Volunteer Jamboree–Afternoon of Day two

DSCN0883_1Karen Pfundtner* and her spouse, Steve, are attending the 2014 Volunteer Jamboree. This year, it is being held at the Kettle Morraine Ottawa Recreation Area.
After a nice lunch put on by the staff (sub sandwiches, chips, watermelon and big chocolate chip cookies).... we had our choice of four or five different activities to partake in from the jamboree planning committee.  We chose the canoeing and kayaking around the lake.
Our instructor was a very capable and knowledgeable young gal by the name of Carrie   Carrie and she works at Kettle Moraine Southern Unit at Ottawa Lake Rec Area. (Photo –Left)DSCN0865_1
Soon everyone was jacketed up, and after a brief instruction plus Carrie's assessment of our canoeing and swimming skills, we were to line up and get set to take off. (Photo - Right)
We all got on board. We all paddled over to the first buoy and waited for everyone to arrive.
DSCN0871_1Carrie explained that Ottawa Lake is a "kettle" lake.... formed by glaciers long ago as they dragged their huge ice formation across the land.  The big chunks of ice, covered in dirt and sludge later melted and left holes or "kettles" in the land.  The lumps left behind are called Moraines.  Thus, that is how The Kettle Moraine State Forest got it's name!  
This lake is spring fed, so it is very clear, but not very deep.  It's only about 27 acres, and the deepest part on one end is 16 ft deep.  Most of it is shallow and most of the edges are surrounded with cattails and reeds.
Off we all paddled to the next buoy to learn some more about the lake.
This time it was about the fish; mostly walleye, perch, blue gill and most recently long nosed gar which was introduced to keep down the bluegill population.
After the third buoy stop, and I am sure it was after Carrie assessed each of our abilities to handle our boats, we were allowed to venture forth on our own through the waters and around the rest of the lake.
It was such a beautiful day for a paddle around the lake. There was a slight breeze and the sun was shining in between the puffy clouds.
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**Karen and her husband, Steve, had planned to travel in their 38ft Safari Serengeti diesel pusher motohome, with our two Shetland Sheepdogs, Duke and Finnegan. As good fortune would have it, the plans changed when Steve, had an opportunity to work at High Cliff State Park. Today, they still travel in their motorhome, camp host at High Cliff State Park, and enjoy their lovely home near the park. Karen hosts a Blog: - Rving: The USA is Our Big Backyard.