Successful Dog Sledding Adventure Business For Sale

Nature’s Kennel, located near McMillan (Newberry) Michigan, is truly a one of kind, highly successful, turn-key business opportunity.  Ed and Tasha Stielstra have built the business from the ground up to what it is today; the largest and most successful dog sledding operation in the Midwest.  Nature’s Kennel has been in operation at its current location for twenty years and has a reputation of outstanding dog care and customer service.  Ed and Tasha have been involved with mushing for over twenty-five years and the legacy of the kennel includes multiple Iditarod finishes, humanitarian awards for dog care and UP 200 championships.  Over 1800 guests come from around the world each winter to get the chance to experience dog sledding for themselves, learn about these incredible canines, and to have the opportunity to drive a dog team.  Seven full time seasonal guides assist in the operation of the business providing day trips and overnight adventures. 

Nature’s Kennel is located on a total of 50 wooded acres on a plowed road.  It includes a large, well organized dog yard, several large pens, residence/guest staging area, staff/guide cabin, several small outbuildings, well, septic, solar panels and generator.  There is deeded access to state land and an existing trail system that is ideal for business operation and dog training.  The property used for overnight dog sledding trips, “Musher’s Village”, is located on an additional 15 acres, also on a plowed road, and is included in the sale.  All the equipment needed to run sled dog tours is included (see list below).  Nature’s Kennel currently operates with approximately 160 Alaskan Huskies. These dogs are the backbone of the business and are well bred, cared for, socialized and loved.  

 

The business has continually grown year after year and has a solid client base. Tours/available bookings are sold out each season.  The location is also perfect for winter snow and trail condtions. There is excellent snow for trips to run from mid-December through March.  

The business currently being operated "as usual"; dogs are being cared for and trained, improvements are being made, reservations are being taken and staff is employed.  Sale would include all bookings and owners are willing to stay on for three to nine months to assist with training and ownership transition.

The complete business sale includes asset list below, the trade name, property, buildings, equipment, dogs, client lists, website, Google business listing (4.9 stars), Facebook page (over 12,000 followers), Constant Contact list (4,000 contacts), and any other social media or web presence that Nature’s Kennel maintains.  
 

Sale Details: 

Year Established: 2002

Location: McMillan, MI on year-around plowed road with access to hundereds of miles of trails

Real Estate: Owned

 

Three separate parcels, total of 65 acres.  Asking price includes all three properties.  Parcel #3 is negotiable and can be excluded and therefore reduce sale price.

 

Parcel #1-40 acres with 1,024 sq ft main building, 256 sq ft cabin, two 16’ containers, large tree house, and outbuilding and small storage buildings. Well, septic, off grid-electrical system professionally installed and maintained. 

Parcel #2-10 acres, no buildings, adjoining to parcel #1.

Parcel #3-15 acres, 16 ft. Pacific Yurt, 200 sq ft cabin, 200 sq ft storage building, sauna. Frost-free hand pump well.  Very close to, but not adjoining to parcels #1 and #2.  Currently used as remote winter camp for dog sledding and summer Airbnb rental income property.

Employees: 7, full time winter/seasonal, owners work full time year around.

Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment: Included in asking price.

 

Assets Included In Sale: (specific/more detailed list available)

  • 2009 Kubota L3240 tractor, bucket and Kubota snowblower LMX3174

  • 2015 Skidoo WT snowmobile

  • 2016 Chevy 3500 Flat Bed Pick Up Truck

  • Honda Rancher four-wheelers (2)

  • Walk-in freezer for dog food/meat storage

  • Meat Saw

  • Siglund sled

  • G-2 Tidd Tech Groomer

  • Four sets of dog boxes

  • Flatbed trailer

  • Tools including: walk behind mower, portable generator, chainsaws, log splitter, power washer, leaf blower, many yard tools and misc. power and hand tools.

  • 18 custom built dog sleds

  • All equipment to outfit each dog sled including ganglines, snowhooks, sled bags, runner plastic, quick releases.

  • Dog harnesses and booties

  • Dog houses, pickets, chains, turnstiles

  • Trail signage

  • 33 pair Cabela’s Trans-Alaskan boots

  • Firewood and propane in any tanks on property

  • Staff training manuals and dog care records

  • 160 trained sled dogs (actual number of dogs is negotiable and will be reflected in final sale price)

Non-tangible assests include: non-compete clause, deeded trail access, State of Michigan land lease, social media, website, training manuals and records.

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Current State of Operation:

Owners will continue running the business as normal until sale is complete. 

Growth & Expansion:

Ecotourism continues to thrive, especially in the Upper Peninsula.  Nature's Kennel has increased sales and profits every year since its start.  Musher's Village provides great rental income in the summer months, making this business profitable year around. Nature’s Kennel is located with driving distance from major metropolitan areas; Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Grand Rapids. This business has many repeat customers as well as new clients each season. 

Financing/Sale Type: Asset Sale/Cash/Potential Seller Financing.

Seller will consider seller financing/land contract and will work with a trusted attorney to assist in the sale.  Seller retains rights to audit review buyer financial/bank statements to ensure that seller investment is protected.

Support & Training:

Owners will stay on up to 3 months at no cost to the buyer and up to 6 additional months as negotiable. 

Reason for Selling:

It’s just time for something new after dedicating our lives to this dream for over twenty years.  We look forward to what the new owners could bring to this incredible business. 

Asking Price: $980,000  

Price is negotiable based on number dogs and assests included in sale.

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Contact Tasha Stielstra for more information.  info@natureskennel.com  906-748-0513