The Little Manistee River is about as cold as Lake Michigan with a very quick current. Once one of the kids on a trip I was on in that area caught a large turtle that swam right between the boys legs. He kept it on a makeshift lease and we brought it back to Big Bass Lake where he kept it in the lake yet still on the leash.

He took that turtle back home with him to Marion, Indiana, and I will never forget his mother’s reaction when he told her about the turtle he had caught. I’m sure she expected a small turtle that would fit in a goldfish bowl. “Get that monster out of here!” Fortunately for the turtle he was donated to the Marion Park Zoo that day and they were more than glad to take it in.

You just never know what you might find in the Little Manistee River. Next time we go there a story about freshly caught fish on the bank.