History of the Lake


Some History of Kangaroo Lake

How does one describe Kangaroo Lake’s origins when it was part of Lake Michigan 5000 years ago—give or take a few years? The best and only history of our Kangaroo Lake was published in a book entitled: A History of Kangaroo Lake, sponsored by our Kangaroo Lake Association and expertly authored/edited by Patricia Lewis Williamson, Ph.D., first published in 2005 and recently reprinted in 2012.

The first 69 pages capture the history and early recollections of our “old-timers” followed by 227 pages of “stories” contributed by owners of lake property and surrounding areas including many pictures and some newspaper articles. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have come before us. You can purchase this book from several resources. For more information,  email the Author.

Some very interesting components from this book:

  • Forward (History of development of this book)
  • Early History of the Area
  • Source of Kangaroo Lake’s name
  • The Causeway
  • Cutting Ice on Kangaroo Lake
  • The Boat Ramp
  • The Kangaroo Lake Association: The early years: 1920’s, 1930’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s
  • Early memories of some of our “old-timers”
  • History of Coyote Roadhouse, hotels, school, resorts, Island, etc.

One doesn’t need to live here to enjoy this great read! Thanks Patty for your inspiring work on this great collection of history and stories.

History_ Cover

A short history of: The Dam.

Another book to consider is Wildflowers of Door County, a Field Guide, Wisconsin’s Unique Floral Preserve, written by KLA Board Member emeriti Paul & Marilyn Mahlberg and published in 2000. It contains wonderful illustrations by Marilyn who also created the colorful paintings found on this Website. This book can be found on Amazon.

Wildflwrs DC