Summertime Activities at Lake Baw Beese in Hillsdale, Michigan


G. Stolyarov II

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Note from the Author: This article was originally written in 2007 and published on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices), where it received over 3,200 page views. To preserve a record of my writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I have given this article a permanent presence on this page. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 23, 2014

Hillsdale, a southern Michigan small town and home to one of the best liberal arts colleges in the world, offers a variety of wonderful summertime activities for those who know where to look. One of the most beautiful places in Hillsdale is Lake Baw Beese, located on the southern edge of the town. If you find yourself in Hillsdale, MI, this summer, a visit to Lake Baw Beese will offer you a magnificent panoramic view and a refreshing, restful experience.

The Lake Baw Beese Trail stretches for about two and a half miles from downtown Hillsdale, into the woods separating the lake from the residential areas of the town, and along the northern shore of Lake Baw Beese. Funded by a group of extremely generous private donors, the Lake Baw Beese Trail will soon be extended to merge with the nearby Jonesville Bike Path, thereby allowing walkers, runners, and bicyclists in the Hillsdale/Jonesville area to go on long trips between the two towns, traveling on foot or by bike.

The trail, paved with asphalt, makes a wonderfully smooth path where I regularly run, walk, and ride my bicycle. Along the trail is an extensive variety of Michigan vegetation, sometimes marked with informative signs. Numerous animals inhabit the area, including gray and black squirrels, songbirds of a wide array of species, deer, and geese. During the late spring and summer, large flocks of goslings appear frequently by the lake; watching and feeding them is sure to delight children and adults alike!

At the end of the Baw Beese trail is Sandy Beach, a small area for swimming and picnicking. Benches and tables are in ready supply, along with places to organize a barbecue. Parking is plentiful throughout the north shore of Lake Baw Beese; you will always be able to find a space, virtually anywhere along the trail's length. The lake attracts a steady stream of fishing and boating enthusiasts, and the ample fields between the trail and the water offer a wonderful place for organizing sporting events with friends.

Where the paved Lake Baw Beese Trail ends, opportunities for walkers and runners have not yet been exhausted! You can go farther, along a small stretch of gravel road, which narrows into a thin dirt path that takes you for several miles into the surrounding woods. For those seeking true tranquility and beautiful sights of the Michigan countryside, this is the place to go. Chances are, you will not encounter anybody on this road -- though you might occasionally cross paths with a person or two. Most of the journey through these woods is an opportunity for solitude, contemplation, and observation of trees, animals, and small streams that run through the area.

From my personal experience, the best time to visit Lake Baw Beese is toward the evening, when the sunset is already underway. The golden rays of light that shine through the trees, as well as the often present gentle streaks of red and violet in the sky, bestow a delightful ambience upon the entire area. A word of caution when you visit: be sure to wear some bug spray, because mosquitoes are common along the lake during summer evenings!

Gennady Stolyarov II (G. Stolyarov II) is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. 

In December 2013, Mr. Stolyarov published Death is Wrong, an ambitious children’s book on life extension illustrated by his wife Wendy. Death is Wrong can be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Mr. Stolyarov has contributed articles to the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), The Wave Chronicle, Le Quebecois Libre, Brighter Brains Institute, Immortal Life, Enter Stage RightRebirth of Reason, The Liberal Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

In an effort to assist the spread of rational ideas, Mr. Stolyarov published his articles on Associated Content (subsequently the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices) from 2007 until Yahoo! closed this venue in 2014. Mr. Stolyarov held the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and was one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 3,175,000 views. Mr. Stolyarov’s selected writings from that era have been preserved on this page.

Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).

Mr. Stolyarov has written a science fiction novel, Eden against the Colossus, a philosophical treatise, A Rational Cosmology,  a play, Implied Consent, and a free self-help treatise, The Best Self-Help is Free. You can watch his YouTube Videos.Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at

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