At The Lowest Point – The Draw Down

Rocks are the theme here on the lake as of the beginning of November. The weather has been relatively calm so getting onto the lake in a canoe isn’t bad but few boats with motors are venturing forth. But now you can really see the rocks the buoys warn about….dd4Above picture shows the line of rocks that goes out to the red buoy off the West end of Stamp Act. You can walk out the entire line. Guess some of those rocks are near the surface even at full lake. Note all the rocks further away around the Sister Islands. The picture below is that same line of rocks looking toward Stamp Act from far end. dd5The lake level went down another 6 inches or so from where it was at Columbus day. Those 6 inches have made quite a difference.!

dd6Walking to Little Bass from Bass Island is not a problem and the amount of rock showing should give you pause if you think you can take your motor boat between these two islands.dd7The rocks showing around Flo and Min islands almost reach to Wal Island but it is still possible to go around the east shore of Poplar Island but not with the motor down….dd11You normally don’t think of the Sister Islands having a rocky peak but someone got to the top! dd8The south shore of Poplar Island looks a bit different and the channel between Poplar and Sister is shallow enough to “hang up” a kayak for a minute or two.dd9On the west side of Poplar Island is a red buoy and the line of rocks going to it is evident in the picture shown above. Lots of rocky beach, too.dd10Looking out to the end of this line of rocks (with the red buoy) you can also see the Sister Ledge rocks showing. Guess those buoys are important, too. The water is only 3 1/2 feet down so any rock showing is less than that at “full” lake.dd3The North Beach on Stamp Act is also a bit bigger……dd2Likewise, the black buoy to the east of Stamp Act guards rocks near the large East Bay. It might be possible to walk for about a hundred yards, hopping rocks, in that normally placid bay.dd1And finally, at the south end of Point of Pines, there is a dock left high and dry. Looks like the tide went out. There are migrating shore birds who seem to think so. I saw some Sanderlings the other day on a mudflat doing what they normally do along the ocean beaches although they weren’t having to dodge the waves….. Sanderlings are sandpipers about the size of a large sparrow and are often seen running up and down ocean beaches.