You’ll need a big breakfast today, so stop by Reva’s Place for a hearty breakfast. Their buffet is guaranteed to please, but so are their menu items (like the French toast, which is fantastic). Make the trip back out to Land Between the Lakes and head north toward Hematite Lake.
Hematite Lake, so named for the shiny mineral dug up here alongside iron ore, is the home to many migratory waterfowl and quite a few permanent residents. It’s a 2.2-mile trail around the lake, and it’s flat, so it’s no problem for hikers of all skill levels and abilities.
If you’re going to circle the entire lake, keep in mind that the trail at the upper end of the lake is quite marshy and turns into an elevated wood walkway.
When the water level is at its highest, it comes close to flooding the lowest sections of the path. If you’d rather not circle the lake, then turn left at the spillway and cross the wide, shallow stream that flows over the top of the dam.
Here, a series of concrete stepping stones lead you across high and dry, and walking on them is almost like being a frog leaping from lily pads. Follow this trail around the left side of the lake until you reach the first bridge and stream crossing; it’s a short, but pretty hike.
Since you’re at Hematite Lake, you should stop at the excellent Nature Station. Here you’ll be able to get up close to the plants and animals native to the region. There’s a bobcat, a coyote, even a Red Wolf.
You can see a Great Horned Owl from just a few feet away. See fish, turtle and other reptiles, Bald eagles, and more at the Nature Station. If you haven’t had enough adventure yet (and if you’re not feeling peckish for lunch), check the schedule for an outdoor activity (canoe excursions, wetlands explorations, animal tracking and more).
Back at Prizer Point, rent a pontoon for the afternoon and head out for a lake exploration, maybe a little fishing, and maybe even a picnic. Or you can just let the kids run wild on the Jumping Pillow (think of a huge, inflatable trampoline) and in the arcade before round three of your golf tournament.
Dinner tonight is a pizza and milkshakes from The Fishin’ Hole. Eat there or take it back to your cabin.