The Little Buckeye property includes a whole, private inland lake and 80 acres of land. The lake itself is 8.7-acres in size and 39 feet deep. There is seasonal access off County Road 455 – ¾ miles away – and is close to Big Bass Lake, where a Forest Service Campground is located. County Road 455 is a snowmobile trail in the winter.
This lake has never been offered for sale to the public.
Little Buckeye Lake has a conservation easement granted to the State of Michigan in 2005 and is part of the Northern Great Lakes Forest Project. The easement serves to encourage sustainable use of forest resources, protect in perpetuity the conservation value of the property as a working forest, and to provide opportunities for public recreation in a manner consistent with forest management and recreation conservation. It allows for development of one single-family structure and associated outbuildings, providing the ultimate private ownership experience.
From Newberry, head north on M-123 8.7 miles to County Road 407 and turn left. Continue on Co. Rd. 407 4.3 miles then turn left onto County Road 455/Carlson Camp Road. Drive 6.9 miles then turn left onto Buckeye Lake Road. Drive 0.8 miles and turn left onto Little Buckeye Road.
I grew up in Dickinson County, Michigan where my family owned a 3-season lake camp not far from our home. This property did not have electrical access, running water, or indoor bathroom facilities. We used Aladdin Lamps for light, propane and a wood-burning fireplace for heat, and an outhouse and indoor composting toilet for a bathroom. Lake water was ladled from a bucket into our sinks for washing. On occasion, in the winter, one person would drive a snowmobile with a supply-laden sled while the rest of us skied in. The rest of the year, we would drive there.
We kept a skiff with an 8-horsepower engine for fishing, but as often would fish from the dock – waiting for that happy occurrence when the bobber slips under the water and our catch could be reeled in. Our water adventures were limited only by our imaginations. Even as a kid, I valued the opportunity to be in nature and observe and be apart from what constituted stress in the 1970s.
Owning a private inland lake like Little Buckeye serves up this freedom in spades. Living “off-the-grid” is a great deal easier, more efficient, and fashionable today. There are many methods of providing personal utilities, such as generators, solar panels, well-drilling equipment, and wood-burning stoves. Favorable recreational choices continue to include fishing, hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, and riding ATVs. When you’re done with that, reading, tinkering, exploring, and relaxing await you.
There is a small section of the lake you wouldn’t own and that is the leather-leaf bog on the east-side of the lake. From this corner, neighboring Bass Lake is 100 yards away. The other 1,800 feet of frontage are yours alone.
This property contains a mix of maple, white pine, and hemlock – the latter of which tower in great, ancient proximity to the lake.