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Old    Randy Murray (wakeripper)      Join Date: Oct 2002       01-07-2011, 11:02 AM Reply   
I am in the planning stages of an epic wake adventure this June/July....probably 2 week trip from SD/Mex to Lake Shasta. I am planning on hopscotching from lake to lake doing some riding/photos....So lets hear it, what are the best places to ride?
Old    Dan Noonan (depswa)      Join Date: Nov 2000       01-07-2011, 11:16 AM Reply   
Buena Vista (Bakersfield), Pine Flat (near Fresno), Don Pedro, New Melones, DELTA, Sacramento River...and Shasta! With the exception of the Delta and Shasta...Shasta and the Delta are your best bets on the weekends, but during the week, all of these can be epic! Sounds like a fun trip! Take lots of pics!!!
Old    Paul Strahm (jps912)      Join Date: Jun 2007       01-07-2011, 11:18 AM Reply   
Bullards bar.
Old    Brett Burrows (Riteride)      Join Date: Sep 2010       01-07-2011, 11:54 AM Reply   
I second Bullards Bar!! Also Collins Lake is nice to ride!!
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       01-07-2011, 11:55 AM Reply   
Dan covered most of my favorites. Sounds like a blast.
Old    Randy Murray (wakeripper)      Join Date: Oct 2002       01-07-2011, 12:09 PM Reply   
I can assure you that this will turn into a Wakeworld article/ biggest Rider Link ever...hahaha

As the dates, logistics, lakes and crew get sorted out i will be calling on the members of Wakeworld for riders, places to stay...and basically the local knowledge

This could really turn into one of those things you talk about for years
Old    Jaret Brantley (BIZZWSR)      Join Date: Aug 2010       01-07-2011, 12:14 PM Reply   
Randy,

I spent a whole summer traveling the country and most of california doing the Liquid Force Trip Across America. Shasta Lake is probably the best lake anywhere. Camp Far West is sweet in its own little way. Bullards Bar is nice. Lake Oroville is like a mini Shasta. There are also a lot of sweet little secret lakes hidden in the hills.
Old    Brett Burrows (Riteride)      Join Date: Sep 2010       01-07-2011, 12:37 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by wakeripper View Post
I can assure you that this will turn into a Wakeworld article/ biggest Rider Link ever...hahaha

As the dates, logistics, lakes and crew get sorted out i will be calling on the members of Wakeworld for riders, places to stay...and basically the local knowledge

This could really turn into one of those things you talk about for years
When you are going to be close to the Sacramento area, give us a call @ Star One Wake/Menace Watersorts we would love to ride with yall!!!
Old    Scott T (thescott)      Join Date: Nov 2007       01-07-2011, 2:09 PM Reply   
Lake - Trinity - not too far from Shasta. Bullard's is awesome - I'm also a big fan of Don Pedro in the spring and fall.
Waterway - DELTA
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       01-07-2011, 6:53 PM Reply   
Randy,
Check your PM.
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-07-2011, 7:37 PM Reply   
2 best lakes in cali....lake elsinore and castaic lake.
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-07-2011, 7:38 PM Reply   
buena vista....right up there w/ elsi and castaic!
Old    Jason (jonori)      Join Date: Oct 2001       01-11-2011, 11:27 PM Reply   
Come on Joe, Castaic isn't so bad. I'm sure there are worse. Like the folks in SD. Not sure what is available now a days since San V was closed.
Old    Dan Noonan (depswa)      Join Date: Nov 2000       01-12-2011, 10:41 AM Reply   
Joe...not a fan of Buena Vista? During the week it can be epic! Check it! Only boat on the water!


As for Elsinore...not a huge fan...Only rode a couple times...water looked like antifreeze and fish were literally trying to jump out of the water for oxygen or something...and it smelled funky!

Castaic is normally windy, but if there is a marine layer, it can be great...it is very deep, so the wakes get big compared to the shallower places!

Last edited by depswa; 01-12-2011 at 10:51 AM.
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       01-12-2011, 11:37 AM Reply   
BV can the be the best or the worst. That's just the way it is. During the week it's epic.

Randy... Hit us up when you get close to the Delta. CIE crew is always down to ride.
Old    McGavin (Shooter)      Join Date: Apr 2010       01-12-2011, 11:52 AM Reply   
Elsinore sucks, but it will be your best option in So Cal besides Canyon. Canyon is private so you wont be able to launch, but I'm sure a pull can be arranged. PM me when your in town.
Old    John (stoked_32)      Join Date: Aug 2007       01-12-2011, 11:54 AM Reply   
What did I tell you about hating on our Home Joe?! God Help you Umali, God Help you...

I do agree to a certain extent though, BV is nothing epic other than water conditions during the winter. It's shallow, short, and smells like cow poo. Castaic is just another lake IMO except its windy all year round.

One place I would definately check out mid-week (NOT WEEKENDS) that is one of the most unique places in the country is Marine Stadium, Long Beach. If I was doing a wake tour of California, the stadium is a must see. Plus taking your boat around Naples island and through the marina is fun to do regardless if you're riding. Another notable thing is that it was home of the wake X Games for a bit.

There's a great photo of it on the home page here
http://www.wakexperience.com/

Last edited by stoked_32; 01-12-2011 at 12:01 PM.
Old    Small Light (stephan)      Join Date: Nov 2002       01-12-2011, 2:00 PM Reply   
If headed up the 101, Lake Nacimiento is always a good bet. Some former Canyon regulars live/ride there year round. Besides the infamous "Nac Rot" all is good in Central Cal.
Old    Dan Noonan (depswa)      Join Date: Nov 2000       01-12-2011, 5:34 PM Reply   
Naci is great, but the 101 would be a LONG drive to shasta! lol!

What is "Nac Rot?" lol
Old    Jeff Hill (hillbilly)      Join Date: Aug 2002       01-12-2011, 6:18 PM Reply   
Sac river around and above Sacramento.

I would drive right past Collins and just make the 30 minute trek up to Bullards....Waaaay better lake IMO.

But around Sac there really is no reason to hit a lake around that time...The river is good 90 % of the time.

Mid week early Berryessa is alright.

And a hidden little gem Stony Gorge outside of Willows.
Old    Shawndoggy (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       01-12-2011, 6:47 PM Reply   
Old    Randy Murray (wakeripper)      Join Date: Oct 2002       01-13-2011, 3:08 PM Reply   
Well i am going to get an old fashioned map out and start planning the trip then probably go into google maps and lay it out for all to see.

II suppose i will get a blog going or something like that when it all gets started. Well before that happens you will all know about it as I would obviously like to include as many WW'rs as possible (that and hopefully mooch a place to sleep and a chase boat or pull....still figuring out the boat logistics....it would be obviously cheaper to just drive without a boat behind the vehicle)

I've been to BV befor at it's alright, Beryessa is on my to do list as well as the Sac River, Bullards and of course The Delta

Thanks for all the help and input guys!!!!!
Old    Hate2party (slipknot)      Join Date: Aug 2001       01-14-2011, 12:36 PM Reply   
what about lovely Lake Martinez, I hear there are some great partiers/riders out there
Old    Randy Murray (wakeripper)      Join Date: Oct 2002       01-18-2011, 12:42 PM Reply   
I have added most of the potential places to stop at on the way. A few are pretty much set in stone...Delta, Pillsbury, Nacimiento, Shasta... I have pretty much nailed it down to 9 days total leave Friday night for spot #1 drive back from Shasta on Sunday....unless i can score some more time off from the real job... Here is the map....

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0...C19.665527&z=6

anyone know of a good GPS tracking software to help make this a little more interactive in this in demand world
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       01-18-2011, 1:13 PM Reply   
1. Delta for endless, great water conditions. You can eat and drink on the water at the local spots.
2. Bullards for unique scenery (as seen above)
3. Pillsbury (never been but the pictures I've seen make we want to go.)

Personally, I don't think there is anything special about Melones, or Don Pedro. They're lakes. You can ride there (on the weekdays at least). But they are both pretty much the same with dry hillsides, tons of people, and camping far from the water. Don't get me wrong, I grew up on both of those lakes as a wakeboarder, but there is nothing really speacial about them.
Old    Jeff Hill (hillbilly)      Join Date: Aug 2002       01-18-2011, 1:54 PM Reply   
I just hope you don't get hung up at one place too long !

I've also seen pic's of Pillsbury and those guy's got a gem up there ! Only down side to it is it's way off the beaten path so give yourself extra time.
Old    Brian Miller (brianmiller)      Join Date: Aug 2003       01-18-2011, 3:41 PM Reply   
I agree with J-Rod. Oroville, Don Pedro, New Melones are all the same in my book. How about Lake Clementine in Auburn? That has to be on the list over the previously mentioned 3.
Old    Randy Murray (wakeripper)      Join Date: Oct 2002       01-18-2011, 4:28 PM Reply   
Thanks for the input J-Rod....furthermore i was trying to figure out if i could bring my bike with me to get some moto in with you guys....don't think it will happen

I have updated the map in order of potential locations for stops the last 4 are maybes....
Old    kvoman (kvoman)      Join Date: Aug 2006       01-20-2011, 9:38 AM Reply   
I'd reconsider dipping the boat in various lakes along the way since you have to pass mussel inspection at some lakes and will not be allowed to be in that lake if your boat is wet.

Before you get to Shasta, I think just past Redding, they will also inspect your boat. You must have a certificate of compliance (self certified) that your boat has not been in any body of water for xx number of days, and your boat is dry, etc. You can print this form out on the Lake Shasta website.

That mussel inspection, no matter how inconvenienced it may be, is the only thing keeping the quagga and zebra mussels out of the lakes in Norhern CA. Central CA lakes have been infested and some Southern CA lakes have also been infested. When a lake is infested with these mussels, they clog up the intake system of the pumps, distribution lines, etc. and you could never get rid of them. The cost to clean and maintain these infested lakes will rise considerably and the cost will eventually be pass on to the general public.
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       01-20-2011, 11:35 AM Reply   
Trying to moto and wake on teh same trips alwasy sounds like a good idea, but it just requires too much stuff. With that said, their are certainly some good areas where you could easily do both.
Old    Colin P (PictureMeRollin)      Join Date: Apr 2010       01-20-2011, 12:31 PM Reply   
Just wondering, whats so special about Pillsbury Lake?
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       01-20-2011, 1:51 PM Reply   
high mountain scenerey. Lot of trees. Remote location with dirt road access keeps the crowds out. I believe you have you tow the boat through a lot of dirt.
Old    Travis Q (motogod77)      Join Date: Aug 2008       01-20-2011, 2:58 PM Reply   
There is nothing special at all about Pillsbury - its a myth!

About 20 miles of off-road style dirt road - its horrible stay back - you'll ruin your boat!

Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       01-20-2011, 3:26 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by jarrod View Post
Trying to moto and wake on teh same trips alwasy sounds like a good idea, but it just requires too much stuff. With that said, their are certainly some good areas where you could easily do both.
You can do both @ Pillsbury.
Old    Colin P (PictureMeRollin)      Join Date: Apr 2010       01-20-2011, 4:02 PM Reply   
Can you shorline camp at Pillsbury?
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       01-20-2011, 4:14 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by PictureMeRollin View Post
Can you shorline camp at Pillsbury?
Colin,
Yes you can. You can boat camp on the Eel river side of the lake but you have to bring in your own water and there's no toilet (straight up roughing it). There are a few water front camp sites at the Fuller Grove camp ground. There are a few water side sites at LPR too. LPR is in the process of remodeling now but it's still open. Plenty of black bears in the area so keep that in mind if you camp there.

http://www.lprandm.com/
Old    Colin P (PictureMeRollin)      Join Date: Apr 2010       01-20-2011, 5:34 PM Reply   
Thanks for all the info, I gotta check this place out over the summer!
Old    Jeff Hill (hillbilly)      Join Date: Aug 2002       01-21-2011, 10:07 AM Reply   
Is Clementine going to open this year ? I thought budget cuts were closing it down. I thought last year was the last year for use?

Hope not it is a cool little lake, Crazy to get down to it but once there sweeeet !
Old    Randy Murray (wakeripper)      Join Date: Oct 2002       01-24-2011, 12:43 PM Reply   
kvoman....thanks for that input....i totally forgot about the mussel thing....granted i've heard about it but it isn't so rampant down here in So Cal.....you may have helped make my decision as far as the boat goes....

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