How It Was Formed
Gull Lake was formed by glacial activity. It is
most likely a compound "kettle" lake, formed by several large ice blocks
that broke off a retreating glacier and eventually melted, leaving several
depressions in the surrounding landscape of what was once a preglacial
valley. The land that now drains into the lake is eight times the size
of the lake itself. A water budget for the lake indicates that 35% of
the total water entering the lake comes by way of four small streams,
25% comes from precipitation, and 40% is ground water inflow. The average
time that a drop of water spends in the lake is relatively short: 4.3
Barnes Builds A Sawmill
Studies indicate that prior to 1833 Gull Lake was about half it's
current size. What happened? Well, in 1833 a pioneer named Tillotson Barnes
constructed a dam on the south end of Gull Creek to provide power for
his saw mill. The construction of that dam raised the level of Gull Lake
by 14 feet and almost doubled its size. Prior to the construction of this
dam, the Island, located on the southwest side of the lake, was actually
a penninsula connected with the mainland at a point on South Idlewild
Is Hawk's Landing?
Today, beautiful new homes grace the site of the first resort on Gull
Lake, known as Hawk's Landing. Mr. E.L. Hawk launched the first steamboat,
The Crystal, from here in the 1880's. It became Labelle Park in the early
1900's. Labelle included an elegant hotel, a miniature golf course, and
a toboggan slide. In 1955 the hotel site became Gull Harbor Inn, which
operated until 1976. The next year the restaurant was removed and the
area was subdivided.
A ride around Gull Lake on the first steamboat, The Crystal, cost
25 cents. Soon electric-powered interurban railroads were bringing crowds
of people to Allendale Beach, where they boarded a steamboat that would
take them to their private resort or private cottage. Steamboats were
named the Arrow, the Queen City, the Brownie, the Michigan, and the Jaunita.
The largest was a double-decker, the Searchlight, that could handle 250
passengers and a band on weekends.
The Pavillion's the place... For over forty years dancers tried the
latest dance steps at the Pavillion. Built in Allendale in the early 1900's,
the hall stretched out over the waters of Gull Lake and served as a beacon
for late-night rowers. The young at heart could waltz to the rhythms of
Fischer's World Orchestra of Kalamazoo. The dance hall was moved to Labelle
Park after a fire destroyed the Allendale Hotel in 1920. In the Thirties
and Forties, the Big Band sound gave jitterbuggers a chance to "swing
and sway", or maybe try the Gull Lake Gallop that included a lot of "dipping."
How Large Is It?
Gull Lake covers more than 2030 acres with 18.5 miles of shoreline
and a maximum depth of 110 feet. It measures 1 mile wide and over 5 miles
long. Approximately 840 families make Gull Lake their
home with over 90% of these being year round residents.
It is no secret that Gull Lake is one of the most picturesque lakes
in Southwest Michigan. It is also no secret that owning property on Gull
Lake is one of the best real estate investments you can make in this part
of the world. Prices start at about $250,000 for lake access homes, with
lake front homes starting at about $500,000 and going well over $3,000,000.
You Might Want To Live Here?
We've compiled a list of fun activities that make this area so popular
to so many. If you think you may be interested in moving to Gull Lake,
take a look at this list - it may help you to make your decision.
Swimming, power boating, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, joining friends
at the sand bar, dining in fine restaurants, playing golf on championship
courses, fishing, watching the sunrise over the water, watching the sunset
over the water, being wet when it's 95 degrees, looking for sunken treasure,
joining a country club you can get to by boat, building sand castles,
walking, riding bikes, boat cruises, canoeing, water skiing, tubing, entertaining,
great schools, going by boat for an ice cream cone, ice skating, ice boating,
ice fishing, ice golf, or making a great Real Estate investment?
you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions you should immediately
contact the Gull Lake specialists at Boris Realtors. Send us an email or use our friendly homefinder form or let your fingers do the walking and call 800-466-3908. We look forward to hearing from you!