About the property
- Lodge5000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
7 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, sleeps 18
Now renting to families, Echo Lake Lodge, a 5,000 sq. ft., 7 bedroom, 6 bath Lodge on 264 private wooded acres, with a private 19+ acre lake, stocked with trout, small mouth bass and yellow perch. Located 3 ½ miles west of the I-75 Vanderbilt exit (Exit 290),10 miles north of Gaylord, Michigan. 15 minutes from Boyne Mt., less than 45 minutes from Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Mackinac City, Mackinac Bridge, Indian River, and the fabulous northern Michigan ski resorts, snowmoble trails and golf courses. Three 24-hr grocery within 10 minutes.
Just your family, for a quality, fun time. Eat, sleep and play together without other people or distractions. Boating, fishing, swimming, sandy beach, hiking, volleyball, badminton, bocce ball, shuffle board, outdoor (and indoor) barbecue, fire-pit for bonfire, skiing, snowmobiling, games and a relaxing place for reading or quiet conversation with those you love. For those groups needing additional space, there is a separate 3-bedroom Chalet on the property.
Marty or Gaye Smith
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- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 8, 2018
About Marty or Gaye Smith
Echo Lake Lodge has been used by my family and friends since 1974. It was completely renovated was listed for rental for the first time in 2010.
Marty or Gaye Smith purchased this Lodge in 1974
Why Marty or Gaye Smith chose Vanderbilt
This property is unique. It comprises 264 private wooded acres with a 19+ acre lake completely enclosed on the property and a truly magnificent Lodge. There is no one else to distract or interfere with my enjoyment of the property, my family and my friends. It is only 3 hours from the N.W. Detroit area,a little over 3 miles off the freeway, 15 minutes from three 24-hr grocery stores, and in the center of the most beautiful part of northern Michigan. Perfect for Reunions & Weddings.
What makes this Lodge unique
PRIVACY - Private Lake - Lake stocked with rainbow treout, bass, bluegill & perch - 60x12 Bocce Ball Court - 8x40 Shuffleboard Court - Children's Play Area - Fire Pit - 2 outdoor grills - 20x40 Deck over Lake - Wooded Property & trails through the woods
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loved the aptly named echo lake lodge
We held a family reunion here last week - ages from 1 to 66. It was absolutely perfect. The setting is tranquil, so peaceful and private. You will be the only ones on the lake - which results in very calm,glass like water. It's perfect for using the stand up paddleboard and kayak. We didn't end up using the pontoon boat much because we enjoyed the other boats so very much.
It's a great location - short drive to Mackinac, Petoskey and Charlevoix. Many of our group took day trips for bike rides etc, but I personally found it easier and more pleasant to stay on the property with our toddlers. It's perfect for toddlers with a sandy beach and gradual/slow decline into the water. All of the provided games are amazing - we had a gigantic game tournament throughout the week.
Finally, the house set up/bed arrangement worked perfectly for us. It's especially nice that the house is one level and has a walk in shower with hand held spray. My mom has MS so it was nice that it's fairly accessible with one step down to the grass from the house. It was easy to traverse with her walker.
I definitely want to return - with family or friends :)
My kids love this place!!!
We have rented the lodge for a second time, both times during the winter break. The place has everything you can ask for: beautiful peaceful location, nice updated spacious cabin and just 15 minutes drive to Boyne Mountain. Also, if you are an off road vehicle enthusiast there are ATV/snow mobile trails very close. My kids really love this place! We go skiing/tubing at Boyne, ride the snow mobile and enjoy a walk in the woods surrounding this cabin where there's lots of dears.
Marty is great to work with and he promptly accommodated all our requests.
I highly recommend the Echo Lodge and definitely we will go back!!!
Beautiful home Awesome place for a retreat!!
Marty the owner is great to work he works hard to accommodate your needs. Rick and Rhonda the care takers are super nice and also very accommodating. We had a men’s retreat at the property, we rented the Lodge and the Chalet. The properties have tons of space and something for everyone to do. Place was very clean and had everything we needed to have an enjoyable weekend!!!
We will be back again!!!
Beautiful as usual
This was our 4th consecutive year of staying at the Echo Lake Lodge. We are a group of 16 golfers. We rent both the Lodge and the Chalet. First, the property is absolutely gorgeous. We enjoy the huge dock on the private lake, camp fires, and all the games available (bocce ball, etc.). The Lodge is so peaceful and you can be as loud as you want without worrying about disrupting any neighbors. The Chalet has an amazing view looking out over the water and we began renting this to accommodate a larger group of guys. The Lodge is PERFECT for large groups, large families, friends, etc. It has a huge kitchen that allows ample space for cooking. We always cook dinners at the Lodge on our trip and the Kitchen works great for us. There are 2 large living/family room spaces both with windows looking out over the lake, a nice sized table and a screened in porch with an additional table. I would say the only negative about the Echo Lake Lodge is that cell phone service is spotty at best with most carriers ( I think AT&T works just fine)... but that is hardly a concern since we come here to get away from all that.
I would HIGHLY recommend the Echo Lake Lodge, and was very surprised to see a negative review on here. We've stayed here for 4 years and the Lodge has always been clean. The owner recently (from last year) invested in some new furniture and made some nice upgrades to the property. There's 2 nice grills and a paved area for grilling out. We've used the swimming dock, paddle boards and canoe/kayaks (there's also a pontoon boat for rent). We will definitely be back to the Lodge. Great location, convenient to I-75 to get to golf courses, and just a beautiful property. Martin, the owner is great to deal with. He's very prompt in his responses and easy to work with. The cleaning crew/property managers are great to work with as well. We've only had to contact them once. This past year we didn't have enough propane, and they came right out with a new tank.
I'd recommend this property for Large groups.
Filthy pig sty!
The place was filthy! There wasn't one clock that worked and half the lights were burned out. The T.V. didn't work all weekend long. Also the house smelled very musty. We will not be back.
I can't believe this review. It was submitted by "Anonymous" so I have no way to check and see if it was actually submitted by the guest; I will call the guest immediately. Until this "anonymous" review, every review we have received has been "5 Stars".
In the email that I sent the renter for the for that weekend I wrote: "
I take a great deal of pride in the Lodge, so if you find ANYTHING that is not satisfactory, please call me immediately on my cell (248) 760-5073. " I never received a call that anything was wrong.
When I forwarded this negative review to my cleaning company, I received this response: "I am at a loss for words. I have never had a complaint from my own customers so why they are saying it is filthy pig sty blows my mind. We bend over backwards for every customer that comes here. We take great pride in our reputation as well as yours. We have already changed all batteries in the clocks and will check them again. I don't think the clock in the kitchen works but will have to take a closer look at it. The lights being out in the hallway is simply not so. We replace bulbs as soon as we notice them. We try to check them all every time but sometimes there isn't time but in this case I can tell you this just isn't true."
I will ask the guests visiting the week before and the week after the Sept.8th negative reviewer to submit their reviews, so people can compare.
Our Beautiful Wedding
We had our wedding at the Lodge and were so happy with our decision. We wanted a location that would offer us privacy, outdoor scenery, and the opportunity to make our day our own-and we got all that and more at Echo Lake. We had about 130 guests attend and brought in all needed supplies from several vendors and had no problems getting any of it set up. Several family and friends arrived a couple days before hand to spend time with us before the big day and were able to stay on site with us at the Lodge. The amenities at the Lodge made it very easy for everyone to feel comfortable and have plenty of space. We were very happy with the outcome! Can't wait to go back and spend time remembering and celebrating our wedding again!
Private Family Retreat in Northern MI swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, golf, snowmobiling, skiing or just relaxing. Echo Lake Lodge, a 5,000 sq. ft., 7 bedroom, 6 bath Lodge on 264 private wooded acres, with a private 19 acre lake, stocked with small mouth bass, bluegills and yellow perch. Located 3 ½ miles west of the I-75 Vanderbilt exit (Exit 290),10 miles north of Gaylord, Michigan. 15 minutes to Boyne Mt., less than 45 minutes to Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Mackinac City, Mackinac Bridge, Indian River, Boyne Highlands and Nub's Nob ski resorts and the fabulous northern Michigan golf courses. 3 bedroom Chalet available to groups renting the Lodge and needing extra bedroom & facilities.
Other Activities: snowmobiling, water park, canoeing, ice skating
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Deposits are non-refundable. The cost of thoroughly cleaning 6 bathrooms (7, including the Chalet), washing and changing linen in 7 bedrooms with 13 beds, maintaining a fully-equipped 17½ x25 kitchen as well as cleaning, vacuuming and preparing the Lodge (and Chalet) in first-class condition has caused us to institute a cleaning charge of $250 for the Lodge and $90 for the Chalet, in addition to the rental amount. The cleaning crew has only 5 hours between guests to ensure the Lodge and Chalet and surrounding property are in the 100% condition you deserve and expect. There is a $1,000 Refundable Damage Deposit. The Deposit payments are non-refundable.