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We paddled north up the creek and the first obstacle is a beaver damn near the mouth of the lake. The beavers are active this year building up the dam so we had to get out and portage over the damn. This area is always spectacular. I've never failed to see multiple wildlife, deer, elk, raccoons, waterfowl, herons, etc. You get the picture, if youíre quiet you'll see a lot. The lake is also a great warm water fish area. I've caught real nice largemouth bass on flies and crappie, sunfish are everywhere. There are also species of carp and catfish, which I've always seen folks doing well on.
Well we crossed over the dam and headed to the Island about a mile up the lake. Itís owned by DNR and camping is allowed, but no fires. We camped here. The Island has a lot of poison ivy and sumac so be careful where you lay. Itís also pretty dirty at the numerous campsites. Next time I go in I'll bring several large trash bags just to clean up the place a bit. Seems no one knows how to haul out their own trash. Anyway we camped on the Island and my boys explored all over. I did some bass fishing around the Island and all in all we had a fun day.
That evening the coyoteís sung us to sleep and we had a visitor in one of our trees, a tom Turkey that gobbled at nightfall and like a rooster the next morning. I woke the boys up at 2:00am to look at the Milky Way which the sky was crystal clear and look spectacular from the canyon. Anyway we got an early start the next morning and headed back home.
Overall a great overnight adventure. If you want to just go visit the Island plan on about an hour to paddle there, hour to get back and hour for exploring. Also bring plenty of drinking water. I had a filter but the algae bloom in the lake is substantial and tends to clog filters quickly. Also there are no restrooms anywhere along this trip so please be considerate.
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