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Welcome to Birch Lodge

Historic Birch Lodge and the Birch Lodge Motel are situated on almost 20 acres of woods, lawn, and beach only 30 minutes north of St. Ignace, Michigan on Big Trout Lake (aka Carp Lake). Located just west of the village of Trout Lake, MI, the lodge and motel are accessed by a wooded drive winding a quarter mile off of Co .Rt. H-40. View map.

This unique property has been the focus of family vacations for generations. As the new owners, we invite you to start a family tradition of your own. As a base to explore Michigan's Upper Peninsula, it is centrally located to many area attractions, or simply stay on the grounds and enjoy relaxation on the lake.

Birch Lodge Motel

The Birch Lodge Motel is nestled between the woods and the lake. It has eight generous sized, clean and comfortable rooms. Rooms are available seasonally May through October. For more information please view our motel rooms and rates.

Birch Lodge

Historic Birch Lodge is undergoing restoration with plans to re-open as a Trout Lake bed and breakfast. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Lodge was built in 1911 by Dr. Edgar Ford as a T.B. Sanitarium and Summer Resort. Restoration began in 2010 to the exterior of the building and included the rebuilding the 100-foot-long lakefront porch. Please follow our progress on our blog. You may also be interested to read more about the history of the lodge and see vintage photos on our history page.

Things to do Here

Stroll along our quarter-mile of frontage on 560-acre Big Trout Lake and enjoy the sunset. Listen to the loons. Walk through the spacious grounds and observe our flora and fauna. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available for cook-outs beneath the birches.

Enjoy the sun and fresh air lying on our large, private sandy beach. Enjoy our new lakeside patio/firepit! Row boats are available, and the township park has a boat-ramp if you would like to bring your own boat. Fishing on the lake yields northern pike, walleye, bass, perch, sunfish, and seasonally salmon and trout! Or explore the many area attractions within an hour's drive.

Come stay with us and be part of the tradition!

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Sunset at Trout Lake


Fall Photo of Birch Lodge


Trout Lake

Trout Lake
Birch Lodge in Trout Lake, Michigan