The Sucker River is 35 miles long and you could own two miles of it if you were to purchase the three contiguous parcels of Sucker I, II, and III. There are 320 acres for sale with all three parcels. We are selling the property whole, or in 80-acre (2) and 160-acre (1) parcels.
Sucker I includes 2,000 feet of frontage, 80 acres of land, and is immediately accessible off of Sandy Lane.
The section of the river that wanders through the property is a Type 4 trout stream with water high enough to float in the spring and wade in the summer. The water is tea-colored from pine needles and other organic matter falling in and breaking down over time. The northern part of the property contains critical coastal dunes which are protected by the State of Michigan. All of this exists within a natural pine ecosystem where red and white pines thrive in an old-growth state, compete with fire-scars – emblematic of natural pine forests.
The property is in Alger County, 5 miles from Grand Marais. You can access it from the north off H-58 and the south off State Highway M28. Both sides of the river are included and are well-buffered with acreage.
From Grand Marais, head east on H58 for four miles. Turn left onto School Forest Road and drive for one-half mile to Sandy Lane and take a left. The property is a half mile down on the left.
I suppose it’s misleading to suggest the Sucker River is floatable. Currently, it’s spring, the water is high, and floating works well until you come to the first deadfall obstructing your path. I wouldn’t suggest wading now either. The water is flowing and the pools are deep. It IS the perfect time to grab a rod and walk along the fisherman’s path on either side of the stream to see if you can catch a brook trout. And you could certainly don your waders and ease in from the bank just about anywhere. The midge flies are hatched and skirting the river’s surface so make sure you bring your fly rod.
The bottom of the river is sandy, as is the land. Reindeer lichen can be found in the sunnier areas. In fact, there are over 230 species of lichen in the Luce/Alger County area with multiple representations here – along with various spring wildflowers like trout lily, arbutus, and spring beauty (https://www.nps.gov/piro/learn/nature/lichens.htm).
The Sucker River is a Type 4 trout stream. Game species caught here are steelhead, brook trout, coho, and chinook. (http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_63235—,00.html)
Species available to hunt on public lands are whitetail deer, black bear and grouse. (http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10363—,00.html)
Protected Lake Superior dune areas are found in parcels 1 & 2 to the north. These are part of the largest collection of freshwater dunes in the world, and date back to the last Ice Age (http://macd.org/critical-dunes.html).
The property is accessed by Sandy Lane, which is a seasonal county road. Parcel #3 can be entered by an existing woods road. It’s a pleasant and easy drive to any of the three parcels this time of year.
The property bordering all sides is owned by the Burt Township School District as part of their 1,300-acre School Forest. The property is five miles from Grand Marais and the Burt Township school system (http://www.grandmaraisschools.org/).
There is electrical up to the southwest corner of parcel two. You would need to heat with propane or wood. There is cell service.