Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Long Lake Roadside Parking Area

Long Lake
Minnesota Highway 371

This site was developed in 1954 by the Minnesota Highway Department and consists of a paved parking area and a Geological Marker at the southern area and a boat launch at the northern area. There are signs on both south and northbound 371 indicating the marker, no reference to the parking area. The site has apparently been significantly altered. A restroom building and information board were installed in 1969 in the northern area but are no longer at the site. I've seen this at several RPAs that had a restroom building. Maybe there were problems with sewage disposal.

Paved southern area

Brainerd Region
Toward the close of the Wisconsin stage of glaciation about 12,000 years ago, the waning lobe of the ice sheet in the Brainerd area retreated westward, leaving in its
wake many stagnant ice blocks which had become separated from the main ice field. Water flowing from the surface of the receding ice deposited sand and gravel around and over these severed parts of the glacier and formed an outwash plain studded with huge blocks of partly buried, motionless ice.
On melting, the detached blocks -- some of which were miles in extent and scores of feet thick -- left permanent, water-filled depressions in the gravel plain. The lakes so formed, including those portrayed on this tablet, do not follow the original shape of the ice blocks but are commonly round or elliptical due to subsequent shore line changes.
Erected by the Geological Society of Minnesota and the Department of Highways, State of Minnesota aided by a grant from the Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation 1954