More about Lockwood Lake Ranch
Lockwood Lake Ranch is nothing short of awe-inspiring. It has been tended with the greatest care for over 75 years. The acreage is truly spacious with 2,000+/- acres and the 118 acre lake is gorgeous. The large, modern home is lovely, enjoying a large view of the lake amid giant oaks and pines. Numerous historic buildings are functional and beautiful (one contains a mother-in-law apartment). The 10-stall barn is a horse-lover’s dream, complete with a loader and a foaling stall. The place simply inspires one to do whatever it is they love. Airports and city-style amenities are only about one hour’s drive away in Traverse City and Pellston.
Among the things done and loved here…. Fishing for small- and large-mouth bass, bluegill and perch; boating; swimming; making maple syrup in the outfitted sugar shack; building anything in the fully-equipped woodshop; vehicle restoration; 4-H pig-raising; hunting; farming; raising thoroughbreds; rally races; last but not least raising children; and the list goes on.
The uses are limitless, but use cannot be over-shadowed by just the pure enjoyment of this place. Wildlife abounds, including nesting eagles, loons, bears, deer (we saw four giant bucks in one afternoon), bobcat (sighted that same afternoon) and turkeys. The lake is alluring and accessible. At 118 acres and about 20′ deep, it’s big enough for whatever you like to do on water. The house-side dock makes getting out on the lake easy, and therefore, frequent.
It’s easy to see the children running along the drive, past the oaks – they’re ready to fish or look for berries or swim. You might read on the screened porch or greet guests or ride or take a drive to survey the creek and forests and birds.
Have dinner on the lake. Your whole meal could be from right here: venison, perch, potatoes, apple crisp drizzled with maple syrup (and maybe a maple-syrup sweetened old-fashioned?).
From the owner and steward:
This expansive property was purchased in the 1890’s by Joseph W. Daily, a man who was raised in the wilds of Minnesota as a fur trader, moved to Detroit with his family and retired as the head of the Detroit Marine Bank. Mr. Daily purchased Lockwood Lake and the surrounding property as an escape from the city and as an eventual retirement property. The log buildings were built by Mr. Daily and have been maintained with his spirit in mind for the last 110 years. The initial acreage purchased by Mr. Daily was 1040 acres. Upon his death in 1921, the land was sold to Mr. Harry Fitzgerald of Pontiac, Michigan who used the property as a hunting and fishing retreat. During Mr. Fitzgerald’s ownership, the acreage was increased to approximately 1400 acres.
In 1945 Lockwood Lake Ranch was purchased by my grandfather, Henry B. Joy Jr., the son of Henry B. Joy Sr., a prominent Detroit business man who purchased Packard Motors in 1905, moved it to Detroit and was head of the company until 1928. Henry Sr. was also instrumental in real estate development on the east side of Detroit including the gifting of Selfridge Air Force base to the United States Government.
An avid sportsman, my grandfather Henry B. Joy Jr. purchased Lockwood Lake Ranch as a hunting and fishing preserve and a retreat from the city. Henry Jr. also began to purchase contiguous property that became available, further increasing the total acreage to the current size of around 2000 acres. Upon my grandfather’s death in 1976, Lockwood Lake Ranch became my primary residence when I was 11 years old. I was blessed to grow up in such an amazing and special place, close to nature, learning to appreciate all there was to offer up close and personal. From raising pigs and showing them in 4H to having ducks, geese, rabbits, llamas, horses and the occasional wild turkey, fawn or blue jay that had fallen out of its nest that needed to be bottle feed and released back into the wild, Lockwood did it all.
I was very fortunate to have grown up at Lockwood Lake Ranch and have in turn been able to share it with my children from their birth into young adulthood. I have always taken great care of this property including wildlife conservation, forestry management and general maintenance, and not only considering myself owner but also as steward of the land, protecting it for future generations, whomever that may be.
Henry Bourne Joy IV