Author: John Bates
Illustrator: Rebecca Jabs
Includes 50 maps and dozens of illustrations
Sofrtcover, 6 x 9, 240 pages (approx.)
Manitowish River Press, to be released Fall 2021
Lake Name: Frank Lake
Location: Vilas County, T41N-R7E, Section 13, and T41N-R8E, Section 18, 46.03367510, -89.55385420
Directions: From Cty. M south of Boulder Junction, turn east onto Big Muskellunge Lake Rd., and go nearly 5 miles, then turn left (north) onto Frank Lake Rd. Drive about a half mile to where the road ends at a gated, carry-in boat landing.
Surface Area: 147 acres
Lake Type: Seepage
Maximum Depth: 38’ max
Bottom Sediments: 70% sand, 15% gravel, 10% rock, 5% muck
Access/Parking/Facilities: A small parking area for up to 5 cars occurs at the end of the access road with a gate blocking any further driving. To put-in, one has to carry down a short hill, perhaps 100 yards, to the landing. No motorboats permitted. No facilities.
Recreational Opportunities: Numerous wild lakes are nearby to paddle, including Starrett (which has a small campground), Nebish, Escanaba, Pallette, Aurora, and a few others. For concentrated wild lake paddling, there is likely no better area to visit in Wisconsin. The Heart of the Vilas County bike trail is two miles south of Frank Lake, and the Escanaba hiking trail is two miles north.
Clarity: Mesotrophic - secchi disk readings of 10.75’ on 6/25/18 and 8.25’ on 8/13/18
Watershed: St. Germain River
Invasive Species: None apparent
Description: I paddled Frank Lake on a mid-June, gorgeous, blue-sky morning. Paddling counter-clockwise, I quickly found a plaque attached to a shoreline boulder that read, “Frank Lake. Named for Frank J. Long, State Forest Ranger and Game Warden from 1911 until his death in 1937 while on duty on snowshoes in the Star Lake area.”
The shoreland is nearly all upland pines and oaks, but the northernmost bay is framed by a wetland. A large beaver lodge hugs the southwest shore. Some lakes impress you with their wildlife or their unusual flora, and others, like Frank, impress simply by their beauty. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more lovely lake to paddle in all of Wisconsin’s Northwoods than Frank Lake.