luk916 at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 17 15:56:46 EST 2004
I've received a couple of questions asking where Mott Lake is so here are
Mott Lake is in Genessee county, about 10 miles northeast of Flint.
Genessee Rd is the best starting place to check it out. Genessee parallels
Irish and Belsay Rds which both have exits off of I-69. Get of at either
one and go east from Belsay or west from Irish to get to Genessee. Once on
Genessee go north for about 7 miles. There are several places to check out
the lake. Genessee goes over the lake, before the bridge you will see the
main office for Genessee County Parks and Recreation on the east side of the
road. The parking lot there has a good vantage point and there is another
small fishing parking lot that affords good looks of the other side of the
bridge. If you continue on the road that you have to turn on to get to the
parks and rec office there will be a boat ramp sign with a driveway on the
left. You can see parts of the lake that you couldn't from the previous two
spots. Backtracking on Genessee you'll see a sign for Bluegill Boat Ramp.
Turn in here and follow the road to the boat launch, although on Wednesday
this part of the lake was almost completely iced over, but there were some
Tundra Swans sitting on the ice. Keep going the same way and this road will
come out to Carpenter Road. Go right and after a mile or so Carpenter will
run along the lake. There were lots of birds in this part of the lake.
There will be a big paddlewheeler boat on the north shore and you should see
a maintenance garage on the left hand side of the road. If you park in here
you can get out and scan almost the entire west end of the lake. There were
lots of gulls at the east end of the lake but getting close enough would
require parking at the Genessee county fairgrounds and walking to it, unless
there is another way that I don't know about. However, this area is good in
the spring for migrants as there is a pretty nice woods and the wildflowers
are usually pretty nice as well. Hope this helps. Good birding.
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