Located just outside of the town of Glennwood in Pope County, Minnesota, Pelican Lake is about a two hour drive from the Twin Cities on Interstate 94 West, U.S. Highway 71, and Minnesota State Highway 28.
The lake covers an area of 519 acres and is approximately 34 ft deep at its deepest point. Its waters are home to a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Walleye, White Sucker, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch. Perhaps because of this, many pelicans also make the lake and its surrounding area their home in the summer.
Right: With Angie in 1998. I first met Angie in 1995 when we both were students at the College of St. Catherine (now the St. Catherine University) in the Twin Cities. We've been friends ever since!
Above: Lake Pelican, MN – Friday, July 15, 2016.
Above: Angie and her husband Bryan – Pelican Lake, Sunday, July 17, 2016.
Right: With Angie and Byran's three beautiful daughters (from left) Teresa, Cece, and Amanda – July 17, 2016.
I'm wearing what I call my Cernunnos t-shirt, and we're standing close to some wild reeds!
Left: Angie's family come from Montevideo in south-western Minnesota. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s I spent many happy summer weekends and Thanksgiving holidays in Montevideo with Angie and her family. They welcomed me as one of their own!
So this past weekend, when Angie's mum Elva, sister Patty, and niece Ashley heard I was going to be in Pelican Lake for the weekend, they drove up from Montevideo to see me.
It was a lovely reunion as it had been almost five years since we'd last seen one another.
Above (from left): Byran, me, Cece, Amanda, Elva, Teresa, Luke, Jordan, and Ashley.
Above: With Cece.
Above: Angie and her mum – Sunday, July 17, 2016.
Above and below: Views of beautiful Pelican Lake, Minnesota.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Gull Lake
• Days of Summer on the Bayfield Peninsula