This half-mile of Sucker River frontage is fast-flowing and gravel-bottomed. It is an off-the-grid property perfect for someone who enjoys outdoor sports like fly-fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, or riding an ATV.
There’s some elevation culminating in a 90-foot bluff easily reached by “Pull-Up Hill,” an old logging road on the property. Below this and adjacent to the river is an area of flood plain.
Six miles west of Grand Marais, H58 intersects County Road 416 and then runs south through the middle of this 32-acre parcel. There is seasonal access here as 416 becomes Luce County Snowmobile Trail #8 in the winter. (http://www.upsnowmobiling.com/trail-maps/luce)
It would be worth finding a DNR-approved building site down by the river – because it is spectacular. The 100-foot bluff rises behind you, the river flows before you – it doesn’t get much prettier than this. Or, with a few trees cleared at the top of the ridge, you’d have a view of the river and, likely, Lake Superior – not to mention a vibrant forest canopy that would be lovely in the fall.
From Grand Marais, head southeast on Grand Marais Avenue toward Crawford Street. Continue onto County Road H-58 E/Everett Street. Turn right onto Sucker River Roade, also known as County Road 416.
The truck is parked at the bottom of Pull-Up Hill next to a sunny slope dotted with trout lily, a wildflower native to the Upper Peninsula. It’s a lovely warm spring day -the atmospheric blend we natives drop everything for to go outside and enjoy.
We’re flying the drone to get some footage of the river here. While waiting, I let down the tailgate, lie back and soak in the sun. There’s a faint scent of hot pine in the air – a fragrance I associate with relaxation and summer. This with the sound of the gravely Sucker gushing forth its spring abundance urges me to sleep.
Instead, the drone lands and we set off to explore the floodplain ahead of us. As a potential landowner, it would be worth finding a DNR-approved building site down here – because it is spectacular. The 100-foot bluff rises behind you, the river flows before you – I’m not sure it gets much better (or much prettier) than this.
Of course, with a few trees cleared at the top of the ridge, you’d have a view of the river and, likely, Lake Superior – not to mention a vibrant forest canopy that would be lovely in the fall. Here is an impressive building site, as well.
This section of the Sucker River is historically interesting. If you look at a map of the area, you will see the Blind Sucker River to the east. The Blind was once a part of today’s Sucker River. During the logging era of the 1800s, the two were engineered apart and the Sucker was diverted to Grand Marais Creek and into the East Bay at Grand Marais. In this manner, logs could be floated right to the processing area. The road on the property, designated “Pull-Up Hill,” rose from this historic time and memorializes logging efforts in the region.
The Sucker River is a designated Type 4 trout stream. Game species caught here are steelhead, brook trout, coho, and chinook.
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)