The Leo Hale Lumber Company
The Leo Hale lumber company built the lumber town of Watervale in 1892. With a railroad that ran from Upper Herring to the great peir on Lake Michigan, the town ran as a lumber mill for just a few years until the company was bankrupted in the Panic of 1893 and the town was abandoned.
Dr. Oscar Kraft
Dr. Oscar Kraft purchased Watervale in 1917 as a gathering spot for his extended family. This gathering spot evolved into a summer resort with guest registers dating from 1918. Dr. Kraft's niece, Vera and her husband Vernon Noble, purchased Watervale in 1960 and owned it until her death in 2005.
Vera & Vernon's three children now own Watervale and continue the tradition of bringing families together to this idyllic place on earth.