I chose Messerschmidt Pond because of the other post on here and it was great to have that info.
All I can say is, we couldn't have picked a better day or location to introduce the kids (and dog) to canoeing. It was PERFECT! We arrived just before noon, parked easily in the shade, carried canoe and gear to water's edge and set off.
It is a beautiful spot with lots of little places to explore. The kids particularly loved exploring the island in the middle of the lake. It definitely added to the adventure for them and now all they want to know is WHEN are we going again? I think we will quickly outgrow this spot but we couldn't have asked for a better introduction for the family.