Having vacationed with my family many times at White Lake in the fifties and sixties, I had not seen it in many years, and I wanted to see how it had changed. Was I in for a shock!
I turned at Wam Squam station, which was surrounded by a vast area of woodland that had been needlessly clear-cut, making the property look like a disaster site.
Near what used to be Melvin's Beach was a shiny, white plastic fence that stretched for at least a mile, completely blocking the view of the lake. I soon learned why the fence was there — the fence was hiding hundreds of trailers with makeshift additions taking up nearly every square inch of land.
Nearly everywhere I looked as I drove around the lake, there was a trailer park, and the density of the trailers inside the parks was a terrible sight to behold.
As my family used to vacation at Marshburn’s, I was especially interested in seeing what time had done to it. I experienced my worst disappointment when I turned in to Marshburn’s Beach, which is now a trailer park stretching from the road all the way to the water, obliterating any view of the lake. No charm. No beauty. Only ugliness.
White Lake — famed for its crystal clear water — is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen, and I spent many happy days there, but it has been turned into an eyesore. Evidently, greedy developers were given free reign to trash this North Carolina treasure for maximum profit, regardless of the harm they did to the aesthetics of the lake and its environment.
I never expected White Lake to become the eyesore it is today. What a pity.