June 22nd, 2011
Information: Boaters using the Walnut Creek Access are reminded that "camping" in the parking lot which includes sleeping overnight in ones boat or car is not permitted. Anglers wanting to sleep in their boats or vehicles are advised to use one of the many local campgrounds.
Launch Ramp Etiquette:
1) Be sure all required safety equipment and registration are on board. Load your food, fishing gear and other equipment at home and or in the parking lot but most definitely before you get to the ramp.
2) Ensure tongue is securely fastened to ball hitch, remove tie downs.
3) Check condition of battery, motor and angle of drive unit. Know that your boat will start before arriving at the ramps. Nothing is more frustrating then a boat with mechanical failure blocking a ramp. If you are unable to start your boat at the launch area, do not attempt to do repairs while blocking the ramp. Instead, remove the boat from the water as a courtesy to others.
4) Be sure boat plug(s) are firmly in place.
5) Move to the ramp and launch. Check drive unit prior to backing down ramp to be sure it will not bottom out and that the power trim is working properly if applicable. (Having a lookout or someone in the boat is helpful)
6) If possible, use two people to launch your boat - the driver and the boat tender.
7) Unhook bow safety restraint, power or pull off trailer. Be courteous and wait your turn. Unless you are alone, it really shouldn't be necessary to tie your boat to the launch docks.
8) Run blower, start boat, move to the docks for passenger pickup (courtesy dock). The courtesy docks at the Walnut Creek Access launch are at the South end of the basin. (If alone, secure boat quickly and move vehicle off ramp.) Be courteous, the less time you spend on the ramp or at the dock the more other boaters will appreciate you.
9) If you have an assistant, instruct the person tending the boat to move it far enough away from the ramp and adjacent dock that it doesn't impede other boaters launching or loading. Do not allow small children to act as "boat tenders".
11) After the boat is on the trailer, secure the bow safety restraint, and move the vehicle and trailer to the tie down area so you don't impede traffic trying to launch or retrieve.
12) Carefully tie down your vehicle, check that your hitch is secure and lights are plugged in, remove all items that could blow out of boat during travel and move out of the tie-down area to make room for others.
Marine Weather Bulletins Reviewed:
Respect the Heat: Although we have all welcomed the warm weather around the area, recent warm temperatures do carry caution alerts, especially for boaters exposed directly to the sun and heat during a long day on the water. These cautions apply especially to the young and the elderly. Knowing the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and how to treat them can be valuable information a long way from shore
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening...then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday...Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms likely...mainly in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds around 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Thursday Night...Thunderstorms likely in the evening. Showers likely. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the evening...then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Saturday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs around 70.
Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.
Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s.
Sunday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s.
Monday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.
Monday Night...Mostly clear. Lows around 60.
Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.