The pond offers waterfowl, eagles, hawks, foxes, turtles, and an enticing island. Don’t miss this little gem! Driving down the steep, tree-tunneled, potholed road to the lake for the first time, I came around the last bend and slammed on the brakes. An island jutted out of the water a couple of hundred yards off the sunlit dirt-and-stone ramp ahead. I couldn’t wait to get my kayak into the water. There’s something about exploring islands that has always held a special fascination for me. Islands not only provide more shoreline to explore, but also visually break up a lake’s surface, creating a feeling of adventure and exploration. At the sound of my car creeping toward the ramp, a female mallard, 10 feet away, quickly escorted her brood toward dense shrubs farther along the edge; I had disturbed their tranquil swim.
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