The Rockwell Lake Lodge is located on the grounds of Hillsdale College’s G.H. Gordon Biological Station. You may see Hillsdale College students and professors conducting research or experiments on the property during your stay. We simply ask that you kindly respect both the beauty of the land and any experiments taking place.
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Established through the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. George Gordon, the biological station at Rockwell Lake is Hillsdale College’s field research laboratory in northern lower Michigan. It is the largest private college biological station in the state of Michigan and the fifth largest among all Michigan universities (public and private).
The tract includes 672 acres of old fields, forests, marshes, swamps, bogs, a trout stream, and a lake (Rockwell Lake). It is located approximately 25 miles south of Cadillac near the town of Luther in Lake County.
Established in 1999, the station is the newest addition to the field biology program at Hillsdale College. The station is used by the Biology Department for weekend field trips, summer courses, and student and faculty research.
Educational activities are supported by the Plym Residence Village which currently consists of four buildings that house 48 students.
When is check in and check out?
Check in is at 3 pm, and check out is at 11 am.
Can you accommodate Wheelchairs?
Yes, the Lodge is wheelchair accessible. Please request a handicapped room when making a reservation.
Do you allow smoking?
The Lodge is a non-smoking facility. Guests may smoke at designated outdoor locations outside the front entrance or near the campfire area.
Can I swim in the lake?
Yes, it is a clean lake and great to swim in. Life jackets are available.
What boats are available to use?
5 fishing boats with trolling motors, 2 canoes, and 4 kayaks are available for complimentary guest use.
Can I fish on the property?
Catch-and-release fishing is available to all guests, who must provide their own fishing equipment. Rockwell Lake features bass, bluegill, and some walleye.
Can I hunt on the property?
Absolutely no hunting allowed on property.
Do you allow snow mobiles or ATV’s?
Not on property trails, however you can drive them out of the property to nearby trails.
Do you have firewood?
Yes we provide firewood to our guests, we have a bonfire area near the lake. We also have charcoal grills available. In the winter, we also allow the fireplace to be used in the great room.
Do you have mountain bikes for rent?
Yes, you can rent mountain bikes at the front desk.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations made 72 hours before check in time will not be charged a fee.
Are dogs allowed?
No, dogs are not allowed on the property.
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