Saturday, I decided to try a new paddling area... located about a mile and a half along Highway 50... just past Beaver Dam Lake... and known by the unimaginative name of Highway 50 Boat Ramp! Early Saturday morning, the temperatures were in the low 70's, low humidity, sunny skies and a slight breeze... wonderful paddling conditions. Rachel and I had our kayak and gear quickly loaded in my truck.... and by 9:30 AM we were pulling into the huge Highway 50 Boat Ramp parking lot.
Put in at the Highway 50 Boat Ramp. There are actually 6 boat ramps located on this section of shoreline at Falls Lake.
We are looking at the "back side" of Beaver Dam Lake. We actually paddled on the "gasoline motors allowed" side and had to be on constant lookout for fast moving boats. Our paddling strategy was to keep close to the shoreline, stay vigilant, and than paddle directly into any on coming wakes left by fast moving boats. Many motor boat owners don't understand the need to throttle down and minimize their wakes when passing smaller water craft like kayaks, canoes, and sail boats.
Interesting erosion effects!
A "victim" of wind and water lies toppled over into the shallow waters.
On our return to the boat ramps, spied this couple who were struggling to get their high performance motor to crank and run properly. I, for one... was glad they finally gave up! The decibel level on that motor was incredible and it was difficult to hold a conversation on the dock while they struggled to get the motor to turn over! Wonder how much gasoline that bad boy uses?
I was glad we took out when we did. As I was hiking up the boat ramp to get my truck, a convoy of 4 vehicles pulling boat trailers entered the parking lot and drove down to the boat ramps. It was getting really crowded by noon... and with a lot of boats much bigger than our kayak!
A couple of "beauty photos!"
Our paddle at the Highway 50 Boat Ramp was a mixed bag. On the plus side... the weather was fantastic... and we got in a good upper body workout. On the negative side... we had to stay vigilant because of the the large numbers of fast moving motor boats... battle numerous wakes... and the motor noise on this section of Falls Lake eliminated any chance of us catching much in the way of wild life. Future paddles here will either be done during the week or in the October and November time frames.