Go Back Report # 1247

12-28-2003   ***ICE CIRCLES***


The Mud Lake Ice Circle


     Mud Lake may not be Michigan’s most imposing lake in the summer. Set near Horton, about fifteen miles south of Jackson, and less than a mile in diameter, the little body of water isn’t exactly a tourism hot spot. Even its name isn’t unique; there’s another Mud Lake in the northern part of Jackson County that normally gets all the press. But in the winter of 2003, not only was Mud Lake a literal hot spot, it was making news around the world.

     It all started when lake resident Vaughn Hobe saw the light. An unidentifiable, brilliant white light illuminated the area over the lake on a bitterly cold and windy night at about one thirty a.m. on December 18. He stared in disbelief for a while, then told himself it was simply the best moonrise ever and went to bed. Ten days later, on the twenty-eighth, he and his son were collecting firewood from a bluff near the lake when they looked over and saw the anomaly: "a three to four foot wide ring around forty feet across with white snow in the center," according to a report on michiganufos.com. Outside the ring was an additional pattern that radiated as far as the shore.

     Something had melted the ice in a perfect circle while leaving the center of the circle intact. But what could do that? Hobe decided to call in some experts, who came from near and far, including Jeff Wilson, independent crop formation investigator; Todd Lemire, chief field investigator for the Michigan Mutual UFO network; and later Linda Moulton Howe, an internationally known author and researcher.

     Besides the ice circle, Hobe told the investigators he and his son had been seeing illuminated orange spheres hovering over the lake for the past several years. Hobe even chased one on his snowmobile. Also he said that one neighbor had been followed by “objects” while driving and another saw three unidentified objects flying over their field. Hobe did tell the investigators that he had been a UFO buff all his life.

     One expert concluded that the circle was formed by normal “hydrological processes.” Another thought that the wind might have been the culprit. But the investigators are at a loss to explain the brilliant white light and the orange orbs and say they can’t tell if there is a connection between those phenomena and the ice circle. One of the weirdest things was discovered by researcher W.C. Levengood, who found that plants grown with water from the ice circle’s “splash pattern” grew 174 percent faster than plants grown with ordinary water!


Reference for the above text is: Weird Michigan: Your Travel Guide to Michigan's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Linda S. Godfrey, Mark Moran, Mark Sceurman, p. 67, ©2006, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York, NY.

Reference: Long URLGoogle: Vaughn Hobe and go to Google books [books google.com] to see the article in the book. Includes two photos.




Mystery at Mud Lake

Wednesday, January 7, 2004  
By Brian Charlton


When Vaughn Hobe first noticed a blinding light veering through the trees of his back yard and into his Liberty Township home in mid-December, he was mesmerized for nearly 20 minutes.

     Ten days later, he discovered a 45-foot wide ring in the ice on Mud Lake, a private body of water abutting his property. It was surrounded by a 60-foot halo melted into the snow and overlapping onto the shore.

     "It looked like something had come down with a cookie cutter and whoosh," Hobe said raising his hands to explain. [...]


Reference for the above text is: http://www.sott.net/signs/signs_supplement_ufo2.htm

Signs of the Times. Retrieved April 8, 2011.




North America – United States, Michigan, Jackson

Mud Lake              Latitude 42-06-46 N, Longitude 084-27-28 W (D-M-S)

See note below regarding this lake’s location.

Horton                  Latitude 42-09-01 N, Longitude 084-31-02 W

Jackson                Latitude 42-14-45 N, Longitude 084-24-05 W

Liberty Township  Latitude 42-07-16 N, Longitude 084-25-27 W [civil]

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399


The combination of Mud Lake and Liberty Township (his home area) and Jackson, Michigan came up in Google maps with its sister lake called Crispell Lake.


The following is from Wikipedia:

Mud Lake is one of the larger lakes of Liberty Township it is not very deep—maybe 20 feet in some areas. It is sometimes considered a swamp because so many lily pads are on it in the summer, and no boats are ever on it. There are only a few houses on it, so it’s pretty much all wildlife; it has many waterfowl birds on it in the summer. It is one of the most scenic lakes in the township. Mud Lake has a sister lake called Crispell Lake; they are only a quarter of a mile away from each other. They sometimes connect in the summer by a small creek when it rains a lot. But Springbrook Rd., and woods, and wetlands are the only thing between them.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud_Lake_(Michigan)



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