Ingall Lake - June 11, 2009
I finally had the chance to go kayaking for the first time this season. I decided to check out a new-to-me lake: Ingoll Lake which is about 28 kms from Dryden. The lake is long and narrow so I can see that it could get pretty rough if the wind is just right.
This lake does not have any camps or beaches on it so unless you're sharing the lake with other boaters, you're pretty much alone. While on the lake I didn't hear any cars, trains or people until I was on my way back when a float plane flew overhead a couple times. My guess it took off from Dor Lake.
I didn't see any beavers but I did see at least 6 beaver lodges. Lots of birds singing (the only sound I heard) so it was nice and peaceful. When I first started out, the surface of the lake was so smooth/calm, that you couldn't tell when the shore ended and the water started.
The weather kept promising some rain but it held off until an hour later when I decided it was time to turn back, that's when a bit of a sprinkle started. It didn't last long but it started up again when I got back to the boat launch.
On my way back to the put-in, I saw a fairly large turtle on the shore who must have not liked me around as it headed for the water. I was able to get about 10 feet from a couple of black birds with purple throats and heads. I was surprised they let me get so close.
This was the first time I've been on this lake but I doubt it will be my last. Maybe next time I'll have the time to go right to the other end. Pickerel Lake is pretty close to this lake, only a couple more km's up the road so I'll have to check that one out soon as well.