About Douglas Lake
One of the best protected lakes in Northern Michigan, Douglas Lake enjoys unmatched natural splendor
At well over 3,000 water acres and roughly 15 miles of shoreline, Douglas Lake is a deceptively large and vibrant waterfront solution for Northern Michigan real estate buyers. Located halfway between US31 and I-75, Douglas Lake can be easily reached from a multitude of areas. Seasonal visitors can easily access their Douglas Lake homes from long distances away, with the Pellston Regional Airport just 3 miles away from the lake’s southwest corner. Most Douglas Lake residents can reach Petoskey in 35-45 minutes, Mackinaw City in 20-25 minutes, and I-75 access in 10-15 minutes. Despite its central location within Northern Michigan, Douglas Lake enjoys tremendous seclusion and natural splendor. The integrity of Douglas Lake has been preserved in large part by the University of Michigan Biological Station, which owns most of the southern shoreline, in addition to the land wrapping around North and South Fishtail Bays.
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Because so much of the lake is undeveloped, Douglas Lake real estate can be found in smaller supply than many of its lakefront peers. The properties that can be found on Douglas Lake are typically modest in size, both in home square footage and shoreline frontage. Many homes on Douglas Lake are 1500 square feet or less, with shoreline under 100’. These types of modest summer cottages can often be had in the $150,000-$300,000 range, but are typically best suited for seasonal use only. A select number of newer homes can be found in the $350,000-$500,000 range. These properties tend to offer more year-round use potential, but still maintain a more modest style and footprint. The buyer for Douglas Lake tends to be more focused on the lake versus the home he or she occupies on its shoreline.
Life on Douglas Lake
The most popular destination for Douglas Lake residents is the famed Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse (known to many locals as the “DLB”). The DLB is a seasonal restaurant known throughout Northern Michigan as a phenomenal dining destination for both casual and formal fare. Just a few miles down the road from the DLB is Hoppie’s Landing, located along the northern shore of Burt Lake. This is another popular dining option with a rustic motif and casual dining.
Despite living as a true Inland Lake, Douglas Lake does connect to many additional bodies of water. The Maple River flows from Maple Bay in the southwest of Douglas Lake to Burt Lake. This blue ribbon trout stream is a popular target for many Northern Michigan anglers. To the north in Marl Bay, Douglas Lake connects through a series of creeks to three small lakes – Vincent Lake, Lancaster Lake, and the larger Munro Lake. Munro Lake is about 500 acres with a maximum depth of 15’. Much like Douglas Lake itself, these smaller connecting lakes are also largely undeveloped and home to diverse wildlife. In addition to trout fishing the Maple River, fisherman also find an impressive population of smallmouth bass, pike, and panfish while targeting Douglas Lake. With very limited public access on Douglas Lake (Just a single unimproved launch), fishing pressure is quite low on the lake.
Douglas Lake is ideally suited for the person looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Douglas Lake is high on wildlife population and low on number of people. While many Northern Michigan attractions are only a half hour away, there is not much that is closer. The Pellston General Store is the most accessible groceries & gas destination for most residents (10-15 minute drive). For more diverse commerce and entertainment, Petoskey, Mackinaw City, or Cheboygan are your nearest options and are 25-40 minute drives each. Life here is simpler, quieter, and tucked away from much of modern society. Douglas Lake residents wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you are looking to buy on Douglas Lake, you want to ensure you are working with the best Douglas Lake real estate agent available. I understand the unique charm of Douglas Lake, and why it is more than just another Northern Michigan waterfront community. If you are looking for the ultimate in quiet serenity, I am here to help. Call me at (231) 622-1535 or click here to contact me about Douglas Lake real estate!
Additonal Douglas Lake Real Estate Information
- Douglas Lake Fast Facts
- Learn More About the University of Michigan Biological Station
- Why Kyle Lieberman is the Best Douglas Lake Real Estate Agent for You
- Tips for a Douglas Lake Purchase
- Seller's Guide for Douglas Lake Real Estate
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