Muskegon River Lodge, MI

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Newaygo, Michigan.

Muskegon River Lodge, MI


Imagine your own private, full log walkout chalet nestled on 12.5 acres of secluded woodlands with 400' of Muskegon River frontage, replete with brown and rainbow trout, Pacific salmon, and steelhead holding right out front. It's the Muskegon River Lodge on western Michigan's Muskegon River.

Offering national quality fly fishing year round, the Muskegon River with its anadromous runs of steelhead and salmon and resident brown and rainbow trout is a substantial western style river with prolific caddis and mayfly hatches and tremendous numbers of salmon and steelhead fry supporting the fishery. Technical and deep nymphing, dry-fly fishing, sinktip streamer stripping, and two-handed Spey casting presentations produce in season. The Muskegon is a remarkable river, and best of all, it's yours to enjoy. Whether you're a party of two or a group of eight, the Muskegon River Lodge is reserved exclusively for you and your guests. Slip into the hot tub, settle into the sauna, kick back in the lounge, or scan the river for rises from the deck overlooking the river. Walk to the rivers edge and board large, comfortable, jet boats expressly designed for fly fishing and piloted by RiverQuest Charters fly-fishing guides, licensed by the State of Michigan and the United States Coast Guard. At days end, refresh and kick back with the extraordinary culinary creations of Chef Heather Allen. The Muskegon River Lodge, intimate and beautiful—perfect for your next fly fishing adventure, couples get-away, or corporate retreat.

Date Range

Year around.

What is Provided to Customer

Grilled New York strip steaks, Atlantic salmon, or pork loin with salad and garlic bread are prepared and served on the boat midway through the float trip. RiverQuest guides supply beverages, snacks, and have premium fly fishing gear available for your use.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Western Michigan, Muskegon River, 45 miles north of Grand Rapids at Newaygo. The river is best accessed by boat, however wading is seasonally available.

Typical Weather by Season

Month High Low
January 29 14
February 32 15
March 42 24
April 56 35
May 69 45
June 78 55
July 83 59
August 81 57
September 72 50
October 60 39
November 46 30
December 34 20

NOTE: This information is specific to weather in Lansing, Michigan (which approximates weather in western Michigan). ©2012 Network


Sample of Typical Itinerary

RiverQuest Charters, the exclusive fly-fishing guide service for the Muskegon River Lodge, offers full day float trips that typically begin at daybreak during spring steelhead season and progressively begin later in the day as resident trout fishing takes center stage. Once caddis and mayfly hatches commence in mid-May, float trips begin in the early afternoon and conclude after nightfall. Summer and early fall trout and smallmouth bass trips may be scheduled to begin in the morning or afternoon. Fall Chinook salmon and steelhead floats typically begin at daybreak, although they may be scheduled with later starts. Winter steelhead floats begin in late morning and conclude in late afternoon.


On-site Activities

Fly fishing; hot tub; sauna and recreation lounge. Kayaking and canoeing via guests' watercraft or by area rental.

Off-site Activities

Wingshooting; golf; horseback riding; shopping for antiques and curios in quaint Lake Michigan coastline villages; swimming in Lake Michigan; snowshoeing; cross-country skiing; snowmobiling; and hiking.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

The Muskegon River Lodge is a full log, two story, walkout chalet with a full bath and bedroom with king sized bed on the main floor. The walkout level also has a full bath and king-sized bed along with two full-sized beds. The loft has one king-sized bed and three full-sized beds with shared use of the main floor bathroom. Guests valuing privacy are best served by residing in the main floor bedroom and the walkout level bedroom. Larger groups where privacy is less an issue will find additional sleeping accommodations up to eight persons facilitated by the loft and additional beds on the walkout level. Included is a light breakfast of bagels, breads, fruit, juice, and coffee.

For an additional charge, all inclusive meal services feature Chef Heather Allen’s gourmet breakfasts and dinners.

The Muskgon River Lodge offers a full kitchen, dining area, outside patio table, and main floor seating area with DVD and monitor; the walkout area also has seating; and, we have Hi-speed satellite Internet with Wifi!

Complementing the main lodge is a separate recreational lounge and conference room building. The lounge features a poker table, pool table, Foosball table, darts, antique bar, satellite television, humidor, and leather seating. The conference room has a large boardroom table and chairs along with whiteboard.


Species You Fish for by Season

January - February: Steelhead; resident brown and rainbow trout

March - early May: Steelhead; resident brown and rainbow trout

Early May - early July: Resident brown and rainbow trout

July - August: Smallmouth bass; resident brown and rainbow trout

September: Resident brown and rainbow trout; Chinook salmon

October: Chinook salmon; steelhead

Mid-October - December: Steelhead


What Should Customers Bring?

Valid All Species Michigan fishing license, polarized sunglasses, rain gear, layered clothing (seasonal), camera, waders (optional).

Suggested Gear List (optional)
Guests who wish to bring their own tackle may wish to consider the following:

  • Steelhead fishing: 7-9 wt. rods, 9-11 ft. 2 spools- WF floating line, .25 floating running line or equivalent
  • Spey 12.5’-14’ 7-9 wt. Skagit line—intermediate or floating w/ .035 floating running line T-14 tips—MOW or Air Flow
  • Salmon fishing: 8-10 wt. fly rods, 9-10 ft. 2 spools- WF floating line, .25 floating running line or equivalent
  • Trout fishing (dry/nymph): 4-6 wt. rods, 8-11 ft. WF floating line
  • Trout fishing (streamers) 6-8 wt. rods, 9 ft. streamer type lines, 250-300 gr.
  • Smallmouth bass fishing: 6-8 wt. rods, 9 ft. 2 spools- WF floating line, streamer type lines, 200-300 gr.
  • Summer run steelhead fishing (St. Joseph River, off-site): 7-9 wt. rods, 9-11ft. or Spey. WF floating line or intermediate sinking (clear)
  • Atlantic Salmon fishing (St. Mary’s River, off-site) 7-9 wt. rods, 9-11ft. Streamer type lines, 300-350gr., .25 running lines or equivalent
  • Carp (Grand Traverse Bay, off-site) 8-9 wt. rods, 9 ft. WF floating lines, clear intermediate sinking


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a suggested gratuity amount?
A. Guides: $80.00 per day | Chef: $20.00 per person per day.

Q. Is Wi-Fi available?
A. No. Service is not available in the area of the lodge. However, the Verizon signal is sufficiently strong to enable remote Wi-Fi to work effectively.

Q. Are pets allowed in the lodge?
A. Yes. Most dog breeds are allowed with a few exceptions. Guests are subject to additional cleaning fees of $150.00 if large amounts pet hair or soiling occurs.

Q. What is the charge for cigars?
A. Cigars range in price from $6.00 to $20.00 and are billed individually at the end of the trip.

Q. Does the lodge provide alcohol?
A. No. By guests’ request, however, a third party will supply alcoholic beverages or guests may bring their own. Several party stores are within short driving distance from the lodge.

Q. What other eating options are available?
A. Guests may cook in the kitchen or outside on the gas grills or dine out in nearby Newaygo.

Q. What is best way to travel to the Muskegon River Lodge?
A. Midwest area guests typically drive to the Lodge via Michigan’s 131 freeway or by the two lane highway, M-37, north out of Grand Rapids. Guests flying in to the Lodge arrive at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. Guests with access to their own private aircraft may fly directly into Fremont Municipal Airport (15 minutes away). We arrange transportation for a fee to and from the Lodge upon request. Directions may be found on the Muskegon River Lodge website.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 89 reviews


89 of 89 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Best Lodge Ever - 9/21/2015
    By: from Stevensville, MI

    My wife and I have spent time in many lodges and cottages. This was the cleanest and well equipped facility we have ever visited. Not even any spider webs on the outside porches. We are already planning an all family vacation here. The meals were far better than any restaurant we have visited. Chef Jennifer was fantastic and made the meals fun.

  • 5/5

    Great for customer entertainment - 6/24/2015
    By: from Michigan

    Recently took customers on a fly fishing and golf combo trip planned through River Quest Charters. The guides were great, helped us all with fishing technique, were patient and gracious. Really focused on making sure all had a good time. Facility is great, the man cave is perfect for hanging out and having a good time. I will be back.

  • 5/5

    steelhead&lodgeing - 4/2/2015
    By: from Pataskala, OH, USA

    First time flyfishing for steelhead and it was great.Steve was a very good teacher and guide.The lodge was more than pictures can show how nice it was and chef Jens food was to die for.Overall one of my best fishing trips ever.

  • 5/5

    Phenomenal Weekend! - 3/24/2015
    By: from Birmingham, MI, USA

    My sons and I had a fantastic memorable weekend with Tom, Don and Bob fishing Steelhead on the Muskegon. The fishing, food and conversation far exceeded our expectations. The guys not only love the Muskegon River but live and breathe hospitality. I doubt you will find a more professional, caring group of men on the river! Thanks for the education taking care of my sons and most of all landing a few great Steelhead!

  • 5/5

    Great Outing/Stay - 3/19/2015
    By: from Indiana, USA

    RiverQuest Charters/ Muskegon River Lodge , 3/14/15 and 3/15/15 we had a stay and outing with you guys. I would like to say thank you for a great experience, even though it wasn’t hot and heavy fishing it was still a wonderful time. The Man Cave was awesome giving us all quality time for fishing lies, a game or two of pool and a little attitude adjusting wobble water. The lodge was excellent and Jenn was a wonderful chef or is it chefet? LOL ! Last but not least our guide Jay was a wonderful guide to spend the day with. We fished hard, had some laughs and managed to land a fish or two between all of this. I would defiantly recommend and use Jay again, he is a great guy! Please pass this on and I hope to see you all next year. Regards, Gary

  • 5/5

    First Steelhead - 3/9/2015
    By: from Chicago, IL, USA

    My brother and I booked the Muskegon River Lodge, guide service with Steve at Riverquest, and food with Chef Jen. Every part of the experience was top notch. The lodge, man cave and all the amenities are superbly done and have something for everyone. Steve had us on the water and a brown trout in the boat immediately. He had us persevere on a spot longer then we would have and I landed my first steelhead. Cannot thank him or recommend him enough. Chef Jen kept us well fed and her meals were superb. If you go to the Muskegon River Lodge for business do not think twice about hiring her. If you go for pleasure do the same. It is worth every penny.

  • 5/5

    My Soul Just Reached Another Level of Contentment! - 11/20/2014
    By: from Huntersville, NC, USA

    The Muskegon Lodge along with its staff provided our group with a wonderfully memorable steelhead experience. Mother nature provided lake-effect scenery and challenges which made out trip unique, to say the least. Since arriving home, I find it difficult to not let my mind wander back. I could not have asked for a better first steelhead experience. I consider our guide, Steven to be the most patient man on earth. He stuck with me for two days and helped me bring in my first Steel during the toughest of conditions. 24° 21mph winds out of the south, total cloud cover with heavy snow. An experience I will never forget. All this after my boat-mate landed two the day before. I will be back next year if not sooner. If not for the fishing than for the amenities and Chef Jennifer's cuisine. Top Notch and true to the values of Orvis.

  • 5/5

    Trip of a lifetime - 11/20/2014
    By: from Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

    Wow, hard to put into words what this trip was like. Steve was my guide and was just awesome, as was all the staff. The meals were amazing and the fishing? Well the pictures Steve took say it all. Heavy snow and 15 degrees never dampened our spirits and made the experience that much rewarding. The accomodations were great and what can you say about the man cave!! I will be back and have already told friends they need to go see Steve and Dave at the Muskegon River Lodge!

  • 5/5

    Fishing not Catching but still Great - 11/19/2014
    By: from York, PA, USA

    The Muskegon can be a tough river when the bite isn't on, but you still have a great time at the lodge - don't stay there without having dinner on site - amazing! Steve & Dave do a great job and are truly pros. If you get the opportunity to get out on the Muskegon with these guys do it. I did manage to catch a nice Steelhead with Steve

  • 5/5

    Always a great stay! - 11/4/2014
    By: from Libertyville, IL, USA

    This was my 5th trip to the lodge and fishing the river with Captain Steve. As always, the stay was fantastic. The lodge, man cave and gourmet prepared dinner are all part of the experience. Fishing wasn't bad either!

Muskegon River Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Steve Kuieck
2109 East Garber Road
Newaygo, MI 49337
616-690-5442 (Concierge)

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