More about the Enchanting Van Riper Lakes
This property is everything you could need and more. There are not one, but two, beautiful lakes (plus a big beaver pond). There are hiking trails around the big lake. There’s a cabin. Maybe I’m a minimalist, but I’m happy there and feel no need for anything more. Very happy. It’s a sanctuary that helps you remember how excellent the world, and your life, really are.
In one visit I observed a hawk hunting, fish rising, turtles sunning, blooming Lady’s slippers, early-season blueberries, wild raspberries in bloom, lichens in unknowable abundance, bear signs, and too many dragon fly varieties to count. What I did not see: another person. : )
East Van Riper (the big lake–not to be confused with The Big Lake, Lake Superior) is 107 acres with `38′ of depth. That’s plenty for its northern pike, large- and small-mouth bass and various panfish. You won’t go hungry! (Although tucked away in a bay, we must tell you that the original owner, a Van Riper, owns 10 acres on this lake. He is rarely there, friendly, and a good neighbor.)
West Van Riper Lake is about 40 acres and also about 38′ deep. (See the lake charts in the Photo Gallery for details.) It has all of the same fish to catch and release, or eat, if you’re inclined. (You own about 1/3 of the entire frontage; the rest is owned by the State of Michigan and as far as we can tell, they don’t have legal access to it. There are no roads to it, no access points and no people ever witnessed by the property owners.)
The cabin is newly remodeled. It got a new generator with a battery pack, point well, septic, new roof and all of its logs refinished inside and out. The kitchen can rise to any occasion. And unlike many cabins, it has a toilet and shower. Out there, using them is optional. A dip in the lake is a very wonderful bath sometimes.
There are new gravel roads to access the property and a trail around the big lake. It has new gates and locks to make sure your privacy is protected.
This amazingly intact tract is just a 45 minute drive on good roads from Marquette. If that’s too far and just need a few things at the grocery, the Michigamme Market is about 15 minutes away and has the staples.
It’s a beauty, and fairly priced at $2,349,000.