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Old 01-09-2020, 12:23 PM   #3
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An old thread, but from my experience there for anybody else..

I would really not be fond of heading out in any wind on this lake, It's shallow and aligned with prevailing winds.

I'd arrive at lake at dawn or before - before wind begins - though this depends on weather. You can get to the safer eastern parts of the lake by the time it kicks up. North shore as stated, does indeed offer more protection. On Clearwater, especially coming out, you will most likely have a headwind and waves can be brutal and exhausting or dangerous. So same advise- first thing in the day, or plan on allowing an exit later in the evening after it dies down. I'll catch crap over this, but If absolutely had to, I'd personally would even consider dusk and early night- but have a strong light and avoid the channel where taxis and people wing around in motorboats at all hours- make sure you are seen- they won;t stray from this channel- as this lake can ruin a prop out of the safe area. Know they are navigating by GPS and knowledge. Act like they can't see you.

Note: depending on time of year, they let out the water after summer- this exposes some sunken features.

This is the same advise for every lake- note how they are l aligned with prevailing winds and or land features that surround. If a blowing storm is coming- well it creates its own wind. Hunker down, or walk into the Norridgewock or the lean-to on Trout, wait it out, you'll have an easy paddle and arrive in the same amount of time. .
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