This is a work in progress
I took this picture of Rafa at Christmas 2015, just after I got my iPhone. It is the first picture I took with it.
The shape of the island in the middle of the lake reminds me of a seagull. I first noticed this curiosity more than two decades ago. I thought I might one day want to visit it. So I did.
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Gmap4 from mappingsupport.com draws the map and displays the KML file of the track and campsites. Zoom in on the far left of the track on the map to see the island. If you have difficulty with the web page (slow or unresponsive) you can download the KML file directly with the link below (works with Firefox, Chrome). The KML file can be viewed with Google Earth. Display with Gmap4 is convenient because it can show the topo maps while Google Earth does not.Download KML
Here is a view of Sea Gull island with the west wing in the foreground. During the late summer--early fall, the water level is at its lowest. That makes getting to the island fairly easy. I changed to shorts and sandals and waded across with my hiking pole for support. The water came up to my crotch but no more. I spent an hour exploring the island.
Just after I turned around, while still on the east wing, I was surprised to find the remains of a blue helium party balloon. The island marked the furthest point of my trip deep into the back country. It seemed odd that I would find an accidental piece of human activity so far from everything else.