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Lynx Run Wilderness Retreat

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· Stanwood, Michigan
100 acres
7 sites
3 Lodging
3 RV/Tent
1 Tent
My property (Lynx Run) has an amazing geological and historical background. During the last ice age, glacial waters carved out the ravine in which the Betts Creek flows.  Sometimes, the creek drops over 60 feet below the surrounding terrain as it meanders back and forth in oxbows as it flows toward the Muskegon River.  It was once the hunting, foraging and camping grounds of the Potawatami Indians.  In the late 1800's it was at the center of the Michigan Timber Industry.  Running along the edge of my property is the old railroad bed where timber was once hauled away.  Only two miles from my home, the logs were sent down the side of the hill and into the Muskegon River on log chutes and then floated to where the Muskegon empties into Lake Michigan.  Piles of field stones indicate that after the timber industry moved on, farmers moved in and attempted to tame the land.  But, fortunately for me, the land was abandoned by the farmers and has returned to a much more natural and pristine state.  My land is now a part of the Manistee National Forest and I am surrounded by thousands of acres of beautiful land (both public and private).  I am the only person who lives back here in this part of the forest, so seclusion and privacy are wonderful and the wildlife and beauty is abundant.
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Stanwood, Michigan, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Robert V.Joined in May 2018
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 6 hours
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350 ratings · 263 reviews
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Deon C.recommends
January 1, 2023
Cabin
Great way to bring in the new year
Robert is always so accommodating and helpful and his place is stunning. I always enjoy visiting. Great way to bring on the new year.
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Matthew S.recommends
November 7, 2022
Cabin
A great stay in a unique place! We definitely could have brought more candles/flashlights but it was a prefect place for a rustic fall getaway!
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Tom K.recommends
October 24, 2022
Courtyard
Great Communication & wonderful human
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Daniel A.recommends
October 3, 2022
Secluded Forest with field edge
Amazing secluded site!
Fantastic site and awesome amenities!
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Kelsey M.recommends
September 14, 2022
Wilderness Stream Magic
My siblings and I have made it a tradition to go camping at Robert’s property once a year now! We stayed at a different site on the property last year, and both sites we’ve stayed at have been lovely. This one was by the stream and it was nice to listen to at night. It was closer to another campsite (the teepee) than we realized, but actually that worked out okay for us, we got along great with our camp neighbors. You do have to cross two little makeshift bridges over the stream to get up to the bathrooms so that was a little sketchy and night but it kind of added to the adventure 😂 We LOVE Robert’s property, the guys enjoyed playing chess inside the amazing library, I loved hanging out in the woods and meeting all the chickens. We also enjoyed wandering the gardens, there were monarch butterflies hatching while we were there! It’s really nice having access to bathrooms and the showers are actually pretty nice. Everyone working there is very kind and helpful. Can’t wait to visit again next summer!
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Erika N.
September 11, 2022
Cabin
Really cool spot in the woods, especially if you are into art. Host is courteous and very relaxed. Definitely a roll with whatever's happening kinda place. Cleaner cabin and bathroom setup would have improved the stay. On the fence about going back, because there is something awesome about the place. would only recommend to friends that are down to go with the flow.
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Nicole W.recommends
September 5, 2022
Secluded Forest with field edge
Secluded space, with the option of using the showers and kitchen. Robert was very friendly and available to answer any questions. The scenery and peace and quiet was exactly what we needed!
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Emma M.recommends
September 5, 2022
Wilderness Stream Magic
Ferns and fun!
Such a beautiful campsite. Robert is an excellent host and the property is gorgeous. A quiet and comfortable campsite. We had a great relaxing stay.
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Hannah R.recommends
September 3, 2022
Cabin
The property is lush and beautiful, with large wild gardens full of native blooms, bumbling bees and hummingbirds. The trout stream was indeed, pristine and we spent a lot of time with our kids and dogs out there. It is a short walk from the cabin which was great for having little ones in tow. The cabin is far enough away from the main house to feel private. The chickens hung out with us on the porch, which was breezy and set up for easy outdoor cooking and dining. A hose with cold well water runs from the house up to the porch, which was extra convenient. We took a great hike through the woods which had nice clearly marked trails. Robert was responsive and helpful.
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Molly L.recommends
September 1, 2022
Secluded Forest with field edge
Robert and his live-in assistant are amazing! Even when we arrived late at night, they still made it a point to greet us and let us tour the property. Robert's artwork and living space are absolutely out-of-this-world. Such a cool and unexpected part of our camping. The land as well was lovely -- peaceful, serene, secluded, and safe. Great to set up a few 2-person tents and sit around the fire!
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Ikuko T.recommends
August 22, 2022
Cabin
We loved the camping site. It was really quiet and peaceful! We enjoined walking through the beautiful forest path with the kids! The owner Robert was very kind and his whole property was just AWESOME! We will come back soon!
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Jon G.recommends
August 21, 2022
Secluded Wildlife Paradise
This is our favorite place to camp in Michigan. We will definitely be back!
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Michelle E.recommends
August 21, 2022
Cabin
What a beautiful, peaceful, serene place to stay. I will return again, again, and again. From wandering the forest to sitting by the stream there's so much to do and enjoy. Forest bathing at its finest
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Shawn O.recommends
August 12, 2022
Wilderness Stream Magic
Amazing.
Do NOT judge a book by its cover! Our initial first thought was to just cancel our reservation. But after hiking into our camp we realized how beautiful this place really is that you can’t see from standing on the road. Robert has a slice of Heaven out there, he allows you into his home, and provides showers and flushable toilets. It’s such a nice plot of land, we will definitely be going back for a longer stay. We stayed at the mystic river lot, you can hear it run all night long. Thanks Robert, we will be back for many years to come!
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Jeromy K.recommends
August 11, 2022
Wilderness Stream Magic
This place is so cool!!
Camping here was an awesome experience! Such a peaceful campsite by a stream on the edge of the woods. Robert is such a cool guy! The atmosphere he has curated is so friendly and welcoming. The property design is so unique, plus having access to all the amenities is really nice after a day on the trails and smelling like firewood. Robert's artistic skill is showcased around every turn and it's truly unbelievable. We can't wait to return in the future to check out more of the property and the surrounding parks.
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Alex M.recommends
August 8, 2022
Cabin
Highly recommend if you want to go decompress from the rat race. The people were nice and interesting. The property was beautiful.
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Richard M.recommends
July 31, 2022
Wilderness Stream Magic
Yes, it is magic.
This is a truly unique and magical place. Robert has curated an experience for you. You should check it out! There’s so much here…we nicknamed one of the hikes, “The Spirited Away Hike”. The kids really enjoyed playing in the Japanese garden and watching the chickens. The library is absurd, in a good way. Our site was #2 and you cross a little “bridge” to reach it. I would not recommend this site if you have a baby and a blind dog, but hey, we really liked it. I don’t think the bigger kids will ever forget it. Also, bring stuff to make pizza! There’s a wood fire pizza oven. We will be back!
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Erica A.recommends
July 30, 2022
Tipi
The teepee camping at Robert’s was wonderful! You can hear the stream from the teepee. We had a fire in the evening and in the morning inside. Inside is spacious. It’s a canvas teepee on the ground. It’s not fancy. The bedrolls provided were clean. There are some expected bugs, etc. Robert has is home open for guest of the teepee. He also rents a cabin and other campsites. There are two bathrooms and a lovely library area filled with curiosities From the teepee one can see some tents and the main house is slightly visible down the main drive. Parking is about 200 meters from teepee. It’s was a great time! I took two 8 year old girls who had a great time playing Native Americans. We will hopefully go back.
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Megan A.recommends
July 27, 2022
Secluded Wildlife Paradise
There is something special about this place! We loved being able to tent camp and feel like we were in the middle of nature. Bonus, the Manistee National foreat is close for some great hiking. The property is gorgeous and Robert is kind and so helpful. Having access to bathrooms and water is great and the sites are far enough apart that it's very private. We love it here.
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Laura W.recommends
July 26, 2022
Tipi
Teepee
We had a lovely time. This was our second visit and we enjoyed it just as much as the first. My friend and I stayed in the teepee with our four boys (her two and my two). Robert is super nice and the area is breathtaking.
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Anthony H.recommends
July 24, 2022
Secluded Forest with field edge
Love the seclusion. The facilities were great. Robert made sure our stay was to our liking.
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Diana L.recommends
July 23, 2022
Courtyard
We loved the communal meals and movies in the library, our lovely private room and our explorations of Robert's beautiful property, trails and gardens.
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Wendy K.recommends
July 15, 2022
Secluded Wildlife Paradise
Can't Wait to Come Back This Fall!
My 19-year-old son and I were blown away by the peaceful, tranquil, serene surroundings. Definitely a glorious feeling of being "off the grid"! Upon our arrival we immediately fell in love with our friendly host (Robert), his beautiful and creative gardens and art studio (Robert is definitely a very talented and impressive artist!). We loved hiking through the woods and filling our senses with all of the lovely sights and sounds of nature available to us--so many birds singing amidst the lush ferns, variety of trees, meadows, wildflowers, mushrooms, etc. And then to come back to the sound of a babbling brook/stream right next to our campsite topped off our very enjoyable tent- camping experience! We will definitely tell our family and friends about this unique hidden gem and book again!
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Natalie L.recommends
July 13, 2022
Cabin
A Beautiful Getaway
Robert has a beautiful property, and after reading the reviews I found it lived up to everything that was described. We enjoyed the nearby trails, gardens, and of course the cabin. Some other campers were there while we visited, which provided a friendly, communal feel while still feeling like a peaceful getaway.
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Chelsea H.recommends
July 11, 2022
Beautiful Secluded forest site
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lynx Run! The art, the gardens, the private camp sites, and most of all the hospitality made our stay one we will never forget. Our family (4kids) caught frogs and crayfish in the trout stream and hiked the trails. So much fun- we hope to return someday!
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Kelly A.recommends
July 11, 2022
Secluded Forest with field edge
Rob was an incredibly welcoming host! His property is absolutely stunning with multiple areas to explore — it wasn’t hard to find a peaceful place to relax. My friends and I had enough space for 3 tents in the secluded campsite and felt far enough away from other campers to have some privacy. We will definitely consider staying at Robs again for any future camping trips!
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Stephen T.recommends
July 10, 2022
Wilderness Stream Magic
A beatiful, smallish spot by an absolutely gorgeous stream. The tipi is right across the stream, so a smart move is to rent out both to have this corner of the property all to your group. Super friendly host, the main house is accessible and truly a museum of curiosities.
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Stephen T.recommends
July 10, 2022
Tipi
Love the tipi, but loved the entire spread even more. A truly one of a kind property, full of welcoming, friendly faces.
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Jordan K.recommends
July 10, 2022
Cabin
This was one of the most unique and gratifying stays in a while. The setting was so peaceful and rejuvenating. Rob built a beautiful place - incredible architecture and decor everywhere. He was so caring and made sure we had the best stay. It was cool to see other renters in the rooms and camp areas but I enjoyed the privacy of the cabin when I wanted to have some quiet time. Everyone was so kind and accommodating- they took us on a river trip!
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Jill R.recommends
July 5, 2022
Secluded Forest with field edge
Huge beautiful site.
I loved the site. Great place which is very secluded but has nice a clean restrooms!
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