Rivers, Lakes and Ponds

The Natural and The Dammed, Inland Sailors Find These Sweet Spots Through Heresy, By Accident, Or Miss Them Entirely. Enlighten Other Road Warriors With The Whereabouts, The Ins And Outs, The Conditions, And How You Rate Inland Waters.

Location: Lake Conroe, Texas/ Lake Travis, Texas
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Latest Activity: Jun 6, 2015

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Comment by Captain Ron on December 1, 2009 at 4:02am
Sailing 1996 MacGregor 26X on Lake Mead NV/AZ on its 5 large basins (Boulder, Virgin, Overton Arm, Temple Bar and Gregg). Sail with a group in the Spring ("Mead Madness Sail") and Fall ("Fall Flotilla Sail") for a week on the lake. Overnight by beaching boats in shelter coves or docking at courtesy docks of the lake's marinas. Assemble at Callville Bay Marina and in a shelter cove of Callville Bay on the SW side on Friday and Saturday before leaving Boulder Basin for Eastern Basins in the AM on Sunday of the Spring or Fall sail. Monitor VHF Channel 68 on the hour to provide direction to those boats wishing to join us. Lake Mead National Recreation Area has 150 miles of navigable waters, with 550 miles of shoreline.
Comment by Liv on April 27, 2009 at 2:15pm
how can I not join this group as it's what we do, sail every body of water that is deep enough.
We're based on the Ottawa River.. an awesome river with hundreds of miles of deserted sand beaches at its shore, a river that is scattered with islands and good anchorages. It's a river that is wide and it can get nasty. We get strong crosswinds and river sailing consists of a lot of tacking and jibing to get anywhere.

Now, that I've given our secret sailing ground away I also must comment on the fact that we're within close driving distance to Lake Nippissing, a big, shallow lake , north-east of Lake Huron.
We're in good driving distance to Lake Ontario and Lake Huron. Even Lake Erie is do-able but further away from home port.

Sailing a trailor sailor has its advantaces, though I crave for more room and standing head room but I love the fact that we're able to two the boat to where ever we like to go.

Nice to be on board this group.
Comment by denny and alayna summers on January 10, 2009 at 2:29pm
hello group, my name is Denny just thought I'd say hi and see what was happening around here. My wife and I sail a twenty four foot cruiser on a land locked lake in Indiana.I bought this boat off of ebay about three years ago and have been rebuilding it since.Have got it to the point where we can spend weeks at a time on her. Best investment I ever made,so relaxing I can't believe it.
Comment by Greg VanLaere on October 26, 2008 at 10:51am
So far most of my sailiing has been on Lake Michigan's south end. Michigan City to Meuskegon and a lot of small towns in between. I would really like to explore Lake Huron.
Comment by Richard on June 21, 2008 at 11:16am
I found the Mississippi VERY boring, and I've done it from Alton Locks all the way down to Ostrica which is about 35 miles south of New Orleans. It's all behind levees. Not much to see. Of the rivers I've been on I'd recommend the Illinois, the Mohawk section of the Erie Canal and the Hudson from Albany down to the Palicades (sp?). Much more scenic.
Comment by ___/)ances With Sails on June 19, 2008 at 7:15am
Comment by ___/)ances With Sails on June 13, 2008 at 12:37am
Richard, if you're trying to sell me a cruise package. I like your pitch. When do we set sail?!
Im mapping out a treasure map of places everyone mentions and will consider these to be my awaiting fortunes. Fullfilling these goals should only add to the fears, experiences and the enlightments that await around each bend as the horizon.

Hey check out "The Control of Nature" by John Mcphee. The first story about his visiting the Atchafalya came to mind as you just explained your endeavors.

Ive fathomed the possibility of dumping my daysailor in the Mississip' for about a week, sail as far as I can for three days, then three days back -just for somthin to do.

Comment by Richard on June 10, 2008 at 7:20pm
One of the most scenic cruises I've taken on inland waters was on my first Captain's job. I took a 42 foot Hatteras Tri-cabin from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale.

The most scenic parts of the lakes were the Straits of Mackinaw and the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair running from Lake Huron to Lake Erie. Now, I know I'm opening up some disputes here about how beautiful different areas of the Great Lakes, but I was "just passin' through."

The Erie Canal, once we entered the Finger Lakes region and the Mohawk River and down the Upper Hudson River all while the leaves were turning color in mid fall. Spectacular!

And so much of the ICW is fantastic: Pamlico Sound, the Waccamaw above Charleston and then Charleston itself.

There's little prettier than coastal South Carolina and Georgia. So many quiet anchorages and the glory of places like Port Royal Sound. How exotic does that sound?

The length of the Ilinois River is a treat, but below the Cairo locks dumping you into the Mississippi is nothing but sad looking levees all the way down to New Orleans and beyond.

For sheer enchanted beauty there's little to rival the Atchafalaya Basin in Lousiana. I spent three years running crew boats there. So, it's not cruising, but when you're running through the cypress bayous dodging alligators and watching black bears, deer and racoons looking out at you from the shore is a sight to see.

I would love to do the canals of France, but that chance won't come again. I'd never go back there on my own dime though I enjoyed it for 3 years while someone was paying me.
Comment by ___/)ances With Sails on June 8, 2008 at 4:44pm
[Richard:It's not the size of the body of water that matters so much as it is the enthusiasm with which that water is sailed upon.]------------] That's what Im talkin about. Scaled down twice can be just has intense, twice!
Comment by Richard on June 8, 2008 at 12:13pm
Though I've sailed across the Atlantic and single handed from Fort Lauderdale to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, I'm still attracted to cruising on bodies of water that are closely bounded by land. The lakes I've sailed on, though, have been more like small seas...the lengths of lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie. I've been down the Hudson River from where it joins the Erie Canal and on past the Statue of Liberty. I've traveled the length of the Illinois River to the Mississippi and down to New Orleans and a half dozen trips up and down the ICW which is like one long river.

It's not the size of the body of water that matters so much as it is the enthusiasm with which that water is sailed upon.

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