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89BigBlock
10-29-2012, 03:10 PM
Just relocated from MN! I dont want to give up the sport but coming from the land of 10k lakes, the bay area is not much of a Water Ski domain :( Can anyone recomend a lake or a club in the Bay Area to join?

gweaver
10-29-2012, 03:23 PM
Not sure where abouts you are, but there's plenty of water to be had. If you're in the north bay, Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino are possibilities. I've put my boat in the Petaluma River (it's salt water, but I have closed loop cooling). East bay has the delta, lots of areas to put in and ski.
There's also the Berkeley Water Ski Club (http://www.berkeleywaterskiclub.com/) or the 'Fun and Sun (http://fun-and-sun.org/)' club.
If you happen to be in the North Bay, shoot me a PM and we'll grab a beer or something.
Greg

strad
10-29-2012, 05:41 PM
I bought my boat in the SF Bay area, and it has a Golden Gate Waterski Club sticker on it. They maintain their website (I visited the website) so they might be worth a call. edit: I take that back lol. Apparently the club got in trouble with the county for some reason -- they may not have a facility any more. The web site is still up but appears to have not been updated since 2006.

edit: the family I bought the boat from are all slalom skiers, and they said the San Joaqin Delta is great skiing. They said the water's pretty brown but it's smooth. Of course you'd expect brown water in a delta area -- lots of suspended sediment.

rodltg2
10-29-2012, 06:41 PM
Unless your in the North Bay, there a plenty of places to go. Unfortunately some maybe further than others dependng on location. The best public water would be the Delta. Miles and miles of glassy water and lots of ski clubs with slalom courses. If your into slalom, there is also Santa Clara Waterski Club. They ski on a perc pond and maintain a course on it. However I've heard mornings are the only good times as the wind picks up in the afternoons. There is also Foster City lagoon , there is a course there and a small open water area, but It is salt water. There is also Berkley Waterkski Club, also salt water, they ski there every Wednesday in the summer for a slalom league. South of San Jose there are 3 public lakes, no courses. Lake Anderson, Coyote Resevoir and Calero. They are small lakes and only good on weekday mornings.

Rossterman
10-29-2012, 06:49 PM
Berressa lake has a ski club & cove dedicated for skiing and a not too far out of the bay area.

Mn may have more lakes but you will probably get twice the ski season length here vs. there- may through october!

rodltg2
10-29-2012, 06:57 PM
More like March - November. Its almost 80 today with no wind. If I wasnt working I would be out skiing.

GoneBoatN
10-29-2012, 07:39 PM
Just relocated from MN! I dont want to give up the sport but coming from the land of 10k lakes, the bay area is not much of a Water Ski domain :( Can anyone recomend a lake or a club in the Bay Area to join?

I'm in the East Bay. Plenty of water to be found and had. Lakes are a bit of a ways away (average a couple of hours). I just started using the Delta myself but got to say I'm hooked on it.

Lakes I'm familiar with:

Lake Berryessa - north of Vacaville. A few good fingers on the south end. One finger at the north end. Big body of water where the winds kick up in the middle of the day and then is too choppy. Best for early mornings or early evenings.

Lakes in the central valley:
Lake Don Pedro - The campgrounds are pretty much a party zoo. Lake turns choppy from all the tubers.

New Melones - Go up the Stanislaus river arm as it narrows down and is in a canyon so sheltered from the wind. This area dog-legs every so often so rollers don't travel too far. Nice water until around the dead center of the day. Nice campgrounds - no morons typically.

Lake Shasta - way north. We do a vacation week there at Tsasdi Resort cabins along the lake. You'll find posts about Shasta on TT.

Other lakes that I know of but not first hand:

Rollins lake - West of Sacramento.
Bullards bar - Getting a bit out there.
Tulloch Lake - Just past Don Pedro. I here of good flat water there.

The Delta - not much to look at. Then you realize there is flat water to be found there 24 x 7 x 365. OK, minus a few months when it is fogged over and a little too chilly for some. Even when it is busy, you can find places to go - there is just miles, and miles and miles of it. Narrow channels so rollers don't travel far. During high season, mid summer, I go there on mid week day late afternoon/early evenings - not too many people out. Non-prime season, go anytime you want. I've been hitting the Delta every weekend since the end of August; fall is an excellent time of year here.


Get a copy of "Recreation Lakes of California". You can find it at Orchard Hardware for one. Also get a map of the Delta if you plan to go there. Your local marine dealer and/or water sports pro shop will most likely have both available.

So going with the rule of "no Pictures then it did not happen" here are some from the Delta yesterday near Holland Track/Old River/Orwood area:

GoneBoatN
10-29-2012, 07:42 PM
More like March - November. Its almost 80 today with no wind. If I wasnt working I would be out skiing.

I'm shooting for November this year. I think I'll winterize after Turkey Day.

Typically we start again in April because that's when we stop snow skiing/boarding.


:D:D:D

maristardd
10-29-2012, 08:19 PM
FYI - Lake Anderson in Santa Clara county closed for the season due to low water level.

Tsumi
11-03-2012, 06:04 AM
I'm in the East Bay. Plenty of water to be found and had. Lakes are a bit of a ways away (average a couple of hours). I just started using the Delta myself but got to say I'm hooked on it.

Lakes I'm familiar with:

Lake Berryessa - north of Vacaville. A few good fingers on the south end. One finger at the north end. Big body of water where the winds kick up in the middle of the day and then is too choppy. Best for early mornings or early evenings.

Lakes in the central valley:
Lake Don Pedro - The campgrounds are pretty much a party zoo. Lake turns choppy from all the tubers.

New Melones - Go up the Stanislaus river arm as it narrows down and is in a canyon so sheltered from the wind. This area dog-legs every so often so rollers don't travel too far. Nice water until around the dead center of the day. Nice campgrounds - no morons typically.

Lake Shasta - way north. We do a vacation week there at Tsasdi Resort cabins along the lake. You'll find posts about Shasta on TT.

Other lakes that I know of but not first hand:

Rollins lake - West of Sacramento.
Bullards bar - Getting a bit out there.
Tulloch Lake - Just past Don Pedro. I here of good flat water there.

The Delta - not much to look at. Then you realize there is flat water to be found there 24 x 7 x 365. OK, minus a few months when it is fogged over and a little too chilly for some. Even when it is busy, you can find places to go - there is just miles, and miles and miles of it. Narrow channels so rollers don't travel far. During high season, mid summer, I go there on mid week day late afternoon/early evenings - not too many people out. Non-prime season, go anytime you want. I've been hitting the Delta every weekend since the end of August; fall is an excellent time of year here.


Get a copy of "Recreation Lakes of California". You can find it at Orchard Hardware for one. Also get a map of the Delta if you plan to go there. Your local marine dealer and/or water sports pro shop will most likely have both available.

So going with the rule of "no Pictures then it did not happen" here are some from the Delta yesterday near Holland Track/Old River/Orwood area:

Lake Tulloch is only good in early mornings or early season/late season. Past 9-10 o'clock in peak season it gets too rough for good slalom ski runs, and past 12 it's pretty hard to wakeboard as well. 2-3 o'clock is a nightmare, you've usually got at least 3-5 boats in the same area at the same time, since it's such a small lake. Also, there are houses right on the lake, so lots of families that don't know anything about boating. There's a small cove that's good for wakeboarding/skiing, since the wakes dissipate really fast, but tubers seem to love going in there and do S-turns and whatnot. They never seem to go out into the open part of the lake. Crazy jet skiiers as well, cutting in front of boats, and going the wrong way. Lots of drivers there do power turns all the time as well, as well as lots of wakesurfers.

Don Pedro (from what I've heard from one of our neighbors that occasionally goes there) is good for skiing up until 12-2. It's a lot more open, and there are less people. I guess everyone went from Don Pedro to Tulloch because you could actually buy houses that are on the lake at Lake Tulloch.

GoneBoatN
11-03-2012, 01:36 PM
Lake Tulloch is only good in early mornings or early season/late season. Past 9-10 o'clock in peak season it gets too rough for good slalom ski runs, and past 12 it's pretty hard to wakeboard as well. 2-3 o'clock is a nightmare, you've usually got at least 3-5 boats in the same area at the same time, since it's such a small lake. Also, there are houses right on the lake, so lots of families that don't know anything about boating. There's a small cove that's good for wakeboarding/skiing, since the wakes dissipate really fast, but tubers seem to love going in there and do S-turns and whatnot. They never seem to go out into the open part of the lake. Crazy jet skiiers as well, cutting in front of boats, and going the wrong way. Lots of drivers there do power turns all the time as well, as well as lots of wakesurfers.

Don Pedro (from what I've heard from one of our neighbors that occasionally goes there) is good for skiing up until 12-2. It's a lot more open, and there are less people. I guess everyone went from Don Pedro to Tulloch because you could actually buy houses that are on the lake at Lake Tulloch.

It's a lucky day that skiing/boarding is still good at 12 noon. Typically by 10am (or not much there after) the tubers are out in force. Early mornings and early evenings are the way.

Do you know any lakes that don't become unusable by the middle of the day?

89BigBlock
11-03-2012, 06:45 PM
Thanks everyone! I'm in the south bay(Santa Clara) for now, commuting to fremont. I moved in with family until things settle at work and I actually have time to look at other areas.

Berressa lake has a ski club & cove dedicated for skiing and a not too far out of the bay area.

Mn may have more lakes but you will probably get twice the ski season length here vs. there- may through october!

Actually, May-Oct is about right for MN. I've never used a dry suit btw. I am very supprised locals refer to a "ski season" here! 50 degrees is no biggie IMO especially if you got a dry suit.

Thanks again, I'll be looking into all of your suggestions.

GoneBoatN
11-03-2012, 08:43 PM
Thanks everyone! I'm in the south bay(Santa Clara) for now, commuting to fremont. I moved in with family until things settle at work and I actually have time to look at other areas.



Actually, May-Oct is about right for MN. I've never used a dry suit btw. I am very supprised locals refer to a "ski season" here! 50 degrees is no biggie IMO especially if you got a dry suit.

Thanks again, I'll be looking into all of your suggestions.

One of the fun things of the area is the weather. There are times of year that on the highway you see surf boards (and boats) going one direction and skis/snowboards going the other. :D

Another is the summer weather. Hardly a reason to check the weather report. When going to the lakes, hot/sunny is a given.

Simply put, we are spoiled by the weather.

Tsumi
11-05-2012, 07:57 AM
It's a lucky day that skiing/boarding is still good at 12 noon. Typically by 10am (or not much there after) the tubers are out in force. Early mornings and early evenings are the way.

Do you know any lakes that don't become unusable by the middle of the day?

After September, people literally stopped going to Lake Tulloch. I'm at my university in SoCal at the moment, but my parents tell me that the water is perfectly flat all day long. So early/late season is best for all day runs. In fact, this past weekend they told me they only encountered one boat on the entire lake the entire day, and that boat pulled up after ~20-30 minutes. Lake Tulloch is small, to give you a sense of how big it is, at wakeboarding speeds, it only takes 15-20 minutes to cross from one end of the main area to the other.

As I stated, one of our friends at Lake Tulloch went to Don Pedro with his buddies on Labor Day weekend. He said that they hardly encountered any boats, and were still slalom skiing at 2.

GoneBoatN
11-05-2012, 11:55 AM
After September, people literally stopped going ...

Honestly, Sept and Oct are the two best months of the year around here for boating. Many times you still have 90's in Sept, water is still warm and the crowds are gone.

I was out on the Delta yesterday. 74 degrees air; 67 degrees water. Wind was a bit high so the water had some good ripples going. But nothing like trying to board through chop on a busy lake. Just had to stick with the sections what were not straight up and down with the wind direction and had good water. Did not use a wet suit but after the third 30 minute set I could tell my core body temperature had dropped.

89BigBlock
11-12-2012, 09:42 PM
Ok, this news is encouraging! Looks like I need to take a look at the East Bay for residence. Any slalom skiers need a driver for more water time? ;) Not sure if I'll be transporting my boat out in the Spring. 1700 miles is a long way to tow a boat not to mention expensive!

maristardd
11-12-2012, 10:10 PM
> There are times of year that on the highway you see surf boards (and boats) going one direction and skis/snowboards going the other.

skis/snowboards -- speaking of which, Squaw Valley has moved up their opening day to Nov 16 (from Dec 7).

GoneBoatN
11-13-2012, 12:45 AM
> There are times of year that on the highway you see surf boards (and boats) going one direction and skis/snowboards going the other.

skis/snowboards -- speaking of which, Squaw Valley has moved up their opening day to Nov 16 (from Dec 7).

Boreal is already open. Almost considered going on Sunday. But I grew up in the northeast and had enough of crappy ski conditions to last me a life time. :D

BrooksfamX2
11-13-2012, 10:58 AM
As noted, Shasta is a great place, but a couple hours north of SF. The Shasta Lake houseboating thread.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=45517

Tsumi
11-13-2012, 11:52 AM
Just went skiing at Don Pedro this past weekend. Weather was a little chilly, but the water was as smooth as glass, there was no boats, and you can run in a straight line for more than 20 minutes.

Would have went to Tulloch Lake, but the water level was too low for the launch ramp.

GoneBoatN
11-13-2012, 06:31 PM
Just went skiing at Don Pedro this past weekend. Weather was a little chilly, but the water was as smooth as glass, there was no boats, and you can run in a straight line for more than 20 minutes.

Would have went to Tulloch Lake, but the water level was too low for the launch ramp.

Having enjoyed another summer of great weather, it gets increasingly difficult to convince the kids to go out once the weather starts to chill. :(

GoneBoatN
11-13-2012, 06:40 PM
Ok, this news is encouraging! Looks like I need to take a look at the East Bay for residence. Any slalom skiers need a driver for more water time? ;) Not sure if I'll be transporting my boat out in the Spring. 1700 miles is a long way to tow a boat not to mention expensive!

Be careful about your choice. If you were to move to say somewhere out the Hwy 4 area (Antioch and such), you would be in for a very long commute to Fremont. Hwy 4 = PITA. Sunol grade = PITA, result 2x PITA.

I thank God that I work from home. Every time I have to commute somewhere around here during rush hour I end up thinking that I just don't understand how people around here do that every day.

Tsumi
11-13-2012, 06:46 PM
Be careful about your choice. If you were to move to say somewhere out the Hwy 4 area (Antioch and such), you would be in for a very long commute to Fremont. Hwy 4 = PITA. Sunol grade = PITA, result 2x PITA.

I thank God that I work from home. Every time I have to commute somewhere around here during rush hour I end up thinking that I just don't understand how people around here do that every day.

Indeed. Luckily for us, we managed to score a really cheap house right on Tulloch Lake.

89BigBlock
11-16-2012, 11:31 PM
Indeed. Luckily for us, we managed to score a really cheap house right on Tulloch Lake.

Any room on the dock for a renter :D

MichaelD
12-14-2012, 10:36 PM
I'm located in the East Bay and keep my boat stored at Orwood. I love to ski the Delta during the midweek as it is very quiet and you can always find smooth water. You may have to travel out towards Stockton but smooth water is always somewhere.
My personal favorite for lakes is Bullards Bar. I camp at least a few times each year and the lake is great for all types of sports from slalom to tubing. Bring your bicycle as there is also great Mt. biking there as well.
If you ever need some time on the water, give me a buzz. My boat is put away for the next few months but I'm looking forward to warmer weather.

GoneBoatN
12-15-2012, 02:11 AM
My last day out on the Delta was the 3rd weekend of Nov this year. Still no wet suit at the time. Pretty much nothing but glass until a floatilla of large yachts went by throwing massive wakes. I made it into about the 3rd super wave. I might as well have been trying to ride a bull. My son drove straight into those waves. I was never so happy about the good amount of freeboard on the X-15.

Mid week on the Delta and weekends in early/late season are just soooooo sweet.

I launch out of Orwood or sometimes Riverside. I tend to like the narrow sections between the two. I need low tide to make the left out of Orwood and go under the bridges there. High tide is when I'll go up to Riverside. I prefer to not have to drop the tower while on the water.

Went snowboarding last weekend. Not much of a between season this year. Going again this weekend. :D However, can't wait to get back to wakeboarding.

tph
12-15-2012, 02:43 AM
Indeed. Luckily for us, we managed to score a really cheap house right on Tulloch Lake.

Where on Tulloch?