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4953 S. M-37, Baldwin, MI
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9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fri - Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • 6
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Typical "UpNorth" Bar and Grill

I visited The Government Lake Lodge several times during my recent fishing trip to Baldwin MI. The service was great and the food is not. Mostly I was served dishes that were about the same as frozen dinners that had been heated up in the microwave. Not that I expected gourmet food in this type of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 30, 2014
James D
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Carmel, Indiana
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Holland, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We came back after not so good service the last time and were very happy we did. The service was fast and very good and the food was great. We both had burritos and the were very good.

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Carmel, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I visited The Government Lake Lodge several times during my recent fishing trip to Baldwin MI. The service was great and the food is not. Mostly I was served dishes that were about the same as frozen dinners that had been heated up in the microwave. Not that I expected gourmet food in this type of restaurant but there definitely... More 

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Lowell, Michigan, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I've been here for dinner a few times over the past 4 years. Each visit has been pretty consistent. On my most recent visit there were 6 of us. There is a great selection of foods that everyone chose very different dinner items. We will return!

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Reston, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A nice roadhouse on the side of Govt Lake. Offers plenty of beer in 32oz mugs, enormous burgers and burritos, and there's even an old fashioned trough urinal in the mens room. Share a conversation while you pee. Rough and rustic but fits right in with the local charm. Great place for dinner after all day fishing, hunting, or riding... More 

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We recently visited this place with 3 couples. The food was bar food at its worst. The waitress was unattentive, 5 of us had finished our food, while my brother-in-law waited for his. We didn't know where our waitress went to let her know. Finally after seeing her we waved her down to ask where his meal was. She said... More 

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Apalachicola
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Two for dinner Saturday, June 28, 2014. Ordered perch - unavailable; switched to walleye, which was quite good and a generous portion. But the accompanying curly fries were cold and unseasoned and the coleslaw was an inedible soupy mess. Partner had chicken quesidilla which was so cold the cheese wasn't melted either in or on top. Had to ask the... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

You can't miss it - It';s a big red log framed 'lodge' off of M-37, on the west side, just a a mile or so north of Baldwin Michigan. (Just look for all the cars and bikes in the parking lot.) Not only does this casual restaurant offer a great atmosphere to begin with, it also resides right on the... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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98 reviews 98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This place gets it right. It's not going to wow you with the "look, ", but if that's what you want don't stop here. It's a classic, simple Northern Michigan winner. Good food, good service, good price and a nice view of the lake. Also great place to stop and rest your feet as you make your way to or... More 

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South Haven, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Picked the government lake Lodge at random on my way to Alpena and was pleasantly surprised. Casual atmosphere, above average food, pleasant wait staff ... I will remember this and make a point of returning next time through the area.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Over charged. Rude owner. Insulting. Will never return. If you can find another place in the USA that charges $27.00 for a pitcher of beer I would like to know.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4953 S. M-37, Baldwin, MI
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Lake County  >  Baldwin

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?