Timberstone Shores History

In the BeginningNameless Lake Lodge

During the early 1900's, Manitoulin Island was a playground for the rich and famous. Land was inexpensive and owning a wilderness lodge or retreat was in vogue. Manitoulin has numerous examples of huge log and stone structures that were built in the 1920's mostly by affluent American families. Some of these estates still stand in testimony to an era that is almost forgotten.

I have lived with my family at Nameless Lake for the past 28 years and the search to reconstruct its history continues. Although contact with families of the two previous owners has been made, details surrounding the early years are sketchy. I do know that the first owners who acquired all of the property around Nameless Lake were an American family by the name of Cartwright. They purchased 600 acres of land in the early 1920's and they take credit for its Nameless Lake 1970designation as a "private lake" which still exists today. In 1927, they built the lodge that I now occupy with my family. Some of the Cartwright descendants still visit on occasion and recall with delight their childhood visits to Nameless Lake.

In the early 1950's the property was purchased by Mr. Paul Dennis. He acquired an additional 300 acres to the south of the lake ensuring the lake's privacy. Mr. Dennis had a vision. He spent many years developing a Rainbow Trout fishery in the early 1960's for which Nameless Lake became quite famous. It was during a time when this type of science was in its infancy. Mr. Dennis and his son Lowell became quite the experts on the subject of Rainbow Trout raising and the stocking of Nameless Lake. Barbara and I purchased the property form the Dennis family in 1981.

How Did Nameless Lake Get Its Name?

I expect to be asked this question within the first few minutes of any conversation with a new visitor.  Having spent the majority of my life in Canada's North, I am quite accustomed to strange names being attached to lakes and landmarks. It would have been wonderful if I could have discovered a story of mystery and intrigue associated with Nameless Lake. I fully expected to hear a little tidbit of information from any one of the many Haweaters (one who is born on Manitoulin) I questioned but their response was usually always the same... "I never thought much about it before...its been called Nameless Lake as long as I can remember". The more I inquired, the more I realized that no one really knew. The longer the question remained un-answered, the more I wanted to find out.  After searching the archives of our local Land Registry Office I found that the original survey document had Nameless Lake written prominently from one end of the lake to the other. I was left to imagine the survey crew seeing the lake for the first time, an uninhabited jewel in the midst of a lush forest. At that time, all lakes and rivers had to be named for reference purposes. If there was no known name, it was left to the surveyor to come up with one or called it Nameless. You can see how innocently it probably happened.

Original Survey