This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded for the Be Here: Main Street project, a collaboration with the MuseWeb Foundation to record stories from rural America.
"There are responsibilities that go along with living along the lake," says Denise Oakes of Minnesota. She talks about family and how they conserve the fragile habit around the family's lake home. "I think that's really important to be able to be respectful to the wildlife in and around the lakes." "I grew up in Southern Minnesota where my grandparents had a lake home. We spent lots of time swimming and fishing and catching frogs. We just felt that there were so many lakes, we could have our kids grow up doing the same things we did as kids." This story was collected by Shanai Matteson in conjunction with the "Be Here: Main Street" project from the MuseWeb Foundation, intended to capture Americans' stories about their neighborhoods, their waterways, and their towns.