A Motor Boat Excursion of Loon Lake


Unlike Big Bass Lake just to its North, Loon Lake has no islands to clutter it up so my excursion about the lake took me in close proximity to its shoreline. I stopped my motor for a few minutes of reflection where the Loon Lake Pavillion once stood. I had been there a few times and remembered the colors shining on the lake and that old theater organ music.

I also remember that slightly warped floor that sent me to the ground several times.  A roller skater I am not.  Darlene was a good skater while I was better at the pin ball games they had there.  I don’t know why that area has not put up another roller rink for the summer crowd? 

Moving on I followed the shoreline past small cabins and even some newer ones.  When back on the northeast side I recalled some sort of camp or resort that was once there quite close in proximity to Na-Tah-Ka Bar and Grill.  At least where it stands today.  I think it was more of a resort than a camp but I don’t remember very well on that point. 

It made me wonder just how many of those area lakes had resorts on them?  Care to tell anyone?

4 thoughts on “A Motor Boat Excursion of Loon Lake

  1. I spent over 50 years on Loon Lake. The property around the lake was divided into several different plots with different rules. There was one “resort” at the end of the north end of the lake at the very end of what is called Red Maple Road. It was owned by the Verna and Geno Bartoletti, along with a good portion of the land over to the road that comes out across from the cemetery on Blue Gill Lake. Geno is no longer with us, Verna is in the Novi area with her 2 daughters, son, spouses and their kids. There used to be a great path through the woods that came out near the baseball fields, and before them, the woods near the swamp. The BEST memories of my days on Loon Lake and the roller rink.

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  2. On our way home from Traverse City today, coming south on 37, my husband and I took a side trip to find Loon Lake. My grandparents (Raymond and Millie Neele) owned a cabin on Loon Lake in the 50’s and 60’s and as a child I spent a lot of time there with them. I looked for their cabin a couple of years ago but couldn’t figure out which one it was, this time we found it. It was just a quarter mile or so from the roller rink. I remember skating there, the music as it echoed thru the woods and over the lake. I also remember the Na-Tah-Ka restaurant as we usually went there for dinner on Saturday nights. The last time I was there with my grandparents was probably 50 years ago…

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