Labor day Weekend.
We are blessed to have so many beautiful rivers and lakes nearby.
This location is exceptional in many ways.
Lower Nemahbin Lake to Crooked Lake
It is thought that the origin of the name Nemahbin is Potawatomie (Algonquin) meaning "sucker" fish or from Ojibwa (Chippewa) "namebin".
According to the DNR "Upper Nemahbin Lake is a 277 acre lake located in Waukesha County. It has a maximum depth of 60 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake's water is moderately clear."
Most parts we traveled on the lower lake of Nemahbin (and near the shore) are shallow with unbelievably clear water and sandy bottoms. In many places you can actually jump out of your boat and wade. "Seaweed", was never an issue like some places.
Water traffic primarily consisted of pontoon and small fishing boats, jet skis and non-motorized vessels.
We never found the channel for Crooked Lake. It might have been blocked by a growth of cattails. Nonetheless, adventure was plentiful.
We discovered a fantastic water trail that lead into a swampy area and then divided into narrow clearings like the one pictured above in the gallery (fishermen).
To break for casual dining, cross under the bridge from the lower lake and you'll find a "bare bone" eatery on the other side. They serve juicy burgers, roasted chicken and refreshments to enjoy on the waterfront lawn.
Preserving the Waterways
I visited with a lake homeowner who explained that they've been working on getting this waterway clean for many years. He told me that once they discontinued sewer dumping several years ago, things really began clearing up. The community stocks the lakes with fish.
Historian Stephen Ambrose observed that "in the 19th century, we devoted our best minds to exploring nature. In the 20th century, we devoted ourselves to controlling and harnessing it. In the 21st century, we must devote ourselves to restoring it."
...“All things whate’er they be
Have order among themselves, and this is form,
That makes the universe resemble God.
Here do the higher creatures see the footprints
Of the Eternal Power...."
Dante. Divine Comedy, Paradisio, Canto 1.
Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
"His growing popularity finally wooed Frances Appleton and in 1843, they were married. Together, they would have six children, although one died in infancy. They had a very happy family, which is reflected in his poetry. Their home was also the gathering place for his friends and prominent figures in literature at the time, including Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. His success allowed him to retire at the age of 47 and focus
on his writing and his family.
Although Longfellow continued to write, his output diminished in 1861 with the tragic passing of his wife. He began to focus much of his time on translating Dante’s Inferno. In 1867, he became the first American to publish a translation of this classic masterpiece." more
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