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.


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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