M-37 South of Baldwin to Bitely

Have you ever heard of the metropolis of Bitley, Michigan? Well, if you stay on M-37 south of Baldwin you will have that experience. Now Bitely is a little hard to explain because by the time you might blink your eyes twice you’d be through it. At least the part you’d get to see on the highway.

Now, I’m sure there’s more to Bitely than that but I’ve never seen fit to leave M-37 to check it out.  Some say a famous outhouse race is held there and I’m sure that would be a sight especially if there were some people still in them!  Perhaps there’s a few people in our readership that might care to enlighten us more on Bitely?

Someone told me that the famous opera singer, Karen McKay, once lived there.  McKay was said to have a voice that could shatter glass at a hundred paces.  Maybe to warm up to that career she once called out to hogs>  That would sure be good voice training.

Well, at least you know how to get to Bitely if you’re traveling south from Baldwin on M-37.  Then again, maybe you’d just prefer to blink your eyes twice?

The Legend of the Michigan Dogman

The Michigan Dogman first appeared in 1887 and is said to roam northwest Michigan. Two lumberjacks initially supposedly saw him and described him as a creature with a man’s body and a dogs head. There is no mention on how much ale they might have consumed that night at their local tavern.

The Dogman could well be Michigan’s answer to the Bigfoot legend as stories abound on this creature as living in the Manistee National Forest. He even has a song named after him called, The Legend.

In 2007 a digital film of an encounter with the Dogman was made. The entire film is 3.5 minutes long, and appears to have been shot in the mid to late 1970s. Early scenes are typical home movie fare: children riding snowmobiles, a German shepherd, a person chopping wood, etc. Toward the end of the film, the photographer is shooting from inside a moving vehicle traveling along a dirt road, when he spots what appears to be a gorilla-like animal moving in a field on the passenger side of the vehicle. The photographer exits the vehicle and seems to pursue the creature for several seconds. Then it appears again, facing the photographer from a ridge about 150 feet away. After a few seconds the creature charges. Rapid movement of the camera suggests the photographer is fleeing the attack. In the last five seconds of the film, there is a flash of teeth and muzzle, and the camera drops to the ground, laying on its left side.

After years of analysis and debate, the film was finally revealed as a hoax in the finale episode of Monster Quest on March 24, 2010. The Gable Film had been shot using vintage cameras, film, and period props by Mike Agrusa, a fan of “The Legend,” song. Monster Quest claimed their investigative team uncovered irregularities in the film, and then forced the hoaxers to confess to werewolf expert Linda Godfrey. However the Hoaxers say that they told “Monster Quest” from the beginning that the film was a fake and they fabricated the “investigation” to make a more interesting episode.

Still, the Michigan Dogman does make for good ghost stories around the campfire and who really knows what’s lurking in the forests of Northwest Michigan these days? Did I just hear a howl? Hmmm?

Ward Hills Warming Station?

Well, this is quite a house only it isn’t quite a house. At the former Ward Hills Lodge it was a warming station. Tall people would dearly enjoy the center portion of this building but only the center portion. Everywhere else it would be fit for a gnome. As to what you were warming yourself about, it couldn’t have been used for skiing for that ended at Ward Hills long ago. I think it was to be used for sledding.

The Ward Hills Lodge only lasted for a couple of years despite all the hard work they put in updating that facility. They worked not only on the Lodge but the landscape as well with the Warming Station part of their plans. Obviously it was located atop on of the hills at Ward Hills. It would seem that sledding didn’t pack the punch the owners thought it would as the Lodge went downhill fast.

This will be my last article at BBL and Beyond and it will be my 200th post. As my wife said a few days ago, she and I will be returning to the Internet in about a year writing on some new things quite different from what you have found here. It has been pure joy to write about the things I have concerning the Manistee National Forest and all that is found therein. Happy camping all!

What a Catch and In a Fantastic Location!


This picture was taken just below the Hamlin Dam in the Ludington State Park. It is one of the best photographs I have ever seen. Can you imagine the wet spray coming off those falls to contend with and then the majesty of that catch is breathtaking. For a brief moment it appears to be a flying fish trying to climb right back up those falls to escape the snag.

One has to wonder how many fish our fisherman friend bagged that day? Most fisherman fish off a platform just below the falls but this guy really got directly into the action. Around his legs appears to be a whirlpool forming. The view from just above that picture must have been great too for onlookers on the narrow path across those falls.

Fantastic M-37 Overlook

On the way to Baldwin, Michigan, a few miles south of Wolf Lake, is a gigantic hill where you can observe a dirt road in the distance weaving its way through the Manistee National Forest. It’s an incredible sight. Our photograph looks south at the summit of that hill on Michigan 37. If one were to be traveling north, there are two lanes going up that hill and in your rearview mirror you could still observe that sandy trail snaking its way through the forest.

Last year I had a business conference in Traverse City and chose to drive up taking M-37 out of Grand Rapids. The roughly ninety mile drive was all forest from that point on. On the way home, I was able to stop and take this photograph of the snake like road in the distance all of sand.

I’ve always loved the summit where you can see for miles through the Manistee National Forest. In this picture you can barely make out that sandy road but it is there. This is about sixteen miles from Big Bass Lake.

The Acreage of the Manistee National Forest

I live near Scottville, Michigan, near the western boundry of the Manistee National Forest. In all, among private lands and public, the acreage of this forest is 510,187 acres! That amounts to 844 square miles! It’s southermost boundry is near Newaygo, Michigan, and it extends to the very shores of Lake Michigan itself.

It also extends nearly all the way to Traverse City on the north and Michigan Highway 37 cuts right through the heart of the forest from south to north. The word Manistee means “Spirit of the Woods“.

I personally like hiking any part of the forest along US 10 from Scottville to Baldwin. And that goes for all seasons too as there is always something to do and see in this national forest. Try fishing some of the great rivers within the forest or attempt to canoe them. After all there are 844 squares miles to enjoy!

The Pere Marquette Railroad

Pere Marquette is the name of a state forest, river, and even a shrine in Michigan but did you know it was also the name of a railroad both past and present in Michigan?  Here is the story-

It was incorporated on January 1, 1900 as the Pere Marquette Railroad from the merger of several Michigan railroads, the most prominent being:

The company was reincorporated on March 12, 1917 as the Pere Marquette Railway.

 1907 wreck

On July 20, 1907 an excursion train of 800 passengers from Ioniia  to Detroit collided near Salem with a freight train, killing 31 and injuring 101. The accident apparently happened because of a hand-written schedule on unlined paper whose columns did not line up, and were misread by the freight crew. The Interstate Commerce Commission investigation also cited various safety violations including use of pine instead of oak for car walls and an omission of steel plates required for mail cars. This remains Michigan’s worst rail disaster.

Routes and current disposition of them

Ludington Division — Saginaw to Ludington, Michigan (Partially now part of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail, the line between Baldwin and Ludington is in use with Marquette Rail with the rest of the line removed in 1991; the ferryclosed in 1990)

  • Petoskey Division — Grand Rapids, Michigan to Bay View, Michigan (Line in use by Marquette Rall between Grand Rapids and Manistee and with the Great Lakes Central Railroad between Grawn and Williamsburg, with the rest abandoned in 1982)

Car ferries

 Pere Marquette 18

On September 10, 1910, Pere Marquette 18 was bound for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from Ludington, Michigan, with a load of 29 railroad freight cars and sixty two persons aboard. Near midnight, the vessel began to take on massive amounts of water. The captain dumped nine railroad cars into Lake Michigan, but there was no use—the ship was going down. The Pere Marquette 17, traveling nearby, picked up the distress call and sped to assist the foundering vessel. Soon after they arrived, and before the Pere Marquette 17 could come alongside, the Pere Marquette 18 plunged to the bottom of Lake Michigan with the loss of 28 lives; there were 33 survivors.

Yes, the Pere Marquette also has a rich railroad history in Michigan.

Miles of Dunes

One thing I enjoy about the Ludington area is that on one side of M-116 there is Lake Michigan with miles of swimming beach and on the other side there are miles of sand dunes to explore. My friend Ben and I enjoy hiking the dunes at least once a week in the summer time. Hikes in the fall are even better as the sand doesn’t tend to be as hot. I always take a compass with me because it would be quite easy to get lost in this area.

There are literally hundeds of dunes along M-116 on the east side and there are dips and turns that are fun to explore. These days there are also some bears that one might run into so be careful out there.

Ben likes to get photographs off the big dunes and then paste them all over his den. I like to put them on here instead for all to enjoy. At Ben’s place he and his dog Porky are the only ones to enjoy his dune experiences. Ben actually owns a dune buggy and he uses it on the dunes farther north.

Some day soon I plan to go to Silver Lake, Michigan, with him and use that o’le buggy of his and see what that’s like. I will have my insurance updated by then too just in case. In Michigan one never runs out of dune country to explore.

Lighthouse in Peril

Over the years, its taken a licking but keeps on ticking! No, I’m not talking about a watch but rather the Ludington Lighthouse. Sure, its gone through a few coats of paint however this lighthouse takes such a pounding each years its a wonder its still standing. Can you tell what season its taking a licking in today?

Can you imagine spending a night in that lighthouse during a storm such as this one? You’d be safe enough as no water yet has knocked it from its foundation but nightmares would abound in the nights following and that I am sure of. The pounding it takes during storms is incredible. Can you even think of how that water would sound on the inside of that structure for an entire night?

Or if you could glance out a window at that stormy sea and watch as the waves crash against it? What a night that would be!

The Pere Marquette Shrine

One of the little known areas in Ludington is the Pere Marquette Shrine. Even though I’m in this area quite a bit, I never knew about it until my wife Darlene insisted that we visit this area. There is a rather long staircase leading up to the shrine and here is some information I found on the Internet about it.

Pere Jacques Marquette was a Jesuit Missionary and explorer who was
born at Laon, France June , 1637. He died at this site May 18, 1675.
He came as a missionary to Quebec Sept. 20, 1666, learning the Indian languages and customs. In 1668 he founded the first mission at Sault Ste. Marie. Working among and Christianizing the Indians around the Straits of Mackinac. June 17, 1673, with Louis Joliet, he discovered the upper Mississippi, then the river of mystery. They explored the Mississippi south to the mouth of the Arkansas.

Endeavoring to found a mission among the Illinois Indians, he spent the winter of 1674 and ’75 on the banks of the Chicago River.
Due to impaired health, he was returning to St. Ignace via the east shore of Lake Michigan when his condition worsened and he died at this location.

Two years later an Indian cortege came from St. Ignace, taking his remains back for burial. The shrine itself was erected in 1955 by the Pere Marquette Memorial Association and dedicated on July 23, 1955. A public park now surrounds the shrine.

To me, it was more impressive than I had first thought possible. It was well worth the time to visit it.

M-116 Private Lake Michigan Beach

Darlene and I swam yesterday at Lake Michigan just a few yards off M-116 which is the highway that runs between Ludington and Hamlin Dam. Each time I swim I like to pick out a new section to swim in and since there is a 7.1 mile area to choose from, I won’t be running out until my move to Indiana in September.

I’ll miss Lake Michigan most of all because it can’t be replicated. Your vista of the waters is neverending. I think I’ve said it before but this year it seems the lake has gone up from years past as there is less shoreline between the lake and the dunes than before.

Darlene and I brought along a couple of inner tubes to bob up and down on. It was a fairly wavy day so we got the best of what Lake Michigan has to offer. Darlene lasted only about twenty minutes and then left the lake to sun on the beach. When I come to the lake, I come to use it be it for jogging or swimming. I’ve even tried my hand at kayaking the lake but I won’t go into that dismal failure any time soon. Let’s just say that kayaks were made more for Michigan rivers than this grand lake.

And what about this view? Maybe I could bottle it when I move to Indiana?

Scottville Park


On Sunday my wife and I like to visit the Scottville, Michigan, park at least twice a month for a picnic. Fried Chicken is the usual fare along with potato salad, cole slaw, and iced tea. If I’m extemely lucky there are some brownies in there as well. I like this park because it is so serene and beautiful. During the early summer storms picnics would have had to been underwater as the park was swamped.

Scottville itself is a small town but long on charm. I consider it my home town even though I live about five miles away. My wife was raised even closer to town than I was. To me there is no greater state than Michigan and I have lived here all my life. There is always something to do in this locale be it swimming, hiking, hunting, biking, and, oh yes, picnics/

My wife likes wading in the river while I fish. She is allergic to hooks so she stays well away from my fishing line. I wear waders so I can get into the river and get a better feel for what I am doing. The one draw back to catching the fish is that I also have to clean them as my wife was never geared to do something like that. She’ll cook and eat them but not clean them. What would we ever do without this park on Sunday?

By the way, even in the fall while the weather is still nice, I take my wife here to picnic on Sunday even if the Detroit Lions are playing. I think my wife catches more passes than they do.

Ludington Ferry Boat Aerial Map to Lake Michigan

With this aerial map it is quite easy to ascertain the location of the Ludington Ferry Boat Docks and the course they travel to Lake Michigan. Tourists can gain a great vantage point to watch these large ferry boats leaving Ludington Harbor almost anywhere along this route.

My favorite, however, is on the breakwater quite close to the Lighthouse as you can almost reach out and touch those boats as you are that close to them. I wouldn’t recommend that vantage point in inclement weather as the waves crash against that breakwater making that venue quite dangerous.

The best vantae point of all is to be on one of those ferry boats heading off to the State of Wisconsin, which I would heartily recommend to all.

Hectic Moving Day


As per this house moving, I’m reminded of the old Jackie Gleason Show called The Honeymooners. Once Ralph told Ed, “When you see me coming get on the other side of the street”. To which Norton replied, “When you come down the street, there IS no other side!”

That is the case with this house moving so cars going the opposite direction are going to have to find a way around this massive project. And if you hate traffic jams, you don’t want to be following this turtle by any means. At least the owner saved himself the trouble of hiring a moving van.

Ever Stormy Lake Michigan

This would NOT be a good day to take a walk out to the Ludington Lighthouse at Lake Michigan as the waves are pounding the breakwater. It IS a good day to view the full fury of Lake Michigan and this post will attempt to drive home that point to you with a few pictures of this very same area.

Again the waves are literally pounding the breakwater. I have seen large boats washed up on this breakwater at times from those that are ever so foolish to attempt the lake at this time. I like to jog along the shoreline of Lake Michigan at these times but must confess that at times the wind sets the sand to fly and it is biting against the face.

I have even seen fishermen dare fate and walk onto this breakwater in high seas. The only thing they catch is stupidity for so doing.

This storm typifies what I am talking about. Just look at the force of those waves against the lighthouse and how high they are? If you look closely at this wave just to the left of the lighthouse you can almost visualize one eye of a wolf with the rest of his body colored black.

Great storms to watch but only on shore. Thoughts?

M-116 Trails of Sand and Trees

Aside from running along the shores of Lake Michigan, I like to do what few others do and that is take walks to the east of M-116. Most people park their cars along M-116 and head for their own private beach but I like to go the other way at times and explore the sand and trees that seem to go on forever.

Between Ludington and Hamlin Dam is a 7 mile stretch of M-116 where this can be done. I always like to keep Lake Michigan in view as a bearing to where I am as one could get lost in this wasteland quite easily especially when going up and down dunes.

After a great deal of hiking and exploring I then like to also head into Lake Michigan for a refreshing swim before returning home. Even today it is possible to run into a bear in that area as they have returned to the Ludington area so to be on the safe side, I always take my two huskie dogs with me when hiking that area. Besides, Frick and Frack enjoy it almost as much as I do.

The L-O-N-G Hike Out to the Ludington Breakwater

I’ve provided you with a great many “looks” at the Ludington Breakwater in stormy seas, but this one in particular shows you how wide this breakwater is. You could almost drive a jeep down it. This portion is just after the turn due west. It is quite a hike but not so long in calm waters.

The trick is navigating this piece of cement during choppy seas. I don’t even try it in high waves as some do to their own peril. Water then is splashed across this breakwater with almost every passing wave.

There are large rocks to each side of this breakwater and diving off it is restricted even though some do anyway. In high surf some boats have even found themselves stuck on this breakwater almost as if they were using it as a springboard to get to the other side. There are some pictures of that elsewhere on BBL and Beyond.

I just marvel at the length of this breakwater which takes you to the very end of Ludington Harbor and is the last vantage point to bid farewell to ferry boats leaving the harbor.

Jaywalking Bear

I’ve always thouht that jaywalking in a city is rather a silly offense. Yet there are many police officers that ticket just such a crime. But, I’d like to see the cop that would try something with THIS offender! He would get the bear facts of life rather quick. No, you’d just to ignore such an offense by a bear. Say? Maybe that’s the ticket in the city? If one were to wear a bear rug in the winter, they could jaywalk to their hearts content. That is until an over zealous police officer started pumping lead into you!

In the country, though, that’s not liable to happen. Can you imagine how a Barney Fife police officer might handle this in the Manistee National Forest? All I have to say is that he’d better have more than one bullet in his revolver! In my opinion, let a bear jaywalk all he wants!

The Reynolds Cottage and Land

The cottage you see in the distance is the Reynolds homestead. Darlene and I have lived here for almost thirty years and our property begins at the fence line. This access road drifts around our land and to two other cottages before it ends in a dead end circular drive. It is located northeast of Scottville, Michigan, but its precise location will remain a secret because, unlike Dave Norris’s former family property, this one is still ours and I don’t want a lot of people searching for where we live.

Darlene and I live here with our two huskies, Frick and Frack. I had to put up a fence due to the intrusion of snowmobilers on our land and four wheel vehicles which sometimes took the shortcut around our land by going through it. The fenced in area contains Darlene’s beloved vegetable and flower garden. Just behind our cottage is our modest orchard with both apple and cherry trees and a long vine of grapes.

Our home has a wonderful kitchen for Darlene to cook her marvelous home made pies plus a large dining area and living room complete with a fireplace, a necessity in Michigan. The upstairs consists of a loft bedroom for the two of us. Each of us have our own den for our private work.

My good friend Ben lives just a half mile past us and the two of us have taken many a canoe trip on the area rivers. Since the state of Michigan does not plow our road in the winter it made sense to purchase two snowmobiles which we use for our vehicle of choice throughout most of the winter. Since Dave has shown you his former property, I thought an apt Christmas gift to all of you would be to learn a little about our digs. Merry Chistmas!

The Towering Inferno

Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires

I know now why Mike Reynolds and Dave Norris love the Manistee National Forest so much. Dave told me that the word Manistee means “Spirit of the Woods” so I hope that this Montana / Michigan connection never occurs in the Manistee National Forest.

That is why it is IMPERATIVE that you observe all safety rules when building a fire within that forest or any forest for that matter. Smokey the Bear is right. “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” The picture above is downright scary especially so for those helpless animals that seem destined to die in that fire.

Keep this image in mind as you prepare for the coming summer camping season.

Swimming in the Waves of Lake Michigan


There is absolutely nothing in this world that can top swimming in the waves of Lake Michigan as I have been doing it for years. I live within 15 miles of Ludington, Michigan, and so have easy access to the lake. Yes, I am also one of those nuts that swims in the dead of winter at the local Polar Bears Club although I must confess that I don’t look as forward to that as I do my summer swims.

I especially enjoy swimming on windy days as that is when the waves are at their peak and you can even get in some body surfing. The best time for swimming in Lake Michigan, in my humble opinion,is between June 15 to Labor Day and even a little later in some years. I’ve ever surf boarded a few times in really great waves and there is nothing like that at all.

In Ludington one has the chance to select his own stretch of beach because there is nearly seven miles of it so one can almost get as private a spot as they desire. I also jet ski on occassion but usually on Round Lake which I prefer over that of Lake Michigan. The water is my hobby and I love every minute of it.

What A Revolting Development This Is!

Now, I expect to see cottages popping up on the many lakes that make up this region, but I begin to draw the line with the multitude of homes going up on the banks of the Little Manistee River. True wilderness areas are giving way to these cottages and i don’t like it one bit. It’s just that you can’t seem to go for more than a mile at a time to see the wilderness giving way to civilization.

I don’t mind those cabins up atop a hill but right on the river itself?  Pretty soon the rivers of the Manistee National Forest will be cottage to cottage just like the lakes are already.  So where does one go to get away from the cities?  The only remote places will be within the deepness of the forest. 

Some call this getting back to nature but I would say why not a tent instead of a cottage?  Yes, William Bendix of The Life of Riley no longer has a patent on his immortal line  What a Revolting Development This Is! 

A New Badger

It’s almost time for the Badger Ferry Boat to begin crossing Lake Michigan again with cars a plenty however it won’t be this particular Badger. This Badger only crosses streets and avenues. It is used in parades and for special promotions.

One has to wonder about the name for this Michigan ferry boat. Badger? That sounds like something from Wisconsin? Maybe a new ferry boat could be named Wolverine or an existing boat renamed that? That has more of a Michigan feel to it. Now I don’t want to appear to be “badgering” the ferry boat industry with this sort of thing, but Badger, like it or not, does not represent Michigan well.

You know, even The Spartan would make a difference!

Scottville Clown Marching Band


Even though I don’t live directly in Scottville, my wife and I consider that our local town and are quite proud that the Scottville Clown Band is in our community as it puts Scottville, Michigan, on the map. The Clown Band has been at it since 1903 which is a considerable timeframe. Largely, the Clown Band performs in the State of Michigan.

Scottsville, itself, is located in Mason County and is the little sister of Ludington, the beach resort town some ten miles to the west. The town has about 1,200 residents but, of the band, only about 40 live in this area.

The band is made up of just about every profession that you can name and they come from all over the country and that speaks well of Scottsville. Other states that have members in our Clown Band are Florida (the winter state of Michigan), North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Kansas, New York, California, and Texas. That’s some distance to travel for some of those states! Can you imagine the travel aspects in regard to the band practice schedule?

If you’re ever in the Scottsville area look up more information on the Clown Band and, if you’re lucky, they may even be marching in a parade that very day in Scottville!

A Classic Location to Live

Not that I’m not satisfied with my current home near Scottville, Michigan, but I’m always looking for that certain place within the Manistee National Forest to build my dream house. And this piece of land is on my high list. Of course, after this extremely hot summer, those fall leaves appear refreshing to say the least.

The actual house itself is not all that important to me but the land is. Darlene wants the house to be perfect but I need for the land to be that way. I need to build near water and it can either be a lake or river. I’ve always dreamed of stepping out my front door and being able to cast my rod into water within fifty feet. I revel in fishing on dry land. In that way your feet are always secure and fishing can be enjoyed it the maximum.

Well, this place will certainly be added to my number one list. The great thing is that within the confines of this national forest there are always better locales to come around the next bend. I’ll be keeping you posted on my progress.

The “Smoothing” of the Roads

How do you take a rough cob road like this and make it a smooth ride for ORV’s?

The Irons Area Tourist Association grooms 120 Miles of Snowmobile trails around the Irons area. These trails are groomed by a fleet of 3 John Deere Tractors by a group of dedicated and selfless volunteers.  Many people don’t know that 40 miles of groomed trail requires 8 to 10 hours of seat time by an unpaid volunteer. So please, if you see a groomer while you are riding, give them the “thumbs up” sign to show them that you are thankful for their efforts.

What a great program to have to smooth out those rough roads!

This Would NOT Be The Best Time For A Dip In Lake Michigan

Help From Heaven

For anyone with a desire to swim in Lake Michigan on this particular day would really need to hear a copy of Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life and Set Me Free” cause you will be set free to your eternal reward. Can you imagine the electrical impact that type of lightning would have on your person? “Like a Bolt out of the Blue” would be your swan song.

As for me I can wait another day to swim in Lake Michigan. On the other hand, if I stick around long enough, just imagine how many fried fish might float up to the surface and then I can tell my wife what a great fisherman I am. Nah, she already knows that. If I brought home too many she just might kill me. Of course, I’d be the one that would have to clean them all cause she doesn’t do that but I think I told you that before.

You know the only one that would take a dip in Lake Michigan under these conditions would be just that- A Dip!

Jogging Stairs at Sauble Lake

I’m always ready for a good jog before a swim. I can see myself running down these stairs and onto that pier before taking a big dive into this Sauble Lake. Refreshing! And after a good swim I face the challenge of going back up those stairs.

For some reason climbing stars is not as fun as going down them.  Now, I know its good to maintain leg strength and maybe if I did this ten to twenty times a day I’d be in far better shape than I’m in now.  Better still, perhaps I could put in an escalator going up?  Yes, I like that idea. 

I just wonder how cost efficient I could make that?

Enjoying the Sauble Lakes

I’ve often been asked which is my favorite of the Sauble Lakes and I would have to say the one that was the farthest away from civilization.  I have always enjoyed privacyToo many other lakes today are almost house to house to house.  I like those lakes that have some measure of distance between homes. 

And, as I earlier promised, there will be more of a focus in the future on the Sauble Lakes as today you will have two posts on them.  I also enjoy a lake where speedboats are not permitted.  Then I can take either a rowboat, kayak, or paddle boat out on the lake without a fear of being swamped by the huge wake of a speedboat.

Each of the Sauble Lakes can be reached via a channel much like the one between Big and Little Bass Lakes.  Without a motor I wonder how feasible it would be to take in all the Sauble Lakes in one day?  I would even be interested in locating the headwaters of the Big Sauble River which connects with one of the Sauble chain of lakes. 

But there is more to these lakes than meets the eye as you will learn this afternoon.