Huron Mountains

Thunderstorm rolls in over the Huron Mountains. Facing West from CR510. Photo by: RomanKahler

Marquette City Facts    Bob's Lake    Island Lake

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     The information here is a summation of information on my property in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The property is a located in the foothills of the Huron Mountains. I have acquired this property along with the easements to it over the past 15 years, at times with much patience and effort. Often times people ask “Why do you own land in the UP?” or “How did you get such a nice holding?” The answers to these questions do not always make sense to people who have not walked in a remote forest and stumbled across a private lake, with tall trees and rock outcroppings. When you own a piece of land more than a square mile privacy is usually not a concern. You have to love the land to really pay for something that you may only visit a few times a year.

     When you acquire a beautiful holding in the UP often times it is not only based on price, but what is more elusive is just finding a high quality piece for sale that meets your wants and dreams. Often times when someone acquires something they love, they cannot put a price on it. I have tried, but rarely does the math make sense. I often analyze it this way, which I think is rarely done. If I own 1 acre of land that I acquired for $2,178 per acre and 1 acre is 43,560 square feet. So if you take $2,178/43,560 sq ft = $.05 per sq ft, so basically if you measure a square foot of land you buy, it costs you 5 pennies. There is 9 square feet in a square yard, so that is 45 cents, take a bedroom 10 feet by 12 feet = $6 about the price of a Starbucks coffee. So often times when I walk on my property, I look at a bedroom size piece of land whether it is in a lake, contains a massive rock, or holds a 100′ foot tall pine, and I wonder how is this beauty so cheap? When I am walking on a mountain logging road and I think of the money I spent at a steak house then look ahead and think I could have owned the road way up to that crest of the hill.

     With building prices around $200 per square feet for a home or a commercial property I often think which would I rather have? This square foot of a building or a 4000 square foot piece of beautiful land? You may have been sent to this page because you heard the land may be for sale, at times yes, at times no. Usually nice holdings are transferred through the three D’s, death/divorce/distress. Hopefully you are not contacting me during one of those times. That is how I acquired most of this holding, by being patient and often working with realtors/owners/timber companies. It is a work of love sometimes, when I get the tax bills I wonder if this is a good financial investment, what cures me every time is just going up to Marquette and walking the land, going to the local restaurants and hotels. The city is beautiful, has a great hospital, and a wonderful college. When visiting my land I always find something I never knew existed there before, even random plants I have never seen. Sometimes catching a fish in one of the private lakes, then cooking it over a fire, or standing on the edge of a small mountain and seeing for miles and miles. I am not an expert by any means of these beautiful areas, there are people who have grown up and spent their whole lives there, and still love the Upper Peninsula. My background in business has allowed me to travel the world, the only comparison to the natural beauty I have seen to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is perhaps Switzerland, Austria or the Muir woods in California. I personally prefer Michigan due to the number of small lakes and streams. Please look below, the pictures are not professional, but just random pics taken from my cell phone over the years.

 

Named in honor of the Jesuit priest and explorer Jacques Marquette, Marquette County lies in the rich iron ore district of the north-central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. To the east are Delta and Alger Counties, to the south Dickinson and Menominee, to the west Iron and Baraga. Lake Superior establishes the northern boundary. These lines were set in 1843, when the Upper Peninsula was divided into six counties established simultaneously to facilitate the completion of a topographical survey being taken by the eminent geologist and surveyor, Dr. Douglas Houghton. Marquette County was not formally organized, however, until April 4, 1848.

 

Picturesque view of Marquette City



Marquette, Michigan Quick Facts

Latitude/Longitude
N46 deg. 33.40266
W087 deg23.7921
Coordinate Decimal
46.556711
-87.396535

County: Marquette, spans 1,872 square miles. Has 64,874 residents (2000 census)

Temperature: Mean temperature in January is 11.9 degrees; mean temperature in July is 65.1 degrees.

Rain/Snow: Marquette receives approximately 35 inches of rain per year and 172 inches of snow.

Around the County: 22 motion picture screens, four 18-hole golf courses, two alpine ski areas, 155 kilometers of cross country ski trails, more than 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, museums, bowling lanes, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, ice arenas and much more.

Natural Beauty: The region offers 11 hiking trails, 96 miles of cross country ski trails, 500 miles of snowmobile trails, 11 accessible waterfalls and about 10 miles of city bike paths.

Olympic Training Center: Marquette is home to the only Olympic Education Center in the United States, which is one of four U.S. Olympic training centers in the nation. The United States Olympic Education Center is located on the campus of Northern Michigan University, the only Olympic training center located on a university campus.

Superior Dome: Marquette is also home to the Superior Dome, the largest wooden dome stadium in the world. It is a part of Northern Michigan University’s Sports Complex.

Marquette County is the largest county in the state of Michigan

The statewide average size for a county is 685 square miles

Marquette County has about 55 miles of Lake Superior shoreline along its northeast margin

Marquette County ranks as #320 out of 3141 counties in the United States

It is the 296th largest county in the lower 48 states.

It is the 17th largest county east of the Mississippi

 

Green highlighted areas below is locations of property within Marquette County.

 



Bob’s Lake in Champion (N) Township
T.50N.-R.28W.

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The entire North Half, the NW Quarter of SE Quarter, entire SW Quarter and the SW Quarter of SE Quarter of Section 30, Township 50 North, Range 28 West.

The West Half of the Northwest Quarter (W 1/2 of NW 1/4), Section 29, Township 50 North, Range 28 West, AND the East Half of the Southeast Quarter (E 1/2 of SE 1/4), Section 30, Township 50 North, Range 28 West, AND the North Half of the Northeast Quarter (N 1/2 of NE 1/4), Section 31, Township 50 North, Range 28 West

 

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Bob Lake, Oval Lake, Hatchet Lake

 

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Island Lake and Clark Creek in Champion (EC) Township
T.49N.-R.28W.

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Township 49 N., Range 28 West, Section 2, the SW quarter and Section 14, the SE quarter of the SW quarter, Champion Township, Marquette County. The South Half of the SW Quarter in Section 3, Township 49 North, Range 28 West.

The NE Quarter of the SW Quarter; (NE 1/4 of SW 1/4), the North Half of the SE Quarter and the South Half of SE Quarter of Section 3, Township 49 North, Range 28 West. The North Half of Northwest Quarter of NE Quarter and the North Half of North Half of NW Quarter of Section 4, Township 49 North, Range 28 West. The SE Quarter of SW Quarter; the SW Quarter of SE Quarter and the entire West Half of Section Except the SE Quarter of SW Quarter, all in Section 11, Township 49 North, Range 28 West. The NE Quarter of NW Quarter and the West Half of NW Quarter of Section 12, Township 49 North, Range 28 West. The West Half of SW Quarter of Section 13, Township 13, Township 49 North, Range 28 West. The entire NE Quarter and the entire SE Quarter of Section 14, Township 49 North, Range 28 West.

The North Half of the Northeast Quarter (N 1/2 of NE 1/4) and the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SE 1/4 of NE 1/4), Section 10, Township 49 North, Range 28 West, AND the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4), Section 2, Township 49 North, Range 28 West, AND the North Half (N 1/2), Section 3, Township 49 North, Range 28 West.

The NE Quarter of NE Quarter; the SE Quarter of NE Quarter; the NE Quarter of SE Quarter and all that part of the SE Quarter of SE Quarter lying Northerly of the Red Road (county Rd “AAT”), all being in Section 23 Township 49 North, Range 28 West.

The East Half of Southeast Quarter of Section 10, Township 49 North, Range 28 West.

 

Island Lake and Clark Creek Topographic Map (Click Above Map for Larger Topo Map)

Island Lake, Lake 8, Lake 2, Lake 3, Hills Lakes, Penny Lake

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