LAKE HAMLIN | LUDINGTON, MI
A New England Style Mid-Autumn Experience.
I pass underneath the low bridge where a thick fog reveals a beautiful scenic lake. The scene is typical of a New England mid-autumn and makes for a wonderful surprise. The fog is so thick I turn on my portable LED strobe to make sure others can see me. I discover, being so early in the morning, I have the lake all to myself.
With barely a breeze there isn't even a ripple on the water. Other than the sound of my paddle breaking the lake's flat surface. The area is ghostly silent. At a slow pace I continue on and marvel at the lake's abundant beauty. To my right I spot several deer at water's edge. Without worry they simply watch as I glide by.
Around each slight bend is another beautiful fog covered view. I hear the sound of rapids ahead. A while later I recognize the sound as water beneath a dam.
As I approach this small lake dam I consider taking the portage found on the west side. But, I’m too tired and with the threat of rain, I decide it’s best to turn around and make my way back. Although I have just paddled this section, as I return I continue to be awed by Lake Hamlin's beauty.
After pulling up my kayak up to the State Park Beach parking lot and stage my gear, I walk into an impressive large and spacious park building where I am greeted by a pair of kind park rangers.
A little later and with little warning, the first rain shower pounds the park. There appears to be a not-so-small river pouring off the roof. The sudden burst of wind and volume of water is so great it is almost scary. In the back of my mind, I wonder, "What would I have done if I were to have been caught in such a heavy rain while out on Lake Michigan?”
I have often heard, “There are a thousand angels looking over you.” No doubt.
Paddling our Major Tributaries
• Rum River 2017
• Rum River 2019
• Cannon River
• Superior Bay
• Upper St. Croix
• Headwaters of the Mississippi
• Namekagon River
• Kalamazoo River
Top Stops and Events
• Lower St. Croix - Taylors Falls, MN
• Lake Pepin and Lake City, MN
• Lake Hamlin, MI
• St. Paul, MN and Raspberry Island
• Stillwater, MN
• Tall Ships Duluth Festival
Subjects of Interest
• The Joy of the Journey
• Overhanging Branches
• Best of All It's Fall
• Get Off the River!
• Michigan's Prized Grand River
• Crossing Lake Huron
• Straits of Mackinac
• Crossing Lake Michigan #1 - 2016
• Crossing Lake Michigan #2 - 7.24.20
• Crossing Lake Michigan #3 - 6.11.21
• Crossing Lake Michigan #4 - 6.27.21
• Crossing Lake Michigan #5 - 7.13.21
• Crossing Lake Superior - 2017
• Campus to Coast - A 150 Mile Race
• Paddling the Pere Marquette
• ABC NEWS: Avid Kayaker Brushes Death
• The Whole Story
• A Narrow Escape
• A Wonderful Journey
• More about Mike Stout
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