Several people have asked me how I get around all of the obstacles on the lake (rivers, streams, industry, power plants). For most of the big obstacles, I just hike inland to a point past the thing I want to get around, then hike back out to the lake.
With large rivers, I just go inland to the nearest bridge and cross over, but with smaller streams and creeks, I have learned to be a little more creative with my crossings.
With many streams (especially this time of year) there is a lot of debris (trees, stumps) in the water that can be used for a careful crossing.
For deeper streams that lack a good downed tree to walk on, I've devised the 'two garbage bag' method of crossing. The feet stay DRY!
For shallow or narrow streams, there's always the walk through (with waterproof boots) or jump over methods.
It's all about getting safely to the other side, and avoiding getting soaked in the process (especially when the day is cold).
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