Magnificent Lake Superior Beach near Grand Marais
This extraordinary property features an absolutely awe-inspiring beach. Unsurpassed in its depth, this 700-foot wide stretch of grassy dunes offers vast breathtaking panoramas of pure sugar sand and the scintillating blue surface of Lake Superior. With no sign of human presence as far as the eye can see, this remarkable natural sanctuary is totally private and pristine, and yet only 18 miles from the popular harbor of Grand Marais.
Protected on both sides by State land, this property is the only private holding on nearly two miles of Lake Superior frontage. An astonishingly large expanse of dune and beach to the water's edge (at least 300 feet) affords complete protection from bank erosion, as well as endless hours of easy walking and sheer solitude. The brilliant multi-colored small stones washed by the surf along the water's edge bestow a feast for the eyes and exceptional agate hunting
Above the spectacular dunes covered with a profusion of ferns, wildflowers, and grasses rises a fifty-foot vegetated bluff leading to majestic wooded highlands that constitute the remainder of this magnificent 18-plus acre property. The high overlook grants commanding vistas between the trees to the tranquil beach and mighty lake below. A key and very rare feature of the forest is the majestic canopy of mature red and white pines dating to well over a century in age. Also present are oaks, maples, birches, and aspen. The property has a rich abundance of wildlife and native plants, including bracken ferns, arbutus, wintergreen, and blueberries.
The wooded site is as private as the beach, for Lake Superior State Forest borders it on both sides, providing a natural buffer to the east and the west. The property is high and dry, and is protected by the bluff and by the towering trees from the lake storms. Only the whisper of the lake breeze through the branches and the songs of birds disturb the remarkable calm. It is perfect for a serene and secluded retreat.
As private as the site is, easy access is available from paved County Road 407, which is maintained year round, and where utilities can be readily attained. The straight and frequently traveled Coast Guard Line Road crosses a corner of the property and connects it with County Road 407 only a half mile away. The property is also linked to the county road by a private road through the woods.
This exceptional natural setting is also amazingly convenient to amenities. A grocery store is less than a mile from the property, on County Road 407. The charming harbor community of Grand Marais is only 18 miles to the west, along Lake Superior. It is a four-season destination for visitors from throughout the US and Canada, known for its recreational activities, restaurants, antique and crafts shops, music and art festivals, and resorts (as well as supermarkets). Grand Marais is also renowned as the eastern gateway to the fabulous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Newberry, 27 miles to the south of the property, offers more extensive retailing options and community services, including hospital care. Accessibility to larger cities is impressive: Munising is 74 miles, Sault Ste. Marie is 93 miles, Mackinaw Bridge is 94 miles, Marquette is 117 miles, and Traverse City is 195 miles.
The property is located in an unincorporated community on Lake Superior known as Deer Park, which was a lumber milling town in the nineteenth century. By 1900 the lumber industry had disappeared, and a century later Deer Park is again one of the most pristine portions of the Upper Peninsula. The area consists of lakes, rivers, stream, woods, and sand hills, but the most dramatic natural resource is Lake Superior itself. Beautiful Muskallonge Lake, chock full of bass, perch, and pike, and also ideal for swimming, camping, and low impact boating, is less than a mile from the property. The scenic Two Hearted River, immortalized by Ernest Hemingway and celebrated for its rich stock of brook trout and the best paddling in the eastern Upper Peninsula, is only three miles from the property. Canoeing, fly fishing, kayaking, berry picking, and nature photography are only a few of the many activities possible in the area.
Deer Park lies in the heart of a region traditionally known as Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast, for it has claimed hundreds of ships over the centuries. Most recent was the historic shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1975), the freighter commemorated in Gordon Lightfoot's famous song. The Deer Park Lifesaving Station, one of six stations along the lake, mounted many well-documented and legendary rescues. Fragments of wrecks may still be found among the pieces of driftwood on the beach.
The owner and his family have loved and preserved this land since 1923, when the owner's great uncle, an early adventurer from industrialized Ohio, was attracted to this tranquil region. Since then, the property has remained untouched and unspoiled. It is even more beautiful today than it was a century ago. If you buy it, use your stewardship wisely and protect this idyllic landscape for those who will follow.
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