Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Private Family Luxury Retreat, Lodge in 264 wooded acres w/ private stocked lake

Bedrooms 7
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Marty or Gaye Smith
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 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

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dick & Deb

We just got married outside on this beautiful piece of property on Oct.6, 2012 the colors were unbelievable as it reflected on our private 20 acre lake. We had our Kids families and grand kids with us during this special time, everyone had lots to do on this 260 + acre property. It was almost impossible to stop the kids from fishing long enough to see Deb and I get married. EVERYONE had lots of room in the 7 bedroom house that overlooked the lake and fall color. 18 people in one house and lots of room for more. a great place to get married and Oct. is the best color you would hope to see anywhere in Michigan.

If you’re looking for a special place in time, this is it!
Oct 2012
  • 1 of 2


Vanderbilt Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets - Must be housebroken - owners must pick-up waste & fecal matter from yard
  • Bring life jackets for young children - (Adult's provided). Play area with swings & slide, large sand beach, High Chair and Pac-N'-Play available
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared by 1 & 2
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Private
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Kid's Bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Private
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Private
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Private
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Private bath
    Kid's Bedroom - 6 twin/ single , 3 Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Private Bath
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Private Bath
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Private Bath
  • 7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms. Beds: 3 King, 2 Queen, 2 Twin & 3 full-size Bunk Beds. Four of the bedrooms have private bathrooms, Bedrooms 1 & 2 share a bathroom and the kid's have a private bathroom adjoining their bedroom. There is a separate Chalet on the property with 3 bedrooms (2-king, one with 2 double beds) one-bath available to groups renting the Lodge when additional bed rooms are needed. There is a separate charge for the Chalet. It is only rented to the group renting the Lodge in order to maintain the privacy of the property. Including the Chalet, sleeping would increase to a maximum of 26 (depending on gender/relationships).
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Kitchen 17 ½ X 25 with a is 52” X 10 ft. Island, 2 dishwashers, 2 sinks (garbage disposals), 2 refrigerators, indoor Bar B-Q, dishes, silverware, pots, pans, coffee maker, Cuisinart, blender, microwave/Advantium, everything you would expect in your private estate. Of course everyone wants to cook, that way the entire family eats together in your private Lodge. The dining area has a 60' round table seating 10 as well as a large coffee table in the living room. The attached screened porch is 12x32, with dining table, lounges and padded chairs and an extra table, if needed. Private stocked lake for swimming, boating and fishing, sandy beach, fire pit for bonfires. There is a large sandy beach and a 20x40 deck over the lake with outdoor table and chairs about 50 feet from the Lodge. There is a pontoon boat with an electric-start motor available for the entire rental period at an extra charge. Bocce ball and shuffleboard courts.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(43 traveler reviews)

97% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
2% Complete
Private Family Luxury Retreat, Lodge in 264 wooded acres w/ private stocked lake
average rating of 4.9069767 based on 45 reviews
Chicago, IL

loved the aptly named echo lake lodge

  • 5 of 5

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 :)

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

My kids love this place!!!

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful home Awesome place for a retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Nashville, TN

Beautiful as usual

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Filthy pig sty!

  • 1 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 2

Our Beautiful Wedding

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


Car: necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Chalet for Summer Week $2,275 + Tax
Pontoon boat for week $750 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning for Chalet $90 + Tax
Cleaning $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

You might like these similar properties