The Lake

DSC_0887LAKEFRONT LIVING:
With over 143 acres of crystal clear water – Lake Walloon is a place where you, your
children and grandchildren – will make memories forever.

Whether it is fishing, boating, kayaking, paddle boating or just relaxing on the beach – it is sure to be a place that you will call home.

We have a beautiful walking area around the lake with strategically placed park benches that are also ADA friendly. Walking, biking and running in a safe area all around the lake for individuals and families. In the wintertime, you can ice skate and enjoy winter sports on the lake.

We have had beautiful wildlife: pelicans, eagles and osprey visit us from time to time as well as deer in the common area.

LAKE WALLOON:
• Private beach area for gathered home owners
• Private beach area for townhome owners
• Walloon Lake approximately 143 acres
• Depth zero to 45 feet
• Clear water for swimming and diving…warm in summer months

THE FISHING:
Lake Walloon was used as a fishing club for over 20 years. It is stocked with a great variety of fish.

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• Crappies (12″ – 14″)
• Bluegills
• Striped Bass
• Tiger Musky
• Northern Perch
• Small Mouth Bass
• Walleye
• Catfish
• Large Mouth bass
• (6 – 8 lbs.) Carp

ELECTRIC BOATS:
• Boating allowed exclusively for residents with sail and/or   electric powered boats up to 18’9″  in length.

DSC_1056THE KISSING BRIDGE:
On a covered bridge, there’s always something romantic in the air… You stop to enjoy the view from a covered bridge. It’s quiet and protected in here – there’s something romantic in the air. He can’t be blamed if he steals a kiss, now can he?

Covered bridges are, of course, rare today – another disappearing artifact of our history. The Lakelands bridge crosses a channel between Walloon Lake, formerly a quarry, and an adjacent lagoon.

However, underneath its old-fashioned exterior, this is a thoroughly modern bridge, rated as it would be for any two-lane highway. The 45-inch-tall girders that stretch 64 feet to span the channel are laminated – that means they’re wood, but strips of wood glued together. The abutments for the 28-foot-wide bridge are concrete, and here and there is steel. The visible timbers up above and overhead are cut from single logs like traditional beams and columns. They create an intricate pattern overhead, under the two-inch thick cedar roof decking and shingles. The mortise (slot) and tenon (tongue) joints – some held together by honest to goodness oak pegs – were drilled in Bedford Park. And some of them are “blind” joints. That means a pocket is cut in the wood and does not go out the other side.

The opening between the roof and the floor is 14 feet tall to accommodate today’s fire-fighting equipment.

This height necessitated metal angle brackets that will be painted black to look like iron. They are needed to hold the bridge together because the winds can be pretty stiff on the 140-acre lake. Old bridges had wooden angle braces, but these cut across the opening and reduced the bridge’s head room to about 11 feet.

And there has to be clearance beneath the bridge so sailboats can pass under.

We enjoy this beautiful bridge, and hope that those that pass through The Lakelands enjoy it as well.

Part of an article written by Deborah Donovan
Daily Herald Real Estate Writer

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