The Miseducation of Cameron Post: Scanlan Lake
Scanlan Lake was a man-made sort of lake-pond that was Miles City’s best stab at a municipal pool. It had two wooden docks set fifty yards apart, which was a regulation distance according to federation swim rules…. Every May the city released a flow tube and filled the then-empty lakebed with diverted water from the Yellowstone River—baby catfish, flukes, minnows, snakes, and tiny iridescent snails that fed on duck poop and caused the red rash of bumps known as swimmer’s itch, the rash that covered the backs of my legs and burned, especially in the soft skin behind my knees. (12)
Emily M. Danforth. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. New York: HarperCollins, 2012.