By way of a reference point, the island names on Big Bass Lake were given to me by my grandmother, Barbara Noreika, who homesteaded the land in the 1020’s. She provided me the island names in the 1970’s when I was taking camping trips with Boys Clubs of America to our property. By the way, you had better keep a scorecard handy.
1. Sunken Island: North central part of the lake near the channel between Big and Little Bass Lake. I call it that because of the three-foot depth there in the middle of the lake making it ideal for swimming and it is usually surrounded by pontoon boats doing just that.
2. Turtle Island which is also sometimes known as Pirates Island. I kind of like that latter name and it is the twin of Four Winds Island. It was once owned by the Manistee National Forest but is now privately owned. It is located just past the narrows of Big Bass Lake to the north.
3. Four Winds Island is now privately owned but was at one time the property of Camp Martin Johnson. To my knowledge it has always been known as Four Winds and it also is just past the narrows to the north.
4. Grandma’s Hat Island is also known as Tiny Tim and Loon Island. It is the smallest island on the lake and is in the southeast portion of the lake.
5. The Big Island was formerly known as Waite Island. Clyde Waite put up the bridge in the 1950’s. It is now known as Isle of the Wilds. It is located in the south central part of the lake.
6. Haunted Island is a term I gave Matson’s Island because of the old house in the middle of the island which made midnight visits to the island ideal with various boys clubs. It is located in the southwest part of the lake.
Have any of these islands also known other names over the years? Let us know by way of a comment.