Big Portage Lake is the biggest lake on the Hamburg chain of lakes . The chain of Lakes is called several names including the Portage Chain of Lakes. It is a public lake, you can get on the lake via a State of Michigan DNR Boat Launch that is located off McGregor Road on the east side of the road. Lake levels were erratic prior to 1960. Spring flooding on Portage Lake was frequent. Often lakefront residents would row or paddle right up to their cottages at lake level; septic systems didn't respond well either. After several dry years in the early 60s, lake levels were extremely low, and by 1963, boats and docks were suddenly left high and dry. This was the impetus that led to constructing the dam.
The eight main lakes on the chain can be accessed by most boats, with only Ore Lake accessible only by small boat. Some areas on the chain and river cannot be accessed by pontoon due to low under-road clearances or narrow passages. The lakes in the chain include Little Portage Lake, Big Portage Lake, Base Line Lake, Whitewood Lakes, Zukey Lake, Tamarack Lake, Gallagher Lake, Strawberry Lake and Ore Lake.
The deepest point on the lake is 84 feet deep although 44% of the lake is considered shoal area (5 feet deep or less). There are a couple of sand bars that people pull up to and hang out with friends. Two creeks run into Portage Lake from nearby communities, Honey Creek that runs from Pinckney, and Portage Creek that runs from Hell.
Whatever you want to do on Portage Lake the boating and recreation opportunities on the Chain of Lakes are absolutely endless. During the summer months, the lakes are a haven for pontooners, boaters, jet skiiers, paddleboarders, and kayakers. You will have a great times with great fishing on the lakes, waterskiing, tubing, paddle boarding, or just relaxing at a sand bar. You can pull your boat up to Riverside Pizza to grab a bite to eat or dock at Zukey Lake Tavern for a nice cold drink, appetizers, or lunch or dinner. You can keep your boat at one of the marinas on the chain. Klave's Marina has been serving the boating community on Portage Lake in Pinckney, MI for more than 50 Years! Portage Lake is a great place for wintering migratory waterfowl such as Canvasbacks, Bufflehead, and Common Loons. There are boat rentals and cruises offered through a few different companies.
Round-trip boating through the major lakes takes about four hours, covering a distance of 13 miles.
Many homes surround Portage lake, with most now used for year around living. Homes range in size from cozy cottages to mid-size single family homes to luxury lakefront estates. Here are the basic characteristics of waterfront homes on Portage Lake in Pinckney:
Portage Yacht Club (734-426-4155) is one of the leading inland lake sailing centers in the Midwest and one of the oldest sailing clubs in Michigan. Located on 650-acre Portage Lake, 17 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, it provides a venue for sailors of all skill levels. The sailing season runs from early May through late September. Wind conditions can vary from light for a casual, easy sail to heavy for a more challenging sailing adventure. The topographic features around the lake often produce winds that shift direction giving skippers the opportunity to master their skills on a typical inland lake. In addition to offering moorings for both single- and multi-handed sailboats, the Club also offers boat rentals, junior instruction, and an adult learn to sail program. Midwest Sailing, located on the site, provides boat sales as well as boat parts and accessories.
The Club is known for its sailboat racing program which has produced National and North American champions in several sailing classes as well as prestigious US Sailing national championships. Innovations in the rules of racing first used at PYC have been adopted internationally.
Races are held on Tuesday evenings for single-handed boats including Lasers, MC Scows and Sunfish and on Thursday evenings and Weekend days for multi-handed boats including 18-ft Interlakes and 19-ft Flying Scots. Invitational regattas are held for the PYC sailboat classes in August and September. The Club has also hosted national and regional championship events.
Portage Lake lies in both Livingston and Washtenaw County in Michigan. It also lies in 3 different communities Dexter Township, Hamburg, and Putnam Township. Though most of the homes have Pinckney mailing addresses.
A number of species were stocked in the late 1930's, including bluegill and largemouth bass from 1937-
1942, yellow perch from 1937-39, and walleye in 1937 and 1938. The first fisheries survey was an
extensive survey conducted in 1941. Game fish included largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike,
walleye, various panfish, and a good number of ciscos (a species of whitefish). Rainbow trout were
stocked from 1942-44, but this was discontinued due to poor survival. To address the minimal amount of
cover in the lake, 200 brush structures were installed in 1949 to enhance fish habitat. Legal sized trout
were stocked from 1955-64 (excluding 1957), but switched to fall fingerlings from 1965-70. Tiger
muskellunge were stocked on an alternate year basis from 1980-86, at which point the tiger musky
program was discontinued in Michigan. Walleye were stocked intermittently in the 1980's and 1990's as
well as 2001, 2004 and 2006. Channel catfish were stocked once in 2004. Fisheries surveys in 1967,
1983, 1995 and 1999 documented good fish populations and anglers report good bluegill and largemouth
There are several types of weed control. One is a harvester control and the other is chemical control. There are some lakes that do no weed control at all. I don’t know what type of weed control is done on Portage lake in Pinckney. So it is always best to ask the seller when buying a waterfront home.
One of the big benefits of owning a lake home is all the wonderful sights you will get to see. You may take rides on the boat to see the sunset, or you may get a bottle of wine and a blanket to take a leisurely cruise around the lake to see the fall colors. Or you may just sit on the porch of your lake home watching the ducks swim by.
If you are looking for a good Michigan realtor that really knows his stuff and has over 15 years of experience then you have come to the right place. Call Russ at 248-310-6239. Buying a waterfront home is a dream for many home buyers and my goal is to help you achieve that dream. I helped buyers and sellers with over 17 million dollars of homes last year. Our lakes have different factors that you will need to consider when buying a lake house. For example lakefront homes in Waterford are on city water and sewer whereas waterfront properties in Highland are on well and septic. Little things that I have picked up over the years as which lakes are due for a big assessment because sewers are coming in is important to lake house buyers. Will a non lake realtor know that? Probably not.
You don’t want to buy a home and get hit with a big assessment. Or you don’t want to buy a home on a canal to find out that it isn’t deep enough for your boat. Or that there is a culvert that a new pontoon can’t go through. The unknowns can be costly. That is why I put together these web pages to explain about our local lakes in Oakland and Livingston County. You may not have time to do all the research. You can have a better buying experience if you work with an experienced lake Realtor. If you have questions about waterfront homes on Portage lake in Pinckney Michigan always feel free to reach and call me at (248)310-6239 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Search the newest lake listings, properties , and homes by map. Zoom in on the lake or area to find your next home.
Portgage Lake is the largest lake on the Portgage chain of lakes. Depending on who you talk to the chain of lakes is also called the Hamburg chain of lakes or Pinckney chain of lakes. There is no legal name that I know of so call it what you like!
Portage waterfront properties are Livingston County's most sought after lake front properties. It is a boater mecca being 644 acres. You can jet ski, sail, ski, fish, wakeboard, or just pontoon.
Then you add in all the other lakes on the chain and you will never get bored of living on the lake. Portage is a long lake with the southwestern end being more rounded.
So many of the good lake homes get sold before the average buyer even gets to see them. I have seen homes sell in under a week. The good lake homes go quick. If you want the latest lake home listings emailed to you daily so you can look at them at your leisure.
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Portage Lake is the biggest lake on the Hamburg Chain of Lakes. Portage Lake lies in both Putnam Township, Dexter Township, and Hamburg Township. Though if you buy a Portage lake front home your kids will be going to either Pinckney Schools or Dexter Schools depending on where they live on the lake.
Portage Lake is one of the many Portage Lakes in Michigan but this one is located in Livingston and Washtenaw County though there is another one not to far away closer to Jackson ( in the Waterloo recreation area). Many people confuse the two lakes.
Since Portage Lake has been a vacation destination since the early 1900's you will find so many different styles of homes. Back then Portage Lake real estate was cottages. They were 1 story most of the time with 2 or 3 bedrooms, a small kitchen, and a small bathroom. Some were as small as 600 square feet. Some of the 800 - 1000 square foot homes still exist.
Of course some have been remodeled and updated with more insulation, better windows, new kitchens. But some still have the charm of an Up north cottage. These small homes still command over $150,000 and more depending on the condition of the home and the size of the lot. Some of the prices are in the $200,000 - $300,000 range.
Over the years lake residents added 2 stories on, or made the attic into living space. Many were torn down over the last 40 - 50 years and newer and more modern homes were built.
Of course there is any style of home that you want in Portage Lake waterfront real estate. Children that live on the lake attend Pinckney Schools.
Though most of Portage Lake homes are colonial or ranch style. There are some lake homes that have bigger lots, there is even a few with over an acre. You will be paying dearly for the land. But on the small end there are lots that have only 40 and 50 foot of frontage on the lake.
There are big colonial homes that are in the 4000 square feet to over 5000 square foot range on the lake. So whatever the style you can probably find it on the lake.
Portgage Lake front properties command a higher price because they are on the chain of lakes and it is the biggest all sports lake in the area. You can find a similar home off the Hamburg chain of Lakes at a lower price.
Between January & October 25, 2012 here's what sold on the lake.
|ADDRESS||LIST PRICE||SALE PRICE||DOM||SP PER SQFT||SQ FT||YEAR BUILT||SHORT SALE|
|8573 PORTAGE LAKE BLVD||950||950||180||1.0042||946||1930||N|
|11004 LOOKOUT ST||1150||1150||28||1.4375||800||1940||N|
|1826 DARWIN RD||1500||1425||138||0.8906||1600||1961||N|
|1826 DARWIN RD||1475||1475||42||0.9218||1600||1961||N|
|11920 PORTAGE LAKE AVE||1600||1500||37||1.25||1200||1975||N|
|1229 LOUISE ST||64900||53500||3||40.9021||1308||1901||N|
|11951 PORTAGE LAKE AVE||79900||75000||69||87.822||854||9999||N|
|1900 DARWIN RD||95000||87100||117||48.1747||1808||1960||N|
|9403 LINCK DR||86740||90000||20||60||1500||1960||N|
|11165 ALGONQUIN DR||99000||96100||81||122.5765||784||1971||N|
|1205 LOUISE ST||119900||110000||59||87.7192||1254||9999||N|
|8596 PORTAGE LAKE BLVD||114800||112900||70||74.4232||1517||1997||N|
|2165 WAYNE DR||118000||116000||60||122.3628||948||1945||N|
|2276 LAKEWOOD WAY||128900||132000||125||105.6||1250||1974||N|
|9818 PORTAGE LAKE AVE||137900||141000||131||80.5714||1750||2005||N|
|11614 PORTAGE LAKE AVE||199900||199000||89||99.5||2000||1952||Y|
|10833 WYNNS RD||234000||234000||83||160.7142||1456||1974||N|
|9371 CANAL ST||269500||236500||108||295.625||800||9999||N|
|10846 COLONY RD||259900||259000||53||215.8333||1200||1972||N|
|11442 ALGONQUIN DRIVE||285000||265000||58||155.8823||1700||1950||N|
|1387 ARTHURS CT||299500||285000||86||135.0071||2111||1996||N|
|1140 SARAH RD||315000||315000||1||420||750||1945||N|
|9949 ALGONQUIN DR||469000||410000||178||223.0685||1838||2006||Y|
|11556 ALGONQUIN DR||467500||420000||48||149.413||2811||1999||N|
|11556 ALGONQUIN DRIVE||467500||420000||28||149.413||2811||1999||N|
|4241 CORNWELL LN||619999||570000||113||202.4866||2815||2001||N|
Here are homes on the lake that have sold between 01/01/2011 and 11/15/2011
|ADDRESS||CLOSED DATE||LIST PRICE||SALE PRICE||SP PER SQFT||SQ FT||BEDS||BATHS|
|11212 COLONY RD||2/1/11||1000||1000||960||3||1|
|11555 ALGONQUIN DR||4/4/11||1200||1200||1032||2||2|
|11231 ALGONQUIN DR||1/24/11||1400||1400||1104||3||1|
|10975 S MONTICELLO ST||10/28/11||55,000||40,000||54.9||728||3||1|
|11644 PORTAGE LAKE AVE||7/27/11||54,900||58,800||58.9||999||3||1|
|10849 WYNNS RD||10/26/11||162,000||140,000||121.7||1150||3||1|
|2171 GLENROYLET DR||2/28/11||164,900||159,000||93.3||1704||3||1|
|1826 DARWIN RD||10/9/11||175,000||160,000||100||1600||3||1.1|
|11012 COLONY RD||10/28/11||175,000||175,000||168.3||1040||2||1|
|11212 COLONY RD||5/9/11||190,000||185,000||192.7||960||3||1|
|11530 PORTAGE LAKE AVE||2/10/11||229,000||232,000||120.1||1932||3||2|
|1150 SARAH RD||8/29/11||239,900||237,000||246.9||960||2||1|
There are no more lake properties being made. So there will always be a demand for Southeastern Michigan lake homes. A local lake home usually holds it's value better than a regular home.
You have not cared about how beautiful or updated your lake cottage or lake home was. You may have been too busy on the lake. Sometimes lake homes are not completely updated. You may have been too busy enjoying the lake. So many lake home owners are just happy living on the lake. This lake home may be a second home to you. You may not have had the money to keep it pristine. It may not have mattered to you. A sunny day on the lake may have been better than painting the home.
However you have decided to sell now. Unless your lake home has so many negative factors it may pay to do some painting and re-carpeting. I will tell you about a waterfront home I saw in Highland Township a few years back. It was one of the newer homes that was built in the last 15 years on the lake. The home owner never did the normal maintenance.
It was big beautiful home with lots of great features, but the maintenance of the lake home was lacking. There were nail pops, some minor dry wall repair, and the house needed a paint job bad. The house sat on the market for 8 months. I showed the house several times but the feedback I got from my clients was....the house was built poorly or the house was overpriced for the condition it was in. The house never sold when it was in that condition. Well the owner finally painted the home and fixed the drywall issues. The house sold in less than a week after it was painted.
So sometimes a fresh paint job and new carpet will do wonders for your lake home. If you are thinking of selling your lake home give me a call. We use the latest technology tools to get your home sold. So give us a call on my cell at (248) 310-6239.
Portage Lake Location
Portage Lake is located in Pinckney Township, and Hamburg Township in Livingston County MI and in Dexter Township in Washtenaw County. It is West of McGregor and North and East of Dexter-Pinckney Rd and South of Darwin Rd.
Portage Lake Fishing
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Lake homes that sold in 2016
|10901 Colony||1||3||1,680||$215,000||$215,000||08/19/2016||Canal Front|
|9505 Portage Lake Ave||2||3||1,672||$250,000||$235,000||09/19/2016||Canal Front|
|9505 Portage Lake AVE||2||3||1,672||$250,000||$235,000||10/05/2016||Canal Front|
|10875 Colony||1||3||1,152||$254,900||$250,000||03/09/2016||Canal Front|
|11281 ALGONQUIN||2||3||1,316||$259,900||$252,525||07/08/2016||Canal Front|
|10902 Colony RD||2||3||1,703||$304,900||$305,000||06/13/2016||Canal Front, Lake/River Priv|
|11920 Portage Lake AVE||1||3||1,144||$315,000||$310,000||08/29/2016||Canal Front, Lake Front|
|9960 Florence||2||3||3,042||$399,000||$382,240||03/28/2016||Canal Front|
|9818 Winston Rd||2||4||1,768||$549,000||$512,000||07/11/2016||Lake Front|
|1429 Nita ST||2||3||1,776||$550,000||$547,500||11/07/2016||Lake Front|
|9948 WINSTON RD||3||4||3,256||$865,000||$815,000||08/19/2016||Canal Front, Lake Front|
|1221 LANCELOT CRT||3||4||7,619||$1,125,000||$1,000,000||06/10/2016||Creek, Lake Fr|
Other Pinckney Township Lakes and Lake homes for sale
Other lakes that are nearby are Baseline Lake, Little Portage, Strawberry, Bass Lake, and Silver Lake.
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