June 14, 2019 at 11:21 a.m.
I have lived here most my life and can only remember one other time the channel has been high enough to get motorized boats between the lakes. I would assume back in the early 80's when waters were flooding local cabins and homes one could probably get their boat through, but back then the bridge on County Road 20 was quite low which would block most boats from completing the journey.
We had an opportunity to take a cruise on a pontoon with friends, from South Center to North Center and enter the channel. Immediately we were met by pontoons emerging from the west and were forced to back up and wait. Once we were able to resume the trip it was incredible.
As you round the bend past Blue Waters it opens up to a serene wildlife setting where it is just you and nature. The channel is shallow which means travel through the channel moves at a snail's pace, which only increases the viewing pleasure. We did encounter a few boats along the way as well as kayakers. As we passed Bull Lake you could see how boaters respected the non-motorized ordinance as it looked tranquil and picturesque. As we passed under the new County Road 20 bridge you could see the excitement in other boater's including ours who have never boated on "The other side".
I can't begin to tell you how long this may last, but as the dog days of summer near, the water levels are sure to drop meaning this awesome adventure will most likely come to an end. My suggestion to you is if you have yet to take the trip, do it. It is amazing and you will love it. Think about it, you can now boat to five lakes without ever leaving your boat. If you do head out be sure to respect the homeowners property at the mouth of the channel and of course respect the beautiful nature. What a treasure we have.