Additional Information about Buddle Lake


Buddle Lake is a private, up to 70 foot deep, spring fed lake centered in 220 acres in Iron County. The location is six miles west of Perch Lake, and 13 miles north of US2. In addition to the lake there are two ponds on the property and part of another. The lake connects 30 feet under a marsh to a large pond to the north. The forest is mostly maple with tall pines along the lake frontage; the remainder has aspen, hemlock, balsam and spruce. Roughly two thirds of Iron River Township #8 is National Forest land. This property adjoins Federal land on the north and east sides, nearly a mile and a half.

DSC_6410The family has owned this property for 55+ years and say the property has not been timbered in 120 years. The 3 bedroom (queen, two doubles, and a bunk) knotty cedar cabin with full bath was built in 1961, which frequent improvements since. The roof was replaced a year and a half ago. There is a 40 x 60 pole barn behind the cabin. Power is provided by a solar array on the pole barn and by a generator. Legal, insured access to the property is over a gravel Federal Forest Road. Fish are walleye up to 27 inches and largemouth bass up to 22 inches, perch and panfish.


Section 28, Iron River Twsp #8, 46-36, Iron County.




M28 to Forest Hwy 16 at Kenton. Left 12 miles down Federal Forest Highway 16 to County Road 657. Then left half a mile on Iron County Road 3500. Left again and 3.5 miles to Buddle gate on right. It is (was) red and has 700 on it. It is 17 miles to camp from Kenton on M-28 to the north, and 1 hr 45 minutes from Marquette.


Tax No: 36-004-328-001-00

$1,382.50 2014 Winter taxes
$5,160.67 2015 Summer taxes
$6,543.17 Last full year. Taxes increase on sale.

2014 SEV $$167,100
2015 SEV: $170,200


Buddle Lake, the whole lake with no public access is centered on the property. There are two ponds and part of a third.
Lake surface area: 26 acres
Frontage: .87 of a mile
Bottom: Sand & gravel
Approach: Very gradual
Dock: Yes


#1: 10 x 11
#2: 10 x 10
#3: 9 x 10
Full Bath: 5 x 7
Kitchen: 12 x 14
Living Room: 9 x 12
Dining Area: 12 x 20
Deck: 10 x 12
Road Type: Gravel
Garage: Pole Barn
Zoning: Agricultural/Residential
Access: Private gravel
Sq. Ft: 1,276
Construction: Conventional Frame
Style: Ranch, block foundation
Basement: Crawl space
Year Built: 1961
Roof: Asphalt Shingles. The roof was replaced 1 and a half years ago
Exterior: Wood
Water: Pumped from lake, Culligan water dispenser
Sewer: Septic
Heat: Wood (2 units)
Utilities: Solar Power w/back-up generator and propane
Appliances: Refrigerator, gas stove and water heater
Exposure: Eastern
Outbuilding: 30 x 60 metal pole building = 1,800 SF


Originally purchased in 1959
Lot Size: 220 acres
Address: 700 FR 3500, Iron River, MI 49935
Municipality: Iron River Township, Iron County, MI
Timber: Maple, Aspen, Hemlock, Pine, Spruce, Balsam & Tamarack
Topography: Rolling
Road Type: Gravel
Access: Seasonal
Legal Description: Legal Description: S 1/2 NE 1/4; SE 1/4 NW 1/4; NE 1/4 SW 1/4; W 1/2 NE 1/4 SE 1/4; NW 1/4 SE 1/4; all in Section 28, T46N-R36W, Iron River Township, Iron County, MI. Total 220 acres +/-.


My father originally purchased Buddle from grandfather Ben Plourde back in 1959. Ben was in the lumber business and regularly bought and sold 40`s for harvesting lumber in the Iron County region. As you can imagine he knew this area like the back of his hand. He and his brothers had worked in or run lumber operations in the area since they were teenagers. Ben actually painted murals of lumber camp life at the time they were using horses, ice roads, axes and two man saws to cut timber. I actually still have one. There are others at the Iron County museum. He had his eye on Buddle knowing the of the quality of lake and wanted to purchase it for my Dad and Mom (she was his daughter) for a place to vacation. It was originally owed by a lumber company in Chicago who was not aware of the beauty of the lake. I believe was named after a local guy named Daniel Buddle. Daniel Buddle never owned the probably but used to fish it by horse back in the day. I am not sure why his name got on the lake, but it stuck.



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