Governor Thompson Wisconsin State Park – Update

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.

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Mickey-Lu Bar-B-Q in NE WI

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.


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Kevin In a Clown Outfit

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

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.

Go North Old Man

May 12th, 2011

US Census Reveals Population Trends Affecting Wisconsin Vacation Property Values

Don’t wait for a mass sell-off of Baby Boomers selling their cottages and cabins so they can move to warmer climates. Northern Wisconsin remains as a #1 choice to live for an aging population.

” . . . a small percentage of retirees leave for such places as Florida and Arizona but it’s a misconception most retirees flee due to the weather.”

” . . . that many older people migrating to the state may be retiring to homes or areas they once used for vacations, because northern Wisconsin is typically a vacation area . . .”

Here’s the link to the full article in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

US Government Surplus Property Sale in WI & MI

May 10th, 2011

The Federal Government is Cutting Costs by Getting Rid of Buildings We Don’t Need

This property location map visualizes a sampling of over 7,000 of the total 12,000 buildings and structures currently designated as excess, surplus real estate. These properties range from sheds to underutilized office buildings and empty warehouses. Included in the government surplus property sale is real estate in northern Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and lower Michigan.

The White House

The White House

Mackinac Bridge Cam

May 5th, 2011

Familiarly know as “The Mighty Mac” or “The Big Mac”, Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957 connecting Lower Michigan to the Upper Peninsula. For more information here’s a link to the Mackinac Bridge Website. Beyond the official website there’s additional bridge history about the Mackinac Bridge on Wikipedia including one of the best photos I’ve ever seen of the entire span across the Straits of Mackinac.

The web page that I frequently visit before I drive up to that part of the Upper Peninsula is the Bridge Cam to double check the weather. Here’s the link to the Mackinac Bridge Cam. (Hint: when you’re on the bridge cam page click the refresh button of your web browser to update the image.)

Mackinac Bridge Cam Image

Mackinac Bridge Cam Image

Wisconsin Fishing Season 2011

May 4th, 2011

Opening day for Wisconsin fishing is traditionally the first Saturday in May, May 7th during 2011. Hook and line fishing for many species of fish on many Wisconsin waters begins the first Saturday in May. However, to better manage Wisconsin fisheries, season dates are often specific to the species of fish as well as the water body.

Here’s the link to the Wisconsin DNR 2011 Fishing Season Web Pages. Have a fun and safe time on enjoying Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes and rivers.

Sunfish & Fishing Rod on Dock

Sunfish & Fishing Rod on Dock

Petosky, Michigan: Beach Drive Lake Access Settlement Proposed

May 3rd, 2011

Inland Property Owners Propose Common Dock to Resolve Lake Access Dispute

View of Lake Charlevoix

View of Lake Charlevoix

Residents of Michigan and Wisconsin need to keep a close eye on how the laws of their state, and the courts that rule on those laws, are changing and affecting their rights to access our lakes.

Here’s the original article: PetoskyNews.Com

The Wonderful Wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

April 29th, 2011

“Immortalized by Longfellow, the Midwest’s preferred vacation spot offers unspoiled forests, waterfalls and coastal villages” has discovered the UP.

Upper Peninsuala of Michigan: Cliff jumping into clear blue lake.

Upper Peninsuala of Michigan: Cliff jumping into clear blue lake.

Here’s the complete article: Smithsonian Travel UP MI Story

Here is a slideshow of UP MI photos that accompanies the story: Smithsonian Travel UP MI Slideshow