By Josh Hughes (2006)










I chose Little Bass Lake Resort as my topic because I have so many memories of happiness there. My grandpa owns Little Bass Lake Resort. It is located near Grand Rapids, MN on Little Bass Lake. LBLR has a beach, great fishing locations (especially for bluebook crappies), has kayaks and has fires many nights during the summer. Little Bass also has a volleyball net and tetherball.


I go to LBLR about 3-4 times a year, but I want to go there more often. To me Little Bass Lake Resort is like a second home.  I spend time helping my grandpa work on the resort by carrying trash to the dumpster, hauling wood to the fire pit, and hauling things from one side of the resort to another with a little tractor. I also spend time by the fire on warm summer nights roasting marshmallows (my parents say I’m only warming them up, but they burn them), eating s’mores, and catching fireflies in a jar. I remember one July 4th when we were setting off fireworks when part of one blew up and flew sideways. I also learned that fireflies glow about 10 minutes after someone squishes them.


Little Bass Lake Resort is in so many of my memories I felt like I should choose it as my topic.






The Lake Isle of Innisfree

William Butler Yeats (1892)


I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,

And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:

Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,

And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,

Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;

There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,

And evening full of linnet’s wings.


I will arise and go now, for always night and day

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;

While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavement’s gray,

I hear it in the deep heart’s core.









My Reaction To

 “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”



I chose the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree because it just went along with how I feel about Little Bass Lake Resort. This piece talks about the peace of a lake, cabin, and isle, everything I have at my grandpa’s resort. The resort is on Little Bass Lake, has 6 nice cabins, and has an isle in the middle that in some places is only one foot underwater. It is called “The Sunken Island.” The poem reminds me about the features and peace that the resort has to offer those who seek it. It talks about what you can find, such as a large wildlife ecosystem. A line that goes perfectly with LBLR is, “I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore.” It is exactly the same as LBLR at dawn, dusk, and anything between.


This is a brilliant piece of writing; the elements seem to be excellently known by the writer. The symbol of peace the author shows makes you feel how peaceful the Lake Isle of Innisfree really is.


All in all, this piece of writing shows how the Lake Isle of Innisfree and Little Bass Lake Resort really are.







Lake of Tranquility

By Joshua Hughes


Birds chirping in tall oaks. A light breeze is refreshment on a warm summer’s day. The lake is calm, a deep calm that nothing can break. If you look into the water, a deep blue color awaits you, beckoning you to jump in and cool off.


The water glistens in the brilliant light of the sun. The clouds tell of stories that have never been told before. If you dare gaze at the sky, you fall into a deep slumber, abandoning your mission and your day under the complete and total peace. Waiting, waiting.


You hear a loon casting its eerie yet enchanting call that echoes through the air. A tree falls in the distance; you know the local beaver is preparing for winter. A fish jumps out of the water and splashes back in, shattering the peace that is known. An eagle circles endlessly through the sky, waiting, waiting.


 The wind kicks in, bringing an early winter chill. The sun seems to dim with the coming of winter. Your chance is gone for this summer, this year. You look at the clouds, and drift to a slumber. Waiting, still waiting.







Little Bass is peace and quiet;

It has never had a Riot!






The message of this portfolio is simple, peace and tranquility can and will be found at little bass for those who seek it. It is also the place of some thrills, but few go there for them. Little Bass Lake Resort is a place where I can relax, have fun, and be closer to the wilderness than in any city.

While I have been making this portfolio I have learned about how much I really care and appreciate my grandpa and his resort. I have recognized how peaceful Little Bass Lake Resort really is. I hope that in the future I will increase my trips to LBLR and continue to enjoy my time there.

In conclusion Little Bass Lake Resort is my second home and it always will be.      




Josh (my oldest grandchild) was 13 years old when he wrote this.  He was in the 7th grade at Sartell Middle School in Sartell Minnesota at the time.