This lake is a good place for beginning kayakers because it has a moderately easy water entry and exit point and fairly shallow water depth in most areas of the lake. In addition, since it is non-tidal, there are only minor currents near the dam (See Figure 6) and at the western end of the lake where the Mispillion River connects this lake to Griffith Lake. The only public water entry point is a public access boat ramp (Figure 2) which includes parking for approximately eight (8) vehicles or less if those vehicles have trailers (See the red circle in Figure 3). There is also a small grassy area near the waters edge where you can sit and enjoy the view. The water entry is moderately easy via a very basic boat ramp with a concrete pad; however, there are no bulkheads or docks to use for assistance (Figure 2). The boat ramp is in relatively good condition and appears to be well kept. You can walk your kayak down the boat ramp as traction is relatively good. Kayak entry can be made either from the water on the boat ramp or from the lake’s edge although the boat ramp will be a little easier. Either of these kayak entries does require good balance and some experience with kayak entry so the overall difficulty is beginner to moderate. Exiting your kayak via the ramp is almost as easy as the entry. If you are exiting via the lake’s edge this will be a little more difficult than utlizing the boat ramp.
The shoreline measures approximately just over three (3) miles (see Figure 4) and the total surface water area is recorded as 82.5 acres
There are two branches to the western part of the lake: the Lednum Branch and the Johnson Branch along with the continuation of the Mispillion River; and there is one branch towards the south-eastern part of the lake which is Bowman Branch. All of these are full of obstructions or too shallow to be navigable although you can paddle down the Missipilion for a short distance before obstructions force you to turn around. (See Figure 6).
To the East of the Haven Lake is Silver Lake but Silver Lake is not directly accessible due to a dam (see Figure 5) at the Route 113 roadway that crosses the waterway. Due to the dam on the Eastern side of the lake, the lake is non-tidal; and, therefore, there is relatively no current except when you get close to the dam which is not recommended.
As mentioned before this lake is a beautiful location for kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, or just exploring nature in general. If you want to explore nature you can expect to see turtles sunning themselves along the water’s edge and if you approach slowly and quietly you might be able to get a real close look (See Figure 9 and Figure 10). You can also expect to see Geese from time to time; and, if you are there during the right time of year you might see the whole family (See Figure 12). And, if you are lucky, you might catch sight of a Bald Eagle (Figure 11). They can sometimes be difficult to spot; but, during the right time of day, for example when they are hunting, you might have a better chance of spotting one.
If you are interesting in boating
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