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The Old Dam Inn - A Spacious Waterfront Retreat in Northwestern Michigan

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Eight bedrooms, five bathrooms with direct boat access to four beautiful lakes.

The Old Dam Inn is a great historic vacation spot for families that love the outdoors! Enjoy 400 feet of frontage on the Penoyer Creek Channel plus direct boat access to four beautiful lakes totaling 650 acres. With eight bedrooms and five baths (three in private suites), you'll have plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Central air conditioning installed in May of 2018. Six of the eight bedrooms also have large ceiling fans.

Easily accommodates 20-25 overnight guests with privacy. Private, wooded setting in the Manistee National Forest. Commercial style kitchen with two ranges, two refrigerators, two ceiling fans and two dishwashers. All cookware, utensils, paper products and linens provided - just bring your toys and your treats.

Two large covered porches, washer/dryer, fire pit, BBQ/Smoker. Two paddle boats, a two person kayak and three-person rowboat are included (seating for thirteen people). Only three miles to the Mighty Muskegon River for excellent Trout, Salmon and Steelhead fishing.

Close to cities of Newaygo and Fremont for fun shopping and dining. Many other lakes and rivers also in the area. Travel time from Chicago is about 4.5 hours and 3.5 hours from metro Detroit. We are less than an hour from Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan.

Be sure to read the additional guest comments at end of the 'Owner Story.' These were left in our Guest Handbook and are not included in the reviews.

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. EST and Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Early Check-in and late Check-out may be available depending on adjacent booking schedules. Much more detail can be seen by going to our main website,, or clicking on the "Links & Video" section of this listing.

More Details

Innkeepers - Kurt and Heather Giberson
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, Heather is pretty good at sign language (ASL)
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About Innkeepers - Kurt and Heather Giberson

Your Innkeepers are Kurt and Heather Giberson, originally from Dearborn, Michigan and now living in beautiful Brooks Township in Newaygo County. Kurt is a retired public works director and Heather is a retired public schools teacher. We live in our former cottage, just down the street from the Old Dam Inn. Our children are enjoying the rural experience, which includes raising their friendly chickens.

Innkeepers - Kurt and Heather Giberson purchased this lodge in 2009

Why Innkeepers - Kurt and Heather Giberson chose Newaygo

We've owned woods and water property in western Michigan since the early 1990's and every time we were driving back home to southeastern Michigan we took a different route to explore new opportunities. After years of doing this we came across a very hilly area in Brooks Township, Newaygo County, that was heavily forested and had many beautiful lakes.

We learned that it had been a white pine logging area over one hundred years ago and it also was famous for the cottages surrounding the lakes. This spot came to be known as 'Little Switzerland' due to the beautiful waters and steep sloped terrain. One day as we were heading home we noticed a for sale sign on Old Dam Road and stopped to look at a small cottage on the Penoyer Creek Channel. The creek was named after the Penoyer brothers from Chicago, who were the first non-natives to settle here (1830's). To us it seemed perfect with the waterfront views and wooded setting. We quickly arranged to purchase the property and over the years we acquired three more parcels on the Channel, including The Old Dam Inn.

While there are many cottages and homes very nearby, where we are just about all you can see are the woods and the water, which is just fine with us. The towering white and red pines on the property are very special for us.

We spent four years renovating the The Old Dam Inn to provide our guests with quality furnishings and a flavor of the local history. The Inn is the former residence of the well-known local aviator, photographer, journalist and outdoorsman, Dick Black. In the 1960's and 1970's, Dick was a partner of Mort Neff, who hosted the popular 'Michigan Outdoors' television program in Detroit for many, many years. The Inn's rooms feature aviation, fishing and hunting themes that are based on real local history.

What makes this lodge unique

The Old Dam Inn is perfect for large family gatherings, wedding parties, and fishing/hunting/outdoor sports. With eight private bedrooms and five bathrooms (three in private suites) you can very comfortably and privately accommodate 20-25 overnight guests. We offer complimentary high-speed wireless internet access throughout the Inn and its grounds, as well as Netflix, internet streaming and plenty of DVD's. There are six televisions (five are flat screens).

You can bring your own boat or use our two paddleboats, rowboat and two-person kayak to reach four inter-connected and unique lakes (Emerald, Sylvan, Pickerel and Kimball). Enjoy these clean and clear lakes for water-skiing, fishing, swimming or just for the beautiful views. You can also kayak down the picturesque Penoyer Creek to the Old Dam. If you like the woods, you will like our setting. From the Camp Newaygo Wetland Trail only a 1/4 mile away by foot, to the vast North Country Trail a couple of miles away, there are many opportunities to hike. If you like quaint towns, you will enjoy the arts and outdoor themes of nearby Fremont (Baby Food Capital of the World - Gerber Baby Food Company) and Newaygo, which straddles the Mighty Muskegon River and offers some of the finest salmon and trout fishing in the U.S. Check out the giant concrete fish heads poking out of the ground in Newaygo's Riverside Park

There are also thousands of acres of the Manistee National Forest within minutes of the Old Dam Inn. From our property we regularly see Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons and Pileated Woodpeckers (one was banging away on our front porch this morning!). Other regular visitors include an abundance of White-tailed Deer, as well as the River Otters, Beaver, Mink, Muskrats, Opossum and Raccoons. On occasion we see coyotes and bobcats too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The view is incredible, and the atmosphere is nothing I could put into words. This is exactly what I needed."
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Newaygo, Michigan

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Max. adults: 25
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 22 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • First Floor Common Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , All new fixtures in 2012. Granite top lavatory.
    First Floor Private Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private for Newt's Nook. Granite top lavatory
    Second Floor Common Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , All new fixtures in 2012. Granite top lavatory
    Second Floor Private Bathroom 1 - toilet , Private bath for The Crow's Nest.' All new fixtures in 2012.
    Second Floor Private Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , New tub/shower and granite lavatory in 2012.
  • We have five bathrooms (four are full baths), three of which are in private bedroom suites. You can view each bathroom in more detail now by visiting our main website:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Raptor's Roost - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private suite with full bath (tub/shower), sitting area, TV
    The Crow's Nest - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private suite with sitting room, TV, half-bath, water view.
    White-tail Point - 1 king , Antique bedroom set, deer mounts, desk, water view
    Inner Sanctum - 1 double , Retro science fiction theme, closet
    Newt's Nook - 1 double , Private bath with tub/shower, TV, water view
    Sunrise - 1 double , Fishing theme, closet and desk, view of the woods
    Sunset - 1 double , Fishing theme, washer/dryer, desk, water view
    Lava Lounge - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Lava lamp theme, 42 inch flat screen TV
  • The Inn has eight private bedrooms, three of which are in suites with a private bath. Six of these bedrooms have ceiling fans. You can view each bedroom in more detail now by visiting our main website: From this site you can also view nearly 80 guest reviews/comments and download a copy of our Complete Guest Handbook, which is loaded with details about The Old Dam Inn and the Newaygo area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Newaygo County is a sports person's paradise. We have abundant opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating, snowmobiling, hiking and off-roading. We are near the quaint cities of Newaygo and Fremont, which offer dining, shopping and many cultural activities. Links to local activities and restaurants can be found on our main website:


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The Old Dam Inn - A Spacious Waterfront Retreat in Northwestern Michigan
average rating of 4.8 based on 62 reviews
Fenton, MI

Even Better Than Described!

  • 5 of 5

We held a weekend gathering for 20 family members to celebrate my mother's 75th birthday. The place could not have been more perfect! Not only was the Inn clean, spacious and beautifully decorated, the layout provided privacy for each family along with common areas for gathering. Kurt and Heather are warm and welcoming, not to mention very knowledgeable about the area and the Inn's history. We also appreciated the fact that the Inn was so well furnished - every kitchen utensil you could need, enough sheets and towels for our entire army plus games, books, firewood and more. They thought of everything.

  • Submitted: 22-May-2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 14 friends had a lovely time at the Old Dam Inn! There was plenty of room for everyone to sleep and lounge comfortably. The kitchen was perfect for our group - lots of room for cooking and socializing, plenty of fridge space, and every kitchen tool you could want.

The house was incredibly clean and cozy. Thanks to Kurt and Heather for a wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: 5-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Old Dam Inn was perfect for our group of cross country runners who got together for a weekend relay race. Kurt and Heather were perfect hosts. Kurt met us upon arrival and showed us around the Inn. Heather brought us a basket full of fresh eggs and they were delicious! There was plenty of room for all 17 of us. Each room has its own theme and is wonderfully decorated. Only wish we had longer to stay and see everything! The Inn is immaculate and has all the amenities you could possibly need for a nice long weekend! We loved staying here and would definitely recommend The Old Dam Inn! Thank you for a lovely weekend. GC

  • Submitted: 1-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a charming house!

  • 5 of 5

We had planned a girls trip to the area and the old dam inn was the perfect property for the 19 of us. Heather and Kurt we her curtious and we're waiting for us on the porch upon our arrival. Each bedroom has it's own character. The kitchen was extremely well organized and we were able to find everything needed to complete our meals. A wonderful place over all.

Thanks again,


  • Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great unique property

  • 4 of 5

The Inn was perfect for our group. Kurt was very accommodating. Kids had a great time. So many things to explore in the home. Take the time to read the history and appreciate the Inn.

  • Submitted: 7-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a family reunion!

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a fantastic time at the property. The lake activities were a huge hit with people of all ages, especially kids. The owner Kurt was so helpful. Definitely recommend to all.

  • Submitted: 3-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Gerald R. Ford International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Downtown Newaygo (multiple)
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Muskegon, Michigan
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Waters Edge Golf Club, more nearby
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown Newaygo (multiple)
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Two public beaches (Newaygo/Fremont) 3-9 miles
Car: necessary

Check out the Newaygo Chamber of Commerce website for details on special events, shopping, etc.:


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Newaygo, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2018
Mar 29 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
May 25 2018 - Sep 4 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
Sep 5 2018 - Jan 2 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$383.31

We look forward to your visit and will do everything we can to make your stay with us relaxing and enjoyable. Please feel free to contact us in advance to discuss any special requirements you may have. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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