Monday, September 7, 2009
My family has a vacation place in Northern Wisconsin. It's a great place to get away and relax around the campfire or on the lake. The "lake" is actually a flowage that was created when they built a damn on the Peshtigo river. So all of the land surrounding the flowage was owned by the power company, so no one was allowed to build on the land. The land has since been sold to the state, but the rule still applies about building on the land. I think it's great to boat around on the flowage and see natural shoreline. There are wild roses, blackberries, blueberries, gentian, and all kinds of water and bog plants along the shoreline. There is also a lot of wildlife on the flowage including eagles, herons, loons, otters, turtles, beavers, etc. Obviously, the flowage is not totally undisturbed since there are speedboats, waterskiers, etc zooming across it, but it's certainly a breath of fresh air to be out water and see a shoreline instead of a series of cottages and boat docks.