Road into the Marina is Ok. JUST SLOW DOWN FOLKS.
12-4-13: The low water ramp is working out fine. Gravel road is in good shape and little to no moisture fell this week so far. Courtesy dock was still in the water on 12-4 however, I expect it will be pulled any day now. So don't have any expectations for it being in the water. It's time & every day it remains in the water is a bonus. The water was open in the entirety of the south basin after our first low overnight temp dropped below 0F. We are hoping the light wind continues and keeps the water open until we get thru this cold spell. If skim ice does form, likely it will be temporary but only time will tell. We are in good shape today....if we see low temps drop to double digits below 0F, we could see more severe changes.
It is possible to launch without the dock but be very careful of the gravel hump just beyond the cement. I don't recommend driving the boat on the trailer but without a dock, you may have to at least line it up. I always have my hip boots or waders handy, that way I can get in the water & still stay dry when loading and unloading my boat. There are still some boulders on the right side (looking down the ramp).
We saw no measureable moisture from the last storm, but we have a few more chances to see a little precipitation this week. As long as we have the clouds, we will actually stay warmer than colder. Finally, it feels like December at Eagle Lake. Now, lets just get thru to the end of the fishing season & then the snow can fly!!! I'm heading out on my float tube Thursday AM ....not in the dark of the morning. The fish have been biting me all day long.
Slow down on Gallatin Road just beyond Eagle Campground all the way to the marina. The road is extremely rough and damages have occurred all season for folks...the colder temps are making the humps and bumps worse. This is not only for those folks towing, these will throw your vehicle off the road too if you aren't careful. Everything from losing boats off trailers, motors off transoms and broken latch locks. If you aren't strapped down & hit those bumps at 35mph (the posted speed limit) you will find out pretty quickly ... trailers are catching lots of air at that speed. I have recently become a victim of some minor damage despite being careful....so it can happen to anyone. If we get any storms in before the end of the season, it's wise to bring snow chains just in case.
ALL OTHER RAMPS SERVING THE LAKE ARE UNUSABLE FOR LAUNCHING BOATS DUE TO LOW WATER LEVEL. ROCKY PT HAS HAD ICE COMING AND GOING. A single digit temp in AM can form ice about 1/2 mile south of the tip of Rocky Pt. One day there is open water at the tip of the point, the next day it could be ice. But, the warmer days keep it coming and going. Youth Camp still has open water and good fishing.