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Why is Grass Lake called Grass Lake?’

Grass Lake

Many lakes have names whose expla­na­tions stretch back into the haze of his­to­ry. Not Grass Lake; the name of this 1,360-acre lake is obvious.

Orig­i­nal­ly, Grass Lake — part of Lake County’s mag­nif­i­cent Chain O’Lakes—was a stretch of wild rice and lotus, whose beau­ty was a great draw for 19th and ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry tourists. In fact, the water plants were so thick in places, many ear­ly boaters had to use a pole rather than oars. Dur­ing the 1950s through the 1970s, much of the lotus and wild rice dis­ap­peared. But, with a more enlight­ened eye on lake ecol­o­gy, there’s been a revival in recent years.

Grass Lake is a great place to boat and fish. It’s also the site of boat races and fish­ing tour­na­ments. And of course, in the mid­dle of the lake is Blar­ney Island—which is the home of a famed tav­ern of the same name.

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