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Old 08-16-2012, 02:23 PM
 
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South of the Neck Rd. landing, if you stay in the channel, there is no problem. There are a few hazards but they are marked.

Heading north of there, you have to pay close attention to the warning buoys and your depth finder. It's especially tricky around that sunken beach area that I pictured above and I recommend going around it at no wake speed until you get used to it. If you are not careful you can end up in water that is less than 2 ft deep. When heading up there to take these photos, I saw one poor fellow churning up the sand with his prop. Once you get north of the there, near the power plant, it's clear sailing all the way to the Cowans Fd. dam. Water averages from 12 to 20 ft deep.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Great pics - thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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Please explain what the "sunken beach" is?
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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Please explain what the "sunken beach" is?
Its what we call a shoal. ( Its a sandy hill under the water. A sand bar. ) They can ruin your props or worse.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:34 AM
 
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In this particular case it's like a large sandy beach area where most of it is about 1-2 ft deep that eventually rises above the water as it approaches the trees. There is also a very sharp drop off when you get to the channel where the water quickly becomes 20 ft deep or more.

Google maps has a good picture of it here. Huntersville, NC - Google Maps

As you can see, it resembles a beach and boaters have to be careful to make the wide swing around it, else they lose their prop, the entire out drive, or worse collide with it. When there is a lot of water in the system, that entire sandy area has a slow moving layer of cool water flowing over it which makes it a popular place for people to hang out. There are volleyball nets, I've seen people sitting in lounge chairs and grilling out, etc.

Crestliner is correct, it's a shoal but I've heard people refer to this particular area as "The Beach", "Sunken Beach", "Submerged Beach", etc.

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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I always slow down to about 40 mph when I get no less than 100 feet from sailboats and kiyaks... Lets all be careful out there!
Slow down to 40? LOL, is that *meant* to be sarcastic or are you truly clueless?
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Slow down to 40? LOL, is that *meant* to be sarcastic or are you truly clueless?
Everything Crestliner types is sarcastic or clueless..I think that's his/her schtick.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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If you go out there, do be careful in the narrow area towards the Hwy 16 access. I've seen all manner of stuff sticking out of the water there. Stumps, twigs, paddles (seriously). Go slow through there.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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Everything Crestliner types is sarcastic or clueless..I think that's his/her schtick.
I am serious about the boat trip. I did put in the 40 mph part to see if anyone would notice. To be honest I avoid being near kayaks . They can be flipped over by even a small wake..
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:23 AM
 
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Man, this is suppose to be best kept secret lol .. Shhh.

I dont want this lake to turn into over crowded polluted Lake Norman especially since this lake is where Charlotte gets its drinking water...
Arsenic in Mountain Island Lake, study says

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The county has sampled lake water near the Riverbend discharge point eight times a year since mid-2009, and detected arsenic above the state water quality standard five times, said water quality official David Caldwell. Concentrations have been up to three times higher than the state standard.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...#storylink=cpy
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