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I love this property. Judging by the interest I`m betting it will be our next listing to sell. There's just so much to like. The land around it is high and rugged -- very scenic -- with high rock features by the shore.
Topography is so important on an inland lake. The eye goes to the opposing shoreline and when it is varied and interesting as this one is it makes all the difference. Some lakes have character and this is one of those.
At Trout Lake it`s "life on the edge". To the east or west you`ll find easy access to the larger cities of the UP over an excellent highway, US41/M28. 39 miles to the east Marquette has the regional airport, a regional hospital, the university, and even Division I sports (hockey) as well as short track speed skating competitions, with a wide variety of restaurants and city services. These harbor towns of Marquette, Munising and Houghton will surprise you and in between you`ll find plenty of smaller communities with art, antiques, and small restaurants to explore.
But head to the north at Trout Lake and you`ll find the wild, which starts on the north half of this property. This land is rough and magical to me. The Huron Mountains, a 1000 square mile area has such varied topography ranging from the ancient mountain range to remote plains. The roads are unpaved two-tracks or snowmobile and 4-wheeler trails. You`ll see moose, eagles, ruffed grouse, deer and endless blueberries. With some luck you may see or hear a wolf. This may be the largest area without paved roads east of the Mississippi so once you learn the territory you can be as public or private as you like.
All around Trout Lake you`ll find this rough topography with high hills and sharp slopes, including some on the property. It makes for spectacular views. The lake has the points and bays that make a lake so much more interesting from the cabin, and more fun when paddling the shore in kayak or canoe in the soft evening light. My favorite is in full dark under the August Milky Way, and sometimes under the Northern Light. At any time of day this is one of the best views I have seen in the Huron Mountains. Some lakes have character. Trout Lake is one of these.
A most unusual feature for a Huron Mountain lake is the easy road access. The southern boundary has more than three quarters of a mile of frontage directly on US41/M28. This entry road is not an easement. It is entirely on the property. But because there is a significant, heavily wooded ridge between the highway and the water that parallels the road, the lake is not visible from the highway, no other structure is visible from the lake or the cabin, and the highway sounds end as you cross the ridge. Trout Lake offers an unusual combination of privacy and convenience.
This great access means easy year round use and importantly it means power to the cabin and a phone landline if you want it to the cabin! There is good cellular reception but a phone landline offers DSL Internet to keep in touch with the world at high speed. The owners looked at 20 or 30 lakes years ago before they bought Trout Lake, and of all of those that were available they picked this one because of the great access and the availability of power and phone.
The half-mile south of the highway across from the entry the land is owned by the State of Michigan. That keeps the views on both sides wild as you approach the property. The state land runs all the way south to Beaufort Lake. Follow the river east, upstream, and you`ll find Middle and Coon lakes, both of which are State owned and both of which are good fishing.
DNR fisheries staff checked the Trout Lake in 1993 and their records show it contains pike, rock bass, perch, punkinseed sunfish and largemouth bass. I am told there is excellent perch fishing and that there are large walleye. The water, like most of the western UP lakes west of Marquette is dark stained with tannin, but very pure. Water flow-through is good with two streams entering from the east and another from a spring entering near the an outflow stream on the west.
Google Earth appears to show rock outcropping under the lake at the eastern end. That is logical with the many rock outcroppings on the property so I`ll be exploring that with a depth finder this spring. If I`m right that it should provide interesting underwater structure for fish. You`ll see it if you cut and paste exactly this number: 46.555177456211226,-88.1875991821289 into the search box of Google Earth. It will fly you right to the lake.
The cabin has about 1,216 square feet including a roomy 8x30 screened porch under roof across the entire lakeside. You could be using it this summer! The exterior is cedar and so are all interior ceilings and the walls in the Master BR and bathroom. You couldn't build a cabin this close to the shore now. It is a wonderful site on the lake and it has a great westerly sunset view. There are also three older, smaller cabins and a sauna that were used for a camp back in the 1970's and have not been maintained since. They could be removed or improved for use, depending on your needs.
The land includes 501 acres on the County records. The southern portion is 182 acres, the east three quarters of the south half of Section 16, Spurr Twp. north of the highway and the lake. An old survey of that area is on file at the listing office.
The rest of the property, the 319 acres to the north is the entire north half of Section 16. This is rough and rugged Huron Mt. country that invites hunting, hiking, and wandering with a camera. These 319 acres are enrolled in the CFA program, which keeps the taxes down. It was selectively cut under the supervision of a consulting Forester over the last five years but you won`t see any evidence of that from the cabin or the lake.
Few of us have a good visual image of how much 500 acres really is. To give some perspective on how much privacy and opportunity that represents, consider this. 500 acres is more than half as large as Central Park in NYC, which is 908 acres. Others of similar size are San Francisco`s Golden Gate Park, Chicago`s Lincoln Park, Vancouver`s Stanley Park, and Munich`s Englischer Garten.
To put it another way it`s the size of 3,409 football fields.
The east line from end to end is a full mile. The north line is a full mile.
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Craig Lake State Park is just a few miles to the Northeast. Trail 8 of the State of Michigan snowmobile trail system crosses the property north of the lake, on the other side of high ground and connects to an extensive trail system through the Craig Lake State Park. The easement that allows the trail terminates on the sale of the property so a new owner has the choice of allowing it or not.
This is a very active listing. If it`s what you want get up here to see it now. I don`t really expect to have it very long. This one is going to sell.
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