Ransom Lake Natural Area near Lake Ann, Michigan

lake with still, reflective water, forest of conifers and hardwoods changing color on the far shore

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This photo shows Ransom Lake near Lake Ann, Michigan. This is one of many kettle ponds in the Platte River Outwash plain. The dense forests are typical of this region, owing to a lake-moderate climate and high water table, contrasting with areas to the east and south where drought and fire are more common.