Thank you for your feedback, Cheryl. We're glad you enjoyed the cottage and yard. We enjoyed hearing that your family had a fun ball game, which the neighbors appreciated watching.
A couple of clarifications: We have three fans available in the cottage, and the porch has a ceiling fan. We are hoping that is usually adequate, but your visit coincided with especially hot weather!
Regarding the lake: It's a good sized lake and subject to the elements. Depending on weather conditions, more or fewer weeds/debris may float to the shore. Recent rain and north winds have made these conditions the worst ever, according to long-time residents. The water is safe for swimming. Though we do not have a beach, the good thing about our shore area is the sandy lake botton around our pier. Kids (and adults) enjoy water play with inflatables--we provide several. As you mention, Fox Lake is great for fishing. It's also wonderful for boating, and we have a canoe and two kayaks for foks to use.