great and very cozy. We had a fire in the fireplace every night. They had everything we needed to be comfortable. Only recommendation would be to bring slippers/house shoes with you as the wood floors are very slippery!
Great ownders! Fantastic house! Beautiful setting.
Beautiful Property, Accommodating Host
A group of friends stayed at the Loon Lake Lodge for a weekend to celebrate our beautiful bride to be and it was absolutely wonderful! The house is awesome with plenty of space for guests and activities. The property is absolutely gorgeous with easy lake access, a great fire pit, and well-kept trails for walking through the woods. The wrap around porch was our favorite feature and where we spent most of our time.
There was an issue with the water heater which was entirely out of Paul's control. He did everything he could to resolve the issue while we were there, but unfortunately it was a problem that required more time to resolve. Paul was very apologetic and issued a partial refund for the inconvenience which was very thoughtful and hospitable. I am grateful for his gracious hospitality and willingness to resolve the issue as best he could.
Even with this minor issue, I would absolutely stay again at the Loon Lake Lodge. Thank you for a great weekend!
Liz and her group were awesome renters! We tried to get the hot water heater fixed, even got a "plumber" out there that charged us $200 to "diagnose" the problem, only to tell us later that they don't fix anything, they only replace, and the bill would be about $2,000.
We would have paid it if we had to, but Liz said she was ok. We refunded her several hundred dollars for her trouble and then got a real plumber out there for $500 to fix it. Today it is working great.
Thanks to Liz and her group for understanding that sometimes things just don't work out. We tried and tried, but because they were reasonable with us, we were certainly grateful to them and tried to compensate them accordingly.
Awesome weekend on the lake
We had 24 guys stay here for my brother’s bachelor party and it was perfect. There was plenty of space for everybody and lots to do. The only complaint anybody had was that we stayed for two nights instead of three. I highly recommend staying here.
We are really happy the guys had a great time. I spoke to our primary guest renter and felt very comfortable that he had a "grip" on the weekend and it all turned out as we wanted it to. They are welcomed back anytime.
This is our fourth year for a fall retreat at this property and we had a great time as expected.
Great Location, great property, and great hosts. We are already looking at the calendar to book next year.
This is a private lodge away from it all, perfect for a large family, small company or church retreat, or any reunion. No neighbors within sight of the cabin. The 80-acre, all-sports lake is great for fishing, tubing, swimming, and relaxing.