Welcome friends – new, old and friends whom we have not yet met! My name is Jim Eismueller and I am one of the owners of the Walleye Lodge on the North Shore of Beautiful Lake Gogebic (Go-ge-bic) along with Mary Beth, our son Anthony and faithful dogs Buddy and Larry!
We relocated to the Lake Gogebic area from Youngstown, New York in May of 2012. Originally from Oak Park, Illinois Jim has spent several years as a Charter Fisherman on Lake Michigan where his Uncle Eddie still charters out of the Kenosha Harbor. Since the age of 8 years old, he’s worked in his family’s heating, sheet metal and air conditioning business which has been on the same corner in Chicago for the past 50 years. Additionally, Jim was the Chief Engineer for the Seneca Hotel and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York where he assisted with the development and opening of a 600 room hotel facility and go-generation plant! All this experience has really come in handy as just about everything in the Lodge has either been rebuilt, renovated or replaced!
Mary Beth is also not a stranger to the hospitality industry as she has more than two decades tourism, hospitality, markeitng and human resource experience with some of the Nations largest hotel and gaming establishments Mary Beth still consults with management teams and assists casino operations with strategic planning, marketing, human resources and guest service processes.
Their son, Anthony, is a Sophmore at Wakefield-Marenisco school and loves living in the Upper Peninsula. He is a lineman for the Gogebic Miners Football Team and he is a competitive downhill ski racer. He loves snowmobiling with his dad and his friends and he wishes it would snow 11 months of the year! He is also very involved with the business, and can often be seen helping guests in the Bait Shop or on the docks. This is a family run operation and this family is very passionate about exceeding the expectations of our guests!
We just celebrated our 7th Anniversary at the Walleye Lodge and we are working on some great new property enhancements which includes a new restaurant and bar which we hope to have open by the end of 2019. Since we’ve been here we have completely renovated all of our rooms with new carpeting, flooring, beds, linens and more. Four years ago Jim put in an entire new heating system. Two years ago he put in all new windows and doors and this year we added brand new docks and we now are dealers for Floe docks and Lifts! We’ve increased our fleet of boats to six and are very proud of how far we have come!
We invite you to come alone, or bring your family, friends, neighbors, or work colleagues with you (we strongly encourage reservations), and relax in the comfort of our lakefront setting and enjoy the year round splendor of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
We look forward to seeing you soon!!
Jim, Mary Beth, Anthony, Buddy & Larry