The lake is lined with houses of all types. I launched on the North Side of the lake off Rollins Rd. Lake County has a parking lot for Grant Woods that has a sidewalk to the lake. You do have to portage across a rd, but it isn't bad at all. There is a cement launch and a sandy beach area that is perfect for getting ready. At the far West Side of the lake there is a channel that bends around to a small marina (Swany's). Past that there is a small dam that can be portaged around and you can paddle to the Chain of Lakes from there.
At the South East corner of the lake, there are a bunch of little channels to explore. There is a low walking bridge that I was just able to make it under and that channel opens up into a cat tail section. Looking at the map, there is a channel that goes pretty deep through that section too. I will have to check it out next time.
There were a lot of fish jumping in this lake. About a month ago I saw a fish jump out of the water and actually watched the breach from the moment he came out of the water. That was the first time I had seen the whole jump. Now I see it all the time! There was a first this trip though. I had a fish jump out RIGHT along the side of the canoe. He hit the side when he was in the air. Now, I would hope that I am not the only one that would have been startled when a fish hits the boat in a calm, quite cove...lol.
This was a great lake to paddle and I will be out there again this season.