Torch River Retreat Rapid City

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Cabin--Directly ON Torch River (Rapids City, MI): Sleeps 4, Private Dock, Kayak/Paddle Boat included   Dog friendly

Pets Welcome







*RIVERFRONT (Torch River backdoor, Torch Lake front door)
*KAYAK Included (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

*PRIVATE DOCK-One side is available for guest use

This is cozy, old-school cottage located right on Torch River. This home is unique because from the front door you will see the popular all-sports Torch Lake and out the backdoor you gaze upon Torch River. The public beach access is directly across the street from the property, which has a small sand bar. In addition, with a private dock, this home allows you to use bring your own water vessel or you are free to use the kayak, which is included in your stay. There is a waterway passage from the river to the lake and vise versa. When taking your boat (up to 30') to and from, please watch for stumps in the water. You may also want to observe other boats on how they get through because the waterway is not clearly marked. 

Having a main floor and an upper level, there is enough space to separate yourselves for some peace and quiet! Upstairs plays host to the 2 bedrooms and only bathroom-with a bath tub in the home, while the main floor is occupied by the kitchen and living room. An attached-garage is also where you will find water goodies and extra supplies. With patio furniture and fire-pit, you will thoroughly enjoy your time on Torch River.



ATV's: Not allowed on property

Bathroom: 1 full bathroom with a bath tub on upper level

Beach/Swimming: The public access beach is right across the street from the home (it is a small access). Swimming can also be done on the property. On the property, there is a break-wall, and then the water. It is shallow and gradually increases in depth.

Boat Rentals:  Vacation Water Sports  231-350-8745


Bedroom Configuration:  
****SLEEPS 4 MAX****
Master Bedroom-upper floor: 1 Queen bed
Bedroom #2-upper floor: 1 Full bed

Boats: Kayak is included in your stay (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Bugs:  On top of your standard array of Michigan bugs such as mosquitos, spiders, ants, bees, ticks, flies, wasps, beetles, and stink bugs, every so often (2 times/year on average) we see no-see-ums, which find their way not only outside, yet through the screens) 

Cell phone service: Sprint seems to work well

              * Traverse City: 35 minutes (24 miles)               
              * Grand Rapids: 2 ½ hours (147 miles) 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 2 hours (108 miles)

Dock: One side of the 30 foot private dock is available for your use. 

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at

Grill: Propane Grill is on property with an extra tank in the garage. Propane provided

Grocery Store:  Garth Bluff Grocery - 9787 County 513 T Rd, Rapid River, MI 49878  (906) 474-6895

Internet: Wi-Fi

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillowcases and bath towels.

Parking: There is only parking for a single car on the property.

Pets: 1 Dog 15lbs or less will be considered. Please contact us. Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet for your entire stay. We do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on.  Just let us know which bed you will be using with them, and we’ll make sure it is ready for your sheets when you arrive. Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum. Generally, dogs love the water and places to explore. Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed.

Smoking: No smoking allowed of any kind, on the property. Due to the close proximity of the neighbors, it is strictly prohibited.

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  It's always good to bring extra though.

Washer and dryer: The home does NOT have a washer/dryer

Wood: Guests can find firewood for sale about a mile from the home. 


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Central air conditioning
  • Garage
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Miscellaneous Fees
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Crockpot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Good Fishing
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Swimming on Property

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $249.00


5 stars
Love this place, I think this is the 5th time staying and it doesn’t get old. Every summer we make a trip to torch and you just can’t beat this location. Thanks for the memories and will see you next summer


Welcome back, William! We are so happy to know that year after year, you continue to have a great experience, and are able to appreciate the fantastic location this home offers! We can't wait to have you back next year, and hope you continue building on the memories! 
Aug 2023
Torch lake river rentals
Cottage was very clean. The information on the rental was spot on. They need to fix the wallpaper, but very nice. I would highly recommend. We are planning on going back. Property Manager was very attentive. Very positive, sweet, kind.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Marjie! We appreciate you bringing the wallpaper to our attention, so we can do the work needed to get that in better shape for future stays. It's great to know that you enjoyed your stay, and would recommend the home! Hopefully we will have a chance to host another stay with you in the future! 
Sep 2022
Freshwater Vacations makes sure it's customer is happy!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Torch River Retreat. This is our fifth year renting this cottage and we plan to continue! There were a few issues that arose with the cottage, but Freshwater Vacations was quick to help solve issues and even provided compensation when there was no hot water in our cottage. We really appreciate them realizing that customers should be compensated for an extreme inconvenience during vacation. We are always impressed with this rental company and how well they take care of their customers!


Hi again Kim! We truly appreciate the kudos to our team, and are grateful for your continued support of our company (we'd love to keep having you back)! We do sincerely apologize for the inconvenience during your stay, and as mentioned, we do work hard to ensure our guests are able to check out with a good experience to remember. We'd love to host you again for a 6th stay at Torch River!
Aug 2022
5 star Location!
Location, Location, Location! This spot was exactly what we were looking for. Close to the Torch Lake sandbar and a relaxing river behind the house. House was newly remodeled and was supplied with everything we needed. We will be back for sure! 


Thank you for such a lovely review, Jason! We are so happy you found the homes location ideal while visiting Torch Lake! We also appreciate you taking notice of the care, and attention to amenities the owners have provided, so we could do our best to ensure guests have an enjoyable stay. We can't wait to have you back! 
Jul 2022
Excellent Location
Excellent location that was literally steps (maybe 20-30) from the sandbar. We really appreciated being able to rent for days as opposed to a full week. Very clean with convenient items such as can opener, utensils, lighters, etc. if you plan on using the fire pit, the store down the road never had any, but it was only a 5-10 min drive to buy $5 bundles. Will definitely reserve again.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Torch River, Laura! We truly appreciate knowing that you enjoyed your time at the home, and found the location to be ideal for everything you wanted to get to while in the area, as well as being supplied with all needed amenities. We would truly love to have you back! 
Jul 2022
Great location! The house was just as advertised! Great water toys! Also if you’re bringing your boat anything over 20 foot you’ll have to find a spot to park your trailer. Mine is 20 foot so it fit in front yard disconnected from my Jeep. Also the river can be very shallow in spots just watch your depth finder!! We will be back to this property again

Tom, we appreciate the boating information and are glad to know you had a good time.  We enjoyed having you as our guest and are happy to know that you will be returning!
Aug 2020
Great service!
This was our third time renting the torch river retreat from Freshwater Vacation Rentals. Each time we rented with Freshwater, they have been extremely responsive. Before our trip, during and after, they respond to any inquiries usually within minutes. If they don’t know the answer, they look into it and get back as soon as possible. We have been very pleased with the service we have received from freshwater vacation rentals. We look forward to renting from them again next summer!

Kimberly, thank you for the kind words for FVR.  Our goal is to make every guest's vacation the very best possible.  The fact that you have returned 3 times says it all.  That's the best review we could ever ask for.  We'll look for you again in 2021!
Aug 2020
Such a cute place - enjoyed our stay will rent again !
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Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Kim, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Torch River Lodge.  There is a private dock, a paddle boat and a kayak for our guests to use.  Guests also have both the river and the lake to explore.  We'll look for you return visit.
Aug 2019

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Marissa, we are happy tp hear that you enjoyed Torch River Retreat.  This home is unique because from the front door you will see the popular all-sports Torch Lake and out the backdoor you gaze upon Torch River. The public access beach is right across the street from the home.  A kayak and paddle boat are ready for guests to use.
Jul 2019
Awesome rental company they answered our questions whatever time we had them (even 11 pm when we couldn’t figure out the lights). This is our second stay at the house and the location is perfect.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Marissa, thanks for the kudos to FVR.  Helping our guests have the best possible vacation is our #1 priority.  We are glad that you came back to Torch River Retreat.  That all by itself makes it a great review.  At Torch River Retreat you have both the river and the lake, both a kayak and a paddle boat plus good swimming.  It's a vacationers dream.
Jul 2019
Had an amazing time with my family of four. Thank you Cara for answering all our questions. Can’t wait to go back!

Paula, we are so happy that you and your family loved Torch River Retreat.  With swimming on property, a private dock, and a kayak and paddle boat included, you have all you need to enjoy the perfect summer vacation.  We look forward to your return!
Jun 2019
Beautiful, waterfront Torch Lake property!
eciateWe were very pleased with our decision to stay at the Torch River Retreat!! For starters, the home was very crisp and clean, and was adorably decorated with all the “beachy” accessories! We also really loved being within walking distance to the public access point of Torch Lake which was immediately across the street, and enjoyed the beautiful view of Torch River in the backyard. During the day we utilized the paddle boat and kayak provided with the property, and we spent our nights curled up with a bonfire under the stars. While at the lake a neighbor even introduced herself to give us tips of where to eat and explore! It was truly a perfect little getaway and we would definitely recommend to anyone looking to visit Torch Lake!!!



We love your enthusiasm for Torch River Retreat, Melanie, and I know the owners will appreciate how much you liked how it was decorated!  It is a very special place, and having guests like yourself who really get into the pleasure of the property makes it a win-win.  We look forward to working with you again in the near future.
Jun 2018

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