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Jerseydave
11-16-2009, 09:13 PM
Tell us about it, and be honest.....don't sugar coat anything.
I want to know:

1. location
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity
3. boat traffic
4. rocky or sandy bottom
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter)
6. special features/points of interest
7. pros/cons of boating there

I'll start:

1. Delaware river about 5 miles south of Trenton NJ
2. fresh water, 3-4 feet visibility, lots of debris after heavy rain
3. weekdays very light traffic, weekends light until 11am
4. rocky but 35-40 deep in channel
5. april-october, high 70's to low 80's summer, 32 or less in winter
6. ER only 15 mins away by car, can criuse to Philly in less than 1 hour by boat and only 10 mins by boat to dockside bar/restaurant that makes you feel like you're in florida
7. pros-met lots of wakeboarders in the area that I now ride with
cons-big boats (over 40 ft.) on the river to contend with and tubers too

TX.X-30 fan
11-16-2009, 09:27 PM
Lake travis

Snake filled

Raw sewage

Bass Fishermen everywhere.

red Tide

Brain eating Amoebas

Finnsdad
11-16-2009, 11:15 PM
1. Wisconsin River - Wausau WI
2. fresh water
3. depends on the part of the river, none to tuber central
4. depends, mostly sand or muck
5. ice out in april, water temp up to mid 70s, ice on in early dec
6. lots of dams so not a lot of places to boat to, sandbars are the place to party
7. pros- can almost always find calm water if you know where to go, cons- formerly used as a way to transport logs to mills, so lots of deadheads and piling, occasional floaters

jdl xstar
11-16-2009, 11:22 PM
1. Winter Park chain , just north of orlando
2. Fresh water- 4-5 feet clear
3. busy on weekends, very quiet during week
4. sand / weeds
5. year round skiing- mid 80's in summer, low 70's in winter
6. Doc Rivers, Carrot Top and Scott Stap (Creed) are three of the more well know residents on the lake. Small island in the middle of lake called "Dog Island"
7. Pros: semi private lake which reduces the wally count. Cons: certain areas can be taken over by weeds!

LaRue
11-17-2009, 12:32 AM
most weeks Missouri River- Yankton SD. Fresh water...can get busy, rock and sand, great bluffs, clean water, gorgeous scenery

Where we vacation every summer

1. location (Park Rapids Minnesota Big Sand Lake)
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity (Fresh, clarity readings register upwards of 20'- AWESOME!)
3. boat traffic (Basically none)
4. rocky or sandy bottom (Mostly Sand...hence the name)
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) (Memorial Day- Labor Day)
6. special features/points of interest (Crystal clear water, sand everywhere, no traffic, lots of wildlife, usally little to no wind)
7. pros/cons of boating there

Double D
11-17-2009, 12:59 AM
1. location - Berlin Reservoir, Northeast, Ohio
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity - Fresh Water and typically not clear
3. boat traffic - Big areas of lake = Lots of traffic, Ski Chanel = Not so bad
4. rocky or sandy bottom - Muddy bottom
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) - April to August, September, October. Depends on area and rainfall. Temp = 60 in spring to 80 degrees in summer.
6. special features/points of interest - Thin river like area that is great for reduced cross wake.
7. pros/cons of boating there - Pro = Certain evenings you will be the only boat out there. Cons - The area is shallow and when the water lowers the area becomes unusable and sometimes dangerous.
See related pictures. The empty picture is not where we ski but it shows the bottom, and that you can see the bottom in November..... :mad:

TMCNo1
11-17-2009, 01:12 AM
1. location, (Belews Lake)A) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belews_Lake B) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belews_Creek_Steam_Station
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity, (Fresh, very clear and one of the cleanest lakes in NC)
3. boat traffic, (Very heavy weekends and holidays after 9am, little or no traffic weekdays)
4. rocky or sandy bottom, (Sandy and mucky with rock in some areas)
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) (Early April thru late October, w/ 90 degree water in main body, 70 winter temps near the hot hole, remaining is cold)
6. special features/points of interest, The Carport (small hidden cove in a deep cove), Humprey's Marina, Carolina Marina
7. pros/cons of boating there, Only about 15% of the lake is developed for housing and the rest is natural shoreline, 2 slalom courses and only 7 miles from home.

DemolitionMan
11-17-2009, 01:21 AM
1. Clarks Hill Lake, 21 miles north of Augusta, Georgia.

2. Fresh Water, 5-6 feet of visibility.

3. Weekdays, Light traffic. Weekends heavy traffic.

4. Clay bottom some rock.

5. March-October, Low 70's- High 100. Winter 40's. Air temp.

6. 30 minute drive from home to lake. 1,200 miles of shore line, 71,000 acers of water.

7. Pros, lots of wakeboarding boats, lots of women, and lots of party house's.
Cons, Not many places to eat on the water. And the corps of engineers runs our lake. So levels are up and down.

Skipper
11-17-2009, 09:35 AM
Calcasieu River, Louisiana

1. location (Calcasieu River, Louisiana)
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity (Fresh, mucky)
3. boat traffic (Little or none at the slalom course)
4. rocky or sandy bottom (Sand)
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) (May - September with high water temp in the 80's, low in the 60's)
6. special features/points of interest (Large swamp women with only a few teeth wearing bikinis)
7. pros/cons of boating there[/QUOTE] (Pros: Extremely low boat traffic at the slalom course, protected from the wind. Cons: Annoying reverb when the water is low and the odor of rotting fish at the launch ramp)

76S&S
11-17-2009, 09:47 AM
[QUOTE=njskier;644274]Tell us about it, and be honest.....don't sugar coat anything.
I want to know:

1. location Warrior River - outside of Birmingham, AL2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity Fresh - vis 3 to 5 feet
3. boat traffic Light during the week, busy as hell where we are on the weekends. A short boat ride can usually resolve this.4. rocky or sandy bottom mixed5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) March to November or even longer for the brave
6. special features/points of interest You can boat all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
7. pros/cons of boating there pros: not as busy as the favored lakes (Martin, Smith and Logan Martin) and deep water Cons: Trash after heavy rains, lots of fisherman in the spring and wallys in the summer

Overall not a bad place to ride and the real estate values haven't appreciated as much as the surrounding lakes have. Which is good for someone looking for waterfront, but bad if you have owned it for some time.

norris_ps205
11-17-2009, 09:50 AM
1. location Norris Lake, Tennessee
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity Fresh water; clear to 10-15 feet
3. boat traffic Low during the week, busy on weekends. Lake is big enough to find a quiet area.
4. rocky or sandy bottom Tennessee Red Clay
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) April to October. Summer water temps in the 80's, winter water temps in the low 50's
6. special features/points of interest Huge lake, clean water, low traffic, great neighbors!
7. pros/cons of boating there Glass water in the morning/Crazy traffic on weekends and holidays

trickskier
11-17-2009, 10:52 AM
Kingsley Lake - Starke FL
Fresh water extremely clear
Boat traffic heavy on weekends
White sandy bottom
Year round season

Check out the link below:

www.kingsleylake.org

jixxxer
11-17-2009, 11:41 AM
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Mermentau River, Mermentau Louisiana.
If your a skiier be glad you dont live down here!

EarlyriserX9
11-17-2009, 12:34 PM
1. location Lake Wylie, SC
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity Fresh Water, Pretty clear except after a really heavy rain
3. boat traffic Pretty heavy during peak month weekends
4. rocky or sandy bottom Depends on what part of the lake
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) We ski year round, but you can go 8-9 months comfortably
6. special features/points of interest There are some nice coves that stay pretty glassy early in the mornings and weekdays
7. pros/cons of boating there On the weekends there are tubers everywhere!
8. size 325 miles of shoreline; 13,400 acres surface area

DooSPX
11-17-2009, 01:07 PM
1. location Potomac River above Dam5- WV-MD and Lake Jackson-Central, FL
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity Fresh, River 6-8ft slightly muddy and the lake is clear only about 4 ft now (used to be 15-25 ft :rolleyes:)
3. boat traffic River- lots on weekend, river is only 300 ft wide so 3 boats and your stuck... Lake- not to bad
4. rocky or sandy bottom River-Rocky/Muddy and the Lake- Sandy
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) 2-3 months for the river and high 70's to 80. the Lake is year around and about70 to 85+ temp.
6. special features/points of interest River-Go too far up river you hit 1 foot dept or less and go too far down, you go OVER Dam 5... Lake- NONE
7. pros/cons of boating there River- way too busy on weekends to ski, Lake-too shallow in some areas now and pissed off Gators?

Muttley
11-17-2009, 01:24 PM
1. location

Local in Summer: Allouette Lake, Maple Ridge, BC ...or maybe another 20 minutes to Stave Lake. Local in off season (Sept.- Oct., March-April) Cultus Lake, Chilliwack, BC. Evenings: Pitt River (10 minute drive, 10 minutes boating up river). Weekends to Kawkawa. Vacation: Mabel, Kalamalka, Wood and Shuswap lakes. Have gone to Washington to Whatcom and Sammish.

2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity

Lakes: Fresh & crystal. Usually cold. River: Brackish and muddy. A good flush is required.

3. boat traffic

Cultus is a zoo after April, then we go to Allouette, which is usually good if you travel to the far end, but wind comes up at 3 for a rough ride home. Stave is a bit further, but lots of space and usually flat.

4. rocky or sandy bottom

Yep. And muddy in spots.

5. length of season (water temps summer/winter)

How brave are you?

6. special features/points of interest

Excellent scenery

7. pros/cons of boating there

See #1. We have options. :cool:

M-Funf
11-17-2009, 03:13 PM
[QUOTE=njskier;644274]Tell us about it, and be honest.....don't sugar coat anything.
I want to know:

1. location Lake Sonoma. 5 miles NW of Healdsburg, CA
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity Fresh. semi-clear sometimes, murky most others.
3. boat traffic Fairly open weekdays, can be crowded weekends. Early AM is best.
4. rocky or sandy bottom Don't know. I don't touch the bottom.
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) Year Round. Water ranges from 50F to 75F. Air temps from 30F to 100+F
6. special features/points of interest It's sorta close to home :confused:
7. pros/cons of boating there Good days are REALLY good. Bad days are REALLY bad.

Shane21
11-17-2009, 03:14 PM
1. location (Tickfaw River, Baton Rouge, LA)
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity (Brackish...Can get real salty depending on the tides)
3. boat traffic (Enormous during holiday weekends. Fairly heavy normally. We typically find other cuts to try and ski. NO WAY I would ski in main river.)
4. rocky or sandy bottom (Nasty muck. You don't want to ever find the bottom.)
5. length of season (This is the beauty. I've skied February to December before, but typically about April to September is good.)
6. special features/points of interest (Lots of bikinis and parties all up and down the river. Several very cool bars to hang out at that are by boat only. 5 mins to Lake Maurepas and 15mins to Lake Ponchatrain.)
7. pros/cons of boating there (Pros - Good weather and plenty of people/fun. Cons - Lots of people, not the cleanest of water and I've bent two props in the last 3 years by hitting stumps/floaters/etc...)

Esiegert
11-17-2009, 04:46 PM
1. Location: Zachary Louisiana - 10 Minutes from Baton Rouge
2. Fresh water-Nice Blue water
3. Only one boat at a time on the lakes-3 lakes to choose from
4. Rocky and mucky bottom
5. All year Round-we normally stop two weeks of the year to go snow skiing
6. There are 3 (sometimes more) current year MasterCraft at the docks ready to be used.
7. Pros: get to use the best boats all year round-get new ones every year-get to share the lake with some of the best skiers and boarders-have perfect water all the time
Cons: Have to work while the boats sit there not being used!!!! It kills me!!

This is what i stare at while at my desk!!!

Sodar
11-17-2009, 04:57 PM
1. location- Blythe, CA or Parker, AZ - Colorado River-Lower River (250 miles and 300 miles, respectively from home)
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity - Fresh... about as clear as it gets for rivers.
3. boat traffic - Blythe weekends are moderate. Parker weekends are like the intro to Gilligan's Island... on by 6am and off my 9am.
4. rocky or sandy bottom: Blythe- Sandy- Parker- Rocky and Sandy
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) Year around. Winter water in the forties. Summer water in the 80's.
6. special features/points of interest: Blythe- they have a Greyhound Station! :D Parker- A few bars and restaurants.
7. pros/cons of boating there Pros: Only open water nearby. Cons: The drive is too long!

agua4fun
11-17-2009, 07:22 PM
1. Maumee River - Near Toledo Ohio

2. "Fresh" Water - but about as muddy as you could imagine. - 3-6" visibility

3. Most of the time you can have glass, not on holidays or saturdays in August.

4. rocky bottom, 3-8ft - swift current when the wind blows over 20mph

5. length of season - April to October Typical Midwest Weather

6. Multiple dining locations - bars, mexican, italian, seafood, barbeque, etc...

7. Cons - Dirty Water - Kinda Nasty in August
Pros - Dirty Water - most people dont want to get in the water - glass glass glass
Not unusual to ski/board 10 miles in a straight line.

JohnE
11-17-2009, 07:37 PM
Tell us about it, and be honest.....don't sugar coat anything.
I want to know:

1. location
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity
3. boat traffic
4. rocky or sandy bottom
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter)
6. special features/points of interest
7. pros/cons of boating there



1. Lake Ossipee, NH.
2. Fresh, naturally. Fed from a few rivers flowing from the White Mountains.
3. No traffic during the week. Weekends don't get busy 'till afternoon and are dead until late morning.
4. Sandy bottom, crystal clear water. Very shallow on one end of the main lake but very deep on the other end.
5. Fairly short season. May till September. Temp in late May is 60's but stays in the 70's through Sept.
6. Very little lodging and public access which keeps the traffic down.
7. Fairly big lake. Main lake is 3500 acres. Wind will turn up the chop late morning but there is a ton of shore line to find some calm water if you play the wind. Also very few serious skiers and boarders. Might be why the MC dealer in town lost the franchise. @ smaller lakes connected by no wake channels which makes for a nice 45 minute booze cruise. Also lets you find more calm water when it's windy but not busy.

BriEOD
11-17-2009, 07:37 PM
1. Severn River (near Annapolis, MD)
2. Brackish water
3. Conditions depend on wind, traffic and where you are on the water. The two ski courses are in nice protected areas and you can generally find decent water.
4. Sandy/mucky bottom with limited visibility
5. April-Oct
6. Tie up in Annapolis harbor for tons of bars, restaurants, night life. Also, the US Naval Academy is on the river. During commencement in May the Blue Angels do a show over the river which always draws a big boating crowd. Additionally, one of the wealthy neighborhoods does a huge fireworks display on July 3rd which draws huge raft up (100s of boats). Sand bar and rope swing.
7. Cons dirty brackish water and sea nettles (jelly fish) in the hottest parts of the summer.
8. Pros river is 100 yards from my house, big ski club, lots of scenery.

JohnE
11-17-2009, 07:38 PM
Kingsley Lake - Starke FL
Fresh water extremely clear
Boat traffic heavy on weekends
White sandy bottom
Year round season

Check oput the link below:

www.kingsleylake.org


You forgot to mention the gators.......

JohnE
11-17-2009, 07:43 PM
1. location Lake Wylie, SC
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity Fresh Water, Pretty clear except after a really heavy rain
3. boat traffic Pretty heavy during peak month weekends
4. rocky or sandy bottom Depends on what part of the lake
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) We ski year round, but you can go 8-9 months comfortably
6. special features/points of interest There are some nice coves that stay pretty glassy early in the mornings and weekdays
7. pros/cons of boating there On the weekends there are tubers everywhere!
8. size 325 miles of shoreline; 13,400 acres surface area


Great Lake from what I've experienced.

I have to take exception with this statement though::D Fresh Water, Pretty clear except after a really heavy rain

YTW
11-18-2009, 12:22 AM
1. Percy Priest Lake Nashvile, Tennesee
2. Fresh water man made lake feed by East Fork Stones River and West Fork Stones River
(Recommend you go out with a local for the first few outings to learn the danger spots)
3. Can usually find a quite place most days
4. All types of bottom conditions can be found from mud to rock to trees to houses and barns
5. Most people play in the water from May to September, water temps usually 75 to 90
(We ski year round as long as water temp is above 50 degrees)
6. Lake has several marinas and a number of campgrounds.
7. Pros - lots of launching ramps around the lake, choice of open lake or calmer rivers.
Cons - 1 to 3 foot visabilty below the surface, drastic depth changes in some areas.

tex
11-18-2009, 11:00 AM
Marine Creek Lake



Snake filled

Raw sewage

Bass Fishermen everywhere.

red Tide

Brain eating Amoebas

kdr
11-18-2009, 09:34 PM
1. location Lake Royale outside Raleigh, NC
2. salt water or fresh water, water clarity None
3. boat traffic heavy during season. Very light off season
4. rocky or sandy bottom Muck Bottom
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) Year round with dry suit. From April to October without
6. special features/points of interest Private Lake
7. pros/cons of boating there It's a private lake, but there are a large number of people that have access to it. It can get crazy on the weekends in the summer. Biggest advantage is that my trip to the lake is about 80 feet out my back door.

SkiDog
11-18-2009, 11:00 PM
I got 3 places i normally ski.
1) Turtle River
Salt water
5-6 inches of visability
Moderate traffic on weekends
tide flucuates 6-8 feet in a 6 hour period
Pro's - Only about 60 seconds from my house to the marina. great siteseeing, bars & resturants. Great night crusing during full moons.
Cons - salt water, sometimes rough, slow lift at marina.

2) Altamaha River, Darien, Ga.
Brackish water w/ 3-4 inches of visability
Always glassey even with the few other boats you might happen upon.
tide fluctuates about the same as Turtle River
Pros - Always glassey,great foiling water.
Cons - BIG gators! moon tides brings a lot debris from the shore. NOT good for foiling!

3) Kingsley lake, Stark Fla.
What Trickskier said, great place to ski cept for the weekends. great people on there too.
NO GATORS, JohnE!:D

medicmoose
11-18-2009, 11:02 PM
1. location - Lake of the Woods, Kenora, Ontario

2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity - Fresh water...late summer the algae ruin the clarity.

3. boat traffic - plenty of bass boats and other fishing type vessels but lake is so large that we never really get in each others way (13,000 islands in the lake)

4. rocky or sandy bottom - lots of rock!

5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) I'm a wimp so season is a little short from June to September mid summer temp gets up to 78

6. special features/points of interest - big beautiful homes on the lake

7. pros/cons of boating there - It's a huge lake with lots of places to go that are out of the way but navigating takes real attention to the navigation markers or a rock/reef is going to make a mess of your boat

ski_king
11-19-2009, 10:18 AM
1. location: Allegheny River Pool 7
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity: Fresh, not the cleanest at times, but not all that bad.
3. boat traffic: Weekdays, just an occassional fisherman and gravel bage and tug Weekends, can get crowded with wallys
4. rocky or sandy bottom: Gravel in most places, some much along some shorelines.
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter): may thru september
6. special features/points of interest: Nice cove to hang out in, can go thru locks for day trips. Can go as far as Pittsburgh or even New Orleans for that matter.
7. pros/cons of boating there: Pros: mostly camps along the river with minimal public ramps
Cons: River level can change rapidly when remenants of huricanes pass thru, which take a 2 or 3 weeks to go back to normal pool level.

deereman
11-19-2009, 12:21 PM
1. location (Spread Eagle, WI) About 10 miles out of Iron Mountain, MI
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity (Fresh water - spring fed - extremely clear, probably 15 ft visibility.)
3. boat traffic (little traffic during the week, weekends medium traffic, and holiday weekends, especially the 4th, are ridiculous.)
4. rocky or sandy bottom (sandy bottom)
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter) (we only boat from mem. day to labor day), but you could go from probably mid april to late november, temps in summer around 70's, otherwise, probably low 40's i would guess. off season there is NO ONE on the lakes)
6. special features/points of interest (public landing w/ bathroom, public island w/ benches and picnic tables, awesome firework show over the 4th)
7. pros/cons of boating there (pros - very clean water, friendly people, virtually nothing to watch out for (like rocks or logs) cons - holiday weekends it is impossible to do any watersports)

JohnnyB
11-19-2009, 02:26 PM
1. location - Fox River in Wrightstown (10mi South of Green Bay)
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity - runoff river, near 0 visibility, glows green with algae the month of August; smells like manure after days of rain
3. boat traffic - little traffic during the week; weekends medium traffic, and holiday weekends and expecially warm days get a bit crowded); getting more crowded quickly.
4. rocky or sandy bottom - at my dock....sand for first 20ft and then loon S&!T for 10-15ft and then it gets too deep to worry about it. Lots of rock bars and shelves to hit if you don't know what you're doing.
5. length of season - stays open a long time with the current flow. Have been on as early as April 1 and as late as last week of November.
6. special features/points of interest - public landing, locks connecting it to the next section of river which has restaurants and is more conducive to pleasure boating
7. pros/cons of boating there - narrow (not much room if there are mor than a couple of boats but is very calm with most wind directions), high banks (wakes absorbed quickly); lots of debris after storms, etc.

JohnE
11-19-2009, 05:50 PM
1. location - Lake of the Woods, Kenora, Ontario


3. boat traffic - plenty of bass boats and other fishing type vessels but lake is so large that we never really get in each others way (13,000 islands in the lake)



13,000 islands? How large is this lake????? I'd hate to get lost there. I've been lost on my lake at night.....

TMCNo1
11-19-2009, 07:39 PM
I've been lost on my lake at night.....

Were you sitting on the dock with a drink in your hand???????:rolleyes::D

jdhunt0
11-19-2009, 08:16 PM
1. location
Green River
2. salt water of fresh water, water clarity
Fresh Water, murky green
3. boat traffic
Nope
4. rocky or sandy bottom
Mud?
5. length of season (water temps summer/winter)
I normally ride from March till October
6. special features/points of interest
Does glass 24/7 count?
7. pros/cons of boating there
Debris after a heavy rain, no dock.

medicmoose
11-19-2009, 08:25 PM
13,000 islands? How large is this lake????? I'd hate to get lost there. I've been lost on my lake at night.....

It has 65,000 miles of shoreline and extends from Minnesota up to Kenora and into Manitoba. Yup, it's a big one and yes....easy to get lost on!!!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_of_the_Woods

JMann
11-19-2009, 08:41 PM
1. location Norhtern California Delta
2. fresh water, water clarity depends about 3 feet
3. boat traffic heave in the afternoon on the weekend, but you can always find smooth water with little traffic if you know where to look. I'm usually back at the bar by 1pm
4. I don't know about the bottom
6. special features/points of interest There are lots of place to boat too, bars, restaruants, islands, etc
7. pros/cons of boating there pros: Pros: it's close to my house not crowded in the morning and can always find glassy water. Cons: debry early in the season, lots of fisherman and can be large boats going to and from the smooth water. No good beaches.

jdl xstar
11-23-2009, 10:35 AM
It has 65,000 miles of shoreline and extends from Minnesota up to Kenora and into Manitoba. Yup, it's a big one and yes....easy to get lost on!!!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_of_the_Woods

Just checked out your lake on google earth. From the looks of that lake, not only would you get lost pretty easily but you may never be found!

trickskier
11-23-2009, 11:00 AM
You forgot to mention the gators.......

I've never seen a gator on this lake. Waters too clear - no where for them to hide..............;)