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Old    Chris Drymalla (cdrymalla)      Join Date: Aug 2009       09-17-2010, 3:49 PM Reply   
As many of you may already know, Lake Austin was closed to watercraft over the last couple of weeks due to flooding and the resulting floating debris. From the best I can tell, the ban was lifted Thursday afternoon (9/16).

Has anyone been on the lake since then? Are most of the boats our there running full speed? Are you planning to head out there this weekend?

I am trying to decide whether it is still risky or if the lake has had plenty of time to clear over the last couple of weeks. I am assuming the ban was overly cautious, so it should be ok, but then again they suggest to only move at "idle" speed? Is this just a CYA suggestion. I don;t want to be the one idiot that hits a log.
Old    A.J. West (you_da_man)      Join Date: Sep 2009       09-17-2010, 3:59 PM Reply   
I was just at Hula Hut a couple hours ago and saw a few wakeboats out there. No one was being pulled but two of them had the ropes dangling from the tower. I saw no debris in the water, the water was a little more stained than usual. I can't see Lake Austin getting alot of debris other than twigs and trash...not big logs. However, due to the shoreline being man-made material in most areas I can see the concern because the debris can't float onto the shore and beach itself. I use Lake Belton (60 miles north of Austin) and when we get a flood, we have to worry about entire trees floating in the lake and cedar tree stumps (which can punch a hole into any hull). Good luck, it looked fine from what I could see. Take a slow test cruise of your intended path before you board and I think you'll be good
Old    Chris Drymalla (cdrymalla)      Join Date: Aug 2009       09-17-2010, 5:31 PM Reply   
Thanks for the update. We have some friends in town and we could head to pace bend, but I have not done it before and hate to hit a new ramp and try something new with people in town - oh well, better than a log in the hull...LOL.
Old    puckhead (jcollinge)      Join Date: Apr 2004       09-20-2010, 7:41 AM Reply   
More debris is coming down the rivers. I was on the Colorado this weekend, and there was a lot of debris in certain places (logs, branches, etc...). It will take a few weeks for it to wash down. It's ridable but keep an eye in the direction your headed.
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-20-2010, 12:44 PM Reply   
I'm sure it's not your first rodeo, but figure I put it out there. Nearly every spring we deal with flash floods that send debris in the lake for weeks. I always drive the path we'll be riding for at least a pass or two, and everyone is on log/debris watch duty. My thought is the boat and wakes will hopefully turn something up for at least a split second that may be hiding just under the surface, and makes me feel a bit better when out there riding


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