Erie Lake is a great place to see many of the birds that I have showcased here on my website. I see many kayaks, canoes and fishing boats of all types cruising the lake. Fishing must be good as there seem to be a lot of people doing this lately.
I have also noticed many more people out with their cameras, this is great news and I hope this continues. What a great way to share this jewel that we have in our backyard with friends.
One discouraging thing I have seen recently was a couple of fishermen out with a powerboat....really? On a tiny lake like this of less than 1 kilometre at its longest point? The disturbing thing is that they had no respect at all for the delicate habitat or others on the lake. The wake they created stirred up mud and I am sure disturbed nesting sites along the shore. The noise seemed deafening on this usually silent lake and the aftermath of blue smoke hanging in the air that eventually settled into the water was very disturbing. An oily blue sheen could clearly be seen where the boat had traveled.
I spoke to the gentlemen but they were totally adamant that they were within regulations. If this is true then the regulations need to be changed ASAP. I explained that even if they were within the regulations that all they had to do was look at what damage they were doing to realize it was a bad thing for the lake they were enjoying fishing in so much...
For anyone reading this and know of anyone who would contemplate taking a powerboat on this small little marshy lake please ask them to reconsider. It is only a short paddle from one end to the other and perhaps the whole fishing experience would be much better in the peacefulness of a rowboat or canoe.
Check out the fish hooks on this guy!