Rapid River Lodge Rapid River


RAPID RIVER LODGE: 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, sleeps 18+, Snowmobiling & Hunting on Property, Hot Tub, Pets are Welcomed, Handicap Accessible 

Pets Welcome

Bedrooms

5

Baths

4

Sleeps

18


RAPID RIVER LODGE


SLEEPS: 18-22
BEDROOMS: 5
BATHROOMS: 4
RIVERFRONT (Rapid River--adjacent to small waterfalls) 
*HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE
*HOT TUB
*HUNTING/SNOWMOBILING ON PROPERTY
*GREAT FOR EXTENDED FAMILY TO BRING RVs OR CAMPERS
*GREAT FOR RETREATS, BUSINESS MEETINGS, SCOUTING, FAMILY REUNIONS & VERY SMALL WEDDINGS (60 people or less)


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.
 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


GENERAL RAPID RIVER LODGE FAQs


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)  http://www.gladstone.mo.us/CommunityCenter/municipalpool.php


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.


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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.


INSIDE THE LODGE FAQs


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 (734) 837-4976.  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.


KITCHEN:


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.


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"


 


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OUTSIDE THE LODGE FAQs


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.     


Amenities

Property/indoor Amenities
  • Acreage
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Fireplace- gas
  • Basic paper products included.
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • VHS player
  • Ceiling fans
  • Linens & towels included
  • Handicap accessible
  • Firewood is provided.
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Pets allowed.
  • Internet/ WI FI
  • Washer & dryer
  • Wood burning stove
  • Telephone/Landline
  • Air Hockey table
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Popcorn Maker
  • Crockpot
Outdoor Amenities
  • Hot Tub
  • Fire pit
  • Snowmobile from property
  • Patio chairs
  • Deck/patio
  • Hunting allowed on property.
  • grill-propane
Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
12/17/2018 - 01/03/2019 2 $475.00
Winter- Spring 01/04/2019 - 05/22/2019 2 $200.00
05/23/2019 - 06/17/2019 3 $225.00
06/18/2019 - 09/03/2019 4 $600.00
09/04/2019 - 11/11/2019 3 $275.00
11/12/2019 - 12/01/2019 7 $250.00
12/02/2019 - 12/19/2019 2 $200.00

Reviews

We enjoyed our stay
We would like to make this a annual stay. Everything was excellent.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Al, we are so glad that you enjoyed staying at Rapid River Lodge.  The fact that it is large, handicap accessible, that pets are allowed, that you can ski and snowmobile right on the property and that it has a hot tube makes it a pretty fabulous place to stay.  We hope to see you again!
Al
Dec 2018
We love the lodge and everyone has lots of room for all of our ceremony activities. Thank you for allowing us to continue our traditions and use the lodge. I promote the lodge whenever possible to others.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Suzi & Bill, we are thrilled that you continue coming back to Rapid River Lodge.  That is the best review we could ever get.  We appreciate the word of mouth recommendations for the lodge also, and look forward to your visit in 2019.
Rapid River Sundance
Dec 2018
With out being there you won't know how beautiful this place is.Used for our hunting camp and everyone loves it here.The lodge has so much room for our group we never feel crowded and when you hit the bed the river rocks you to sleep.We'll be back for many of years to come.Thanks to everyone for making out stay so enjoyable.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Bob, what a delightful review - thank you for that!  Rapid River Lodge is the great place for a large group, and it's perfect for hunters.  The stone fireplace warms you up quickly after a day of hunting, and like you said, the river rocks you to sleep.  Perfect.  We'll keep space open on our 2019 calendar for you!
Robert (Bob)
Nov 2018
Always a great place to stay !



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Cheryl, we  love having you back!  Rapid River Lodge is such a great place to go to in the fall, with the changing colors and that great stone fireplace to warm up in front of!  We'll look for you again next year.
Cheryl
Nov 2018
The best memories made!
We went to the lodge under previous ownership many years ago, and decided we wanted to go back and show it to the next generation. They were wonderful to work with, and so accommodating for our large family! We had 27 people, and we were able to get everyone a bed. Large space for big families and lots of space for little people to roam around without hurting anything. Had almost everything you would need in the kitchen, and made some wonderful updates with more fridge space, a hot tub, nice grill, and so much more. Many more wonderful memories made, and we will definitely include coming back here in future vacation plans!



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Sarah, nothing makes us happier than hearing that Rapid River Lodge worked out so well for your large group.  The magnificent fireplace, the hot tub, and the surrounding land make it a very special place to stay.  We love being a part of making family memories, and we hope you come back soon.
Sarah
Oct 2018
Expect more than the pictures can convey. Beautiful area, spacious. . So much room to prepare meals and visit. You are able to have quiet time or more private time when you want, without ever really leaving the others. The place has a good feeling about it. Great place to create memories.  Probably our favorite vacation rental ever. A real special place. 



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Becky, thanks for this review!  Rapid River Lodge is a great property, so it feels good when guests enjoy it as much as you did.  We hope to see you back again!
Becky
Oct 2018
Refreshing get away
We had an amazing weekend with our ladies group. We enjoyed the beauty of the the cabin and outdoors. It so spacious. Loved every moment! It was a great experience and we hope to do it again.



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Monica, we are thrilled that you and your friends enjoyed  Rapid River Lodge as much as we do.  It is a truly spectacular place for large groups especially.  We'll look for you again in the near future!
Monica
Sep 2018
Excellent service from caring people, especially the owners!
We loved the Lodge! Our 10 grandchildren played in the huge open space inside every day. We caught so many crayfish we lost count on first day. Water was safe for our 16 month grandson to walk alone, but we held his hand to keep him from drinking the water, LOL! Absolutely worth the expense.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Bruce, I love the image of you walking in the water with your 16 month old grandson! Precious.  Catching crayfish is such an adventure, and I'm certain brought much excitement to your 10 grandkids.  You all are  making wonderful family memories, that's for sure, and we are honored to be a part of that.
Bruce
Jul 2018
WOW this place was more than we expected. The place was huge, had everything you could need for the kitchen, and even had games for everyone. Every game we brought up, they had there. We left a croquet set as our kids did not want to play it. The river was a good source of entertainment for everyone--floating down the rapids in tubs, catching and releasing crawfish, and sitting in the river for the adults. A suggestion is for some lounge chairs. The bingo game is missing many pieces so we used our own. The hot tub was the best we have had in various locations. The nearby playground was nice also. We LOVED our stay and thanks for sharing your lodge with us!!!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Bob, we certainly appreciate your enthusiastic review of Rapid River Lodge.  We love this property, and would be more than happy to share it with you again anytime!  Thanks for the suggestion of lounge chairs - we'll pass that on to the owners.
Bob
Jul 2018
Froberg Family Reunion
Had a wonderful time at the lodge it was a great place for this event a relaxing atmosphere for visiting and meeting new relatives. Only suggestion is fixing sliding glass doors very hard to open especially for the very young young and very old.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Hi Sheri,    Thanks for the note about the sliding glass doors - we'll get that fixed.  We are happy that you enjoyed the Lodge.  We think it's a pretty special place also.  Come back again soon!
Sheri
Jul 2018
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Living room with a gas-insert fireplace.
Living room with a gas-insert fireplace.
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Hot tub open all year!
Hot tub open all year!
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Sitting area alongside the river
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