A resort on beautiful Lake Gogebic, Michigan
We are a small family operation consisting of 6 cabin rentals, and a casual upscale lounge & restaurant on the beautiful shores of Lake Gogebic, located on the western end of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We are a small staff, and staff become family to us. We consider it a privilege to work and play in God's country. We work and play together. Are you ready to join the family?
We are centrally located on the western shores of Lake Gogebic, the largest inland lake in the U.P. of Michigan. Surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest land, a true sportsman's paradise.
About Our Guest House Cabins
Hi there! We are Jen and Steve Moore. We can't even begin to tell you how blessed we feel to have the opportunity to live and work here in God's country. Should you be one of the very small handful of staff to join us this season, you are instantly considered family to us. We believe in a work life balance, so you will have ample opportunity to live and play right out our back door.
The area is known for so many things, it's hard to really start. The short list would have to include the world class hunting and fishing opportunities, the consistent heavy snow totals that make for great snowmobiling and skiing, the abundant wildlife with such a diverse number of animals that could be seen on any given day, the ever growing ATV and ORV trails, the endless number of inland lakes to explore, literally 100+ waterfalls within an hours drive of our property, or simply the shear vastness of 3.2+ million acres of national forest beckoning for you to find that next hidden gem.
Primarily, the positions we fill each season are within the restaurant, Finn & Feather Northwoods Cuisine, as servers, bartenders, cooks, housekeeping and general maintenance. We have a combination of full and part time hours available, depending on who joins us each season. Regardless of the position, special preference is given to those who are able to pitch in to take care of our guests, even if it means stepping out of their comfort zone from time to time.
As we are only beginning this next chapter in our lives, we expect positions to evolve, change, and grow to the business needs as we move forward. While most positions are seasonal, we will have plenty of off-season projects to address. For those looking for more full-time, year-round work, we'd love to talk to you about possibly helping out with those projects.
The Employee Experience
Here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (U.P.), we live a full four-season lifestyle, with each season offering a different set of challenges. Our spring season is highlighted by the start of fishing openers. Spring rains combined with the winter's heavy snow lend to a rush of the spring melt leading to incredible waterfall viewing. Our summer months primarily sees ATV/ORV riders, lake goers, family vacations, and fisherman. As fall approaches, we transition to those looking to hike the trails and enjoy the awesome fall colors, as well as hunters coming to pursue a variety of wildlife. As the weather gets colder and we transition into late fall-early winter, everyone braces for our busiest season of all... winter! Winter is King in these parts. Located in what is known as "the banana belt" of the Great Lakes Region, we see some of the most consistent snowfall totals year after year, and this delights the masses of snowmobilers that journey north every year to get their adrenalin fix.
As a four-seasons get-a-way, you will meet all types of guests. The crusty fisherman, the tree-huggers, the purist, the hard-core trail riders, and everything in between. No two days are alike, and this leads to our jobs/roles needing to be adaptive to what's next. Those who love a challenge and don't mind a curve ball from time to time, will fit right in.
Living on the property, you will routinely wake up to gentle waves against the shores, the thrill of the loons, the distance howl of a wolf or coyote, or other wildlife simply meandering through the property. Our mornings start off easy going and laid back, but as the day progresses and nature awakens, so does our daily routines.
Experience in the position you apply for, as well as the willingness to cross-train when needed, will be strongly considered. However, your personality and desire to work towards the common goals we set forth for our guests will ultimately win us over. You should generally be a happy person, self-motivated, genuine, reliable, trustworthy, honest, and dependable. You should feel comfortable knowing you'll spend a fair amount of time around those you work with, even off the clock.
Room and Board
For those joining us from afar, we do offer some limited staff housing at a minimal cost. We have 2 separate living quarters that house 2-3 staff members each. Each living quarter has a full private bath, apartment sized refrigerator, microwave, and air fryer/toaster oven. There is good wireless internet throughout most of the property, as well as smart TV's with a basic DirectTV package in each living quarter. All linens are included, but you may also bring your own. We do have laundry facilities on site at no charge. Housing runs $75 per pay period and will be automatically deducted from each paycheck.
Just some of the perks we offer:
- Competitive wages.
- Shared tip pool.
- Select free meals & additional meal discounts.
- Employee housing ($75 per pay period) for staff joining from afar.
- A season's end bonus for all that complete their agreed upon contract.
- Referral bonus for any staff who refer another hire.
- We pay a bonus upon hire, and an additional bonus when they complete their agree upon contract.
- Staff are free to use lodge amenities when not in use by our guests, such as kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, bikes, snowshoes, and whatever else may be available at the time.
- Additional perks are in the works.
As we are miles from things like shopping and even groceries, we will have set days each week for trips into town for everyone to do their thing, unwind, and get the necessities of life out of the way. On days we are closed, we are likely to head out on trips to see a specific waterfall, to head to the shores of Lake Superior, or to do a gold mine tour... you just never know.
Getting Here and Getting Around
For those traveling to join us, if you fly into the closest airport (Ironwood Michigan), we will arrange to meet and pick you up to start your season, as well as take you back and drop off at the end of the season. For those driving, we have plenty of parking space. Please feel free to bring along your bike as well.
For those coming from the west traveling east, as you enter Michigan you will be on US Hwy 2 coming through Ironwood Michigan (Approximately 35 miles from our location.) You will travel through the town of Bessimer, and then enter Wakefield. You have 2 options at this point. 1.) (Northern Loop) Turn left at the main stop light in town to now travel on M28 east. You will travel 17 miles before turning south onto M64. From here, we are just about 7 miles south. 2.) (Southern Loop) Continue through the light and on US2. From Wakefield, travel 17 miles until you reach M64 and turn left to head North. From here, we are roughly 12 miles to the North.
For those coming without their own transportation, trips off the property are somewhat limited but can be arranged to accommodate as time permits. We will have weekly scheduled trips into Ironwood for a chance to gather all your basics, and some weeks we may plan a bit more longer trips such as a day to the Marquette area.
For the outdoor enthusiast, there is no shortage of fun things to do. From boating, fishing, canoeing, paddle boarding, hiking, waterfalls, Lake Superior, National forests, biking, hunting, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, foraging, goe-caching, bird-watching... the list is truly endless!
We are centrally located in the Ottawa National Forest encompassing 993,000 acres. Just to the south we have the Chequamegon National Forest encompassing 1.5 million acres. Just to the east there is the Hiawatha National Forest encompassing 880,000 acres. Thats over 3.2 million acres of National Forest right out our back door!
How to Apply
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