Ripple Haven on Spring Lake?

Marilyn of Bedford, Texas, asked, "My family lived close to something called the Ripple Haven Lodge in the early 1950s. My brother and I are trying to remember just where it was and exactly what it was. We moved from Michigan in the '60s."
Mark Brooky
Jan 16, 2013

ANSWER:

Ripple Haven Resort was owned by Bill and Anna Waye, and was located on West Spring Lake Road near Taft Street on Spring Lake's Dunlevy Bay. The property included a two-story lodge, which was a large old house that served as the resort's kitchen and dining area, and 8-10 cottages for summer rentals.

The Spring Lake Township resort had two docks on Spring Lake, where you could tie or rent a boat.

In his local history book, "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny," Dr. David Seibold noted that Frank Beaubian first ran a resort on the property in 1911. It was called either the Peaceful Retreat or Beechwood from time to time. But Beaubian was fleeced by a fraud in the 1920s and lost the property.

Al and Anna Barcal opened the Beechwood Resort there in the mid-1930s, according to Seibold. In 1946, the Wayes bought the property and renamed it Ripple Haven Resort.

The Wayes ran the resort until 1965 when George Hoke bought the property. Seibold said the resort's cabins and lodge were later torn down and the land was subdivided for the homes that are there now.

On an Ancestory.com message board, Chad Hoke posted this in April 2012: "My parents purchased Ripple Haven in the early 1960s. We rented cottages and used it as a place for extended family vacations until the early 1970s. It was a fantastic place to go as a kid, but I remember my dad, George Hoke, had a heck of a time keeping up with repairs!"

Attached are images of a post card for the Ripple Haven Resort, dated July 8, 1953.

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