More about Pigeon River Area Lodge & Private Lake
Great properties like this one all share one feature: They are located in unique and wonderful areas, unique places where you’d like to spend more time. The famed 100,000-acre Pigeon River State Forest borders Walled Lake Lodge on three sides. Both this property and the area around it offer abundant and diverse recreational activities year round whether you use it as a family compound, hunting and fishing lodge, or corporate retreat.
The Pigeon River area is the high central plateau of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, a hilly area of lakes, trout streams, two-tracks and trails. This is the largest and wildest tract of land below the Mackinaw Bridge and it is home to the largest free-roaming herd of wild elk east of the Mississippi River. Elk are commonly seen on the property. You will hear them bugling in the fall.
It was here that the pine martin were first reintroduced in the Lower Peninsula, and a wide variety of wildlife thrives here: wild turkeys, ruffed grouse and woodcock, bald eagles, otter, mink, coyote, bobcat and black bear.
Access is over a plowed county road and since 1990 the Lodge has been used year round. Hunting and fishing on and around the property is some of Michigan’s best. You can golf a wide variety of good courses and ski at exceptional resorts nearby around Gaylord and Boyne Falls. Access is off I-75 when you drive. Pellston Regional Airport, about an hour from the property, has scheduled air service and facilities for your private jet.
in front of the lodge is a 43-acre, clear water and sand bottom whole private lake with depths up to 70 feet. Fish are largemouth bass, bluegills, and perch. The water is warm enough for swimming by June and there is a raft and permanent dock. It’s a great lake for waterskiing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and fishing. I’d have a rowing skull for the quiet early mornings when the lake is smooth as glass.
The property includes 5,000 feet on the Black River, long considered one of Michigan’s finest brook trout streams. Hemmingway fished here and wrote about it. Fish a couple hours and you will likely catch 15 or 20 brookies on the Black. This can be great fun on a light fly rod. And when you get good at it, you’ll find there are 12 and 14 inch brook trout in the Black. The great fishing is because the streams in this area have the same high water quality and cold water as the AuSable River and there are excellent fishing opportunities nearby on the Pigeon and Sturgeon Rivers. The Sturgeon has a steelhead run. In late summer there are 30 inch browns. Both rivers are classified as Blue Ribbon Trout Streams by the State.
Walled Lake Lodge is a 4,400SF structure with wood floors and cedar walls. The original cabin was built in 1990, expanded in 1993, and the main section was added in 2001. It has in-floor heating throughout, supplemented with electric. There’s a fully equipped kitchen with a 24×24 commercial griddle, handy when you have large groups, a large dining room that seats up to fourteen, and a screened in porch with a table that seats eight.
Five of the six bedrooms have room for four people. There are five bathrooms. Currently the owners rent the property and have found they can keep it fully rented mid-June through August. You can visit the Walled Lake Lodge website. The owners keep their personal clothing, gear and equipment in a locked storage room in the lodge when it is rented. They have a Caretaker in the area.
Hunting for whitetail deer is exceptional. The owners regularly take 8-point bucks and often a 10-point or better, but not every year. A dozen elevated blinds, each with feed plots that average half an acre or so, are scattered about the property.
It’s also a great area for morel mushrooms in spring and for chanterelles in summer, and if you have the knowledge or develop it, this is an excellent place to gather Michigan’s many delicious fall mushrooms.
The property adjoins the 1,000-acre King Swamp, which provides winter shelter for the deer and elk that use the property. George King was an outfitter and a client was Ernest Hemingway. It is a matter of record that King took Hemingway fishing in the Pigeon River and King’s camp was on this property so it is likely that Hemingway slept here. You can still see the built-up pads for King’s tents. It is said George King was the last person in Michigan to see a Passenger Pigeon.
The road past the entry gate is plowed and maintained by the county. To keep the property open for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling in winter the owners plow a mile and a half of road on the property. They have always kept it open, but this year for the first time they plan to close it in February and reopen in May. There are 6 miles of 2-track roads on the property.
Whole private lakes are rare nationally. It is unusual to find one of this quality, size, and depth in an accessible area, and what are the odds that you would find it adjoining the best true wilderness in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan? And you’re in luck with this one. All the work has been done. Everything about this property is in top condition, ready for you to start enjoying it immediately. Most of the furniture, fixtures and equipment stay.
So who needs it? Someone who wants a great hunting and fishing lodge, corporate retreat, B&B in the woods, a refuge for diverse family recreation — or all of those in one package. If that thought catches your attention, perhaps you should take a closer look!