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Tim Keohane
Tim Keohane
Great Lakes and Land Real Estate Company

Splendid Ford River

TBD Off Fox Lake Rd., Sagola, Michigan 49881 - Dickinson County
$440,000 395.50 Acres
Property ID 3135711


395.5 Acre Upper Michigan Wooded Recreational Parcel with Ford River Frontage for Sale! This property is located in Sagola Township, in NW Dickinson County, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. When people think about Sagola Township, they think about the great logging era in the Upper Peninsula. In the 1840s to the 1900s, as the forests of the east were depleted, logging companies moved west into the Great Lakes area. Investors considered the Michigan forests might be a source of rapid wealth. Michigan became the Nation's leading lumber producer between 1869 and 1900 - and its forests were cut down for farms and to produce lumber for buildings, ships, and mines. In early days logging companies built camps and brought in crews. Men used axes and long cross-cut saws, and did most of the cutting in the winter when it was easier for humans and horses to move the logs to water. After the spring melt, the logs were floated down rivers and across lakes to sawmills. The sawn lumber was loaded onto ships and carried to markets. Later on, special railroad lines were built to carry logs out of the forest to sawmills and mines. (The demand for Michigan Timber was high: Mining created a large demand for timber for mine props - The smelters for copper and iron burned about 30 acres of hardwood timber for fuel each day - And earlyautomobiles used as much as 250 board feet in each car. That equals an eight foot log, 27 inches in diameter for each car to come off the assembly line! For this reason, Ford Motor Company once owned over a half-million acres of land in the U.P.) It is estimated that by 1897 over 160 billion board feet was logged from Michigan forests. If 160 billion board feet of logs were laid out in a pile four feet high and eight feet wide, it would go around the world about 50 times, or to the moon and back about five times! The value of all the harvested wood was greater than all the gold from California during the gold rush! The property being offered for sale is located just two+ miles north-east of one of the well known Logging Towns, called Sagola. This town was formed in about1885 by five Chicago men who came to harvest timber in the area. It began as a railroad station and mill settlement. The town name Sagola was derived from an Indian word meaning Welcome, used in greeting one another. Within years this railway side town grew to include a Lumber Company, Catholic Church, Post Office, Township Hall, General Store, two Hotels, Saloons, and Clubs. Today the town caters to Tourists, and continues to support the forestry industry - Near it is a mill owned by Louisiana-Pacific that makes oriented strand board. The surrounding forest lands near the highway still provide trees for the mill. The property being offered for sale has a rolling terrain, and mostly mature thinned hardwoods, with a mix of conifers. It has nearly a Half-Mile of 40 Foot-Wide frontage on the cold, clear waters of The Ford River. This Blue Ribbon Trout river is a 108-mile-long tributary of Lake Michigan, and is known for Brook trout. An Intermediate, Class I-III River, it is an ideal destination for whitewater paddling. Spring runoff from late April to early June swells the Ford?s volume to levels that make it a swift and spirited river. Snowmobile Trail Number 5 located about 4-5 miles to the east, and can be reached from the property, through wooded trail roads. The property offered for sale has a good road system throughout, and there are several nice potential building sites. The hunting should be great on thisproperty - an 8-Point Buck was seen on the day the property was listed! Located on the western border of the parcel is Corporate CFA Land, and on the eastern border are thousands of acres of Copper Country State Forest Lands for walk-in access for additional hunting, trapping, and fishing. Contact us today for more information! MLS# 1093372


From the L'Anse Welcome Sign take US-41 South 40.74 miles to M-95 (Koski Korners). Take a right and go 29.04 miles to Channing. Go south a half mile to Byers Road. Take a left and go 1.5 miles to Fox Lake Road. Take a left and go 1.5 miles to beginning of property.

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Tim Keohane

Great Lakes and Land Real Estate Company

12 West Broad Street
L'Anse, MI 49946

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