We first saw the property on October 2, 2012 and fell in love with it. The leaves were in full color and with the heavy concentration of maples, it was spectacular. The more we saw, the better we liked it and it was only about 10 minutes from our home on Shamineau Lake.
The land stretches a mile north to south and a half mile east to west. Its rolling topography is one of the key features that makes this land so unique. Its elevation changes over 130 feet from its lowest area at Corner Lake up to the northeast hill, which is the second highest point in Morrison County. Due to the many rolling ridges, steep ravines, and high hillsides, the actual land area is closer to 270 acres versus the 255 as recorded.
The previous owners hired professional foresters to manage the property that created a very diversified and healthy ecosystem. Today 100-year-old, oak & maple stands, towering red pines, clear cuts, native grasslands, spruce and pine plantations and various age classes of aspen & mixed northern hardwoods make up the parcel. It is a prime example of both prudent and sustainable wildlife and timber management.
Since buying the land, we have hand planted 8,000 seedlings of Red Oak, White Spruce, Balsam Fir, Red and White Pine. Coupled together with nine miles of trails, two lakes, two large ponds, native lowland and upland grasses, natural springs and 20 acres of managed food plots in the center of the property, you have an ideal environment for a strong and highly diversified wildlife population.
Surrounded on three sides by large private land parcels and to the east by the Lake Alexander Scientific and Natural Area, the parcel is very secluded. Being 1/2 mile off the highway, the gated entrance provides for a remote and quiet sanctuary. With a Forestry Degree from the University of Minnesota (1980) and having worked professionally as a forester within both the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and private industry it is wonderful to be able to own and manage such an incredible piece of property.