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darn, time to paddle back. Sun's not in my eyes now....ahh, cedar trees and sky reflected in the water, birds calling, fish jumping....ahhh, made it in time.
Deflate boat, throw in car, comb hair while Park Rangers impose their SUV behind mine....yeah, yeah, only 10 minutes until the park closes at 8pm, I get the message!!!!
Repeat on Sunday, but keep boat in the car for quicker departure. Paddle east so sun is not in eyes. Sky and shoreline reflected in glassy smooth water. Am I on the water, in the sky, or flying through the trees? Time departure better so as not to annoy dear park rangers.
Reality check: If you go during the day on a crowded weekend, you might not get into the park because it is a popular swimming area. But at other times, if you're a boater, you will feel as if you are all by yourself. Great place for a beginner, like me.
I dearly love Atsion Lake. It is where I got started kayaking this summer, and has been a gentle place for me to teach my son too. The lake is small, so your paddling can be done in one or two hours at the most. It is usually flat, but sometimes has some current and itty bitty waves. My only disappointment has been the number of times the park has been so crowded that we couldn't get in.
Cartop Kayak Carriers
Classic Freestanding Rack
The Moose Rack