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Upon arriving I had a sandwich at Tamarac Marina, but they were sponsoring some sort of an FLW event and their launch area was very busy, so I launched from across the road at the public ramp. There is no designated kayak launch area, but there is a stretch of sandy beach near the handicapped parking area and that's where I put in.
Heading west along the shore I paddled for about 30 minutes and came to a marshy area with several partially submerged bushes. The houses along the shore here range from shacks to trailers to decent-looking lake houses. I took the opportunity to make a couple of dozen casts into the bushy area. Didn't catch anything, but this was high noon and not exactly the best time to be wetting a line.
As I continued on along the shore, the quality of the houses seemed to get better. This side of the lake is heavily populated, so if you're looking for a wilderness paddling experience, this probably isn't going to work for you. The other side is far more natural, with only an occasional house or dock. Two hours out, the lake narrowed to a channel about 600 yards across and I headed over to the "natural" side. There are a few interesting nooks and crannies to explore and I went up and old creek for a couple of hundred yards before it became unnavigable.
Altogether, I spent about 4 and a half hours out on the water, an hour of that fishing.
As a place to paddle, High Rock Lake is typical of southern man-made lakes. Paddling purists will probably not find it very exciting, and it isn't as natural and doesn't have as many interesting features as, say, Mountain Island Lake. If you are into kayak angling, you may find it more interesting. I am planning to head back in a few weeks and scout out the area to the east of the boat ramp, in anticipation of the tournament in September.
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