The Sloughs of Sleepy Eye
Ice boating was an occasional winter sport on Sleepy Eye Lake. In summer many rowboats could be seen, and a boathouse stood below the park. Ice skating was popular on Sleepy Eye Lake, the Geschwind Slough, Ross Lake, the Dumke Slough south of Ross Lake (about the place on which the Orchid Inn stands), and even occasionally on the Hilleschiem Slough which was in the southwest part of town and is now a portion of the Hilleshiem Addition. Often times, Main Street would even be considered a mass of mud.