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Everybody always asks about the Sni or the Sni Bora. On your chart, you will see it in the original French: "Chenal A Bout Rond." This literally means a channel with a round end. If you look at the chart and follow the deeper water beyond the end of the marked channel, you will see that it actually snakes around quite a bit.

Imagine Peter Sellars' old movie character Inspector Jacques Clousseau saying "Chenal" and you can almost hear Sni. Imagine Clousseau saying "Chenal A Bout Rond" very fast, and you can begin to hear something like Sni Bora.

If you ever want to make it out of the Sni and into the lake, and you need more than two feet of water, you will indeed follow a rounding path. Many an outdrive has met its demise during low water years when unsuspecting boaters tried to blast their way to the horizon. Captains, beware!
 

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All those cattails at the mouth would be a great place for Cato to hide and wait!


Clousseau Rocks.....love those old PP movies!!
 

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QUOTE(Mac @ May 12 2004, 10:41 AM)
All those cattails at the mouth would be a great place for Cato to hide and wait!


Clousseau Rocks.....love those old PP movies!!
Ditto...old PP movies are some of my favorites!

Clousseau: Does your dog bite?
Hotel Attendant: No
***Dog Bites Clousseau***
Clousseau: I thought you said your dog does not bite?
Hotel Attendant: That is not my dog

ok...ok....it's funnier if you do it in the little frenchie voices.
 

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ONE QUESTION ABOUT THE SNI BORA, FOR YOU GUYS WHO KNOW? IS THE CHANNEL ENTRANCE COMING FROM THE LAKE MARKED AT ALL? IF NOT HOW WIDE IS THE SAFE WATER AND HOW DEEP? THAKS FOR ANY HELP.
 

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Clem,..my little yellow friend,,..(LOL!!...Gawd I love those PP movies)...The best way to navigate the Sni for the 1st time is to come in from the north channel and then once you get to where it dumps into the lake,..start saving weigh-points on your GPS every 50yds or so as you make a wide sweeping exit into the lake. Then you'll have the path to enter from the lake the next time you're out. It is NOT marked on the end by the lake, and unless you know where you're going,..you will end up in a foot of water and that can get scary in a hurry!! (not to mention,..it may put a "bumphf" on your head!) LOL... Once you have a trail saved though,..it's a breeze and it'll save you a good 20mins of no wake in the north channel!! Good luck,..and watch your back! Cato is out there,....somewhere!!!


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You have to watch out for that car in the middle of the bay just in past the Sni channel mouth where it tails out. It's into the bay a little farther actually. Last time I saw it, it had tuna marks on the roof.

You still have a no-wake along the house/islands just past the first big bend in the channel. It's not a real long one.

I actually have another back way in from the North the bypasses that no-wake by a couple hundred yards, but that one has to be shown on-the-water. It's too treacherous if you miss an of the turns. I use it when I come across from Harley and want to go to the upper end of the Sni or into the main channels.

I'll use the Middle though if I want to be farther up around Algonac.
 

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The Sny's not marked in any way anywhere along it's legnth. Entering it from the lake proper has always been a little touchy even at high water if you are unfamiliar with the area's depths.

As a previous poster said, you enter from almost the middle of Goose Bay and make a long sweeping turn towards the marshgrass berm along the end of the channel (right now, that marshgrass is non-existent).

I've seen plenty of folks do this on plane, but with many areas at 4' or less (mostly 3'), you better hope you don't have to come off plane for some reason. I've snuck into the Sny for years via this entry, but always at no wake speeds (at which I need 32" of water) Last coupla' years I haven't tried it, but this year I think there's enough water to give it a go.
 

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i dont if htis has been mentioned or not, i didnt read the whole thread, but do go out form the north channel like someone said for the first time, once you get where it feeds our into the lake, follow the left cattails, reeds, whatever you call them, and it'll drop you right at the front of Goose bay, if you look carefull and after a couple times you'll see little tiny faded markers that look like someone just tied some detergent bottles there to mark it. It is important to follow the left, as it curves, or else you will be aground. just stay on plane and watch where you are if you get it perfect your fine, just stay between the faded little markers and watch the water, you can see where you should be once your there, because you'll see to the right the ground comes up pretty quick. If you'd feel more comfortable with someone showing you the way for your first time I'd be glad to this summer, let me know, i go through it almost everyday on the laguna, and on the waverunners....
 

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I was just up the sni on 4/24 for the first time. I was fishing at the strawberry light and decided to go on a little adventure and look for the end of the sni. Once you cross from the "deep" water to the shallow stuff, it stays about 2 feet all the way in. I was able to find it with just a chart and a basic idea of where I was. Looks like it would be a great fishing spot, but the water temp was less that 50 and nothing was bitting. Hoping to run up their when the water warms.
 

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yeah but it doesnt seem like there is much coverage at the end of the sni...but a of you go in from the lake, and continue to where it curves i see a lot of people fishing therel...its funny because they fish right in the middle of the curve where there is HUGE sandbar thats hard to see heading into the sunlight, and if your unfamiliar with the area...often times i see boats cut the corner so they sone swamp the fishermen then they end up aground...its tough, real shallow sandbar, you just got to follow the same edge all the way down and dont cut any corners...usually coming in and out of the sni to and from goose bay, if you're in the right spot i usually read about 2.8 - 3.2 feet...
 
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