My final stop was Oshman’s Sporting Goods, where I bought a pair of hip waders. When I got home, I had to try them out, so I laced them up and headed to the lake.
After finding a ford across our channel, I wandered through the grass/marsh toward the upper end of the lake. What I found amazed me. There are nearly three acres of forested wetlands that remind me quite a bit of Beidler Forest. Unfortunately, there’s also quite a bit of trash that has washed down from roadsides, etc. I learned much about the stream and flow directions that feed our little lake, and I also learned that any attempt to dredge the lake back to it’s former shores would be totally useless.