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BIG FLING…BOATING SEASON WINDS DOWN
By Steve McCadams
Most agree Memorial Day is the official kickoff to the summer boating
season. They also agree Labor Day is the official end to it.
Recreational boaters of all kinds will take to the water for the long
three-day holiday period, making the most of hot days and warm water for
swimming, skiing and pleasure craft in general. Most know cool days are
fast approaching so they’ll make the most of one last fling before fall.
While there are plenty of nice fall weekends ahead for pontoon rides and
all other outdoor recreational opportunities there’s something about the
curtain falling after this weekend comes and goes. Kids are in school with
so many activities commanding their free time. And as Andy Griffith once
said: “There’s this thing…they call it football!
Hunting seasons are here too and others are on the horizon so that’s
another thing pulling folks off the lake.
Marinas and boathouses along the lake are full of nice pleasure boats that
only see action during Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day holiday
periods. There might be an occasional trip or two sandwiched in there
somewhere but you’d be surprised how many vessels suffer from neglect.
Truth is, the next few weeks are great times to be out on the water and
just enjoy the transition of seasons. The crowds shrink but stable weather
is the norm and fall boating is quite rewarding on Kentucky Lake.
One tip for boaters, anglers and any lake user is to be aware of lower
lake levels this time of year. It’s now longer summer pool elevation so
use caution when approaching shallow shorelines and also be aware of the
aquatic weed infestation in many areas.
Lower lake levels expose massive areas of aquatic vegetation this time of
year and that is the case right now across many shallow bays and flats.
Depths of less than five feet have thick grass if you venture over on the
Tennessee River section of Kentucky Lake and throughout the Paris Landing
It’s easy to clog your propeller or low unit’s water intake so avoid the
grass as best you can. If you encounter, try trimming up your engine and
reversing yourself a few times to backwash the matted grass that will
interfere with you engine’s performance.
Meanwhile, enjoy what’s left of the summer boating season. These hot and
humid days will soon lose their grip and fade to fall.