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No two words get a sportsman’s blood racing quicker than “Upper Peninsula.” This outdoor wonderland is larger than several states but is home to scarcely more than 300,000 residents. The land is heavily forested and undeveloped property abounds along the ribbons of two-lane roads that penetrate the Upper Peninsula. The Porcupine Mountains around Marquette County are sporty enough to be the home of the United States National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum in Ishpeming. Winter comes early here and skiers have been testing their mettle on Suicide Hill since the 1880s.
Land shopping in Michigan can not be addressed without mentioning water. Touching on four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan enjoys more freshwater coastline than any place in the world. Nowhere in Michigan is more than 85 miles from a Great Lake. The lakes themselves contain 1/5 of the surface fresh water on the planet. Much of Michigan’s lakeshore is privately owned but if Good Morning America keeps declaring Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore the “Most Beautiful Place in America,” as it did in 2011, it will be hard to keep prices down.
Even away from Lake Michigan or Lake Superior or Lake Huron or Lake Erie no parcel of land in the Wolverine State lies more than six miles from a natural water source. There are almost one million boats registered in Michigan, only Florida’s waterways are more crowded. If those boats are heading for a fishing hole salmon, trout, walleye or perch are likely to be on the menu for dinner.
If rural Michigan lands aren’t being tapped by fishermen they are being exploited by hunters. There are more licensed hunters in Michigan than any other state – over one million strong. The white-tailed deer on the Upper and Lower peninsulas must match wits each season with over 750,000 hunters. It is no surprise that most Michigan schools don’t bother to convene on opening day of hunting season.