Pictures and navagational info...

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Pictures and navagational info...

Postby Krugwaffle » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:42 pm

If I can figure out how this works...

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Postby Krugwaffle » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:06 pm

Well.... That gets the picture in the post, but I just wanted to get the link to show. Let me try something else...


http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee31 ... colors.jpg


OKAY! That's it! Sorry, it's my first use of a photo hosting website and I didn't exactly know what to expect. Now, let's see if I can put all this together.

I've raked through my old vacation photos and tried to find stuff that I've photographed that might help you guys. Problem is, most of my photos were taken FROM the thing you are probably interested in as I was trying to capture some of the fall colors. For instance, standing on the old boat ramp/dock I took this picture of the new boat ramp area.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee31 ... ewramp.jpg

Using Google Earth, the cursor coordinates for my camera position was 34° 23' 54.73"N 86°12'37.72"W looking Northeast. From Google Earth, you can see there's tons of parking and lots of maneouvering space for people who back up like me. Really a championship class facility for boat launching.

Next is the little ramp for the cabins. It's kind of a left over. There are numerous old abandoned ramps around the park that I've found while hiking. This one is kept in service since it's so convenient to the cabin area. In this photo, I'm standing on my little private flintrock gravel beach 34° 23' 07.65"N 86° 13' 17.0"W looking East at the little concrete pad covered in leaves. It's just a little below and to the right of the center of the picture.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee31 ... ndRamp.jpg

Like I say, most of these pictures were taken for the fall colors and not for what facilities might be included so it's not the best photo of the ramp.

Looking to the Southwest past the ramp and beach. I doubt we'll see colors this good this year. It's been too warm and dry up there for much more than just brown and dead. The ramp is a thin wedge silhouette at the left edge of the picture.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee31 ... dBeach.jpg

Now, post this and try clicking on the links to see what you get.

Any requests let me know. I'll sift through and see if I can find a photo of it or at least tell you where to look on Google Earth.
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Postby Bill E » Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:53 pm

Looks great - I think I just found my anchorage! :) Looks like pretty shallow draft getting into that cove, though.
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Postby Krugwaffle » Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:16 pm

Bill E wrote:Looks great - I think I just found my anchorage! :) Looks like pretty shallow draft getting into that cove, though.


If you're talking about the area around the gravel beach, it's deeper than you think. There's at least 9' of water all the way to the ramp. The rocky soil has a very steep angle of repose so the bottom falls away fast. Past the ramp it does get shallow. Inside the beach, there's not much room so people launching will interfere with anchoring. Some slide their bows up on the backside of the gravel beach in the sand. It's real easy stepping off the bow of a pontoon boat onto the higher ground.

It's a little more shallow but you'll have your own private beach up against the mountain in the background.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee31 ... norama.jpg

The lake is so picturesque. The above is looking South from the cabins and the gravel beach. You'll have to zoom in to make out the houseboat that's beached near the left side of the picture. Most weekends there'll be a party of some kind going on over there on that beach. Bonfires that last all night and campers in boats. Lots of spots like this all up and down the lake.

There's going to be very nearly a full moon that weekend so you won't really need a bonfire. Bonfires might not be an option up there anyway due to the extreme drought.
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