So let’s look at Clear Lake, thought to be the second-oldest lake in the world. This aquatic old-timer still has tricks up her sleeve. You don’t survive several million years of climate on this planet without being able to weather dry and wet conditions. That’s true even now.
The bottom line - Clear Lake has water.
So how much water is in Clear Lake? Certainly enough that, during a recent bass tournament, we set a record for fishing on the Lake. And that’s a lake that is already thought of as the bass capital of the west and the third best bass fishing lake in the US. There’s certainly enough water that you can float your boat, or rent one.
With the outstanding spring-like conditions that we’ve had, Disney’s Water Sports has already taken some of their boats out of winter storage and has made them available for rental. Yeah, the weather’s been that good already.
The water has been exceptionally clear to the point where Tony went out on the pier and measured the depth of the pilings without getting into the water - he could see the end of the tape measure at the bottom of the Lake from on the pier. That’s clear! This isn’t entirely unusual for this time of year, though. This really is the best time to be on the Lake.
Oh, speaking of the pier we are installing an entirely new lift system on the platform portion of the pier. Frankly, the nifty powered lifts have been nothing but a pain in Tony’s back since the first few months we’ve lived here. With the plant life in the Lake, the chain and gear mechanism that sits below the surface picks-up plant life which has jammed the gears and sent the dock platforms into the water on more than one occasion.
The new lift mechanism isn’t in the water at all and is mechanically powered but can be electrically operated so there are no conditions that would stop us from adjusting the pier, save being captured by space aliens or something like that. New lifts are being installed on both sections of the pier so that it will be adjusted for your boat when you arrive. The ramp has been newly-marked and we’re really excited about this summer from a boating standpoint. Of course we never charge our guests to use the pier and boat launch while they're staying with us.
Speaking of boating, we are presently looking into having kayaks on-hand again to rent. We are working with a local kayak company to purchase our own kayaks which would solve the problem of kayaks being available here based on the whims of teenagers. We also purchased a pedal-powered two-person pontoon boat and have our own unique puddle duck racer, the home-made wooden boat that even Tony can’t flip over.
Yes, there will come a time when Clear Lake becomes less friendly to boaters as it goes through its natural cycle of producing algae and plant life as it has for the past few million years. But, until then, it’s a paradise for fishing and boating.
With the outstanding weather we’ve been having we’re enjoying water sports early this year and the Lake is waiting for you to come enjoy it.
This blog post from April of 2014 has been very popular but we no longer have the pedal-powered pontoon boat, unfortunately.