It's awesome having a lake right out my back door, pretty much I have my Mountainsmith lumbar pack set up with fishing and shooting gear - they just seem to go together! My target range is beside the lake, so often I go straight from one to the other. The paddleboat was full of water and filthy - even after I scrubbed it with grass. It was also full of these I started fishing (finally getting the hang of casting a handline!!), and then I heard chewing. There's been a pile of corn stalks in the water for a bit, but we had assumed it was raccoons. Nope. It was a beaver. He swam all around me the whole time I was out there! The pic is fuzzy, but you can see his head in the upper/center part. I've never been able to see them like that! Here's where he swam into the bank, in those roots to the left. He swam out farther to the right and fished for a long time. I'm glad I finally dragged the paddleboat out. As soon as I got out on the water it was like all the pressure from everyday life/work/etc. just floated off This picture doesn't do the sunset justice. A heron circled down to land on a tiny pond connected to the lake. I went in right as the bugs and frogs were starting up their night sounds - the mosquitos were eating me alive! It was way cool seeing that beaver. I wish I could leave him be, but every day his dam is there, it endangers the lake. The lake is manmade and has a dam across one whole end. One spot is reinforced with rock, and there's a spillway there (the lake is spring-fed). He's built his dam on the spillway, so any water that spills out is going over non-reinforced dirt. Eventually that could give away, and that would be a mess. I'm going to have to start whittling away at the beaver dam and try to trap/shoot the beaver. I don't like shooting stuff that's alive Maybe I can set a trap where he goes back and forth to the corn field.