Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bass River Recreation Area

2012 01 17  We parked at the end of North Cedar Drive, it was cold, windy, and raining, so we geared up for the weather.  The lake was covered in ice except the edges, we found rocks on the shore.  This place was a gravel pit. 
 View of Bass Lake from the parking area

On Bing maps I had seen a peninsula of land going out a long way into Bass Lake. Some people call this Max Lake, but since it is Bass River Recreation Area, I'm calling it Bass Lake.
 That's where I want to go, upper right hand side of the photo.
 Broken ice along the shore, no we are not walking on the ice.

The pink line is where we walked. 


There's the peninsula.  We are getting closer.


Once we were on the peninsula it wasn't easy going, there were willows, logs, cattails and very muddy places.  We found several rocky beaches and rocks galore.  We soon had our pockets full of rocks, I found a nice Petoskey Stone.  Marie found one that she thinks might be a Pudding Stone.  We found lots of rocks with fossils.  

We tried to get to the point of the peninsula but the water was too deep. We decided to turn back, the rain had stopped but the wind got stronger and ice pellets were stinging our faces, ow. We could see the car parked across the lake, it looked very far away over the wide expanse of gray watery ice.


 Looking across the ice from the peninsula to the parking area.

We walked at a steady pace back to the car and even though it looked far away it didn't seem long before we were warm inside with the heater going.

Going home.  Another fun, exciting, and wet day.

Bass River Recreation Area, a 1,665-acre site, consists of open meadows, open brush land, mature hardwoods, small ponds and 300-acre Max Lake. It has approximately three miles of frontage on the Grand River. The park is used primarily for boating, hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding, fishing.  Owned by the state of Michigan.

8 comments:

New Hampshire Gardener said...

I used to be a rock and mineral collector and still have boxes full, but have never heard of a petoskey stone. Great find.

flowerdave said...

thanks for posting the map of where you walked it helped to visualize the trek. winter hiking can be very fulfilling to the soul. i have been getting out at least once a week but my camera has bit the dust so no pics.

Plants Amaze Me said...

New Hampshire Gardener, thanks for stopping by my blog. No pretty flowers this time of year, but plenty of things to keep my interest. :)
I didn't take a picture of the Petoskey stone. It is Michigan's state stone. Here is a site to check out Petoskey Stones.

http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3311_4112_32722-112290--,00.html

Thanks again

Plants Amaze Me said...

Hey flowerdave, good to hear from you. Yes I like walking in the winter, but no wildflowers to see. It is usually quieter and there are less people out, I like that part of winter.
Too bad about your camera. I had to get a new one last year, just $100 at Walmart, Canon point and shoot.
Thanks for the visit to the blog. :)

kayak1 said...

Anytime with nature is Great...

Kayaking this area is great also...

Plants Amaze Me said...

kayak1, Hi, Mike said you guys kayaked around this point, probably was easier than walking there.
It is great to get outside, spring will be here before we know it. Thanks for visiting the blog. :)

Anonymous said...

You even make a gray day exciting.
Thanks, M :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pictures, Ladies! It is great to get out in the winter. This one has been a mild one
MJ