Here we have a family having fun in the water at Big Bass Lake with the haunted island in the background. So, why did the swimmer cross the lake? Why, to get to the other slide (which you can see in the distance on haunted island).
The kids here seem to be having a great time in the refreshing waters of Big Bass Lake. Not unlike the kids I brought up to that area with my boys club trips but our camping spot was in the distance to the left of haunted island.
In the 1970’s the majority of our drinking water was taken from the lake along with a few helazone tablets (water purification). I’m not sure that could be done today with the number of speedboats in the lake.
At any rate, Big Bass Lake is an excellent place to swim as these people could well attest.
Many times on our boys club trips we took out the rowboat and gave the kids turns rowing. They enjoyed early morning and late evening rows around the southwest portion of the lake and sometimes even into the southeast area, for that is when they wanted to visit the Big Bass Lake Store. On those times they would enjoy manuvering under the bridge that led to the Big Island.
Other times a couple of the Hoffman Estates boys would take the boat out to fish near our wooded beachfront. Using cheeseballs for bait they would usually land a few and then fish would be on the menu that day. After cleaning the fish and then putting them into a frypan they always tasted sweet to the boys for they did it all themselves.
Any meal that they earned and prepared made them feel more like real pioneers. About a third of their meal preparation for each trip was based on what they caught or picked.
Rowing around Big Bass Lake was also special for them as they enjoyed the peaceful nature of the lake in the early morning or late day. Sometimes they even went out in late evening before going to bed.