It has been 24 years since arriving here from Alaska. We were full of excitement and energy and so looking forward to the new chapter our lives - being the new owners of Deer Park Lodge. What a trip this has been! We have said many times that we have the greatest clients ever. Not only have our cabin guests been fabulous but the campers and visitors to the area are an extraordinary and kind group of people. We have been very fortunate over the years to be privy to much kindness and love from people we have gotten to know through Deer Park Lodge.
Not everyday was easy and, yes, we have put our hours in to make this place successful. The challenges we faced were many. Like the store fire in ’96, or the two big forest fires that threatened our existence. There were times in which we were involved in search and rescue missions, helping a stranded boat out on the lake, the many many people we pulled out of the sand traps our two tracks present, fighting home fires and of course the yearly challenge of fighting the bugs that have a tendency to show up in big numbers every now and then. But it was the kindness of our guests, the laughs at the counter or around the camp fire, the excitement of people exploring the area, someone finding a gorgeous agate, the big fish that was brought in, or seeing a moose that made everyday different yet so enjoyable. You all have treated us very well and we want to say THANK YOU for that. Thank you for helping to make the last 24 years so enjoyable.
We will be passing along the ownership of the Lodge to Rick and Kristi Jackson. They contacted us over a year ago and after their first visit serious conversations started taking place about them buying Deer Park Lodge. We signed a purchase agreement in October of 2015 and the BIG signing day for a change in ownership is now here. These two are a great fit for this business and we feel very confident that they will bring a positive influence and lots of energy They are fair and honest and they will be great neighbors. The dream of owning this beautiful place will now be in their hands.
Please keep in mind, these people will need your business. It is getting harder and harder to make a profit for most small businesses. We need to support these people and keep small businesses alive and well. It seems big business, be it the State Park, Wally World, Bass Pro, or whatever, is always out to grab the portion of the business that the small business owner depends on. Please make it your business to do business with the small operator. They are there when you need them wether to answer your questions, give you some advise or provide you with whatever products you may find yourself in need of. Being in business for yourself is hard in today's world, please consider to SHOP SMALL!
Our new life will take us down to the Boyne City area. We are in the process of building a new home on a wonderful 40 acre piece. The new house and developing the property should keep us plenty busy for the next couple of years. We will probably consider doing some part time work for a few more years. With our new home and our property just east of Deer Park we will be in a position to enjoy the best of both worlds. We truly look forward to coming back and spending a week or two next summer just hanging around doing what we've spent the last 24 years talking about.
Our new contact information will be; Mike and Monica Brown, 05910 Marvon Rd, East Jordan, Mich. 49727 - 906-450-5848 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish you all the very best in life. Thank you for your business. Be well and stay happy. Do your part to rid the world of all the hate and disrespect that seems so prevalent in so many parts of our country.
Now meet the new owners Rick and Kristi Jackson.
We are proud to introduce ourselves as the new owners of Deer Park Lodge the "Hidden Gem" of Michigan. Rick and I have a rich Michigan heritage and look so forward to sharing that with the many visitors at Deer Park Lodge. To introduce ourselves, we are going back to our childhood where we first fell in love with the UP. My family always took their vacations in the summer to the UP. We had a little pop up camper and traveled all over staying at many different state parks and campgrounds. We visited all the tourist attractions more than once and stopped whenever my parents found something interesting. We spent many hours on the shores of the Great Lakes just playing and hunting for rocks and drift wood. It was the best time and I always dreamed of living on the lake and now that has come true. My parents, who were farmers, taught me the beauty of land and nature. The first time I saw Deer Park, I was in love and wanted to spend the rest of my life there.
Rick's childhood years were spent with his family at the Hiawatha Sportsman's Club on Lake Millecoquins where his Mom and Dad and grandmother, Geraldine Jackson, taught him how to fish, pick blueberries and enjoy the back country. These were the best memories of his life. Rick started his journey to the UP at age 5 and it has continued throughout his life. He purchased land and constructed his own cabin on the Little Two Heart by Pike Lake where he instilled in his children the love of the UP also. His adult UP experience was mostly in the winter so his love of snowmobiling, snowshoeing and winter hiking was and still is a great passion of his which he has passed on to me.
Rick and I were married January 2, 2015. We are both entrepreneurs. I have been a Chiropractor for 20 years with my own practice and Rick has a long history in the trucking and mining industry.
We look forward to meeting each and everyone of you. We can't thank Mike and Monica Brown enough for this opportunity of a lifetime. We are so excited to call the UP and Deer Park Lodge our home at last.
Rick and Kristi Jackson