Location: The Dikes, Gile Flowage, Hurley, WIsconsin
I was driving down the highway to Mom & Dad’s and I thought I saw fire in the sky. I took the back road and when I got to the boat landing, there was no fire, just the setting sun reflecting on ice crystals in the air above the island. The firey column lasted for only a few moments. One of the most spectacular natural phenomenons I have ever seen.
The Gile Flowage is a 3,384 acre man made lake l(1940s) located about 12 miles south of Lake Superior (as the crow flies). It is the recipient of often record breaking Lake effect snow. This particular spot is only about 2 miles in between my sister’s and parents’ homes. It is a popular fishing hole year round. I often find Dad there on a summer evening.