Lake Michigan Whoa Zone

I have a video for you tonight of the Whoa Zone located in Whiting Indiana on Lake Michigan. This water park is actually in Lake Michigan. There are Jungle Jim’s, water slides, and trampolines all set in 8 feet of water. zone You might want to check it out this summer and it’s open daily weather permitting.

What’s IN Little Bass Lake? by Jason I

I borrowed a friend’s boat at Little Bass Lake to do a little evening fishing. I had caught two perch when something bumped into my boat from Below. I almost lost my balance and fell out of the boat. It scared me because it was quite a jolt. After a few moments I regained my composure and cast my line out again. Within a few seconds something hit my boat from below again. I grabbed each side of my boat and held on. After a moment I grabbed the oars and headed for shore. I told my friend what happened and he said that I had too much to drink. I told him that I might have agreed with him but I wasn’t drinking out there. Something is out there in Little Bass Lake. I sure won’t be going back anytime soon.

Aerial Big and Little Bass Lakes

Here is a fine aerial photograph of both Big and Little Bass Lakes. The channel between the two is there but hard to locate on this map. I would be interested to learn where those that are on Big and Little Bass Lake have their cottages located around the lake?

I understand that the noted Big Bass Lake area historian, Anne Louise Chase, has her cottage located quite near the channel between Big and Little Bass Lake and our former cottage was on the southwest corner of Big Bass Lake although our property extended farther up the southwest corner.

The former Richard Benish property was where the public landing now sits. So, how about the rest of you? Leave us a comment and let us know where your cottages are in relation to these two lakes.

Plus all five islands are there for you to see, Haunted Island (Matson’s), The Big Island, Grandma’s Hat, Four Winds, and Turtle.

The Errie Fog at Loon Lake

Loch Loon

My friend Ben recently invited me to fish at Loon Lake in Lake County which is just a stone’s throw from Dave Norris’s favorite lake, that being Big Bass Lake. The two of us set out in early morning on a day when the fog was so thick I couldn’t even make Ben out in our boat if I hadn’t known it was him.

When I cast out my line it disappeared into that pea soup. Talk about an errie feeling and that fog lasted for nearly an hour before lifting. It reminded me of the lakes, or loch’s, of Scotland. Ben was just a hazy siloutte just a few feet away in our boat.

I can’t ever remember fishing in a fog so thick before. If there were other fishermen out there the odds of running into them literally would have been great. When I got home later that afternoon, my wife made me some pea soup to which I let out a huge belly laugh saying, “Ive already had that today, my love“. I ate it anyway to keep peace in the family.

The North Side of Big Bass Lake

I never spent a whole lot of time on the North side of Big Bass Lake except for an occassional trip to the channel between Big and Little Bass Lake. I also took our motorboat to the north side of the lake a few times but since our property was off the southwest portion of the lake that was my primary range of activities. I also ventured to the southeast part of the lake a lot as that is where the Big Bass Lake store was located.

Camp Martin Johnson would have to be considered on the North side of the lake. Also there is what some refer to as the sunken island. There the lake is only a few feet deep even though it would appear to be in the middle of that portion of the lake. On the shore it would look somewhat peculiar to observe people standing up in the middle of the lake and walking around.

There also used to be a resort on the north side of the lake. Anyone know more about that resort? I think there are four to choose from, Grants, Homestead, Anderson’s, and Dinty Moore. On the south shore there was Peacock’s Resort for a time and I think another one exists yet today. Let us know by way of a comment.


Do you remember this area at Big Bass Lake Road? It was a detour of sorts in the early days up to the early 1960s. It was C-Shaped and went around a portion of the swamp each way. It is still there as evidence today. The road  always has a slight bump in Big Bass Lake Road yet today.
Some say it is leveled annually But only the great Scarecrow would know that? Was the swamp his hideout? More soon.

Aerial Harper Lake

I am pleased to add a new category to Big Bass Lake and Beyond and it is Harper Lake. Harper Lake has a resort on the lake which you can access on our blogroll. This lake has two islands on it. They are in close proximity to each other and one is large and the other quite smaller. From time to time I will be featuring pictures of Harper Lake. Comments are welcome at all times.

An Interesting Big Bass Lake Docking Area


I like the

 design of this landowners docking area. One must walk down a ramp to get to a kind of deck upon Big Bass Lake. It would seem that each homeowner on the lake creates his own unique docking area and this one could be used by several chairs upon it and even an umbrella table. On another post, I highlight a long winding staircase leading to that docking area.

Our pier was much simpler with the only extra being a bench at the end of the dock. We also had a sandy trail with built-in steps leading down to our pier but nothing as extravagant as this particular docking area. Within this site, there are several homes featured with their docking areas. Some are simple and some more elaborate. There is even a floating dock featured on one of our posts. One enormous home has an even simpler dock design than our cottages.

I suppose it all depends on one’s individual tastes as to what design dock they use. Some on Big Bass Lake are very elaborate and give the homeowner credit for their creativity in this regard. Over the course of time, we will be featuring more of these docking areas along with some of the larger homes on the lake.


Grazing for Fiddlehead Ferns

When I lived in Michigan I enjoyed hiking in the woods outside of Scottville Michigan. My friend Dave Norris told me he used to use ferns to smoke out the area with a thick smoke that somehow repels mosquitoes. Have you ever heard of the fiddlehead fern? No, I’m not kidding is that is their name. And they’re delicious in a salad. When out on a hike pick 25 to 30 of them. When you get home wash them thoroughly. And in some salad Green Mix and two cups of Mizuma mix. I don’t like to add in 4 to 5 radishes cut down to size and then three or four onions for flavor. I sometimes add in shredded cheese but not too much. I pan fry these on low heat for about 25 minutes. The cheese comes later more as a garnish. Yes indeed, ferns are your friends and they don’t make a bad meal either. My husband Mike thinks they come from my garden and not from the Forest nearby. Try it sometime as I think you’ll like it.

North of the Bridge to The Big Island

This is a wonderful photograph just past the bridge that leads to the Big Island. It clearly shows the narrow piece of land separated on both sides by Big Bass Lake. To the west of that bridge, which you can see in the upper right side of this picture, is the southwest portion of Big Bass Lake, while just across this narrow strip is the southeast corner of the lake.

The Big Island is the only one of the five islands on the lake that has a bridge connected to it making for easy access in and off the island. It was put in around 1956.

The Big Island has the most homes on it of any island on the lake with Four Winds Island on the north side of the lake second. What I term the Haunted Island now has one home on it. Turtle Island and Grandma’s Hat (Tiny Tim) are too small for any home.

Isn’t this a great photograph of sunset at Big Bass Lake?

Boys Club Learning Center

the Mishawaka Boys Club in Arizona had a great Learning Center complete with many computers. The key thing here was these computers had very few computer games. They did have Microsoft Word and they taught the boys how to compose stories and also how to use computer for later in life. The club also had a variety of quiz Bow The club also had a variety of quiz bowls and spelling bees. The Torch Club met weekly in the Learning Center. Boys ages 11 to 13 were eligible to join. It was a junior Leaders Club. Finally this room had guest speakers from the community on a variety of topics. Every night had a specific program. The kids have fun at this Boys Club and also learned a lot.

Our Entry Port to the Haunted Island

As you can tell by the tree-lined island, what I term the Haunted Island can be most foreboding at night. Our boys club camping trips only visited that island once on each journey and only at the stroke of midnight. In fact, I tried to select the spookiest night when the elements of wind and no moon were in place.

The view you find here is just about where the old pier stands which is about as rickety as you can get. That served as the initial point where the kids imaginations began to take hold of them. After leaving the pier, a trail begins that leads up a short hill and then winds its way to the very haunted house itself. The house is found in a clearing with trees surrounding it. It is a two-story house and about as old as you can get. I’ve never been to the second floor because the staircase looks none to secure.

There was a mud cellar to this house but again the staircase appeared not safe enough. The floors on the first floor were okay to walk upon. A setting such as this, added to by a ghost story, was more than enough for the kids. They were only too eager to return to the boat. On the way back to Indiana, though, they were full of stories about how brave they were on their trip to the Haunted Island and for the majority of kids taken up to our property the trip to the Haunted Island was the chief attraction for them.