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Loud Island

Once the private retreat of Michigan lumber magnate Edward F. Loud and his family, Loud Island is 30 acres of densely wooded bliss, set on an inland lake just two miles from the gorgeous shores of Lake Huron in northeastern Michigan. Its perfect location, adjacent to a former Air Force base that’s now a public airport, makes getting to Loud Island fast and easy. And its idyllic backdrop—surrounded by the 235,000-acre Huron National ...

Once the private retreat of Michigan lumber magnate Edward F. Loud and his family, Loud Island is 30 acres of densely wooded bliss, set on an inland lake just two miles from the gorgeous shores of Lake Huron in northeastern Michigan. Its perfect location, adjacent to a former Air Force base that’s now a public airport, makes getting to Loud Island fast and easy. And its idyllic backdrop—surrounded by the 235,000-acre Huron National Forest, with the beautiful Michigan coastline, the Au Sable River, and a golf resort with three championship courses all nearby—means that a bounty of recreational opportunities are always at hand.

Loud Island’s historic cedar and hemlock lodge, built at the beginning of the 20th century, is set high on the peninsula, with clear views both to the east and west of its surrounding inland lake. Extensive foundation-to-roof renovations in the 1980s and ‘90s paid careful attention to preserving the lodge’s original character. The lodge’s 38-by-38-foot living room features custom redwood furnishings, and the dining room seats 12. Seven bedrooms, three baths, a large sitting room, an office, an exercise room, and a fully modernized kitchen round out the lodge’s roomy interior.

Set on a bay several hundred yards from the lodge is the caretaker’s home, which offers incredible views overlooking the lake. A heated workshop is next door, and several outbuildings are nearby. Primary power electricity comes via underwater cable, with transformers between the homes and in the island’s clearing. Geothermal pumps heat and cool the lodge, while a wood stove and backup baseboard heater serve the caretaker’s home. The island’s central clearing, which houses maintenance equipment like tractors, a sawmill, a wood chipper and a utility vehicle, is also perfect for a helicopter pad. Loud Island comes with a mainland lot featuring 180 feet of shoreline, docks and a boat well.

While already ideal for a family sanctuary, Loud Island could easily be developed into a corporate retreat. Surveys and plans for a 12-lot lakefront development also are available, and the mainland lot has room for 12 double garages.

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