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On the opposite side of the lake, a little north of the boat dock, is a road bed that runs down into the water. Beach your kayak, walk 1/4 mile up the road and discover a village of log cabins called Pioneer Village. There are no fees. Usually there are no people. You're free to wander around the town on your own.
Directly across the lake from where you found the road to Pioneer Village is an island. A nice island with lots of elevation, big trees and little undergrowth. A perfect place for a picnic.
In the middle of the lake near the main beach is a hand launch area where you can launch everything from kayaks to jet skis. Directly across the lake is a tower in the lake and behind that is another road. Up this road is the village of Harveysburg. A quiet little town that the highway has passed by. It's about a mile hike to the sole store/gas station. They only have ice cream bars in a freezer, but it's enough motivation for me. Besides after kayaking a couple of hours it's good to get out and stretch.
Northeast of the hand launch area is an Indian mound out in the water the lake has made into an island. It's been excavated and no significant artifacts found. So you can climb on it. It has a tiny little beach ideal for kayaks.
On the north end of the lake is the former site of the village of New Burlington. There's a spot where it's possible, but not easy to launch a kayak. The reward is about a mile of lake that's too shallow for most boats. Or you could go the easy route and access it from the campground's boat launch.
There are hiking trails, mountain bike trails, and horse trails all around the lake. If you can find a place to get out of your kayak the trails all have views of the lake.
Sure it's an unlimited horsepower lake... in the middle. There are lots of no wake zones and some places only accessible by kayak. I view the crowds like any other force-of-nature; I avoid them. But even on weekends after 5:00 PM all the boats go home, the lake calms down and I have it all to myself.
It's also a big lake, so on windy days you're going to feel it. Maybe even blowing a little chop in the water. On calm days thru the week the water can smooth out like a piece of glass. That's when I like it best.
Snacks are minimal so pack a lunch, bring some water and don't forget the sun block. And maybe bring some hiking shoes in your kayak.
The campground sometimes lets me launch for free, sometimes wants to charge a small fee for the car.
Other than that it's all free.
So be a good sport, pick up litter out of the water. It's difficult for boaters to do. And don't forget your life vest.
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