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Just got back from a great day on the lake. I took in Big Muscamoot with out any problems. Got in with my 32' with twin screws w/o any problems. I think its going to be a GREAT year! Looking forward to many more days like today.
 

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Forgot to mention the sandbar between middle channel and big muscamoot is above water now. There is approximately a 40' sandbar that I saw from a good distance leaving the moot and heading back to the salt river.
 

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QUOTE(fordman @ Apr 28 2003, 06:28 AM)Forgot to mention the sandbar between middle channel and big muscamoot is above water now. There is approximately a 40' sandbar that I saw from a good distance leaving the moot and heading back to the salt river.
Great. As long as it is above water, should be less unintentional groundings. Hopefully the water will rise more and the island will be covered, but until then, a new beach/party spot has been born.
 

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Gentleman,
That sandbar is known as Sand Island!!! It has always been there.....even from the 60's. Yes, it was covered last year maybe with a foot of water.
Many people when they leave the Moot especially if they are heading north cut way to close to the island. Be very careful peeps....it's shallow out there so far this year!!!

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Don't forget there is a second one out towards the lake in front of Sand Island. There was a rescue out there this weekend where someone grounded their boat on a sand bar. Was this it?
 

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QUOTE(fordman @ Apr 27 2003, 06:43 PM)Just got back from a great day on the lake. I took in Big Muscamoot with out any problems. Got in with my 32' with twin screws w/o any problems. I think its going to be a GREAT year! Looking forward to many more days like today.

What is the draft of your boat??
 

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Fordman,

I'm a little nervous taking the new boat into Big Muscamoot. But, based on your post I'll give it a try. This boat is much bigger than our others so I am more worried about the best path to get back in with everyone.

Can you edit a chart of the area indicating your normal route in red?? I think that will be helpfull to many other boaters too.

My draft is 3 feet so I want to be very safe.

Thanks!!!
 
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I usually run into Muscamoot using the south channel lighthouses as a range. Keep them lined up behind you and it puts you in the deepest part of the bay, you can double check it with a chart. I come off plane a little before the big drainpipe bridge on shore to the right (stilll lined up with the lights) and never stir up bottom. From there you take it slow as you head to shallower water. There is a spot just southwest of the drain pipe where it gets really thin as you go towards shore. I head out the same way. It will look like you are running in the sand when you get up on plane, but I think that's just from the propwash, since I never hit on the way in. I have noticed that it gets shallower again as you get closer to towards the lighthouses, so if you wait too long, you may as well just idle all the way out. The one thing you should avoid is running straight down the middle of the bay since it is deeper farther south. Another tip is that if you see a big wide-open space when there are a lot of boats out, and it looks like the perfect place to drop anchor, it's usually empty for a reason, like it might be a foot deep.
 

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Hi Fordman! That is awesome news. Do you go in South of the Light Houses? I'm also wondering how you are getting in and out of the Salt? I'm going out to my boat tomorrow to get it ready for next weekend....can't wait.......
 

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QUOTE(Bill272 @ May 3 2003, 08:38 PM)Moose,
I usually run into Muscamoot using the south channel lighthouses as a range. Keep them lined up behind you and it puts you in the deepest part of the bay, you can double check it with a chart. I come off plane a little before the big drainpipe bridge on shore to the right (stilll lined up with the lights) and never stir up bottom. From there you take it slow as you head to shallower water. There is a spot just southwest of the drain pipe where it gets really thin as you go towards shore. I head out the same way. It will look like you are running in the sand when you get up on plane, but I think that's just from the propwash, since I never hit on the way in. I have noticed that it gets shallower again as you get closer to towards the lighthouses, so if you wait too long, you may as well just idle all the way out. The one thing you should avoid is running straight down the middle of the bay since it is deeper farther south. Another tip is that if you see a big wide-open space when there are a lot of boats out, and it looks like the perfect place to drop anchor, it's usually empty for a reason, like it might be a foot deep.
Bill....that is exactly how we go in....then we anchor around the second sewer pipe.
 

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Hey LSCN's,

In response to your questions:

I went in to Big Moot on the south side of the range lights. I honestly followed my GPS chartplotter and depth finder all the way in. Generally the same path everyone uses when they get past the range lights. I went up to where the white condo's are on your right ( at least i think there condo's. Keep in mind my boat draws only 24", but as far in as I went I did not hit my props on the bottom. I would advise anyone with a greater draw to take it real slow until you find a comfortable path in and out.

Might even find my out on the lake this afternoon after it warms up a bit. Looking like another fine day to take advantage of. Rain tomorrow, play today.

Fordman
 

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QUOTE(threecrabs @ May 4 2003, 02:53 AM)Hi Fordman! That is awesome news. Do you go in South of the Light Houses? I'm also wondering how you are getting in and out of the Salt? I'm going out to my boat tomorrow to get it ready for next weekend....can't wait.......
Lisa,

Finally they put the channel markers in for the Salt. That certainly helped making it easier to leave the Salt, instead of lining up the range markers. However, I have seen days that were more difficult than others. It seems when the wind is coming off shore from the Salt the water goes down enough to make it a little hairy, but the rain this week has helped bring the water up a couple of inches ( in my own opinion ). Where on the Salt are you keeping your boat? Does it draw a lot of water? Anyway great day to get your boat ready. Hopefully we have good weather for your launch next weekend.

Fordman
 

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Hi Fordman! We keep our boat at Anchor Bay marina. I talked with the new owner, Doug today. Great guy.....there are going to be a lot of changes and good ones! I'm glad we stuck it out with them now.

Doug did say they just put the markers out......that should help most people get in and out. It was pretty windy (coming out of the north)out there this morning and I'm sure some of the people had a difficult time. I didn't put my boat in the water, so I didn't get a chance to test the waters.
 
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