In 1957, the Diocese of Madison, for the price of $1,500, purchased 125 acres of property adjacent to the southern boundary of camp. Camp and Diocesan leadership hoped to someday dam Harrison Creek in an effort to create a 40-acre lake. However, the DNR would not approve the plan for the 40-acre lake.
Instead, in 1964, a freshwater, sand-bottom swimming pool (eastern half of present day Lake Jake) was excavated, and a spring was diverted to feed the “pool.”