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Report: I live near the Columbia River in Colville Washington. We jet ski on the Columbia, it is also known as Lake Roosevelt (named after you know who). It costs $40 bucks a year for a jet ski/boat launch pass. The water during the summer months is almost 70 degrees! Perfect for cooling you off! There are literally hundreds of miles of boat free-people free places to ride. The River is several miles wide and plenty of campsite places. There are even some islands you can camp out on - they even have picnic tables on them! Most of the time the water is like glass. But on occasion the water will be chop mostly big and gentle waves. Perfect for getting big air! This summer there were a couple weeks of awsome waves. On occasion you will find a log or two that doubles as a jump. If you yearn for big open space and nobody bugging you about your ride this is the place to go! You can even ride through the border into Canada! Or rent a house-boat and tow your skis for that leisure weekend retreat!
-Thanks Chad Fox
Report: The best lake, hands down, to ride on in the Hill Country has to be lake Buchanan. It is one of the largest lakes in Texas. Towards the middle of the lake, on windy days, Ive seen swells reach insane hights for a lake. Buchanan is rarely crowded, even during the summer. Lake Travis has to be one of the funnest lakes, unfortunatly is always low, and very crowded, use extreem caution on Travis. Inks Lake is probably one of the funner lakes in the Hill Country, due to the state park. Thanks tom2bad.
Here's a great place to ride, North Padre Island, Corpus Christi, TX (pictured left). Vast amount of launching places. Gulf on one side, ICW on the other, 8 mile wide bay that gets choppy and fun, flat water areas for water skiing etc, loads of open space, uncrowded, water nice and warm from late April to late October, still useable in Winter. Thanks Phil.
Uncertain Swamps off of the Big Cypress River (pictured right) and Caddo Lake is a cool place to ride just be careful and avoid the big trees.
Lake Austin (in town) that offers 20 miles of flat, spring fed water and beautiful scenery 10 minutes from downtown Austin.
Lake Buchanon. Buchanon is the northern most of the Colorado River "Highland Lakes". It is very scenic with lots of bird life, 3 waterfalls into the lake that you can ride under and access to the river on the northern end for unlimited touring through the pristine Texas hill country Too cool!
Canyon Lake is is less crowded that Travis but not as diverse as Buchanon.
Lake Travis is called the prettiest of the highland lakes but it has proved to be the most crowded in recent years.
Report: There are a couple of good places to ride in Virginia Beach. First there is Rudee Inlet, which gives you direct access to the ocean. There is also a launch at First Landing State Park off 64th Street which gives you access to Broad Bay and Linkhorn Bay. There is also a small beach in between the two bays where you can park your JetSki and relax. Gets crowded on weekends.
-Thanks Bryan E. Harvey
Report by Big Mike Mansfield
If your tough enough.... You got to try out Pacific City at the Central Oregon Coast....Great break..right to left..Waves average 3ft to 10ft. Pretty cold water, hence the tough comment. You ride right out of the river in to the break...no fees..overnight camping on a huge beach and alway filled with quality, friendly, good jet skiiers. Hope to see ya there!
Report by Tobin
Columbia River in Portland, Oregon- I took the sled out this weekend for the first time on the and what a ride it was!! Launch fee was only $3 with no parking fee. The water was glassy in the morning and sunny all day. We had awesome views of Mt. Hood in the background and the Glenn Jackson bridge in the foreground. There is more than ample riding space, as the river is a quarter mile wide in spots and you can ride from Longview, WA clear up to Bonneville Dam in Cascade Locks, OR (That's almost 80 miles!!) and best of all, Oregon is a relatively friendly PWC state. What more could you ask for?? (Warmer water...it was only 46 degrees!)
Report: A great place to ride is Walker Lake in Hawthorne. It's Located in between Reno and Las Vegas. There's many places to load your water vehicle. There also is many places to camp and spend the weekend riding. It's a very nice Lake and the more people who visit will help our community.
Thanks Toby Montoya
Report: Laughlin, Nevada is one of my favorite places to ride. There are 10 casinos on the Colorado River and if that isn't good enough, Lake Mohave is just 10 minutes north. There are many boat ramps and trails leading to the water on both the Arizona and Nevada side of the lake and river. Katherines Landing on Lake Mohave boasts a 10 lane boat ramp that really handles the crowds well. Best of all, you can stay at the casinos during the week for under $20 a night. Jetski rentals, Houseboat rentals, Jetski repairs and parts are all available on the water or in Bullhead city on the Arizona side. If you have ever been to Glamis in the Imperial Sand Dunes during Thanksgiving weekend, this is the watercraft equivalent.
Robert Johnston Jr
Report :Table Rock Lake, Missouri
Table Rock Lake is over 45-miles of clear blue water, and that's just the main channel! Add in a half-dozen "arms" that by themselves are bigger than most lakes, and another thousand or so major and minor coves, and you have a water hole that you can ride for several weeks without ever seeing the same water twice.
Located just north of the Missouri and Arkansas border, Table Rock Lake is a man-made enclosure holding back several converging rivers, the best known of which is the White River (if Hilary Clinton jumps off the bank and tries to sell you [White] water front property, you'll remember where you've heard of it). Looking at a map, you would swear the whole thing was a Chinese dragon design as the original river channels cut around and through the Ozark Mountains.
The rolling Ozark Mountains and White River bluffs give Table Rock a new look around every bend. If you're into jaw dropping vistas, trailer-up in mid-October, pack the shorty, and map out the marina-to-marina route. The crowds have thinned (a weekend problem during mid-summer), and the maples, hickories, sumac, and every other form of vegetation is a riot of fall color rivaling New England or the Smokies.
If you have family members that never got the PWC-bug, there are loads of other things to keep them occupied while you carve through 10+foot visibility water: Silver Dollar City (a major theme park); Branson (unless you are into country music and perpetual traffic, avoid Branson); Table Rock is one of the top-ten bass fishing lakes in the nation and several World Records for Brown and Rainbow trout were captured on Lake Taneycomo, the next lake in the chain (Taneycomo is narrow and has a killer current - not recommended for PWC); antique and craft shopping 'till you puke (shorter for some than for others); and more resorts, from 5-Star to the Mom-n-Pop variety, than a SeaDoo factory has Canadians.
Our favorite is to camp at any of the 30 or more Corp of Engineers campgrounds (they even take reservations - suggested after July 4), take a short twilight ride to a marina for gas the night before, and hit the water at about 8 o'clock the next morning. Most mornings, the lake mist is just rising and the water is absolute glass. Ever wonder just how fast you could go if you could wire the throttle down for about an hour? This is the exact opposite of surf riding - you can literally write your name in the water and see just what you and your machine are capable of without the slightest environmental influence.
Here is a totally radical concept : for just a little while, while the mist is still in the coves and the eagles are drying their wings in the tops of the flooded timber, and you can hear people talking a mile away over the water, and smell the camp smoke and coffee brewing as it hangs in a windless valley...., just for a little while slow down. Believe it or not, a PWC cruises quite nicely at 15 or 20 mph, and you can talk between boats and take your hand off the grip to point out a raccoon looking for crawfish at the water's edge. It's going to be a long, glorious day on the water, and breakfast is sounding REALLY good!!!
Thank You Robert!
Report by Brian
I have been going to this spot for years. If one plans to vacation or visit Wildwood, NJ for the day, there is a marina ramp not far from the ocean. When in wildwood, make a right (south) on Pacific Ave. Take this all the way down. You are now entering WIldwood Crest and the ocean should be a couple of streets to your left. GO all the way down on Pacific to the hotel come to an end and looks like you are leaving the area. You should pass a WAWA and new condo's on your left. This road leads up to a 50 cent toll bridge. (Coast Guard property with a huge antenna on your left.) GO over the very small bridge. About 300 feet after this bridge you will see a marina on your left hand side. Pull in there. In the back right is where you pay. I am pretty sure it was 10 dollars for all day. The marina is on the inlet for the ocean. To the left, wildwood, to the right Cape May. Going into the ocean is a little choppy during entrance. But in the inlet path, a good 5-7 foot (smooth waves) when low or high tide changes. Pull a left and you will see the hotels for wildwood. Just don't go too close to shore cause there are many people swimming and the life guards get mad. Go 4 days after a storm and watch out! If you decide to go right after the inlet, you will see the beach for cape may. About a mile down the water gets calm with small waves. This is a good spot to explore. I was once screamed at by a life guard here. (My battery connector came off when I was about 400 feet off shore line.) I did not have a screw driver so make sure you go out with someone. The Life guard was yelling at me because I kicked my feet and my pwc onto the shore line. Have fun and don't hit the dolphins!!!!! *Make sure you have a full tank** this MARINA has gas-pumps and a hose to flush and wash your ski.
Report: The Duluth MN / Superior WI port of Superior Bay is a great place to ride. The water is deep and cool, and you can take a tour of the 1000 foot oar boats, aerial lift bridge, or go out onto the big lake. You will need a wetsuit for Lake Superior, but you will be rewarded with big air waves. Many high quality boat ramps are available and there is no overcrowding.
Thanks Brad- The Rat Patrol
Lake Minnetonka and the lakes that surround it, also Chisago Lakes, there is a whole chain of lakes around this area as well. Beautiful and large lakes, a ton of fun! (Brenda Frye).
Dragonfly goes jetsking on Swan Lake in Pengilly and on the connecting lakes in Side Lake (Little Sturgeon, West Sturgeon and South Sturgeon) they are great for jetsking because they don't have mud so it's nice riding.
Report: Lake Bistineau near Ringgold is located about 25 miles southeast of Shreveport Louisiana, an impoundment of 15,5000 acres, 1.15 miles wide by about 14 miles long. It is a 50% wooded lake [with cypress trees- not the classic Louisiana moss covered trees]. The lake is semi open , has wide marked channels, and quite a bit of open areas that could be considered open lakes. In some parts of the lake, mostly around Camp Joy area [Bossier Slough] there have been small platforms built into the trees that people use as sort of a base when groups use the lake that are quite neat.The water is clear - at least as clear as water gets in Louisiana. It is very popular for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, house boating, and last but not least fishing. There are many accesses\boat launches on the lake most of all require a nominal fee of about $2. There are only two places for fuel. The most popular place, the one I use, is Camp Joy. As described in the following : Taylortown Camp Joy Marina Paved Fee 10.5 miles east of Taylortown. Excellent place. At Taylortown on US 71 about 5 miles south of Bossier City, turn left [east] on La. 527, go 9 miles to "Fairview Point Rd.” turn right [south] 100 yards to first road to left, "Camp Joy Rd.” turn left go about 1.5 miles to launch. Camps, houseboat slips, dock side electricity, upstairs restaurant, downstairs bar, nice patio deck, nice fuel dock, launch fee $2. Ph. 318-987-2390. As I have traveled extensively with my jet ski in Louisiana and elsewhere Lake Bistineau is one of the finest and best places to ride and enjoy ones self at. There are practically no other places like this lake around anywhere. Shreveport is a large town with all accommodations with lots of places to go, things to do including four casino river boats making it even more worthy to visit this area.
Thank you to Gerald Massey for his informed report
The best lake to jet on is Lake Okoboji!!! It is large and three lakes are linked to this! Northwest area of Iowa. A lot of FUN! (Our thanks to Brenda Frye).
Milford lake is the largest lake in Kansas, its located in N.E. Kansas just a few miles outside of Junction city and Ft. Riley the military base. It's 20 miles from Manhattan home of Kansas State University. Activities include camping, hunting, fishing, boating (all forms),Off-Road ATV area which is the best in Kansas, Radio Control Airplanes and car facility, fish Hatchery and also a nature venture Two marinas and it all so where sundown salute is held which is our 4th of July. There is also a shooting rage and so much more. So come and join the fun and the friendliest people in the Mid west.
Report: MILFORD LAKE, KS - I must admit, I'm a "Bass Angler" with one of those boats that have one speed - FAST. Yea, I'm the guy that has raced some of you jetskiers thinking I could beat all of you. OK, some of you win and some of you lose. But if I was a jet-skier and wanted a place to ski fast or slow - Milford Lake would be the place for me. The largest lake in the state of Kansas offers some of the best water to jetski in. Milford Lake is known for its clear water, with outstanding beach areas. The lake is undeveloped, making it perfect for exploring and jetsking - and no whining lake front property owners. Due to the lake having both east/west and north/south areas, you can usually find calm water or wave water. The lake is soooo big that you'll be able to find places to jetski by yourself or join in the fun with others. Milford Lake is located just 5 miles from I-70 and can be accessed from a variety of places. The Milford Lake State Park has a "Dedicated" jet-ski launch area, with picnic tables, fire-pits and parking. The cost to use the state park is $20.00 per year, this give you access to every state park in Kansas. Oh yea, the LARGEST free Independence Day celebration in Kansas takes place at Milford Lake. For a FREE visitor information packet, to include a FREE lake map, call me at 1-800-528-2489 or visit our web-site at: www.junctioncity.org.
- thanks Rick "Can't you see I'm fishing" Dykstra
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