This nine-acre parcel is hilly and beautifully wooded, situated on a public County road, plowed in the winter and maintained year 'round by the County.
- County road, maintained by the county, plowed in the winter
- Existing driveway needs a little trimming
- Hardwoods in front, about 1/3; pines in back
Measures approximately 320 feet North/South, by 1222 feet East/West.
Two-track drive runs through hardwoods to the pines, and then along the south boundary.
At the top of this detail page you'll see GPS coordinates. If you have a GPS device or a smartphone, you can enter those coordinates, and your device will lead you straight to this parcel. Otherwise, look on the sidebar at the "Map to the Land" link, and you'll get an interactive map with a flag right on the property. This will be easy to find-- no more wondering if you're on the right land.
This tract is one of four split from a larger parent parcel in Section 31. This section is what's known as a "correction" section, also known as "fractional", which means it is either larger or smaller than a normal section. In this case it's smaller, so although the legal description makes it look like this would be a ten-acre parcel, I've listed it as nine acres. The tax office says the parent parcel is about thirty-five acres which, as I said, I've split four ways.
I'm not a professional surveyor, but I've been doing this a long time. When I marked off the corners on these parcels, based on the road, and existing fencelines and markers, each of these parcels looked to me to be pretty close to ten acres. If you buy this parcel and ever decide to get it surveyed, be sure to tell the surveyor to take the existing fenceline into account.
Bright orange stakes are set on all the corners. Marked corners are approximate, but reasonably close.
Once in a great while I run across a parcel of land that seems like it's magic-- everything just falls into place. You'll get a really positive feeling walking in these woods. With its transitions from hardwood to pine, and back to hardwoods, every hill you walk over or corner you go around brings a pleasant surprise.
About this Location
This land is on Lakola Road, which is the north/south road dividing Osceola and Lake counties. You'll be in Osceola county, but across the road is Lake. I used to live on the other side of the road from this land, less than a half-mile to the south, so I'm very familiar with this area. I've traveled all over Michigan, but this is my favorite part of the State. Land in this area is hilly and beautiful. The hunting is great, and there are lakes and streams everywhere.
This property is located:
- 5 minutes from gas and groceries in Bristol
- 10 minutes from entrance/exit on Hwy 131 at Tustin
- 25 minutes from Cadillac
- 1 hr and 10 mins from Grand Rapids
- 3 hrs and 15 mins from Detroit area
This parcel is located on Lakola Road, a public county road, maintained by Osceola County, and plowed in the winter.
Electricity runs all down Lakola Road. There are folks directly across the road who have service. This is a no-brainer.
For water and sewage-- hey, you're out in the countryside. If you want these, you'll have to put in your own well and septic. This land is high and dry with sandy/loamy soil. You'll have no problem with drainage, and can put a septic tank and drain field anywhere you like.
This parcel is full of all kinds of wildlife. There's a farm across the road, and it's common to see two-dozen or more deer over there munching on stuff. When they've had enough and make their way back home, they'll have to pass by your treestand.
You'll find a lot of natural trails, made by deer and other animals. Tracks and rubs all over the place.
There is no State land touching this property, which means it will be easy to post it and keep other hunters away.
- Camping. There are lots of campgrounds within a half-hour drive, which tells you this is a popular recreation area. They stay pretty full, and you have to make reservations months in advance, unless of course you own your own land. You can camp on this land year 'round-- any time you like and as long as you like. No one will bother you.
- Bristol Store. I know it's strange to list a store as an attraction, but this one is special. They sell gasoline, diesel, kerosene, propane, beer, liquor, ice, and misc. groceries. They have a deli counter, and sell ice cream cones in the summer. What makes this store unusual, is that every single square inch of wall and shelf space is covered with something. If you need it, they probably have it, even if it's some obscure plumbing part, or something I haven't thought of yet. Plus, they always smile, which I think is a bonus.
- Restaurants / Bars. Restaurants in Tustin, Leroy and Luther. One bar in Leroy, and two in Luther. Twin Creeks Inn is also a good choice - they make an excellent wet-burrito; wash it down with a beer. I'll let you decide which ones will be your favorites.
- Canoeing. Less than two miles south, and one mile west, on Raymond Rd., is a public access to the Pine River. From there the river flows northwesterly for a looong way. One mile north, and two miles west, there's a bridge with a spot where it's easy to retrieve a canoe. Do yourself a favor and look at this setting on Google Maps. The distance between the public-access and the bridge as the crow flies, is 2-1/3 miles, and to drive it is less than three. The river winds around so much that to stretch it out it's probably seven miles. When I lived in this area I used to canoe this stretch all the time. Of course you'll want your own canoe, have a friend, and two cars, so you'll have a car waiting at the bridge. This is as quick and easy as canoeing can possibly get, and it's one of the most beautiful spots you'll ever float.
- Trails. Two miles to the north (1mi. N of Bristol Store) you enter State and National Forest which goes for miles and miles. Just look at this map of where Osceola, Lake, and Wexford counties come together. It's showing public lands-- green is State Forest and red is National Forest (the red circle shows where this land is located). You're looking at about 400 square miles, and nearly half is public lands. Trails run right up into Wexford County, and there's a trail that runs all the way to Cadillac. If you like to ride trail bikes, four wheelers, and snowmobiles, you have found paradise. Get on your snowmobile, and ride all the way to the Cadillac Sands Resort, where you can have a hot toddy of your choice before you turn around and ride back. By the way, you can download a high quality map of public lands in Lake, Osceola, and Wexford counties, here.
- Lakes. If you're looking for an all-sports lake with a really nice public access, the County Park at Rose Lake is only about 12 miles away. You can see it in the lower-right corner of the map at-right. Rose Lake is a jewel of the North. A natural lake, 373 acres in size; spring fed, the water is clear and the fishing is great. Rose Lake is an all-sports lake; there's a boat launch at the County Park. That means you can fish, swim, water-ski, pull a tube behind your boat, or just put-put around in a pontoon and grill steaks (that's what I like to do). You're also within a half-hour of Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell (see the upper-right corner of the map).