Take the time to hike around the shut-ins and scout the cedar glades above the creek. The geology is great here and makes you feel like you are in Colorado or out west.
The trail that runs from the parking lot to the shut-ins is along the Marble Creek Section of the Ozark Trail. Visit their site for more information: www.ozarktrail.com/marblecreek.php. To get to Crane Lake, take Highway E west of Fredericktown and Highway 67. Continue on E for about 18 miles and then take a left onto County Road 124 and then a left onto Crane Pond Road. There are signs directing to you from off of Highway E.
Not too many make it down here, so the next time you are here, make it a point to visit a rarely visited gem in the St. Francis Mountains.
Because I was visiting during midday, I decided to try out my new infrared filter. Most of these exposures were 3 to 5 minutes long.