Boat Rides in Jeopardy?
When we moved to this area about 25 years ago, we rhapsodized about the Portage Lakes, but especially Nimisila. A beautiful
and tranquil little piece of paradise, it was surrounded by trees and boasted quiet fishermen on boats without gasoline motors
peacefully enjoying the serenity.
Not too long after we were very disappointed to see the majority of the trees along S. Main Street cut down. We were
told it was to stabilize the surrounding ground, but we had never heard of cutting trees down leading to stabilization, quite
the opposite. People plant trees to give stability.
Soon after that a walking trail was put along the lake. Let it be noted that there are multiple walking trails in this
area, but only one peaceful reservoir.
Each year, in August, we have been privileged to enjoy the staging of the Purple Martins as they start on their migratory
path south. The absolute exultation that comes from watching these birds in their peaceful pursuits is beyond description.
If you have been on one of the twilight boat rides, you know.
Although they state it was to clear out the underbrush, once again the powers that be have ravaged the beauty that is
Nimisila. Now it is trees on the north end of the lake that have been devoured by opportunistic land grabbers. An ugly gaping
hole now exists there.
It is in their plans to extend their greed to the south end of the lake. To replace tranquility with still another walking
path, destroying habitat and grabbing the land of residents by virtue of "eminent domain". They call it a "loop"
but most of those who love Nimisila would call it a noose.
It will strangle the natural environment. It will destroy the serenity, peace and quiet that is left, and replace it
with noise and garbage left by intrusive and uncaring humans. Wildlife will have lost this bountiful refuge. Birds like
the Purple Martins that have the area on their migratory map, will look elsewhere.
So this year, my friends, enjoy the boat rides. They may not last.