The tall posts that you see are remnants of the pier where the old steamboats used to pull up. Behind the present day dam is the old dam and saw mill. The old dam was put in as a mill pond.
Here you can see the old mill site and the dam.
Some water was backing up behind the dam and many logs and downed trees that had been submerged were now visible. Water was flowing freely through the spillway.
You can't tell in this picture but that flywheel is 8 feet diameter!
Of course, we were allowed to pick up items that we found and show them to the group but nobody was able to keep any of them. The landowners are probably going to pick up some of the artifacts and put them on display at the local museum.
Walking on the lake bottom brought into view many items that you would expect to find on a lake bottom. Namely beer cans! We found several anchors and some really heavy weights that we thought were for catching the Loch Ness Monster's relatives or something. We weren't quite sure why anyone would use some of the fishing gear that we found.
I was given permission to collect some of the junk that was related to the fishing. I brought home two fishing poles. There was a stack of about 50 that had been found over the last few months as the lake was draining, but the two I brought home I stumbled upon in the muck. Before you get too excited about the great poles, I have to tell you that while both of them are still usable, the best of the two was a "Scooby Doo" fishing pole. That can't really be topped, now can it?