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.
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