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RAPID RIVER LODGE: Sleeps 18+, Hunting on Property, Hot Tub, Handicap Access.

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,450 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, sleeps 18+, 5450 sq. ft.+ 40 private acres


SLEEPS: 18-22



RIVERFRONT (Rapid River--adjacent to small waterfalls)






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. Enjoying the hot tub along the river while listening to the soothing water falls is extremely peaceful.

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.



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 nonexistent. Sprint used to be nonexistent 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.

Future Dates: We will start working on 2018 reservations in September 2017. 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.

Grocery Stores: The closest convenience store is just 7 miles south of the Lodge, in the gas station on the corner of US 41 and US 2. The closest full-service grocery store is in Escanaba, about 20 minutes southwest of the Lodge. (Elmers, Wal-Mart, Save-A-Lot). The closest Whole Foods-type grocery store is 40 miles North of the Lodge in Marquette. It's called the Marquette Food Co-Op. It's tiny in comparison to a big city Whole Foods, so don't be surprised. Still, you should be able to get the basic, natural foods you'd need.

Pets: *Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet. Still, the Lodge is not an ideal place for dogs. We do not have a fenced yard at the Lodge. There is a road in front of the Lodge (S15 Road) where I've witnessed drivers driving faster than is safe. It is important to me that your pets are safe. Plus, there is a park next to the Lodge. Our dog used to love to meander over to the park as well. It wasn't a relaxing place for me with a pet. Therefore, I can not recommend dogs at the Lodge.

Local Public Pool: Gladstone (about a 15 minute drive- $6/person)

Upper Peninsula Attractions

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.


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.


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. We do have additional box fans, as well as the 9 ceiling fans for your use.

Beds/Bedrooms/ 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.

Simple linens are provided with each bed: pillow with pillow case, mattress pad, bottom/fitted sheet, top sheet and a blanket and/or comforter. Additional linens and blankets may be found throughout the Lodge.

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.

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.

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.

Lights: We are working diligently to update and improve the overhead lights in the dining and kitchen areas at the Lodge. Therefore, we have extra mobile lighting if you need more direct lights during your stay.

TV/Cable + DVD/VCR players: Yes, we have basic Dish Network (satellite) with both local and cable channels. We have a large 55" TV in the living room, with a standard DVD player only. Bring your Netflix account info to sign in. If you don't have Netflix, feel free to call our office from the Lodge phone and we can give you ours Netflix account info. 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.


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. We generally have dishwasher detergent and dish soap for your use. Still, if your family is large and you use all the provided dish soap and need more, the best place to find soap is in Escanaba, about 20 minutes west of the Lodge.

Fryer: We do have an electric fryer at the Lodge. Just let us know if you need to use it. Due to safety concerns, is in our back storage area in the hope that only knowledgeable cooks 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. We do NOT have additional coolers at the Lodge. Please bring your own coolers.

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"



Boat Rentals: For use on Lake Michigan (not directly on Rapid River, as the river fluctuates between 6 inches and 4 feet) the closest place to rent a boat is Richards Boat Rentals. They rent pontoon boats and fishing boats for use on the Big Bay de Noc. E4528 State Hwy M-35 - Escanaba, MI 49829 (about 20-25 minutes from the Rapid River Lodge)

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 (face chord) for specifically your bonfires ($80 additional for a 18"x4'x8" face chord)

Fireworks: Please check the fire danger status before you consider using legal fireworks at the Rapid River Lodge. Only legal fireworks are allowed. You are surrounded by a forest. It is your responsibility to be safe. Please be especially cautious around children. Please dispose of all wrappers, sticks, etc.

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.

Lawn Chairs: How many? 4 rocking chairs on deck; 4 wooden chairs around fire pit. A few additional lawn chairs on the porches. Probably best to bring your own lawn chairs.

Projector: We have a simple projector you can use with a compatible lap top to show presentations or slide shows during your business retreat. tiny wedding, or just your fun family vacation pictures. We keep this in the back room, so please let us know if you need it left out for you and your family.

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.

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Freshwater Vacation Rentals
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Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2018

About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes.

Our philosophy

We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 10 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Well it was a year in planning, but our time at the Lodge was so AWESOME, I live near the lodge, but my family from downstate was blown away!! Everyone enjoyed themselves, we had enough room and would like to book it again next year.
Dec 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Rapid River in Masonville

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 5450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic ...
  • Tourist Attractions ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair ...
  • Dining Area ...
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Between Bedroom 1 & 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Adjoining bathroom suite. Can be locked on either side so
    Between Bedrooms 3 & 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Adjoining bathroom suite consisting of a toilet and shower.
    Outside of Bedroom 1, in the hallway-- often this is - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Extra deep tub
    Master, Private bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , From the bedroom, you first enter a changing area where
  • *Bedrooms 4-5 share a bathroom, yet bedroom #5 has an additional private sink/mirror. *The Master Bathroom has a separate toilet plus 2 person tub/changing area, both adjoining the bedroom. *Each of the bathrooms has hand-crafted vanity from local wood craftsmen.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , A window air conditioning units is housed here in the summer
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 3 beds total: twin bunk beds and 1 full size bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , 3 sets of bunks + 1 twin pull-out trundle. Also,where a
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , Partial riverside view with the only bedroom TV at the
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Full riverside view
  • * 2 air conditioners to help cool 4 of the bedrooms, as needed. *There is plenty of room for extra sleeping in the great room. Make it a slumber party with your sleeping bags! *The Master Bedroom has a wood-burning stove in the sitting area with 2 high-back chairs to keep you extra-cozy as you gaze onto the river front. *2nd Master bedroom with mounted flat-screenTV and Dish Network with 200 Dish Network *Both master bedrooms have river views. *Child pack and play+ high chair available for easy use. *Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with in order to make your group comfortable. We would be happy to help accommodate your group's needs, in any way we are able (2 extra inflatable mattresses + pull out couch (double bed) in living room available)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests ...
  • restaurants ...
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos ...
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries ...
  • hospital ...
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ski ...
*In order to use the hot tub, someone in your group must be comfortable adjusting the chemicals every time it is used. Hot tub is not for kids. *kitchen= staples+cookware. *Cuisinart ice cream maker *72 'HDTV w/ 200 Dish Network] *High chair, playpen, bounce seat /8additional wood-burning stove is next to the door-wall, in the grand sitting area. *Outdoor seating: Picnic table. *Large outdoor fire pit looking at the river *Guided fishing (ice or boat) and canoeing on inland lakes and streams can be arranged. *Guided hunting tours for bird, bear and deer available. *Shopping for essentials-10 minutes away. *Artisan well -continuous, natural flowing water. *Playground at park, within easy view of Lodge deck. Great for families! *2 decks, both with views of the river. 2 decks - 1 used as a bandstand. It is off of the kitchen and houses the grill and picnic table. Deck #2 is 80 feet long and only 20 feet from the river front. 5 door-walls total *Weddings & Events: 60 max


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  • 5 of 5

My family used to own the lodge and even though it was different, the where still many things that stayed the same. It was great to be there again. We actually got married there. It was wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for returning to Freshwater and the lodge. So cool to host the previous owners!
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Relaxing, clean, fun 10/10

  • 5 of 5

Our group had an incredible experience at the lodge. The hot tub was perfect and we couldn't believe how the lodge had absolutely everything we needed. We would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Johnathon, We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Rapid River Lodge. It is a pretty special property. We hope that you do come back again. Best Claire Freshwater Vacation Rentals
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Beautiful lodge in an amazing location!

  • 5 of 5

They thought of everything! Never once did we need something that wasn't supplied. The location is unbelievable and the lodge is kept up very well. The owners were very pleasant to plan with as well. And quite a value! I'd recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family vacation

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the property a lot. The little touches, like plenty of facial tissue and games were very welcoming and appreciated. We did have a person come in the house without knocking looking around, and others that rode an ATV through and around the house. Perhaps with the proximity to the park more signage or automatically locking doors are in order to deter those unwanted visitors.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Our family had our annual winter reunion at the Rapid River Lodge and our stay was great. The property had more than enough room for all 20 of us and included everything we needed to enjoy our stay. The view of the river was wonderful and everyone really enjoyed the hot tub.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay at the lodge, first was 6 years ago. Our daughter& son-in-law, their neighbors and her parents decided to to vacation at the lodge so we went along. Everybody was able to return this year including 2 more children. Such a peaceful and relaxing place! Weather was awesome and everyone enjoyed the whole experience. Will come again, may make this a yearly experience! We hated leaving yesterday!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your family had a wonderful time again this year! Each year as kids return, it's fascinating to see how they gravitate toward different parts of the lodge, from just crawling around on the limitless family room floor to playing in the park next door, to searching for crayfish in the Rapid River. So much fun for every age. It's been fun watching our 8 year old grow over the years at the Lodge too. We sincerely hope to have you back again. We love our returning guests. Sincerely, Cara
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Rapid River
Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Marquette (MQT- 35 miles) or Escanaba (ESC)
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Swallow Inn Pub
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Mackinac Island- Star Line, Sheplers or Arnold
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Gladstone Golf Club + 6 others within 20 miles
Nearest Train
240 Miles
Milwaukee, WI
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
U.S. 41 (less than 1 mile) and Hwy.2
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Jacks Restaurant
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Marquette Ski Hill
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Gladstone- Van Cleave Park
Car: necessary

The Rapid River Lodge is located within the Hiawatha National Forest, 6 miles North of Little Bay de Noc Highway 2 and 1/2 mile off of U.S. 41. The Lodge is located 6 miles North of the town of Rapid River where you can find your basic supplies. Gladstone is 24 miles West along Highway 2, and Escanaba 33 miles. 50 miles North of the Lodge is the city of Marquette. From the East, you'll pass through Manistique, just 46 miles from the Lodge. The Lodge is sandwiched between 3 sides of Federal land and The Rapid River Falls Park which makes it a perfect place for privacy and hunting. The small, yet soothing waterfalls make this park a very peaceful place. The Rapid River National Cross Country Ski Trails adjoin the property on the South end with trails 1-10 miles long. The Lodge encompasses 40 acres of private hunting, fishing (brook trout) snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking or walking trails, plus 1/4 mile private (both banks of the river) front.

Other Activities: cross-country skiing, charter fishing trips, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, snowshoeing, walking trails

Golf: Sweetgrass Golfing is a truly dramatic experience. The name sweetgrass refers to an aromatic herb, a sacred plant used in Indian peace and healing rituals that is found along the course. The course includes sand bunkers, water hazards and historical bridges. Beautifully crafted rockwork and cedar log creations throughout the course

Ski: Marquette Mountain, about 40 miles North of the Lodge


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