Lac Des Mille Lacs is French and translates “Lake of a Thousand Lakes”. Jacques de Noyon, founder of the first Trans-Canada Canoe Route to the West, Paddled across Lac Des Mille Lacs during the spring of 1688. A historical plaque at Argon commemorates this achievement. In the 1870’s, a steamboat operated by G.A. McLaurin, fur trader and factor, towed logs and supplies across the lake to and from his sawmill at the Savanne River. Years later his steamboat sank just up river of the bridge on HWY 17 crossing the Savanne River. People are still losing lures on this sunken relic.