More about an Island in the Saint Mary’s River at the Soo
Come to this border town where the U.P. meets Canada for some of the best boating anywhere, fabulous hunting and fishing, and the great privacy and enjoyment of a private island with the convenience of easy year-round access to city services and amenities.
Taken together, the American and Canadian Soo are twice as large as any city in the U.P. with 100,000+ people and the restaurants, hospital, jet air service, and cultural opportunities built to serve them.
The shipping passage from Lake Huron into Lake Superior though the Locks is the world’s busiest in terms of tonnage. It is an unforgettable experience to have 1,000-foot ore boats and ocean vessels passing up and down the river 100 yards from your porch, but you will quickly realize this area has much more to offer than the drama of big boats. Dive in and explore and you’ll find this is a gateway to a vast and diverse playground of outdoor adventures in Michigan’s U.P. and Canada.
You will discover boating the equal of any on the Great Lakes. Fishing for steelhead, king salmon, northerns, perch and bass is excellent right from the island. Large muskie are common here. Fishermen can explore thousands of smaller inland lakes for brook trout, lake trout, pike, and perch, all in close proximity or a few hours across the border. World class Great Lakes musky fishing in Munoscong Bay is 20 minutes by boat from the island and many giant fish over 50 inches and 30 pounds are caught every summer.
The 3,000SF year-round home, originally built in 1899, has been beautifully updated. The large, 2-story boathouse has enclosed porches and an entertainment room on the 2nd floor, there are two guest cabins, and the utility building has living quarters above. 474 acres of adjacent wild land with two private lakes for hunting or outdoor recreation complete this delightful package.
This is a family compound, or a hunting and fishing camp, or a vacation home. Use it as any or all of those, as you choose. Sault Ste. Marie is a university border town at the north end of I-75 with world class boating, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and 4-wheelig. Most furnishings and equipment are included.
Recreation choices vary with the seasons and include a wide variety of places to go and things to do including Tahquamenon Falls, Searchmont Ski Resort in Canada, endless snowmobile and 4-wheeler trails in every direction, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and unforgettable Algoma Central Railway train rides into the Canadian wild in the deep snows of winter or the fall spectacle of colors.
You will see wildlife in abundance with black bear, moose, and great grey owls living on the property. Snowy owls from the arctic come south in the winter months and this is a migration route for a great variety of hawks. Whitetail deer, ruffed grouse and sharptail grouse live here year-round. Geese and 20 species of ducks migrate through the region with many returning to nest on the property.
Important services are conveniently available with scheduled jet service from Kinchloe, a former SAC air base, now the International Airport. Health services are available at War Memorial Hospital in the Soo. Many websites, listed below, describe the unusual pleasures of this area and its diverse services and attractions.
I asked the owners to add a personal narrative about life on the island and I hope you will read “Island Memories” below.
It’s easy to describe what life is like on our Island. First of all we call our island “Three Sisters” Island. My wife and I have three lovely daughters. You can name your island anything you want when you own it. Along with our daughters they each have families. We enjoy four seasons of memories here every year. What a wonderful place to watch and be a part of our family growing up.
There is no end to the fun. Young and old have endless opportunities for enjoyment. We love our long summer days, taking advantage of the activities available here. Morning in the main house is the place where little ones help grandma make any combination of pancakes, sausage, eggs, muffins, and on and on. Sometimes breakfast is nothing more than coffee on the front porch with a grandchild on our lap watching the ships go by.
As the day begins we plan on what to do. You can bet hitting the pool will be at least part of the day’s fun. Sometimes a beach volleyball game will break out on the volleyball court. I can’t leave out our family fishing contests. When the perch are in, the fishing can be world class. Walleye and pike are always around and word travels fast as to the best spots. Evenings are often spent sitting by the campfire watching the sun go down and making smores. When the kids are in their beds it’s time to meet at somebody’s cottage for cards. The euchre tourneys get pretty intense. We even have a traveling trophy!
Fall on our island is beautiful. The color is everywhere you look. The air is cooling off. Long walks to our Shawnee Lake is a good chance to scout for what’s in season, or just enjoy the scenery. Deer are my favorite. If you are patient and scout hard, you have a chance to encounter the largest buck of your life. There are bear, moose, coyotes, turkeys, bobcat and grouse showing up on my trail cameras every year. Duck’s are all over the place. It’s unforgettable to hear the moan of a wolf while on one of our evening journeys.
When winter comes, the island and surrounding waterfront is yet another time to explore the beauty. We love to walk our shoreline at sundown. The sky is a brilliant orange, gold and red as the daylight slowly leaves and millions of stars take over.
Spring comes slowly but when it comes it brings a whole new time to enjoy. We work together to hurry and get the boats going, the walleye will be hitting! My wife gets her greenhouse opened up. Tomatoes and herbs get started and the new lifecycle begins again. The kids will be coming soon to open their cottages. Ducks and geese have little ones following. Spring for us on the island is our new year and it’s wonderful.