Munising, Michigan Real Estate
The Munising, Michigan real estate offered by CLC Lands & Private Lakes, Inc. offers incredible value for the recreational-minded individual or family.
Greenway Lake is an unusual waterfront property in the Upper Peninsula because it includes a whole private lake nestled in 80 acres of land and is about equally located from Munising, Michigan and Grand Marais, Michigan.
If you are interested is purchasing private fishing real estate, this lake property is for you. Greenway Lake is connected to nearby Driggs Lake by a drainage stream. Both lakes are home to Northern Pike, Bass, panfish, Brook Trout, and the occasional walleye.
Although the property includes 80 acres of beautiful wooded forests, it does not encompass the entire lake. The Grand Sable State Forest abuts the southern shore and a private landowner owns the western lobe of the lake. This person’s property reaches from the low-lying, wet side of Greenway all the way to Driggs Lake where there is lots of buildable frontage. For all intents and purposes, this lake would be private.
Another fantastic recreational use for this property is snowmobiling. Alger County has over 300 miles of marked and groomed trails located in untarnished natural beauty – far enough away from civilization to commune with the landscape unfolding around you, yet close enough to services to find lunch and dinner when you get hungry and gasoline when you need it. These trails connect with trails in Luce, Schoolcraft, Delta, and Marquette Counties. Plan a trip that takes you point to point or brings you home every evening.
Launch your adventure from your front door on Greenway Lake to groomed snowmobile trails which are accessed seven-and-a-half miles east of Greenway Lake on the Driggs Lake Truck Trail and south on the Fox River Road where you can pick up Trail #43. The Michigan Snowmobile Association is very active and frequently updates their trail reports (http://www.msasnow.org/).
Alger County receives over 232 inches of snow each year.
These same trails are used for ORV/ATV-riding in the non-winter seasons. Most counties in the Upper Peninsula are fairly tolerant when it comes to ATV/ORV use on back roads. It isn’t unusual to see locals travelling in this manner. Hiawatha National Forest and the Upper Peninsula’s defunct railroad grades are destination spots for this.
If this sport is your passion, CLC Lands & Private Lakes, Inc.’s Kingston Plains property is custom-made for the ORV/ATV experience. One look at the sandy terrain will light your fire for adventure and challenge out on the trail.
Michigan State University’s geology department supplies information about the history of the Kingston Plains area in L.M. Sommer’s book, Michigan: A Geography.
“Logging and milling had begun in earnest between 1830 and 1840. In general, the pine lands and the central, southern, and eastern areas were logged first and most completely, and were then subject to damaging fires which followed. These were the drier sites which had most pine to begin with, and were so situated and continuous as to be in the paths of many fires which raced from west to east with the prevailing winds. These were also the areas in which ill-advised agricultural efforts, encouraged by land speculators, stimulated land clearing by early settlers. Patches of timber of varying size, protected on the west by either open water or wet swamps, or to a lesser extent, hardwood sites, escaped some of the fires which swept around them, but sooner or later many of these burned too.
Northern hardwood (maple, beech, basswood) forests seem to have suffered less from the combination of drastic cutting and fires. Swamp conifer stands, in wet sites, were least subject to loss from fire. Settlers were not tempted to clear these wet lands for farming. Once the old white pines were cut from the swamps, in many places natural regeneration and growth followed, resulting in the continuation of the forest conditions.
Forest fires in many extensive areas not only killed the trees and consumed the thin mantle of topsoil and eliminated every possible source of seed or sprouts to bring back the previous forest. In some areas, notably parts of Kalkaska, Missaukee, Crawford, Osceola, Wexford, Luce and Clare counties, even today areas of fire-charred pine stumps on otherwise almost barren sand plains are to be found. The Kingston Plains is an excellent example of this type of landscape. Early farming efforts, many of which failed, were responsible for completely denuding land, which was then (of course!) later abandoned.
After the great logging era of the late 1800’s, most of the pine lands were piled with “slash” — branches and drying wood scraps. These quickly burned, and often repeatedly burned.
The land then became barren, expect for a few stumps that were more resistant to the fires. Most of these burned-over barrens soon regenerated to forest. In many areas, however, the stumps remain, even though it has been over a century since they were living white pine trees. In many areas, wind eroded most of the upper horizons of the soil .
In others, the land was converted to agriculture, with grazing dominating until the farmers could remove the stumps.
One area that has remained in stumps and has not regenerated to forest lies near Pictured Rocks, in the central UP. This area, the Kingston Plains, is a often referred to as a “stump prairie”. The Kingston Plains, a flat, sandy landscape, contained a large white pine forest at the time of logging: the 1890’s. The image below shows what this landscape looked like in 1935.
The real question is, “Why has this landscape not revegetated?” Geographer Linda Barrett studied this question and concluded that the “pure” white pine areas were so vast and the slash must have burned so hot in those areas, that few trees (and hence, few seeds) were left to provide for new seedlings. Also, the fires were probably so hot in this area that the soil—dry, infertile, and sandy to begin with—literally “cooked” itself.”
CLC Lands & Private Lakes, Inc.’s Kingston Plains property includes 49 acres of recreational fun with year-round access and utilities readily available. It is located 17 miles from Grand Marais and 30 miles from Munising.