|Email Page||Printer Friendly Version||Submit a Report|
It's a fairly large lake with numerous islands and rocky coves. The scenery makes up for it's lack of any kind of real challenge although, when the wind whips up, you can expect to paddle through waves and whitecaps that will have you clenching your teeth and throw you around like a rag doll.
There are three rivers that empty into the lake. All of which are quiet water paddling for quite a way. Their sheer beauty is unmatched. We had expressed concern that we would get bored paddling the same water for a week straight. But by jumping around from campsite to campsite, touring the river systems and playing in the wind, we kept ourselves busy. The fishing was awesome also. I use a handline I tow behind my Kayak and paddle slow around rocky outcrops and points. I can't tell how many Smallmouth Bass I hooked on my floating Rapala. A few of them made for some tasty dinners. In the evenings I would handline while also working with a lightweight rod and reel from my cockpit.
At night, after a long day paddling, and dinner, there is nothing like "rock sitting" to watch the last part of the day, and hear the loons calling. The star watching (and brandy sippin') is incredible in this region and you get the feeling of solitude that is hard to find on the East coast.
For hardcore paddlers, I would suggest 3 days at the most at this lake, unless your a fisherman. What I really think this is best for, is for the more family oriented trip. I plan to take my kids back and take our time again because they can handle moving across a lake this size (12 miles long), and stay busy. The campsites are clean and comfortable. With picnic table and fire ring per site, and scattered ,open air, toilets.
We always take our trip after Labor Day and hardly see anyone. However, these sites have that look of constant usage. I would definitely reserve ahead if going before mid-Sept.