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Lake by Lake : Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lakes and Ponds.


  • Notable Dozen - Twelve examples, selected for different reasons
  • Mentioned in Book – UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • Links from Other Sources – UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Boy taking his first few steps down the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca.

For many people, there's only one lake that really matters. This is often the one author Sterling North had in mind when he wrote in his childood memoir, Rascal : "This was our very own lake, filling our life to the brim." For the first few years of our lives, were were born and raised in the same town of Edgerton, Wisconsin, loving the same lake Koshkonong.

This section of the book website will grow with time as I add more and more lakes to the list, each with its own description. For now, you may wan to link to a "Notable Dozen."

Beyond Walden: “Jamaica Pond is the centerpiece of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, a pond-themed chain of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of landscape architecture in North America.  Long Island’s Lake Ronkonkoma resembles a bright blue meteorite-impact crater smack-dab in the suburbs." [page 7]


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PHOTO BANNER : No two lakes are the same. Nor is any lake the same when seen from different places, times, scales, and directions. Three photos of Lake Plantagenet, Minnesota from the Thorson family cabin taken at sunset, midday, and and sunrise yields silver blue, and pink, respectively.