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LOW WATER RAMP: The courtesy dock has been removed for the season the ramp remains open to use. While it is winter, conditions can and do change rapidly. One is the road in. Another is that the gravel ramp holds up pretty well with ice for traction, but towing up a big boat could get dicey if you aren’t prepared. Plus it’s pretty much mandatory to carry snow chains to get here anyway. A few more inches of snow is predicted later this weekend and temps predicted to drop to single digit low temps….which will make for slick conditions. Check wind directions also. Northerly winds can make the ramp a tough one to get in and out of.
Some trailers are going off the end of the cement, but mostly only the first set of tires of a dual axel. However, please note that the drop off the end is pretty deep if you do drop off and you might lose your license plate and damage your trailer but all in the name of fishing….and now without a courtesy dock.
Also note that boats on carpeted bunks can freeze to the bunks overnight after launching and from towing on snowy roads and the air passing under your trailer acts like a flash freezer. Don’t keep backing down the ramp, the boat will float the trailer & not even grunt. Just wait a few minutes after sinking the bunks, the lake water will thaw things out. I don’t think I ever waited more than a few minutes until temps drop to single digits and lower. That was the least of my problems. LoL.
We still have the hump from last year, surrounded by deeper water…the hump doesn’t allow for flow out the channel, it simply traps the sediment and drops on the shoal (AKA “hump”). So power-loading boats this season is still not advisable. So start having some common sense out there people. Power loading has killed more than one ramp around here in the past. The sad part is I have seen more power-loading this year than last year so don’t be surprised if more rocks are blown out and the sandbar rises as the hole at the end of the rocks deepens.
PICK UP YOUR DARN TRASH PEOPLE AND THOSE WITH DOGS….PICK UP YOUR DOGS POOP AS EVERYBODY HAS TO WALK DOWN FROM THE PARKING LOT. Nothing like stepping in dog poop and then into the boat.
CABIN RENTALS for winter fishing: Eagle Lake RV park has off sight cabins too so be sure to contact them at 530 825-3133. Reduced hours and store is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Folks keeping housekeeping cabins open: John Hembree: 209 768-5581, Kenworthy’s have 2 large homes for rent 209 470-2350 or 209 810-3024; Also check the Eagle Lake Community AND Eagle Lake Real-estate and rental page on Facebook. These are new pages, together Eagle Lakers are getting things in place for things to be in one of three pages. It’s just taking off, I know the folks running those pages and it’s a wonderful thing for properties. New number for Bob Williams cabins 530 919-3995.
The launch ramp is designated for launching boats, not swimming or fishing from it. There’s miles of recreation area for swimming and fishing from shore….the boat launch is not it. Either side is fine, just don’t block or hinder the boats going in and out. We all like to see folks enjoy their stay & see the kids playing and fishing. However, Eagle Lake does NOT have areas to drive up and fish from shore. Every access for shore fishing requires a hike & some small children can’t always traverse the length and terrain. It’s not a family user friendly lake for shore fishing as accesses are not maintained nor have any accesses been created or adapted for low water usage. Pretty much over fall and winter, it’s a matter of being able to hike through snow and survive cold temps. …often low temps in the single digits by late Nov/Dec.
SPALDING: Nope. Spalding district board has chosen not to open the marina bathrooms or ramp for launching as the water is not high enough & a rock pile stands in the way. Not going to be any boats launching out of Spalding until the deluge comes and quite a few repairs and maintenance….like removing the rock pile blocking the channel. And no one advises trying.
I advise all CA boaters to take the CA boat operators test and get certified. If you’re over 50, this means you. You’ll be amazed at what you don’t know after all the decades you have been boating. Those of us that have certified sooner than we needed to, we can tell in an instant when one is not. From the way you handle your boat at the dock to how your trailer is hooked up as well as manners on the water such as how close you can come to manual powered float tubes or kayaks on the water. These are no different that if someone was swimming and just because there might not be enforcement all the time, safety can certainly be an issue. Do it in your spare time. Take the course, the mini tests and get it done. Do not take the test thinking you know everything, unless you have a captains license and at that point you don’t need certified, you are already. Take the course. You will need to know about sailing boats, PWC, Kayaks, manual powered float tubes and paddle boats and legal distances from them as well as what NOT to do at a launch ramp….that’s what is a real determination of passing the certification test. Military vessels, buoys at inlets, ocean, distance from swimmers (including manual powered crafts) and much more. Trust me, no matter how long you have operated boats on a lake, you probably won’t pass the test without taking the course. Gotta pass by no less than 80% correct. I am not ashamed to say, I learned things that I will never use, but at least I do know them. Do you? Personally, regardless of age, knowing what you’re doing with a boat and on the water is a good thing. Other’s lives depend on it also. I can’t count the times when boats come too close to my kayak or float tube, turn so their lines are under me and then blame me for running over their lines. LoL. If someone wants to talk or say Hi, just let me know before coming in too close. Most people text me and I’m expecting company. No problem, just don’t come in too close when no notice is given or when a kayak has a fish on. Anymore, I just keep fishing, ignore the idiots, if they catch my line my braid will win and my scissors are handy to cut their lines when they hang up on my depth finder, yak or my line for being stupid. LoL. It really is unbelievable how many people out there on the water crowd not only other boats when there is a lot of open water and few boats but crowd the kayaks too. One born every minute.
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