10,000, no….11,000………

Lakes, here, in Minnesota BUT they are “scarce as hen’s teeth” in the southeast corner (30 miles West of WI and about the same North of IA)!! We moved from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area 39 years ago and our kids grew up using cow-ponds as swimming holes. The Twin Cities are “riddled” with beautiful lakes and parks. And here……we have the Mississippi River (which, also, is part of the Metro area but was taboo, as in ‘never swim in it’). In the years since we left, environmental laws have cleaned up the river waters a lot and in the La Crosse, WI, area, river recreation is big business! All that being said to set the scene for our weekend a couple days ago. On Saturday we donned our swimsuits, filled our coolers hopped in DS’s beautiful boat and headed out on the river for the day. The ‘traffic’ on the river was minimal. Pleasure craft are mandated to yield to shipping traffic (large ‘rafts’ of huge  barges secured together in groups of 9+…..being pushed up, or down, stream). We headed to, what is known as, “Crater Island”. There are many of these created sand craters up and down the river for the use of water/boating enthusiasts.002  The above photo was taken shortly after arriving (not many boats……yet!). The inlet is in the upper left, leading to the main river channel and all the traffic and rapid river current. The waters are calm, but deep (17-20 feet), and safe from the commercial vessels. These craters are formed from the huge amounts of sand that the Army Corps of Engineers dredge from the shipping lanes in order to maintain the depth necessary for barge traffic. Last year the water area in this crater was much larger, but, due to the low water/drought, the dredging was non-stop and produced high amounts of sand which reduced the open water area a lot.                                                                                          As the day goes on, the beach area fills until one would be able to walk from boat to boat around the perimeter and not touch the shore sand!!!005  In our little corner, we were next to a friends’ pontoon and had another boat and pontoon tied (rafted) to us because there was no more shore space!007  Yes, that’s “yours truly” and those legs are not mine! They belong to my DIL who decided a little nap/sunning was in order! If you could see the main channel at this point (just outside the crater’s entrance), you would see various vessels waiting for boats to leave so they might grab a spot.  This day, there was a fella, with some type of “contraption” attached to his feet that was tethered to such a water craft by  large  white tubing. They were ‘shoes’ of a sort that had high pressure water pushing out with such downward force that he could perform these types of antics!………010011017018  Creative minds never cease to amaze me!!!!003  This last picture is from the top of the sand dune (above our beached spot) looking out to the main river channel towards, what is called, Lawrence Lake. A totally gorgeous day….temps in the low/mid 80s F, delightful breezes and high cumulous clouds. Ahhhhhh, weekends are made for this!!!! Til next time………


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A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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21 Responses to 10,000, no….11,000………

  1. Jeanne says:

    What an absolutely wonderful summer day! Days like this are the ones to remember when February weather gets a little bad!

  2. I never knew that places like this existed along the Mississippi in southeastern Minnesota. Is this a local secret? I cannot believe all of the people here. Is it like one big party because that seems like what it may be? And, wow, those shoes are unbelievable.

    I would have believed those were your legs if you hadn’t told us otherwise.

    Very interesting post. I just learning something new about se MN. I also grew up in a region without lakes. That would be Redwood County in sw MN.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Until we moved here, I thought MN had all those lakes scattered somewhat evenly throughout!!!! Wrong!! These “crater” mounds of dredgings are found in the narrower miles of the river. Once the river widens out (below the last lock/dam near St. Louis) I’ve not heard of them. It does become a big party…..people pitch tents (& spend the overnight), bring grills (LP or charcoal), build fires, etc. You do get to know those in the immediate vicinity! You really have to get there early on holidays/long weekends…..like mid-morning! Quite the ‘deal’!

  3. Karen says:

    looks like you are having fun – too busy for me! and I’m not a water person but I’m sure people who like water had fun 🙂

    • treadlemusic says:

      Being from an area that centers on time spent at lakes or pools, we have always done the “water thing”. Vacations were taken in the northern areas of this state which have hundreds of lakes!

  4. Thanks for sharing! I love seeing all the various corners of our world! I had no idea that this was around the Mississippi River system 🙂 Looks like a good use of the sand dredged out of the shipping lanes.

    • treadlemusic says:

      It is awesome!!!!! And the best part is it isn’t very far from home so we go to the river every weekend and some days in between!! One of the perks of being retired! hehe!

  5. That is a LOT of boats! Our little town in MN summer resort country claims to have 90 of those 10,000+ lakes within a 10 mile radius… our cool weather lately is really putting a damper on lake activities however.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I totally ‘hear ya’ on that cooler weather thing. Today, however, is more like summer (mid 80s) of course there are storms tonight and much cooler tomorrow. ‘Tis summer! The Twin Cities has so many lakes! We spent hours on our bicycles riding the lake paths and swimming. I do prefer not to swim in the river (left over from growing up and the river was a dumping place for much unpleasantness!).

  6. That’s a huge number of lakes!! Is there any dry land in that state??!! Looks like a fun weekend!

  7. Jen says:

    Looks like a fun time. I enjoyed reading about your weekend. Can’t wait till your next adventure.

  8. witchylin says:

    What a lovely way to spend a sunny day. I’d love to try those water boots. Should think it would be great fun. Thank you for sharing those fabulous pictures.

    • treadlemusic says:

      The fella exhausted me just watching him!! He kept going for such a long time!!! We weren’t sure if this was something that they were selling or renting time on or what. I would think it would be very physically demanding! But fun!

  9. Karen says:

    Woohoo! Looks like a great day in Paradise! And those water shoes…what is up with those… Have to fine us some! Thanks for sharing !


  10. What a wonderful day that must have been! Wow that guy with the funky boots is really amazing!

  11. Nice legs! LOL. Looks like a great time. That contraption is amazing!

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