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02-27-2015 03:32 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Best Lakes in the US to Sail

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Originally Posted by SailingJackson View Post
Lake Superior is a superior lake. If you like warm water you should avoid it. Only go there if you like clean water, beautiful scenery, a large island group under protection of the federal National Lakeshore regulation, few people, and lots of trees.
I'd echo this, although Superior is far bigger than just the Apostles (which is what I assume you're referring to SJ). It is an inland sea, and encompasses a vast range of cruising experiences. It's definitely not like a small inland lake.
02-27-2015 03:22 PM
SailingJackson
Re: Best Lakes in the US to Sail

Lake Superior is a superior lake. If you like warm water you should avoid it. Only go there if you like clean water, beautiful scenery, a large island group under protection of the federal National Lakeshore regulation, few people, and lots of trees.

GTJ
02-27-2015 07:30 AM
otiscj37
Re: Best Lakes in the US to Sail

very hard to beat Arizona lakes. All year sailing. small lakes, very big lakes. one has about 2,000 miles of shoreline, Been here 40 years, and still finding new places. Happy Sailing, Capt. Tony P.S Gunkholers dream.
03-11-2013 09:13 AM
Marknid
Re: Best Lakes in the US to Sail

Another vote out west for Pend Oreille in northern Idaho. Clear cool and over 1000 feet deep. 45 miles long Pend Oreille has over 90,000 acres of uncrowded water to explore. We often feel we have the entire lake to ourselves
06-29-2012 06:48 PM
KIVALO
Re: Best Lakes in the US to Sail

Welcome aboard. I will see you Seneca Lake and raise you The Finger Lakes Region in general. I live on Owasco Lake and at one time or another I have boated on every one of them. They are spectacularly beautiful, especially in the fall. Now sailing is, obviously, a seasonal endeavor here however if you enjoy all 4 seasons, the Finger Lakes Region is tough to beat.

Just my 2cents but I am obviously biased.

Brad
s/v KIVALO

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Hi Craig; here's one for your list: ** pun intended}

Seneca Lake in the New York Finger Lakes Region


But seriously, welcome aboard.
06-29-2012 06:38 PM
otiscj37
Re: Best Lakes in the US to Sail

Sorry! I forgot to list the wonderful time, I had a few years ago at Jackson Lake. I had about 8-9 days up there to sail. So I figured, I would sail Jackson Lake for a few days, then go up to Yellowstone Lake for the rest of the time, But enjoyed Jackson so well, I just stayed there all the time, and loved it! Also, some very nice folks would come by every evening and give me a trout for diner! 10 in total!! Live does not get much better than that! Happy Sailing, Capt. Tony
06-29-2012 06:25 PM
otiscj37
Re: Best Lakes in the US to Sail

I live in Arizona, but sail all over the country.
We have some of the best sailing lakes right here. We have 3 very good ones(Lake Pleasant, Lake Roosevelt, And Lake Powell). I do enjoy the Great Lakes, also the Finger Lakes in New York. Colorado has some neat lakes also. I think most of the states have a good lake or two! I will be hauling my Boat about 8,000 miles around the country this year to sail a lot of them. Happy Sailing, Capt. Tony
02-02-2010 01:34 AM
bobc99 Can you get under the Oak Hill bridge with your J/34 or are there other bridges that are the problem?
02-01-2010 09:50 PM
j34035
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It was nice to see Kentucky Lake rec'd by a couple people. Anyone know what depth of keel would be maximum for there down to the gulf?
Hello Bob,
I have been sailing Kentucky Lake since 1981 and while everyone talks about it being a shallow lake, I have found it to be good water in most places. Just like any lake, you can find shallows that you can find your share of grief in. I would not be scared of 6.5 to 7 feet of draft, and if you stay in the channel, you can go to the gulf through the Tenn Tom most anytime. Your biggest problem is bridge clearance, I think about 40'-45' is the max before you have to pull the stick. I'm not going to say it is the best sailing lake, but it is one of the good ones and the eastern shoreline is all TVA ground (Land Between the Lakes) so you can always find some good anchorages that are quite secluded. It is a pretty nice spot in the world!!
DD
02-01-2010 07:32 PM
bobmcgov
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The greatest lake to sail on is Beaver Dam lake in Northern Indiana. I spent my youth sailing the summers away on that lake. The lake is a little under 400 acres. But, for a 12 year old kid and a old wood Lighting sailboat, it was every bit the adventures I read about in the books. Breaking waves that were 2 feet tall. Sea monsters, well you would see a snapping turtle every now and then. The Pirates that board your vessel, that would be my Dad coming out in the motor boat telling me it was time for dinner.

A few years back, I bought a 15 foot Mutineer in Tennessee. A toy to play with, when I didn't want to play with our Beneteau. On our way back to New York after picking up the boat, I stooped with the boat at Beaver Dam. We launched our new to us boat and all 6 of us piled in and across the lake we went. Grandmother was not impressed how the boat was overloaded with her grandkids, But the kids and I were loving it.

Yep, 40 years later sailing with my kids, Beaver Dam Lake is still the best.
My easily-amused brother! Adventure is what you make of it. John Gill spent most of his days climbing rocks under 20 feet tall. His name is legend, and some of his 50-yr old routes are still beyond all but a half-dozen people. Nice tale, Bubb.
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