Images: Icons of Island Lake

 
 
Posted11/27/2016 1:00 AM

Island Lake has a very personal connection for me.

It's the town in which my father once lived, and it's where my uncle -- we call him Uncle Great -- still resides.

I've been making weekend trips at least once a summer for swimming, fishing and quality family for longer than I can remember.

To me, the village is centered around the lake itself. I've never been able to completely figure out the winding roads off Route 176 that connect the neighborhoods around the lake, but I like to think that's a big part of the town's charm.

There's plenty of lore available to those who want to know about the history of the island, including how it was first settled.

Firmly in the category of myth is the legend my uncle told us when we were children -- the one about the Swamp Wombies who lived in the lake. They have a taste for the flesh of young children. You might want to forget that the next time you go for a midsummer dip.

Plenty of guidance for patrons visiting one of the many public beaches in Island Lake.
  Plenty of guidance for patrons visiting one of the many public beaches in Island Lake.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
The water tower/communications hub along Rte. 176 in Island Lake.
  The water tower/communications hub along Rte. 176 in Island Lake.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
Water Tower Park, the unofficial center of civic activity in Island Lake.
  Water Tower Park, the unofficial center of civic activity in Island Lake.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
Island Lake is a community friendly to experienced citizens.
  Island Lake is a community friendly to experienced citizens.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
Hard to miss Island Lake liquors.
  Hard to miss Island Lake liquors.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
Sideouts continues to do a brisk business, thanks to a sign that will really bowl you over.
  Sideouts continues to do a brisk business, thanks to a sign that will really bowl you over.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
Island Lake has horsepower restrictions on motorized boat traffic, and no-wake areas within several of the lagoons and around the island itself.
  Island Lake has horsepower restrictions on motorized boat traffic, and no-wake areas within several of the lagoons and around the island itself.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
A perfect way to cruise through a Sunday afternoon on Island Lake.
  A perfect way to cruise through a Sunday afternoon on Island Lake.
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Safety is a personal responsibility on the beaches of Island Lake.
  Safety is a personal responsibility on the beaches of Island Lake.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
One of the three water towers one can see from a strategically positioned watercraft afloat on Island Lake.
  One of the three water towers one can see from a strategically positioned watercraft afloat on Island Lake.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
The spillway which allows the water of Island Lake to drain away. In late spring, carp teem at the bottom of the spillway.
  The spillway which allows the water of Island Lake to drain away. In late spring, carp teem at the bottom of the spillway.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
Veteran's Park features a well-grounded reminder of the sacrifices our soldiers have made.
  Veteran's Park features a well-grounded reminder of the sacrifices our soldiers have made.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
Reminders of those who have served, at Veteran's Park in Island Lake.
  Reminders of those who have served, at Veteran's Park in Island Lake.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
A dedication in marble to all the branches of our military at Veteran's Park in Island Lake.
  A dedication in marble to all the branches of our military at Veteran's Park in Island Lake.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
The Hank Andrew Beach House in Island Lake, gathering place for all manner of summery fun.
  The Hank Andrew Beach House in Island Lake, gathering place for all manner of summery fun.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
Boat tours of Island Lake allow visitors the opportunity to get a lake-level view of the village.
  Boat tours of Island Lake allow visitors the opportunity to get a lake-level view of the village.
Aaron Gabriel | Staff Photographer
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