Family Journal July 11, 2021: Ottawa Lake

Nadia relaxing on the public beach on Ottawa Lake

One of my favorite places in Iron County is the Lake Ottawa Recreation Area. It is 5 miles southwest of Iron River and has kilometers of hiking/cross-country skiing trails, a deep undisturbed lake and there are several other lakes (Hagerman, Bass, Bennan). I’ve skied all the Ge Che trails many times in the winter and it has been awhile since I visited the park. It was a peaceful and warm Sunday afternoon so we drove out to the public beach. I took the boys (Oliver, Owen and Beau) on a hike up to the Orville Lind’s Bench, which is an overlook with views towards Lake Ottawa. We then went for a swim and the kids loved the steep drop-off, just beyond the swimming area. The lake has no cottages on it and has plenty of loons and wildlife.

We used to hold parties in high school and college at the old Ottawa Boat Landing. Many fond memories! We also held several school and family picnics through the years there. There is a nice softball field, playground and a volleyball court, or at least there used to be. I didn’t get over to the campground and those areas this time.

Oliver, Beau and Owen in front of Orville’s Bench Overlook

After we got back from the lake, we had a cookout. My brother Andy and Ocean grilled Angeli’s Italian sausages and hamburgers. Ocean was so cute learning how to grill from my brother. They bonded during our visit as both are fans of anime and science fiction.

Andy and Ocean at the grill in our backyard

I am appreciating the simpler things in life more as I get older and it was perfect summer day in my opinion.

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