Munro Lake. Never heard of it? Exactly. Nobody else has either, which is why you’ll love your spot by the peaceful shore. Burrowed into Cheboygan County’s western reaches, this 529-acre blue beauty shimmers with summer light and swims with lots of bigger-than-average fish. Privacy bonus: The state owns about half the shore—forested forever more. Go nature nerd and attend summer class at the University of Michigan Biological Station on adjacent Douglas Lake. Find great eats in the rustic embrace of Douglas Lake Bar. There’s lots more (like the glorious winter), but if we told you, everybody would know.

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Three bedrooms, one bath, two-car garage, 1,632 square feet. $239,000. MLS: 254572. Geno Dangelo, Coldwell Banker Northern Lakes, 231-420-1295,

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