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THE LODGE POLE – News from North Rivers

by Joe Neumann
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Now starting our third season of operation as North Rivers Lodge, we’ve made big strides with the slow-moving, massive restoration effort to preserve these fine old cedar log cabins.  New bedding, major appliances, furniture, plus some furnaces and hot water tanks were installed as well.  Restoration and improvements to the cabins continued during the past winter, but as is common, I did not get to everything I wanted done.  We’ll keep chipping away at the stone to maintain steady improvements, while retaining the unique antiquity and rustic charm of the cabins and grounds.

Weary from a long winter’s hibernation, lodge guests have been returning to enjoy their spring activities – whether it be riding the trails, exploring the forests, fly fishing or paddling the region’s beautiful rivers.  The morel mushroom hunters are foraging in woods, looking for spring’s edible bounty of mushrooms and sprouts.  ATV and ORV riders have taken to the area’s vast system of trails, despite a rather muddy season.  Late season steelhead anglers and Spring turkey hunters have been occupying their favorite cabins for their annual pilgrimages.

North River’s first event of the season was the Trout Opener Weekend.  This year was a fun blend of returning guests with some welcomed new faces added to the opening weekend tradition.  Some groups have been coming here for the Trout Opener for decades, even generations!  The Little Manistee did not perform on par during the opener this year, but adaptable anglers found their quarry on the nearby P.M., Pine and Big Sable rivers.  We hope to see everybody back again at the same time next year!

Mesick’s Annual Blessing of the Jeeps brought groups of jeepers to the lodge.  Caravans of Jeeps in all years, styles, colors and configurations paraded up and down the highways.  Next weekend is the Blessing of the Bikes, which will have the same guests returning year after year on their motorcycles.  Directly following, during Memorial Day Weekend will be the Blessing of the ATVs in Irons.  Although the county’s Tourist Associations are running out of things to bless, I suspect everybody’s recreational vehicles should find salvation before June.

As schools get closer to summer vacation, email inquiries and phone calls requesting available dates have been pouring in.  It’s highly recommended that vacationer’s calendars be checked, bosses notified, and reservations secured as summer weeks and holiday weekends are booking up quickly.  It’s never too early to plan ahead for Fall activities.  Deer, bear and bird hunters, as well as salmon and steelhead anglers may want to make sure their cabins are secured with a reservation.
To check availability and discuss cabin options, please call us at 231-266-6014