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The “Big Machine” – Wisconsin Hunting Land

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

We just call it the “Big Machine”. Here’s good look at how the big machine cut in trails for Loon Lake Realty’s new hunting land (40 acre & 80 acre tracts) for sale in northeast Wisconsin.

The Big Machine - Wisconsin Hunting Land

The Big Machine

This hunting property has many stands of beautiful mature timber. The big machine was used to cut through the Popple slashings and connect the hardwood stands and ridges. Deer and wildlife love it!

YouTube Movies

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 1

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 2

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 3

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 4

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 5

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 6

See the photos of the ridges, hardwoods, pond, and wetlands for this Wisconsin hunting land for sale, and see more real estate information about these property listings here:

Wisconsin Hunting Land for Sale - 40 & 80 Acre Tracts

Wisconsin Hunting Land for Sale - 40 & 80 Acre Tracts

The Barred Owl: Who cooks for you?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Kevin brought these photos in to the Loon Lake Realty office of the rare siting of a Barred Owl.

Barred Owl in the pines in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in the pines in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in an Oak Tree in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in an Oak Tree in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in the pines in a Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in the pines in a Wisconsin forest.

Photo hint! The photo above was taken with an iPhone through the eye-piece of a pair of binoculars.

For more information about one of Wisconsin’s most elusive creatures here’s some additional info and links:

Barreds are fairly vocal with a repertoire of barks, hoots, yells, shrieks, moans and groans that penetrate the darkness. Their most familiar call is a low, mournful rhythmic eight-hoot often transcribed as “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for y’all” with the final drawled-out note sliding down the scale. On a still night, the haunting owl talk can travel a mile or more.  From:  Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

This owl also has large horizontal bars or bands on the tail which you may see in flight against its gray feathered background. This is how the owl got it’s name, “bar–ed” owl. From:  Wisconsin DNR – The Barred Owl

Please feel free to comment about “Up-North” Wisconsin wildlife sitings of your own! Thanks!



Traverse City, Michigan First on List of 10 Great Boating Towns: To Retire + Play + Thrive!

Monday, June 17th, 2013

With over a half million members, the Boat Owners Association of The United States, should know a thing or two about what makes for a great place for boating people to live.

This article is partly inspired by the recovering U.S. economy and the resurgence of the vacation property and retirement property real estate markets. One fact quoted in the main article is:

“The number of U.S. workers who leave their current hometowns after completing careers may have declined since the 2007-2008 recession, but 16 percent of baby boomers surveyed by the MetLife Mature Market Institute last year still plan to seek new digs once they stop working full-time.”

Lake Michigan Dunes

The intro text about Traverse City reads:

Lake Michigan – Traverse City, MI

“Lovely waterfront town, and a boater’s paradise. Sheltered Grand Traverse Bay empties into northern Lake Michigan. Nearby access to Lake Huron, mountain lakes.”

A couple of vacation property and/or retirement property real estate specific facts include:

  • Waterfront: Neat, well-kept. Substantial publicly owned waterfront
  • Cost of Living: 6.2% below the national average
  • Taxes: 4.25% state income tax; 6% state sales tax; no state inheritance tax or estate tax; low property taxes
  • Median Home Price: $149,000

Click here for the complete article about: 10 Great Boating Towns to Retire + Play + Thrive!

Click here for the complete article about: Lake Michigan – Traverse City, MI

Click here for the complete article about: Traverse City, Michigan – Turtle Lake Property

Wisconsin – Free Fishing Weekend: June 1 – 2, 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Yes, it’s true over the weekend of June 1st through the 2nd you can fish anywhere in Wisconsin for free. Naturally, since we are a Wisconsin (and Michigan) vacation property real estate company we are encouraging people to head up north, look at a lake lot, lake access property, river acreage, river access land or wooded stream property that is for sale, and try out the fishing. You might land the big property deal at the same time you hook a trophy catch.

Here’s the Wisconsin DNR summary:

“Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun.”

Here’s the direct link to the Wisconsin DNR Free Fishing Weekend Web Page.

Wisconsin Fishing Property

Wisconsin Fishing Property

Fishing for Wisconsin & Michigan Vacation Homes

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

In down market, second-home properties luring buyers!

By John Handley, Special to the Tribune September 2, 2011

Saugatuck, Mich., has been a magnet for Chicagoans for years because of its beaches, trendy boutiques, art galleries and yacht harbor. (John Handley/ Photo for the Chicago Tribune / September 2, 2011)


“Is now the time to buy the vacation home of your dreams? That cottage by the lake, in the woods or on a golf course is a lot more affordable than it was five years ago.”

” . . . some baby boomers are renovating their vacation homes for year-round living. “They used to be just summer places.”

“Sales of vacation homes fared better last year than sales of primary residences.”

“Nationally, the median price of vacation homes was $150,000 in 2010, down 11.2 percent from $169,000 in 2009, according to the survey. The main reasons for buying included the desire for a family retreat, the potential for price appreciation and low mortgage rates.”

“The typical buyer of a vacation home in 2010 was 49 years old, had a median household income of $99,500 and purchased a property that was a median distance of 375 miles from his or her primary residence.”

Read the complete article at

Lake Lots from $19,900 – August 13, 2011

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Pontoon boat on lake. Manistee & Ludington, Michigan

Lake & Forest Acreage Public Sale for this Saturday, August 13th. Prepped with trails and camping//building sites, the following lake lots will be the focus of the day:

- Exposed sand frontage. $49,900, reduced from $78,000.*
- Newly installed dock. $39,900, reduced from $91,000.*
- Dock and sand blanket. $29,000, reduced from $91,000.*
- Adjacent to the national forest and Manistee National Golf Course. $19,900, reduced from $52,000.*

*The seller requests all reasonable offers be submitted.

Surrounded by 1000′s of acres of national forest, the Preserve of Shingle Mill is located between Ludington and Manistee, very close to the beaches and sand dunes of Lake Michigan. Sale includes ownership in additional 75 acres with sand frontage.

We’ll be at the property from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for Loon Lake Realty signs; and, please call the office phone if you get off track. Safe travels!


Governor Thompson Wisconsin State Park – Update

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Although Wisconsin’s newest state park isn’t yet open to camping, there are many reasons to stop in and see what progress has been made since Loon Lake’s first posting about the park in 2008.  *Please note that a Wisconsin State Park sticker or entry fee is required.

Governor Tommy Thompson State Park Welcome Sign

More photos, directions and map after the break.


Mickey-Lu Bar-B-Q in NE WI

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

There are dozens of write ups about Mickey-Lu Bar-B-Q, a Marinette restaurant best known for its delicious charcoal-grilled hamburgers. This northeast Wisconsin roadside attraction was featured in a USA Today article about 51 Great Burger Joints from each state and the District of Columbia. Here are some photos from a recent visit, with some links below for more info about this Great Northern Eatery.



Kevin In a Clown Outfit

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

After Loon Lake Realty helps someone find and purchase property a real estate agent evaluation is mailed to the customer asking for feedback about their property search. A recent customer, who bought two beautiful lots on the Menominee River, gave us overall high marks for his experience with one of our top agents, Kevin Olson. However, it seems we fell a little short in one particular area and we’d like to remedy that.

Question: “Customer satisfaction is a top priority to our real estate company, from your first contact with the agents, through the property buying process, and after you have owned your property. Please help us do a better job by telling us how we can improve our vacation property service!” Answer: Kevin in a clown outfit!

Kevin in a clown outfit!

Kevin in a clown outfit!


Wisconsin Michigan Connection

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Save time! Save gas! Save Money!

I’ve taken the SS Badger ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington and back on more than a few occasions to visit Loon Lake Realty’s Michigan property listings. I’ve calculated the time, fuel (Especially at today’s gas prices!) and cost comparison between driving across the UP versus taking the ferry and believe that, depending on the final destination, I’m way ahead by taking the ferry. Plus, I can sit back and relax instead of staring at miles of highway. A side benefit is that there are no cell phone towers in the middle of Lake Michigan so you get a couple of hours being “off the grid”.

Most of the people I’ve visited with on the cruise are traveling to see family, vacationing tourists, and bikers from who are avoiding the Chicago leg of a trip around Lake Michigan. Additionally, I’ve been engaged in more than a few conversations with Wisconsinites who are traveling to their lake property that they own in Michigan. Wisconsin has over fifteen thousand lakes. Why would anyone from Wisconsin travel to Michigan for a lake cottage? The answer was universally simple . . . you can buy a lake property in Michigan for a fraction of what a similar lake property in Wisconsin would cost.

Take a look around the internet for yourself, and naturally please start with Loon Lake Realty Waterfront Property.

SS Badger

SS Badger

Here are the links to the two Lake Michigan car ferry’s.

Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan: SS Badger

Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Muskegon, Michigan: Lake Express

Just for fun, here’s the Lake Express high speed ferry pulling five waterskiers from Marquette University on Lake Michigan, one mile off the shore of Milwaukee.