Upper Michigan Riverfront Property for sale. This 34-Acre parcel has 1000+ Feet of beautiful Michigamme River frontage, and is located 2 Miles south of South Republic, in south western Marquette County, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The village of Republic grew up around the Republic Mine which first operated from 1872 to 1926. The original town name was Iron City, which was changed to Republic by Ed Breitung, the founder of the mine, in 1880. He named it Republic for "the land of the free and the home of the brave." In the late 1950s, open pit and crushing concentration facilities were established at the mine site. Approximately 1.5 million tons of concentrated iron ore pellets were shipped annually to our nation's steel mills. In 1982, national economic conditions forced inactivation of the mine. Today, this inactive iron mine has an observation stand near the pit's edge that provides the opportunity for viewing the magnitude of the enormous 600-feet deep, 250 acre Pit. It's hard to imagine that this gigantic hole was once a 200 foot cliff rising from the banks of the Michigamme River. The section of the river on the property being offered for sale, is rated a Type 1 Fishing Stream, and there are excellent catches of Bass, Panfish, Pike, and Walleye here. There is a gently slope to the water's edge, so you can launch your kayak, canoe, or tube, and swim right from the banks of this property. Just up-river from this parcel is access to 2300 acres of the Republic Mine Reclamation and Wetlands Preserve. This restoration is so successful that you can view and photograph species such as Sandhill cranes, Peregrine falcons, Gray wolf, Bald eagles, Black bear, Bobcats, and Coyotes that now frequent this site. The western trailhead for the Iron Ore Heritage Trail is few miles to the north in Republic. This is a 48-mile, multi-use, year round trail that stretches from Republic to the east side of Marquette. This trail is designed for walkers, bikers, runners, nature lovers, equestrians, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and those interested in the Marquette Iron Range mining history. The western border of the property is adjacent to State of Michigan Lands, and there are thousands of acres of Corporate CFA Land near by for walk-in access to hunting, trapping, and fishing. For Winter Enthusiasts, the main North-South Snowmobile Trail 5 is a few miles away. The thickly wooded portion of the property is made up of mixed woods, balsam, pine, poplar, spruce, white pine, and some hardwood. A good road system leads to a small cleared site nicely placed on the high land at a curve in the river. Underground power is located about a half-mile to the north. If you are looking for a quality property where you can enjoy four seasons of U.P. recreational fun, call for your private tour today.
Land Map & Boundaries
From the L'Anse Welcome Sign take US-41 south 41 miles to M95. Take a right and go 11.6 miles to Willow Road. Take a left and to .5 miles along the river to Bengtson Road. Take a right over the bridge. Go down Bengtson road .4 miles, then stay straight up the gravel road (Willet Lane). Go .2 miles and go left at the "Y". Go .4 miles (pond will be on your left) and go right at the "Y". Go .5 miles to the power line and turn right at the Orange Gate (This gate may be locked during hunting seasons). Through the gate continue 1.1 miles to drive to the right with a clearing at the end. Note: Plowing and Power ends at 6600 Willet Lane Diamond sign.