No, this isn’t Polar Bear skinny dipping at the Big Bass Lake Public Landing unrehearsed. It’s the ice rescue squad getting in some timely practice. They make our foolishness and carelessness their top priority In what can be catastrophic situations. BE carful on ice or you may well be needing their services.  


Aerial View of Public Landing

this is an aerial shot of the entrance to the public landing on Big Bass Lake. The other Road you see is Big Bass Lake Road. About a tenth of a mile from that position is the entrance to our family farm on the same side of the road. The public landing is the busiest between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It’s located on the extreme Southwest portion of the lake.

Winter at Big Bass Lake

It won’t be much longer until scenes like this replace the wintery waterscape of Big Bass Lake and snowmobiles will be stored away and speed boats dotting the lake again. Yes, the Big Bass Lake Public Landing will soon be bristling with boat trailers unloading their water craft for yet another season of fun and frolic on the waters of Big Bass Lake.

Yet winter on the lake does have its charm. Soon, though, the ice will be melting and before the big boats hit the water again there will be a time for rowboaters to have the lake to themselves. Come Memorial Day weekend that will all change but until then rowboaters and kayaks will have their day in the sun upon the lake.

Before the big boats return, docks will have to be reinstalled on the waterfront and other work done of boats to get them ready for the long summer ahead. Does anyone know about what time the ice does melt on Big Bass Lake?

Visiting the Big Bass Lake Public Landing

This is the road leading into the public landing from Big Bass Lake Road. As you can see, there is a new area being developed. Perhaps a gasoline pump as I have been advocating for some time. Or maybe a worm station so people don’t have to dig for their own. Only time will tell what actually goes into this clearing. Maybe even more expanded parking is in order?

By the way, Mike Elsner provided us with these two photographs of the public landing and this picture shows you the actual place to unload boats into Big Bass Lake. Also in view is a section of the Haunted Island to your right.

Our old wooded beachfront was almost directly across from the public landing about a half mile away. The landing is largely in use from Memorial Day through Labor Day although it is also used at other times of the year when it is much less busy.

Who Needs The Public Landing?

Some residents on the north side of Big Bass Lake really don’t need the public landing anymore as they have a road that leads right beside the lake for easy access to deposit their boats on the lake. Most of the lake has hillsides that make that ability quite difficult without massive landscaping to correct that problem.

Given the two options, I would rather have a grassy tree lined hillside leading down to my pier as our property was much like that on the southwest corner of the lake. Our cottage was situated on top of the hill overlooking the lake for a great vista of the lake. Five large windows were set in our dining area so that we could look upon Big Bass Lake while eating. Our hillside trees largely concealed the house from the lake.

However, for some, they don’t have to wait in line to get their boats into the lake when they have a lakeside road. Which do you prefer?

The BBL Public Landing

I remember the public landing at Big Bass Lake very well as it was adjacent to our property. On Memorial Day and Labor Day it was loud and noisy as quite a few boats entered the lake. On Labor Day it was just the reverse with boats being pulled out of the water. Our Cottage was almost invisible from the lake as a great many trees blocked The View. Many of those trees are now gone due to the selling of our land. But the public landing remains to this day. It is almost directly across the lake to our swimming beach. I still maintain that the state could make some extra money by putting a self-serve gasoline pump there. It has a great venue of the haunted island from The Landing.

Poll: Would BBL Be Better or Worse without the Public Landing?


I have a poll for you about the public landing on Big Bass Lake. Would the lake be better or worse without it? Leave your response in the form of a comment. Give any reasons to support your view. Thank you.

A Sinkhole Develops Near the Public Landing

Big Bass Lake now has their own sinkhole which has forced the closure of Big Bass Lake Road between the public landing and North Island View Lane which in the old days was known as the Noreika driveway. No details were given other than thesinkhole is about 30 Feet deep. The area recently had 10 inches of rain in eight hours.

What’s Next for BBL?

The South side of the lake features a bridge, a public landing, and three islands. The central part of the lake has two islands, a sunken island, and a channel to Little Bass Lake. Until now, the north side of the lake didn’t have much. With all the rain they now have a waterfall.Eat your heart out southern and central parts of BBL.

Aerial Public Landing

How about a view from above? This is the Big Bass Lake public landing. The month of May will be quite busy here. Every local resident will launch their Boat most likely from this location. Then you have all the boaters That arrives here strictly for vacation. They bring all sizes of boats and water skis. Aren’t you glad they have an outhouse there? Plenty of parking too. When will you be watching your boat Go into the lake This year?

Looking Toward the Public Landing on Big Bass Lake

This used to be the view that many of my boys club kids had from our wooded beachfront looking toward the Public Landing on the opposite side of the lake. About where you notice the covered wagon float on the right side of this photograph, taken by Mike Elsner, was our property which ran all the way to the landing on the southwest corner of the lake.

Memorial Day weekend will see the Big Bass Lake Public Landing do a brisk business as all the big boats will make their return to the lake.  Cars will be lined up throughout the landing ready to get their boats into the water.

As well, the wooded beachfront was also our family land and well beyond that. I used to love to row this section of the lake to our pier which was about a hundred yards further than where that covered wagon is located.

How things have changed though over the years as this lakefront property now has large homes on it all the way to the public landing. Where before stood large sections of trees or an open field has now been filled in with homes galore.

Yet after Labor Day things seem to settle down at Big Bass Lake where rowboats again to take dominance over that of speed boats on the lake. Not that far away now!