Michigan American Legion Wilwin Lodge

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All eligible veterans may download and complete an application by clicking here or contact Earl by phone 231-881-0844  or email Eruttkofsky9771@aol.com.

Wilwin Lodge sits on property that once hosted a large lumbering operation, complete with mill, railroad spurs including its own village that included a school/church.  It is now a peaceful retreat deep in the north woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; place of hope and healing, recovery and renewal, education and inspiration, sharing and support.

Erected in 1914 to give lumber buyers a comfortable place to stay while they made their deals with the mill, the lodge had accommodations for 15 people in 6 large bedrooms. The lodge has a 2 story atrium (Great Room) with large dual stone fireplaces.  It is a stunning building.

The property consists of nearly 600 wooded acres which include a total of 5 buildings including the lodge, veteran’s retreat home, modern horse barn, granary, and large garage.  In recent years, a veteran’s pavilion, conference/recreation center with full commercial kitchen and a caretaker’s cabin has been erected on the property.  The facility also has over 10 miles of well groom trails for hiking, 4 wheeling, and bicycling on.

Please check out this video to hear how this wonderful facility has already affected so may veterans and how you can help us do even more



Grant Received


Wilwin Board of Directors were notified on April 8th that Wilwin will be the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation in commemoration of his April 8th birthday. Letter received can be viewed here. Complete grant recipient letter can be viewed here.

New Address

The new address for Wilwin is P.O. Box 11, Trout Lake, Michigan  49793.  Applications for rooms reservation should be mailed to this address.  Donations will continue to be sent to Department in Lansing.

A subsidiary of The American Legion Department of Michigan

Latest News

New Officers and Board Members elected at Annual Meeting

Steve Striggow of Holly was elected Chief Executive Officer for the Wilwin Lodge upon the retirement of Louis Oberle from the board.

Other officers elected were Dan Crisp. Farwell, Secretary; Bill Hafeman, Carney, Finance Officer, and Marilee Walter, Millersburg, Recording Secretary.  .

New additions to the board include Legionnaires Garrett Viehl, Grand Haven and John Kinzinger, Ann Arbor; Marilee Walters, Millersburg, representing the Auxiliary and Harley “Butch” Maxwell, Milford, representing the Sons of the American Legion  (See Board of Directors).  Leaving the board was Lou Oberle, Past CEO, Engadine, Roger Webster, Midland, Pat Laine, Marquette, and Ron Wyatt, Stevensville. Earl Ruttkofsky representing Legion Riders remains on the board.

Richard Lynch/Legion Riders’ Concert a Huge Success

Nashville recording artist Richard Lynch  July 25th put on a great concert at the Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie as a fundraiser for Wilwin.  Sponsored by the American Legion Riders, over 60 motorcycles rode from Mt. Pleasant to the Soo in coordination with the concert.  A special thanks to Tom Howard of Charlotte who did a tremendous amount of work in organizing the ride and to Lou Oberle, Engadine, and Nashville promoter, Joe Blanchard for organizing the Richard Lynch concert.  Over $6000 was raised at this event exceeding expectations for a 1st time event.

Riders Eric & Angela Crittenden from Onsted The American egion Riders going across bridge for the benefit

1000 Scouts to Merge at Wilwin

Over 1000 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are expected to convene at Wilwin September 17-20, 2015 for their annual jamboree.  Scouts from Eastern U.P., Northern Lower Michigan, and Ontario, Canada are expected.  This will be the largest event ever to take place at Wilwin.

Wilwin Board Proud of Recognition

Wilwin has been recognized nationally this year by the Kris Kyle Frog Foundation by its receipt of a $10,000 grant from the foundation.  Wilwin will also be recognized internationally with the emergence of scouts from Canada in September.


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