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Rapid River Lodge Michigan's Upper Peninsula 40 private acres

Rapid River, Michigan

  • Home
  • 5000-6000 Sq Ft
  • 5 (Sleeps 20)
  • 4
ID: #23469

Property Features

  • Pets Allowed
SLEEPS: 20-22






Cara's favorite point of attraction? Enjoying the hot tub along the river while listening to the soothing water falls. Also, there is nothing like having comfortable room for everyone around the dinner table.

Located on 40 private acres within the Hiawatha National Forest. Connect with nature, relax, and have fun at this historic lodge, known to locals as the Old Dutch Mill. All under one roof, yet your own personal space. With the open floor plan, there is plenty of space to meet your group's needs. Still, if you are just looking for a large hall and will need to move the furniture out of the great room, then perhaps a standard hall would be your best bet.

The Rapid River Lodge is fabulous place for 18-20 people. A family vacation, group of friends, corporate event, a retreat, anniversary celebration, a place for your out-of-town wedding guests, a place for your bridal party or a VERY small wedding or family reunion (60 people or less) is wonderful. The space is ideal to rejuvenate and reconnect.

This is a comfortable place where 18 people can gather around a single hand-crafted table or spread out in small groups around 6+ small gathering areas. Children have plenty of room to play. Listen to the Rapid River Falls along the 80' deck. Rustic Decor. High ceilings. Large, open kitchen, plus 2 bar and deck areas. A gorgeous natural wood-burning field stone fireplace warms the sitting area. 1 wood-burning stove. TV/DVD/VCR. Simple bumper pool table, air hockey. Master bedroom overlooks the Rapid River and has a private deck entrance. Large outdoor fire pit along 1/4 mile of secluded river front.
Holiday bookings: All major holidays (Opening Day of Deer Hunting (Gun)- yes, it is officially a U.P. holiday), Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day) require a full week rental rate, with the option of staying up to 7 nights.


Air Conditioning: The air-conditioning at the Lodge contains 2 window units in 2 of the bedrooms. There is NOT central air-conditioning at the Rapid River Lodge.

Business retreats/events: We do have a pull-down screen hidden in one of the beams in the living room (former dance hall). Also, we do have a projector available, which you can use to project images from your computer. Just ask and we'll make sure it is available to you upon arrival.

Cell phone service: Generally, cell phone service stinks at the Lodge. In our experience, Verizon is the best at the Lodge. AT&T is nonexistant. Sprint used to be nonexistant as well, though I have heard it has improved. Hence, we provide a free land line phone with unlimited local and long distance service during your stay.

Daily Housekeeping Service: We can provide daily housekeeping service (making beds, doing the dishes, basic bathroom wipe-down and floor sweep) for an additional fee of $50-60/day, depending on the distinct needs of your group.

Future Dates: We will start working on 2015 reservations in September. Guests who have currently reserved the weeks have priority. We try out best to accommodate everyone to the best of our ability. You are welcome to let us know the dates you are interested in, and we'll put you on the list. Thanks for your patience as we work through the many variables. We thank you for your business.

Fire Pit: Yes, we have a large fire pit, with the beautiful view of the Rapid River. You can find plenty of fallen wood throughout the private 40 acres. You can also ask us to bring a truck bed of wood for specially for your bonfires ($75 additional)

Hot Tub: Yes, we have an adult hot tub for 6 people. It is our personal hot tub. Please use at your own risk. It will be tested and cleaned prior to your arrival, yet since it is outside, the chemical composition changes easily. It needs to be monitored by one member of your group each time before anyone hops in. Someone has to be assigned to be in charge of monitoring the hot tub chemical needs. We supply the test strips and chemicals. We do not have an automatic system, as they have in hotels.

Internet: YES, we have added Internet to the Lodge. Free WI-FI. Yippee! It is wonderful. As good of service as I have here at home. Go Wild Blue! Plus, recently added a 2nd service to cover the back bedrooms.

Pets: Yes, pets are welcome!

Sleeping arrangements: We have 13 beds at the Lodge, and sleep 18-20 people comfortably. There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. A simple bedroom layout graphic is available. Just ask.

Bedroom 1: 1 Queen (where a window air conditioning units is housed in the summer)

Bedroom 2: 1 Full + 2 Twins (bunks)

Bedroom 3: 1 Full + 5 Twins (3 sets of bunks + 1 twin pull-out trundle) (where a window air conditioning unit is installed in the summer

Bedroom 4: King + 1 Full (Partial riverside view with the only bedroom TV at the moment)

Bedroom 5: 1 Queen + 1 Full (Full riverside view) + 1 daybed w trundle

There is a full-sized pull-out couch.


Coffee Pot: We have a restaurant-style Bunn Coffee maker at the lodge with multiple carafes for your coffee. We have at least 1 additional standard coffee pot as well.
Dishes/Silverware/Cooking/Baking/Glasses: The Lodge is fully equipped for all of your basic needs, and most of your other cooking needs as well. The kitchen prep area is so large that at times it is difficult to find everything. I'm constantly working on improving the organization.

Fryer: We do have an electric fryer at the Lodge. Just let us know if you need to use it. Due to safetly concerns, is in our back storage area in the hope that only knowledgable çooks will use it.

Refrigerators: Yes, we have 2 refrigerators at the Lodge. One is a freezer-less refrigerator, and the other is a standard refrigerator.

Roaster: We have an electric roaster for your use at the Lodge.

Stove/Oven: We have a standard stove-top with 2 ovens below. One is smaller, more of a pizza-size. The other is standard.

Tables: The beautiful large wooden table seats 18 people with the padded, wooden chairs. We also have the following extras (the exact number may fluctuate a bit)

Banquet/Sewing/Scrapbooking Tables 17- 8' x30", 1 table 6'x 36", Standard table height 36"

Lawn Chairs: How many? 4 rocking chairs on deck; 4 wooden chairs around fire pit. Probably best to bring your own lawn chairs.
River: The Rapid River is directly in front of the Lodge. It does have a current. Normally, it is about 1 foot deep. Over the past 7 years of owning the Lodge, it has been as low as 6 inches and as high as 3 feet.

TV/Cable + DVD/VCR players: Yes, we have basic Dish Network (satellite) with both local and cable channels. We have a large 70" TV in the living room, with a DVD player. Also, there is a small 20" TV with satellite cable in the king-sized bedroom. There is an old-school furniture-style floor TV in the room with a double bed and twin bunks, yet that only functions with the VCR and DVD player. We gave an assortment of VHS tapes and DVDs for your enjoyment.

Weddings: 60 people is the maximum we can allow for a nice experience for everyone. Due to past challenges, we can no longer offer exceptions to this number of people. If the number exceeds 60 people, you will have broken the rental agreement and you will need to leave the property immediately.

The Lodge is NOT an empty hall. Therefore, there is furniture and other pieces which made it comfortable for family gatherings. Yes, back in the day, the Old Dutch Mill was a dance hall similar to VFW halls today. I love the history that the Old Dutch Mill/Rapid River Lodge expresses. Still, with the addition of the 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, it is impossible to offer the same hall experience. It's equivalent to pushing a square peg into a round hole.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: is 60.6 miles away and about 1 hour and 22 minutes.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park: is 127 miles away and about 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Mackinac Bridge: is 140 miles away and about 2 hours and 32 minutes.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Full Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • TV
  • Cable
  • DVD
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water
  • A/C
  • Heat
  • Garbage
  • Internet Service
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Washing Machine (in Rental)
  • Dryer (in Rental)
  • RV/Trailer Parking
  • Fishing Area
  • Water Access
  • Hot Tub, Indoor (shared)
Entertainment System TV/DVD/VCR. Simple bumper pool table, air hockey 2 bar and deck areas.

Owner Availability Calendar

Please contact the Owner/Manager for Rate Information
Credit Cards Accepted

Allowed Pets
  • Rabbits
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Dogs
  • Small Reptiles
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
Additional Pet Information:

No Cats

Other Master bedroom overlooks the Rapid River and has a private deck entrance. Large outdoor fire pit along 1/4 mile of secluded river front.
40 private acres within the Hiawatha National Forest.
Connect with nature, relax, and have fun at this historic lodge,
AKA as the Old Dutch Mill.
Smoking Allowed
Guest Book Available
Property is a 2 story Home

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