Few people know this property exists. It lies between two of the principal cities of the U.P., and the access is easy and good, but you’ll need a guide to find it.
We specialize in unusual water frontage, property that is larger, better, or has a high degree of privacy or particularly spectacular views. The minute we saw this property we knew it was extraordinary.
AuTrain Point has unusual, lovely sandstone beaches that anyone who has seen them will surely remember with white pines and hemlocks lining the shore, and hardwoods behind. The land is high and dry. The views are the stuff of dreams.
Waves wash red sandstoneFifteen miles to the east Munising has world-class natural assets: Pictured Rocks National Park, Grand Island, a National Park in Munising Bay, and Hiawatha National Forest. 30 miles to the west Marquette has Division I sports at NMU (hockey); restaurants that will surprise you, a first class regional hospital and all city services including scheduled jet service. Marquette is the U.P.’s largest city, an “All-American,” “Most Livable,” and “Best Small Arts” community. The Brownstone Inn, 4 miles to the west, offers fine dining in a friendly, family atmosphere.
Most of the time Superior is surprisingly calm, but when the wind is up the shape of this bay and the prevailing northwesterly winds join forces to present some of the most dramatic waves, and in the winter some of the highest ice formations, to be found on Lake Superior. This property has dynamic, fast changing sunset views with drama of color and form second to none.
The bay is unusual in another respect. Inland lakes and the Great Lakes offer two very different visual experiences. On an inland lake your eye goes to the opposing shoreline. Lake Superior views are of a peaceful inland sea, storms, birds, shipping, and the play of clouds above the water. This property looks westerly across the bay to a dramatic range of hills on an opposing shore, the kind of view presented on a big inland lake. Whitecaps break over sandstone
The land has 600 feet of frontage on Superior with another and 10.55 acres. Offshore huge rocks the size of Volkswagens visible up to 50 feet below the surface of the crystal clear water. Kayaking has become extremely popular in this area, for good reason. If you haven’t gotten into that yet local outfitters offer instruction with guided tours of the Pictured Rocks and all the right equipment provided.
The building site is high and takes full advantage of the view. From it you’ll see the sparkling lights of ore freighters coming down the Lake. Any writer will tell you a good story involves a journey, physical or mental, and I grew up watching those great ore boats in the night. They took me daydreaming on ocean voyages to romantic, distant places. To stand on this shore at dawn is to remember where we are: on a frontier. When people get together they talk about mining, timber, harbors, roads, wolves, moose, old two-tracks, logging era railroad grades and brook trout. The lake is accessible — you can easily walk down to the beach. Long view towards Marquette
It’s an appealing lifestyle. There’s public access to Lake Superior nearby where the AuTrain River flows into Superior. That means you can swim in the surf of the big lake in warm water comfort. The list of things to do is long, and I won’t recount it here, but you will tell your friends that when they come to visit you will enjoy this area with them in a way that they’ll remember and talk about the next time you get together.
This is a sunset view, westerly facing shore where you will sleep to the rhythmic sounds of surf or on calm nights to the tremulous call of loons.
Better take a look. Bring a camera.