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Gateway to Pictured Rocks Lodge - on the Manistique River. Home of UP Outfitters

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,850 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Longest standing building in Germfask full of history and centrally located!

Lower level apartment in longest standing building in historic Germfask is less than an hour from Pictured Rocks, minutes from Seney National Wildlife Refuge, and overlooks the Manistique River! Three bedrooms, two baths, spacious apartment with large kitchen, living and dining. Grill out on the deck, fish for trout, or paddle the Manistique, this is the perfect location for those exploring the eastern half of the Upper Peninsula! You are 90 minutes or less to the Soo locks, Tahquamenon Falls, Kitchi iti kippi, Escanaba, Marquette, and Mackinaw City!

Owner is Tom Funke, Author of 50 Hikes in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail. This is the base of operations for Upper Peninsula Outfitters, and rental includes use of canoes and kayaks. On-site manager is a lifelong Yooper and experienced naturalist. Feel free to tap into ur our knowledge of the area when planning your trip.

The Jolly Inn is across the street and there is a bodega in town as well.

Germfask is the starting point for Snowmobile trail #43 linking you to Grand Marais, Tahquamenon and more.

More Details

Property Manager
Tom Funke
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

About Tom Funke

Hello! My name is Tom Funke. I am the author of 50 Hikes in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail, and the owner of Upper Peninsula Outfitters. I hold a Biology Degree from Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!) and I've recently retired from a 25 year career working in the non-profit world.

I was born in Muskegon, Michigan but grew up in Bangor, Michigan, and have lived in Cadillac, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and most recently Hastings, Michigan.

Tom Funke purchased this apartment in 2015

Why Tom Funke chose Germfask

Inspired by the building in Grand Marais which is home to Grand Marais Outfitters, I knew this would be the building which would be home to my outfitting business. It has a ton of history, two apartments, and a large garage. Best of all, access to the Manistique River.

Most of my life I've lived in old farmhouses, having learned that there is a lot of work that goes into remodeling and upgrading facilities.

What makes this apartment unique

This house has been many things over the year: a township hall, train station, dance hall, salon (as in hair salon), general store, canoe livery, and a private residence.

We utilize solar energy for part of our electricity needs with the future goal of being totally self sufficient on renewable energy. There is an artisan well (currently capped) on the property, if uncapped, would provide unlimited energy through the use of a Pelton Wheel.

We are at the trailhead for snowmobile trail #43, and, just minutes from the Seney National Wildlife refuge. We are also surrounded by state and national forests. It is truly a wildlife lover's dream to be here.


Germfask Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Do not park on paved driveway. Park to the right of the entrance door.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Miners & Birders Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Birder's Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , There is an extra, unassembled twin in the closet.
    Miners Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , There is an extra twin bed, unassembled, in closet
    Master bedroom - 1 queen , There is a queensize air mattress in closet and a twin bed
  • There are three extra twin beds and a queen size air mattress that can be assembled and placed in the dining and/or living room if needed. Twins only require a pair of channel locks/adjustable wrench.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
There is a mud room & coming soon, a laundry room.


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Gateway to Pictured Rocks Lodge - on the Manistique River. Home of UP Outfitters
average rating of 4.285714 based on 14 reviews
Brooklyn Park, MN

Great place to start a Pictured Rocks National Shoreline adventure!

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Tom's place as part of a backpacking trip through the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline. Tom also owns the TrailSpotters shuttle service, which delivered us to our hiking start point. Our driver, Brian, was very helpful and flexible after a long drive and late arrival to the apartment.

The apartment was well equipped for us to cook a hearty breakfast before our hike. The three bedrooms would allow a larger group than just me and my wife to stay here. Some of the beds are small, but if you're heading to camp, any size mattress is a step above the ground.

The apartment really helped us to kickoff a successful and beautiful week in the woods! In addition to Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, the apartment is close to numerous ATV trails and the Seney National Wildlife Refuge for canoeing, kayaking and hiking. What a beautiful area!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Short but good stay in Germfask!

  • 4 of 5

Germfask is a fun town, small but fun. The VRBO lodge is clean and very nice, with friendly and helpful owners. Stay here!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great place to stay in the UP!

  • 4 of 5

Spacious, clean apartment with lots of great books. Backyard is very cool, with a fire pit and a wonderful overview of the Manistique River. Great bar across the street. Owners are very friendly and helpful. Will stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lots of space, great hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived kind of late, well after dark. We were greeted with warmth and friendliness, and even some suggestions about what we might want to do the next day. We took the 7-mile drive through the Seney Wildlife Refuge and enjoyed it very much, especially seeing all the swans! The house provided great basic accommodations for people who just want someplace to stay while they are enjoying the outdoor activities. The decor includes some fun antiques, including an old pair of hockey skates, a signed hockey stick and a great fishing rod and reel. It is not a beautiful house, but it is comfortable, spacious, and has plenty of TV channels. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a Pit Stop On Your Way to Pictured Rocks

  • 5 of 5

We were coming from down state headed up to Pictured Rocks. This was a perfect location to break up the long drive before heading to the trail head. The owners were SUPER nice and accommodating, and helped us with some trip details. We had 3 couples. It would be nice if they had 3 full sized or queen beds. Instead, they had 2 and 2 twin beds, but the great price outweighed the inconvenience for us. The history and decor of the place were really fun and we all really admired it. I would definitely stay here again. They also have a more affordable, more rustic option to camp in the back yard which I appreciate and might take advantage of next time. They have separate ammenities for campers which is really convenient. All in all, I highly recommend this place. Everyone in our crew had a positive experience in and around the property and I would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Brian and Rebecca were very helpful and we had a pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Jolly Inn
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Newberry Country Club
Nearest Train
270 Miles
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
US 2
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Jolly Inn
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Luce County Park
Car: necessary

We are centrally located between Marquette, Escanaba, St. Ignace, and Saulte Sainte Marie, each of which are 65-75 miles from Germfask. Nearby towns include Manistique (30 miles), Newberry (35 miles), Curtis (20 miles), Munising (35 miles) and Grand Marais (32 miles).

Less than half a mile is the ski/bike entrance (no motorized vehicles) to Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The Manistique River flows through town and you can access it from the property.

Blaney Park is 9 miles away and is home to several antique stores.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Damage Deposit $100

It is a violation of Michigan State Law to smoke inside this building.

Upper Peninsula Outfitters uses a the garage and back of the property as the base of its operations. There is a large outfitter tent on site that is used for customer lodging.

Canoe and Kayak rentals are provided free of charge, but is based on availability. Please contact us in advance to make special arrangements. Spotting service on Manistique river available for small fee.

River access must be arranged through property manager, due to safety concerns.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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