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At Trouble Spot on North engineers are building a tie-back levee from the hill through Big Lake park and joining the main levee between the North western and Illinois Central railroad tracks.

Today...Gilbert's pond is still a favored recreation spot, but only for fishermen. Like the two men at left, who soak up some sunshine while waiting for a fish to bite. note how the bluffs have changed. They have been cut away to furnish earth…

Council Bluffs Changing Scene: Back in the 1920's, Gilbert's pond at Big Lake was used as a municipal swimming pool. This was one of the city's most popular play areas. Note the high bluffs, east of the North Eighth Street road, in the background. …

Today...the ups and downs of the Missouri River, plus a lower water table in the area, have turned Big Lake into a nearly dry hole. The area is mostly covered with weeds and willows, with a slight trickle of spring water running into the lake. The…


This is how Big Lake appeared around 1930, when there was water in the other lake, boats for fishing, and fish to be caught. Always a popular spot for persons for picnic and get out-of-doors year round. Big Lake is on the north edge of the city…


Big Lake

With the 10-inch dredge now operating in its third season, Big Lake has been deepened by a minimum of eight feet over approximately 12 acres. water lilies give the dredge operators toruble by clogging the intake of the suction line.

Mud And Water...pumped from the bottom of Big Lake spew from the end of the discharge line into a bed of rushes that will be filled to form new recreation area around the proposed 60-acre reclaimed lake. Both Parks Supt. Richard Hilligus and Dredge…

Mechanics, welders and operators from Pentizien Inc. of Omaha swarmed over the city Parks Department's new dredge at Big Lake getting the equipment ready to operate. Gary Cross of the parks departments will be trained as operator of the huge…

Just A Puddle...with a lot of weeds is the view of Big Lake north of Council Bluffs. It used to be a favorite fishing spot for Bluffs' residents.

Drinking Big Lake has been shut off the past two years due to corroded piping. A nearby spring water tap has been installed. Youngster pointing to Poet Longfellow's verse is Gary Aherns, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Aherns of 2633…

Aerial C832 (4).tif
Aerial photograph of Big Lake

December 2007 Historical Society newsletter.

Postcard of fishing in Big Lake

Railroads I455.tif
Photograph of the Illinois Central Railroad Trestle over Big Lake north of Council Bluffs
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