More about Large Whole Private Lake
Goose Lake is a 107-acre private lake southeast of Lake Michigamme, 30 miles west of Marquette over excellent roads. This tract lies less than 10 miles from the intersection of M95 and M28/US41.
The north shore of Twin Lake, a 47-acre lake with 15-foot depths just south of Goose Lake is also included. The exact acreage as shown in the Marquette County records is 1,571.7 acres, or nearly 2.5 square miles of land.
My database of desirable lakes collected over 20 years lists Goose as the largest whole private lake of this size remaining in a single ownership in Marquette County. Note that this database does not including State owned lakes. Neither does it include lakes adjacent to old mining areas, with likely contamination issues, or owned by mining companies with nearby iron ore reserves, which will never be available. Nor does it include lakes within the two large private clubs in the county, lakes also unlikely to be available.)
The property comes with two recorded easements, one on the western end and one near the center. These provide deeded, recorded and insured legal access to the property from the public roads. A third easement on the eastern end provides additional access to the property from the old RR grade.
The gravel road from M95 that runs south of Goose Lake traverses an area that is recovering nicely from the big Tower Lake Fire in early May of 1999, thirteen years ago. The property immediately surrounding Goose Lake was outside of the burn as you can tell by the tall white pines that surround it.
Roughly half the acreage on the eastern side of this block was in the fire area, but that’s not all bad. Like Yellowstone, the forest recovers and it is now thickly covered with 15-25 foot high aspen, birch and spruce.
As a partridge and woodcock hunter I find that is just the kind of cover that holds the most birds. It is also favored by deer and builds large racks. This area also has a high concentration of both moose and black bear. Some of Michigan’s best hunting back at the turn of the century came after the great white pine forests were cut and the slashings burned.
Goose Lake has excellent fishing for bluegills, crappie, bass and northerns. Every time I am there I see a bald eagle perched high in a pine, watching for unwary fish on the surface. It knows where to find an easy lunch. The lake is spectacular and the property is ideal for 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, hiking, photography, boating, and of course hunting and fishing.
The Baraga DNR office does not have additional fishing information on Goose Lake as it has long been in private ownership. They did tell me their opinion that Goose is a large, quiet, pretty lake. They also noted that there are many fine fishing opportunities in the surrounding area.
This is a new listing. I am posting it now so people can see it this fall, but I still have a lot to learn about this big property and will expand the description here as I do. We have brushed out the roads to improve the access and I am exploring and will report further discoveries on this website.
Flooding by beavers two years ago raised the level of the lake by four feet, which killed some cranberry bushes and even a few large white pine in places along the edge. The beaver dam is gone and the lake level is back to normal and looks the same as when I first saw it 15 years ago.
I was surprised by that after 2012’s hot July and summer long lack of rain. The U.P. has been in a mild drought for 15-17 years and this has had a big effect on many of our U.P. lakes, but not this one, which seems to hold its level nicely.
In summary, this is a large and scenic lake ringed with tall red and white pines. It is blessed with an irregular shoreline of points and bays with large sections of exposed granite. There is a small island. The land is a large and diverse private tract in a wild and interesting part of Western Marquette County.
With such a large lake and so much adjacent acreage already assembled, the price is very attractive. The owner prefers to sell it whole but splits are possible. If you yearn for a great hunting and fishing camp in the U.P., or for a private nature reserve, this may be exactly what you hoped to find.