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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?
There is a lot of racing all over the lake east of the causeway bridge. The north shore has more cruising since there are no protected places to anchor out on the south shore. We have to go either to the north shore, or Slidell (far east part of the lake) areas.
Getting out of the lake is pretty easy. There are a few draw bridges that you have to get thru, but they make it pretty easy, and the channel (called the rigolets) is pretty easy to navigate. There is some shallow water on both sides of the channel, but inside the marks is an easy 20'.
The only place on the lake you have to worry about is called Goose Point on the north shore. It well charted, but mostly unmarked. But the bottom is soft mud, so even a hard grounding you can almost always self rescue from.