This is an excellent aerial photograph of Big and Little Bass Lakes as well as the one time Noreika property (to the left and three-fourths to the top of the page). The southern islands, left to right, are the Haunted Island, The Big Island (complete with a bridge leading to it), and tiny Grandma’s Hat. Just to its left is Bluegill Lake. In the lower left of this picture is the Softball Field and a new church in the area.
The two northern islands are Fou Winds Island and Turtle Island. To their left is a small greenish area in the lake which refer to as Sunken Island as the water is only three feet deep there and in the middle of the lake. Just to its east and slightly north is the channel leading to Little Bass Lake which you can locate in the upper left side of this photograph.
My grandparents, Joseph and Barbara Noreika, purchased their land in 1912 and part of the original deed included one-half of the Haunted Island. Of their 256 acres some was farm land extending from what is today the public landing site all the way to Noreika Road and along side Big Bass Lake Road. To its north and all the way back to Big Bass Lake was our forest land which included many swamp marshes.
This land was a natural setting for many boys club camping trips which I took with three separate clubs in the 1970’s and 80’s.