About Burt Lake
Despite being the 4th largest inland lake in all of Michigan, Burt Lake remains one of the area's best kept secrets.
Just west of I-75 in Cheboygan County lies one of Northern Michigan’s greatest nautical treasures. Located the heart of the Inland Waterway, Burt Lake boasts 17,120 acres of navigable waters. With a maximum depth of 73’, Burt Lake is a popular host for watersports, fishing, and relaxation along the hard-packed shorelines. Residents have gravitated to this area to find the ever-coveted balance between convenience and peace & quiet. Burt Lake is removed from the hustle and bustle of major cities. However, residents are less than a 35-40 minute drive to Petoskey or Cheboygan from any part of the lake. I-75 is conveniently located to the immediate east of Burt Lake, allowing weekend or seasonal residents easy access to their lakefront getaway.
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Burt Lake offers a wide range of real estate along its shores. A simple, modest lake cottage can often be had for around $300,000-350,000. Larger, more dynamic lakefront estates regularly exceed $1million in listing price. Most of Burt Lake’s existing homes are styled tastefully and traditional in finish. Small ranch homes and chalets make up the bulk of the more affordable inventory, while the high-end properties are more diverse – from classic Victorians to craftsman style homes with clean, modern finishes. Log homes can also be found around Burt Lake, keeping in tune with the rustic history of Northern Michigan.
Buyers usually choose their Burt Lake location based on personal priorities. Those looking for sweeping sunset views or quick access to stores and dining will gravitate toward the eastern shoreline. There, the small town of Indian River provides for staple needs such as Ken’s IGA grocery store, and restaurants such as Vivio’s Northwoods Inn. Owners along the northern shore are drawn to the pristine sandy frontage and magnificent views that stretch 10 miles down the lake to the southern end. Buyers along the west side of the lake enjoy calmer waters, and more direct access to Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Skiing, Golfing, and boutique shopping are just a few of the attraction readily accessible from Burt’s western shoreline. For those who place a premium on view above all else, their landing spot is sure to be the “high bluffs” of Burt Lake’s southern edge. The elevated setting provides long and deep views of Burt Lake that must be seen to fully appreciate!
Life on Burt Lake
Burt Lake is more than a large body of water. It is home to a diverse wildlife population, including one of the most productive fisheries in Northern Michigan, with annual walleye tournaments producing impressive yields. Burt Lake is serviced by the Burt Lake Preservation Association, whose mission “is the preservation and improvement of Burt Lake and its watershed for quality use by future generations” (www.blpa.org). The University of Michigan Biological Station includes 10,000 acres of land along the northwest shoreline of Burt Lake, preserving a significant portion of the lake from future development (the station also borders Douglas Lake). One of the great appeals to Burt Lake is the stunning natural splendor that these entities have helped preserve over the years.
As part of the Inland Waterway, Burt Lake connects to a number of additional bodies of water through four major rivers – Crooked River (Crooked Lake), Maple River (Douglas Lake), Indian River (Mullett Lake), and Sturgeon River. One can boat from Burt Lake to Buffalo, NY or Chicago, IL by following the connection of rivers and lakes out to Lake Huron of the Great Lakes. Endless adventure potential awaits boaters right from the end of their dock when living on Burt Lake!
Burt Lake is a large and nuanced body of water with an equally nuanced real estate market. You need someone with an intimate understanding of Burt Lake in order to find the right home for you. Or, if you are selling your Burt Lake property, you need an agent to represent you who understands what makes your home and location so special. Whatever your needs, Kyle Lieberman is ready and able to help!
Additional Burt Lake Real Estate Information
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