Rich History.  Grand Scale. Spectacular Beauty.

In 1892, pioneer Tom Hughes had his pick of virgin Minnesota waterfront to call home.  While bushwhacking through the Minnesota Northwoods and the state's vast array of glacial lakes, Tom stumbled into a lake like no other--an aquamarine jewel called Siseebakwet (Ojibwe for 'Sugar').  Members of the local Ojibwe tribe Tom befriended told him the waters held magical powers.  After going for a swim, he believed them.  Thrilled at his discovery, Tom scouted the lake for several days until he finally found the grand, north shore tract that would later become known as Sugarcrest.  As you view the pictures below, you'll see what Tom Hughes discovered over a century ago and why we are so excited to share this unique and historic property with you.

A View from Above

Even from a satellite Sugar Lake stands out from neighboring lakes as the Caribbean-colored jewel of the North.

Even from a satellite Sugar Lake stands out from neighboring lakes as the Caribbean-colored jewel of the North.

Sugarcrest's grand scale can be seen when viewed next to Sugar Lake Lodge and its 18 hole golf course.

Sugarcrest's grand scale can be seen when viewed next to Sugar Lake Lodge and its 18 hole golf course.

Looking southwest you can see Sugarcrest's location on Sugar Lake with Sugar Lake Lodge in the foreground and Big Thunder Peak (highest point in Itasca County) and Little Sugar Lake in the background.

Looking southwest you can see Sugarcrest's location on Sugar Lake with Sugar Lake Lodge in the foreground and Big Thunder Peak (highest point in Itasca County) and Little Sugar Lake in the background.

Just beyond the dock at Sugarcrest is a sandy shelf that sits over a steep, curving drop off. In the foreground is the main house along with two fire pits, volleyball court, wedding altar, an outdoor movie screen brought by guests and adirondack chair seating.

Just beyond the dock at Sugarcrest is a sandy shelf that sits over a steep, curving drop off. In the foreground is the main house along with two fire pits, volleyball court, wedding altar, an outdoor movie screen brought by guests and adirondack chair seating.

Privacy + Proximity to Sugar Lake Lodge.

So how close are we to Sugar Lake Lodge?  Just two docks to the West.  The pictures above should give you a good idea.  At Sugarcrest, you have the best of both worlds: extreme privacy with 32 acres and an expansive forested buffer between you and the lodge but it's just a short car ride or wade in the water for 18 holes of golf and dinner at Otis' Bar and Grill.

A Sandy Beach Kids and Adults Love.

The sandy beach is a big hit with kids and adults alike and extends east of the dock and stone boathouse. Kick back in one of our Adirondacks or wade into the crystal clear water and grab a kayak or paddle board. Our plug-and-play mooring system (seen above) means no lugging your gear in and out of the water.  Just un-clip and go and re-clip when you return.

The sandy beach is a big hit with kids and adults alike and extends east of the dock and stone boathouse. Kick back in one of our Adirondacks or wade into the crystal clear water and grab a kayak or paddle board. Our plug-and-play mooring system (seen above) means no lugging your gear in and out of the water.  Just un-clip and go and re-clip when you return.

A frenetic game of Poseidon's Fury shows the gently sloping water depth with sandy beach in background.

A frenetic game of Poseidon's Fury shows the gently sloping water depth with sandy beach in background.


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