Located in the natural and wild Pigeon River Country State Forest are a series of sinkhole lakes. These sinkholes formed in areas where underlying limestone bedrock eroded and collapsed from acidic surface water drainage. As surface and ground water filled in these sinkholes, lakes formed in those where no underground outlet was present. In the past, these lakes were closed to fishing for research. Recently, several of these lakes have been stocked with coldwater fish species to provide a unique angling opportunity. With increased traffic, shoreline erosion is increasing and poses a threat to these unique lakes.
Huron Pines and the Michigan DNR are addressing unnatural erosion at Section Four, North and South Twin, and Lost and West Lost Lakes to protect the coldwater fishery in each of these rare water bodies. These five lakes represent nearly 19 acres of lake habitat. Protecting the fishery and recreational uses of these distinct lakes accomplishes the goals set forth by the Michigan DNR to protect existing high quality habitat and prevent sediment pollution.
If you are interested in protecting these treasured resources within the Pigeon River Country State Forest, please join us! Activities will include controlling erosion through straw bale placement, tree revetments, brush piling, planting native vegetation, terracing and constructing side slope trails. This will require individuals who are not afraid to get dirty and break a sweat engaging in moderate to heavy activity levels over sustained periods.
Materials, tools, food and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own shovels, rakes, pick axes, mattocks, pulaskis, fire rakes, wheelbarrows, buckets and gloves. A special thanks to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership for providing funding to make this project possible.
Pigeon River Country State Forest, Otsego County