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Hovering around 80 degrees, we made our way to the north (main) entrance. The park is divided up in areas. The friendly lady that takes your $3 entrance fee was knowledgeable and pointed us to Area 2, with a warning that we may have to carry the boats a bit to get to the shore. She offered an alternative of going back out of this entrance and around to the south side of the park to the main boat ramp but we were already there and figured we might as well just try it.
Area 2 is home to the paddle boat docks and kayak/canoe rental station which is about 300 yards away from the actual parking lot. This is about the maximum distance I was willing to carry the yak. The boat docks give way to a sloping sandy beach which is the perfect put in for paddlers. This made up for the long haul.
The lake is deceivingly large and we decided to do a lap around the outside. Just around the first corner you see your first glimpse of wildlife in the hundreds of turtles basking in the sun or floating in the water. Bring a camera because blue herons and white cranes are abundant as well.
The water was calm with the exception of paddling towards the center where the wind or occasionally boat would kick up the wake a bit. It was fun to put away the camera and power in to the small waves causing the occasional splash.
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