Oxbow lake

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An oxbow lake is formed when the river erodes enough to reconnect the two closest points of a meander creating a chute, therefore placing soot at the entrances of the meander until it is closed off completely, forming a new body of water. This body of water can vary in size and depth creating either a prosperous lake or a small outlet to be dried up relatively soon. In this instance, the lake has stayed filled with water due to other nearby creeks being able to keep consistent amounts of water in it. This eroding of the Mississippi River created what is known as Halfmoon Lake, which is very visibly an Oxbow lake given the distinct crescent shape of the water feature. This is a thriving lake today that supports a good fishing community, including the likes of Perch, Small and Largemouth bass, and Pickerel. It is a very common spot to both fly fish and use normal rod and reel due to the diversity in fish species and the beauty of the lake.

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