“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near King in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Lake with a Secret

Lake with a Secret Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
1. Lake with a Secret Marker
Inscription.  George Allen's crude birch bark cribs provided habitat to grow 1-inch trout fingerlings large enough to be transplanted into area streams. These cribs still exist, preserved and concealed beneath the lake.

In 1939, the State of Wisconsin took over the hatchery and built a dam, located to your left, that flooded the cribs and created Allen Lake. The lake was named in honor of Mr. Allen.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features.
Location. 44° 19.545′ N, 89° 13.001′ W. Marker is near King, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker can be reached from Hartman Creek Road 2.2 miles south of Wisconsin Highway 54, on the right when traveling south. Marker is 2.2 miles south of State Highway 54, then 0.1 mile west of Hartman Creek Road. Marker is left of the fishing pier at Allen Lake in Hartman Creek State Park. Fee area; a vehicle admission sticker is required. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: N2480 Hartman Creek Road, Waupaca WI 54981, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fish Raceway (within shouting distance of this marker); Hellestad House
Allen Lake and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
2. Allen Lake and Marker
Allen Lake Fishing Pier
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Coach Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Windfeldt Estate (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Army Home (approx. 3.6 miles away); General Charles King (approx. 3.7 miles away); Waupaca County War Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away); Amherst Fire District (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in King.
More about this marker.
photo caption:
George Allen's birch bark cribs, c. 1930.
Also see . . .
1. Hartman Creek State Park. History. "During the 1920s George Allen cleared swamps, built several dams and created a private brook trout hatchery.... The Wisconsin Conservation Department bought the property in 1939 for $8,500. The initial purchase of 309 acres included parts of the Allen estate and also the Hartman family estate. The Conservation Department built a dam on the creek and created Allen Lake, named in honor of George W. Allen. They named the property 'Hartman Creek State Fish Hatchery.'" (Submitted on November 21, 2014.) 

2. Engbretson Underwater Photography. Why Fish Cribs Work and Why They Fail. "...the crib towered 12 feet from the bottom. Underwater it looked like a skyscraper. Fish flocked to the crib and occupied
Biking / Hiking Trail at Allen Lake image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
3. Biking / Hiking Trail at Allen Lake
The marker is to the right of the biking / hiking trail. The dam, mentioned in the marker text, is in the distance by the chain link fence.
various stories from top to bottom." (Submitted on November 21, 2014.) 
Additional keywords. Fish habitat structure
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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Sep. 27, 2020