One of our readers (Kevin) left us a comment in regard to our recent poll on what lake was one’s favorite and he suggested that Sauble Lake was because it had no public landing and thus had a minimum of speedboats on the lake. I remember those times on Big Bass Lake in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. After Frank Benish died, his family sold their land to the State of Michigan who in turn put the public landing on the southwest corner of Big Bass Lake.
At the time, our dock was the first one to the north of that landing and the landing itself was right next to our land. It was not only the noise that affected our family now but also the junk from the landing that was caught in a net cage under our dock that was frustrating. Add to that the constant flow of boats into Big Bass Lake from Memorial to Labor Day which turned the once peaceful waters of Big Bass Lake into a flurry of churning waves and noise.
In the 1970’s, I took many a trip to our wooded beachfront with several Boys Clubs of America groups and we used to drink the water from Big Bass Lake (along wth helazone tablets for purification) but that could no longer happen as the water is permeated with gasoline and oil. Once our public landing went in the purity of Big Bass Lake was lost.
I remember how the lake changed after Labor Day as I could take out our rowboat without being concerned about the wake from large boats knocking me ascunder. It was similar to what Kevin had alluded to in regard to Sauble Lake. In that light I hope that no public landing is ever installed at the Sauble Lakes. That scenerio is forever lost at Big Bass Lake as the boats coming in seem to be getting bigger and bigger with even more horsepower than ever before. Oh, for the return to much simplier tmes at the lake!