Rapid River Lodge Rapid River
RAPID RIVER LODGE
RIVERFRONT (Rapid River--adjacent to small waterfalls)
*NEW (2019) LUXURY 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.
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 2020 reservations in September 2019. 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.
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. We 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.
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"
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.
Grill: Yes-there is a natural gas grill.
Hot Tub: NEW IN 2019--We now have a Luxury Hot Tub at the Rapid River Lodge
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.
Snowmobile Trailhead: 7 miles south, off of US 2
- Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
- 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
- Air Hockey table
- Box Fans
- Blow Dryer
- Internet / Wi-Fi
- Basic paper products included
- Coffee maker
- Standard kitchenware & utensils
- Popcorn Maker
- Hot Tub
- Fire pit
- Snowmobile from property
- Patio chairs
- Hunting allowed on property.
|06/18/2019 - 09/03/2019||3||$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|
|12/20/2019 - 01/05/2020||7||$300.00|
|01/06/2020 - 05/20/2020||2||$200.00|
|05/21/2020 - 06/18/2020||3||$250.00|
|06/19/2020 - 09/08/2020||7||$400.00|
We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for returning to Freshwater and the lodge. So cool to host the previous owners!
Thank you for the suggestions. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay.
We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay! We pride ourselves on meeting the basic kitchen/bath needs. Who wants to go on vacation and have to remember to bring towels :)
We look forward to seeing you in a few years!
We are happy the group enjoyed their stay! We appreciate your positive comments. Let there be Light (more soon)! See you soon!
We are thrilled that you utilized the lodge for your business meeting. It is ideal and inspirational. We will see you next time :)
We are so glad we can accommodate your group here at the Rapid River Lodge. We look forward to your visit next year!
Hi Rose, So happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that the light was good for quilting. When you have a chance, check out all of our 72 properties. We give returning guests a 10% discount when they book directly through us. We look forward to working with you in the future!
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Rapid River Lodge. It is a great property. We have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us. We hope to see you again soon.
We are so glad that you all enjoyed your stay for your quilting retreat. Rapid River Lodge is a great property. We hope to see you again soon.
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Also, thank you for the info on the hot tub. We will take care of that. We have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us. We hope to see you again soon.
Crawdad heaven - I love it! Perhaps we need to rename the property. The image of your grandkids wading in the creek is priceless. Interesting about the state campground. We'll look for you again soon.
Gwen, your enthusiasm is addictive! We are thrilled that you had such a good time. The river is quite the special place, especially on a hot summer day. Thanks for the ice cream recommendation also - we just may have to try it ourselves.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Adam, it sounds like Rapid River Lodge was the perfect place for your large group! What a smart idea to hold your office Christmas party there. That amazing stone fireplace would certainly add great ambiance for your festivities, plus the open concept rooms makes for a great flow for large groups. We hope to see you all again in 2019!
Jack, thank you for this review. We especially love it when our guests enjoy our properties as much as we do. Rapid River Lodge is a very special place, and perfect for large groups. Its location on 40 private acres within the Hiawatha National Forest adds to its allure, plus the huge stone fireplace, in winter especially, adds to the already fabulous ambiance. Please accept our apologies for the hot tub not working - it is now back in full working order. Also, just for your information for future rentals with us, we always make certain that the bedding has been cleaned, so there is no need to rewash everything. We really hope to see you back again!
Michael, thank you for this wonderful review. We are thrilled that Rapid River Lodge worked out so well for you and your business associates. The Lodge is perfect for large groups: the huge table for eating or work space, open living spaces and the fabulous stone fireplace make for a comfortable, lovely getaway place. We hope to see you again soon.
Lori, thanks for the great review! We love Rapid River Lodge and the new hot tub is a special delight that we are so happy you enjoyed. We hope to see you again soon
Celestina, we are thrilled that your retreat was a success! Rapid River Lodge is perfect for retreats and other large groups. The huge table, stone fireplace and the river view all add to the allure of this property. We'll look forward to your return.
Vinod, we are so glad that your large group enjoyed Rapid River Lodge. Located on 40 private acres within the Hiawatha National Forest, the spacious lodge is great for large groups to gather. It's a great location for visiting the wonderful site of the beautiful UP. We hope you and your guests come back again.
Andrew, congratulations on the wedding! What a perfect spot to have the wedding and the reception. We are thrilled that everything worked out so well. The layout and spaciousness of the lodge makes it perfect for large groups. We'd love to work with you again soon!
Mike, we are so happy that your family reunion was a success at Rapid River Lodge. It is the perfect property for large groups to be comfortable. It is great for getting away in the lovely Hiawatha National Forest, plus you can make day trips to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and Mackinac Bridge. Your 4 legged friends c an also join you! We hope to host you again soon.
Ellen, what great review, and what fun it sounds like you all had at Rapid River Lodge! It is such a great spot for large groups to vacation together. Between the hot tub and the firepit, it sounds like you had it made. We hope that you come back again.
Peggy, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed staying at Rapid River Lodge. Located on 40 private acres within the Hiawatha National Forest, with a new hot tub and room for 18-20 guests, it is the perfect vacation spot. We'll let the owners know your thoughts on the screen doors and will get the propane grill tank fixed immediately. In the future, if something like that happens, feel free to call us and we will get someone out to fix it right away.