Park open houses feature free kayaking

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published July 31, 2018

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Residents young and old discovered the secrets of Lost Lake and its surrounding wetlands with kayaks and fishing nets July 29 at Lost Lake Nature Park.

“Kayaking is easier than canoeing,” said Mattea Muscat, 11, from Lake Orion. “You are only pulling your own weight.”

The Scripps Middle School seventh-grader also used a fishing net to look for frogs, dragonflies and more in the lake during the open house that invited all to learn more about the park’s ecosystem.     

“Today’s theme is wetlands,” said Angela Fox, a special events coordinator for Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. “We have nets and we look at pond water through a microscope. We also have craft activities and visit with each family as they come in — both at the lake dock and in the nature center.”

Lost Lake Nature Park, located off of Predmore Road, east of Rochester Road, is a 58-acre park purchased by the township with land preservation millage funds. The 8-acre lake features a fishing dock and a handicapped-accessible kayak launch. Kayaking is available to all, for free, during the township’s series of Lost Lake Nature Park open houses.

“We’ve had about 17 people kayaking today,” said Bob Zbytowski, an Oakland Township park maintenance worker. “We will be here next week also for another open house.”

The Aug. 5 open house topic will be “Wild About Reptiles,” and participants will explore the world of box turtles, garter snakes and more. On Aug. 19, dendrology — the study of trees — will be the topic. Visitors will tour the woods, make leaf pressings, create a pine needle craft and more.

Each open house will be held noon-4 p.m. They are free, and no registration is required. All are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy near the lake and watch for wood ducks, herons, turkey and deer.

The park’s nature center — where Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve representatives will lead open house games and craft projects — is located near the lake. Ample parking is available. For more information about Lost Lake Nature Park open houses, visit www.oaklandtownship.org or call (248) 651-7810.

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