Please respect private property near this geocache site. THE CACHE IS NOT ON A FENCE.
Four generations of framptonboys and family have grown up visiting this cherished spot in Clear Lake. It may be easy to stop by for a quick view of the lake without giving a second thought to the history and importance of this place. The Clear Lake outlet is the only flow of water out of the 3,600 acre lake and has been the site of events affecting the livelihood of the lake and town alike.
A quick search of the history books reveals exciting tales of area landowner conflicts over the lake depth, some resorting to blowing up the site with dynamite before the final depth was established. Founding settlers also used the outlet as a power source to run a sawmill and later, a flour mill. None of that history is apparent to the casual visitor today, but we can only imagine what it must have been like during the mid-1800's sawmill operations or the scandalous dynamite demolitions around 1900. Today, it is a much quieter place, where kids love running through the water chasing minnows or playing in the small waterfall as the 'extra' parts of Clear Lake start making their way east into Clear Creek, Willow Creek through Mason City and eventually joining the Shell Rock River and Mississippi River.
Please visit this place with careful respect of the property owners that border the outlet. The geocache zone is on public property that is clearly delineated with fences, but it is narrow, and it is clear that neighbors do not appreciate trespassing. Make this cache a favorite if you love this place too!