Sand River Area$177,100.00
Sand River Area$177,100.00
Sand River Area
Head eighteen miles east from downtown Marquette, Michigan; take a short hop right off State Highway M28 onto Sand River Road and then a left onto Deerton Sand Lake Road. This will take you straight across the northern portion of CLC Lands & Private Lakes, Inc.’s Sand River Acreage property, a 161-acre, hemlock/red maple-dominated piece of real estate made for four-season recreation.
The former DSS&A Railway grade runs across this Sand River area parcel in western Alger County. Hikers can pick up the North Country Trail less than one mile down this repurposed railroad grade. In the winter, it is labeled Marquette/Alger County Snowmobile trail #417, allowing for easy on/easy off access for snowmobilers. The UP 200 Sled Dog Race is routed through here every February (http://www.up200.org/). This property is within 1.5 miles to a sandy Lake Superior public beach access point. ATV enthusiasts, mountain bikers, hunters, or anyone who wants to own land and live twenty minutes from the largest town in the Upper Peninsula – will enjoy this location.
From Marquette, head east on M28 towards Munising. Turn right onto Sand River Road. In 0.3 miles, turn left onto Deerton Sand Lake Road. In 0.8 miles, you will be on the property.
In-Depth Look At Property
A sunny May day excursion: There’s movement in the underbrush. Two ruffed grouse are interested in my progress and are not in a hurry to move. I reach for the camera, but they’re onto me and have scooted out of sight. The property is wet on one side of the road (south) and dry on the other (north). There’s a nice building site here.
There is phone and internet available at the site. Electric access is close. I have cellphone service. Children living here attend the AuTrain-Onota Public School ( http://www.autrainonota.com/) for grades K-8, followed by Munising High School (http://www.munisingschools.com/mpswebsite/mpswebpublic/mps.aspx).
Anyone familiar with the Rails-to-Trails system nationwide will immediately recognize the potential the railroad grade here offers. Recreational opportunities begin and end with your imagination. You could daytrip from home, or start a week (or month) long camping adventure from here. Although others have the right to utilize the grade, its general location makes it a low-use area.
Another interesting fact is this grade is designated as the Iron Ore Heritage Trail from Harvey to Republic. You can read about it online at www.ironoreheritage.com. This is how they describe it:
Through a multitude of interpretation methods, we can share the story of the Marquette Iron Range and our 160+ years of mining ore that changed the landscape of Marquette County and the United States…
If you walk, bike, run, inline skate, wander into natural places, ride a horse, cross country ski, snowmobile, consider yourself a history buff or ride an ATV…this trail is for you! The trail is being designed for a multitude of users. Wherever possible and allowed, parallel but separate trails will be developed for motorized and non-motorized for the safety and enjoyment of both types of trail users…
If you don’t live in the area, you might wonder about noise and usage of the trail. Talk to any of the MANY residents who live right off it in Harvey. Their proximity to the trail is the same as yours would be.
This property comes with an additional 80 acres accessible from the southeast corner.
Back in the car, it’s a four-minute drive (1.5 miles) west on M28 towards Marquette, across the Sand River Bridge to public Lake Superior access.