Early transportation from the railroads at Lakeland was by launch down the Huron.

Riverside Launch

The Riverside Launch. Probably leaving from Zukey Lake.  One story has it that the boat was purposely sunk in the deepest part of Portage Lake when it was about to be repossessed.

Steam Launch on the Huron

Steam Boat on one of the lakes.

Steam Launch

Steam Boat heading upstream on the Huron.