The sprawling marshlands southwest of Calumet feature a series of small ponds known collectively as the Swedetown Ponds. There are a total of five ponds scattered across the land surrounding Swedetown. Two of these ponds lie within the Swedetown Recreation Area and feature a series of fishing piers along with a short walking trail. The other three ponds are in reality one large pond, sliced up into three pieces by a pair of causeways carrying Osceola Road and the old Mineral Range rail way. All the ponds are shallow and feature marshy shorelines.
NOTES: These ponds are too small for boats, but there are several fishing piers built along their shore. These piers are accessed from the road via short paved paths. A parking lot is provided alongside the smaller ponds. At the large ponds fishing can be done along the side of the road, which borders the water.
DIRECTIONS: Heading south out of Calumet along US41, turn left at the stop light. Turn left again at the first road (Mine St) and turn right at the stop sign. Follow this road (Swedetown Rd) to its end, the first set of ponds will be on the right. Take a left at the “T” (onto Osceola Road) and continue a short bit to the second set of ponds, which sit along both sides of the road.