We rented last weekend, it was wonderful and there really were not alot of folks. That probably won't be the case this weekend. All the houseboats leave from Emerald Cove, which is at the dam. Dark Day is the other ramp. We launch there if not doing the houseboat thing.
We alays try to tie off in houseboat cove. Leave the marina, go up the lake to the split, go left into the north fork and then steer about 2 o'clock to the beaches. It is a popular spot, get there early. The advantage to beaching there is that there is not alot of traffic from other boats to beat on your tow boat if it is tied off to the houseboat. speaking of that, if you are renting a 15x55, don't tie off your boat at the right rear of the houseboat, that is where the generator exhaust is, you will wind up with some black crud on your boat from it. It comes off easy, but it is ugly.
Don't beach the boat too far, the lake is dropping enough that you will want to push back every morning a couple of feet, or you'll wish you had. Take some easy-ups for the roof, it gets so hot in the daytime that you cannot walk on it without shade. There are lots of other nice places to beach, I suggest sending out a recon team while you chug the houseboat up the lake.
(Message edited by sam8 on September 01, 2005)