Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bad Medicine Lake

Just a little ways north of us is a lake called Bad Medicine.  We drove up there one evening to scout out the public landing just incase Jen and Andy want to explore that lake someday.

Bad Medicine Lake

The landing is great, and Chance found the water very much to his liking!

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I have not been on this lake in years.  My Uncle Adolf and Aunt Lila took me fishing and for my first boat ride on this lake a long, long time ago.

Bad Medicine..are you wondering how it got it’s name?  Me too..I looked it up.  The Native Americans thought that a lake with no inlet and no outlet was a bad sign, they would not fish in the lake or hunt nearby.  The lake is spring fed, it is about 4 miles long and a half a mile wide..it covers about 750 acres.  It is fairly deep, it’s deepest point is 87 feet deep.  It is also called Lake of the Valley.

Now if I can remember all that info I can tell the grandboys all about the lake should we decided to go there some Sunday afternoon:)

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14 comments:

  1. I wrote about the Chuckanuts in my last post and mentioned that the word is a Native American word. I wonder what the lake would be named if you used their name? Anyway, I am glad to see Chance got a dunk.

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  2. Beautiful. I wonder why spring fed does not dispell the Bad Medicine theory.

    Chance approved...that's good enough for me.

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  3. i love knowing the stories behind names!

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  4. Hopefully you have a great memory, because mine is very bad and I would of written it down so I didn't forget it! Great story too!

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  5. Wonderful photos ! and gret info of the lake ! Have a wonderful day.

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  6. What a gorgeous lake! And such a cool name...

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  7. Last summer I experienced my first deep lake, similar to the one you describe. I found it a little scary, after growing up on a lake that was maybe 30 feet deep at its deepest. I LOVE your header. We saw lupines growing wild along the highway south of Hibbing last week; I don't remember ever seeing them there before.

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  8. As long as Chance approves it can't be too "bad"!

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  9. Beautiful! I love these little travels with you.

    Linda
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    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

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  10. Wonderful story and a beautiful place, Far Side. :)

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  11. Is it quite cold since it is spring fed? We used to swim in a place like that. It was so deep, the water almost looked black. It was scary if we thought about how deep it was but it was one of the best swimming holes in the area.

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  12. It may be Bad Medicine, but it's beautiful!

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  13. The history of Minnesota and Iowa is so very short when we think of it being Native American Land less than two hundred years ago. I like hearing the different stories of Minnesota. Lake Pokegama near Grand Rapids has an island that the Indians named Drumbeater because it trees made it looked like a drum. Our beach area and camp was actually an Indian village site and we could find bits of old pottery in the sand beach.

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