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Old 08-06-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about buying some waterfront property on the Saint Marys River. This is the river that connects Lake Superior with Lake Huron. Plans would include setting up 10-15 full hookup seasonal RV sites situated so each RV would be able to see the giant lake freighters passing by in front of your windows. The area is loaded with history with the Soo Locks, Mackinac Island, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, And Tahquamenon Falls all being daytours from the site. I am clueless as to whether this would be something that people would use and what else would be required (wanted) by the renters. Any thoughts???

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Old 08-06-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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Will you have any zoning issues? That would be the first hurdle to overcome.

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Old 08-06-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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This type of boutique Park is popular in the Okanagen Valley of central B.C. One of our favorite parks is this style in Kelowna and we visit every year for at least a month.

The government allows the Orchards, Vineyards & small farms the right to develop these small parks. However, it ain't cheap building a road, servicing sites with 50A power, sewer, water, restrooms, laundry, etc., etc. and trying to recover your capital over a short summer season.

You will not get rich nor will you be able to give-up your day job. The motivation for these parks was to help the small farmer (apples, grapes or chickens) diversify their farm income. Kinda a B&B for the gentleman farmer.....but lots of work for limited financial gain. Sometimes I think Leslie makes more selling us farm eggs than she does renting us a site.

If I was on your shoes....I'd buy a plane ticket to Vancouver with a connection to Kelowna....rent a car & go visit a number of these Parks. I'm sure if you contacted them before hand and explained your situation...many of them would give you a world of insight into what you are proposing & the lifestyle you would be entering.

Good luck... We'd come & visit!
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:27 PM   #4
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I think that's an awesome area to spend a few days at, especially if you don't live close by.

Not sure on the demand? I would be looking for a private setting like you might experience in a state park. No attraction to the parking lot (16-20ft wide) type RV sites, no matter the amenities/local attractions.

In addition to those you listed, cable is nice?

Wifi if you can install and maintain it so that it works properly?

An inexpensive lot I could park on with maybe just elec. for an overnight option to a Wal Mart? That wouldn't need to be right on the river. Might be dark when I get there anyway? Drive through nice so I don't have to drop the toad.

Easy access to walking trails? Nothing exotic, but a little more than a path around a 10 acre tract?

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Old 08-07-2012, 08:05 PM   #5
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I would first check to see if this is a place where the freighters regularly sound their fog horns, especially during the night or early morning.
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