Calm waters, fading light, and trees reaching out above the surface to provide resting places for birds. Nearing day’s end, hawks wait for nightfall while blackbirds and crows prepare retirement for the night. It was going to be the perfect recreation area; a dam built as part of a conservation system, a park that would provide respite for the locals, and a place that would draw outside visitors. Mother Nature had other plans. Back-to-back nights of violent storms produced record setting rains that flooded the basin before all the brush was cleared. Despite it’s violent beginnings, today it is a place to retreat, relax, and unwind: a home for wildlife and a resting point for migrating birds.