More about Saux Head Point
There’s roughly a mile of shoreline on crystal clear Lake Superior, an inland sea that forms the country’s North Coast. In front of the Lodge there’s a great sand beach, and you can walk it for miles to the north. To the east are granite outcrops and high stone faces that throw spray 30 feet in the air when the wind is up, a rugged shore, with small rock islands and rock points. Pine-covered Saux Head Point extends a hundred yards into the Great Lake, the world’s largest body of fresh water. Views from its northern tip, standing on a rock bluff high above the lake, are simply stunning.
Inland there’s a very different shoreline, with nearly a mile of frontage on warm, quiet, Saux Head Lake, a large and scenic Huron Mountain lake that offers Golden Pond type family recreation. At its southern end the Big Garlic River enters the lake on Saux Head Point property. Nearly a mile to the north the river leaves the lake flowing east across the property into Lake Superior. You can paddle your kayak or canoe from lake to lake.
The property includes meadows, garden plots, an orchard, mountain trails, and diverse hardwood and pine forests that support a variety of animals and birds. There are many fine outdoor opportunities, including hiking through wildflowers while searching for mushrooms in the spring, water skiing and sailing, fishing, power boating, and mountain biking in summer and winter. Photograph the change-of-seasons colors and weather in spring and fall, or enjoy the snow on snowshoes, cross-country skis, or snowmobile. The land offers hour after hour of soul-restoring recreation. Pop’s Mountain, the highest point on the property, has 360-degree views and is just one of many scenic vantage points to discover and enjoy.
Several structures and years of history come with the property. S.R. Kaufman, brother of L.G. Kaufman who built Granot Loma 5 years later, founded the original lodge here in 1917. Robert & Mary Hunter renovated it in 1959 and 49 years later 2009 his four sons brought it up to date with an extensive renovation. The Lodge has birdseye maple floors to complement original pine beams that span the 850 SF Great Room. Wide, durable decks wrap around the building, under roof. The Lodge contains 4,728 square feet of space on two floors with a kitchen/bar, four bedrooms upstairs, 3 1/2 baths and a full basement. The owners took special pains to integrate art pieces throughout the remodeled lodge. A dramatic monoprint by Mary Lee Rybar graces the entry hall. Local artist Stella Larkin from RustiCo Furniture in Marquette made the driftwood mirror in the first floor bathroom; Robert LaLonde a coppersmith and professor at Northern Michigan University handcrafted the outdoor chandeliers and Tom Wolfe of Wolfe Designs in Marquette designed and built the kitchen bar stools from native materials.
Overlook House, pictured here to the right and left, was built across the river for Robert & Mary Hunter’s retirement in 1993, and was upgraded in 2009. Overlook is about 1,600 square feet in size with two bedrooms, two baths, cedar siding and spectacular river and Great Lake views where the Big Garlic meets Lake Superior. It has an attached garage and, nearby in the woods, a tennis court. As part of the renewal and updating of the property, Overlook House received a new roof, screened porch, and expanded deck overlooking the Big Garlic river mouth.
Saux Head Point Lodge has excellent internet service. Both Saux Head Point Lodge and Overlook House will be sold fully furnished. A complete list of personal items to be excluded from the sale is available for serious prospects.
You will love the 1920’s era boathouse on the river, used now as storage for canoes, kayaks, and equipment, while awaiting further renovation and new uses. Just downstream near the Lodge the dam that once controlled the level of Saux Head Lake serves as the base of a walking bridge across the river. Steelhead trout fan in the current below, ready to test your skill. An old pump house and small bunkhouse are on the point, neither used much in recent years, and a newer sauna. When you stand on the deck, framed by granite walls that plunge into the lake, and look north up that long arc of beach, you’ll understand why this structure has often served as an art studio for its owner and guests.
The property is near Marquette, the Upper Peninsula’s largest city. The Marquette area received national publicity as one of the nation’s “Most Livable Communities” and as one of the top small arts communities in the nation. It has great restaurants and shopping, an new regional hospital, a regional jet airport with a 12,366′ , 2.32 mile runway that once launched B-52’s, and a regional seaport with two good harbors for your boats, home port for big-water boating on Superior.
You can watch Division I sports (hockey) and Olympic competitions (speed skating) at Northern Michigan University, or hit the slopes on skis or snowboards at Marquette Mountain, one of the state’s premier downhill ski facilities. Marquette is often rated as one of the top five mountain biking locations in the country, for both summer and winter, with over 100 miles of trails within the city limits and much more beyond.
People often find it difficult to choose between the serenity of an inland lake and the drama of Lake Superior. The Saux Head Point property offers the rare fusion of both, with a river to boot. To have an inland lake and river for warm water swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, paired with the stunning beauty, kayaking, sailing, and dramatic sunsets over Lake Superior, is beyond rare. Just like any captivating work of art, you need to see and experience this property to understand it. Call me.
Saux Head Point: $6,600,000