See the lakes and landscape during draw down

The water level is now about at the “draw down” level. It is only about a foot lower than a normal winter draw down but because it is done a month or so earlier than normal, it allows for people to see the results (and also makes it hard for people to launch boats and get to islands).

Putting a boat in at Mast Landing would be difficult because of the water level. There isn’t enough water to float a boat from a trailer.

Oh, and it should be added that getting up the Smith River to Wentworth would be a problem. Presently, there is still a current and the water is shallow with rapids under the bridge.

Out on Albee Beach, you get to see a lot more with a sandbar going out off the point to the north of the beach. The beach is at least 5 times wider than normal but, alas, the water is a bit too cold for swimming.

The sand bar at the south east end of Stamp Act has gotten a lot larger and has a long slender point.

It would a be a bit dangerous to jump of the normal “jumping” rock at the sand bar as it is much further out of the water (about 3 1/2 feet) and the water below it is only a few inches deep.

This photo looks between Jo and Min, past Loon Island to the far shore of the lake. Jo and Min Islands, the two smallest of the Sisters Islands are now connected above the surface. Their namesakes were married in real life so it is fitting that their Islands are now together with no water between them.

These are the rocks of Jo and Min looking to the channel between Sister and Poplar Islands. Presently, there is about 3 inches of water covering the shallowest part of that channel, obviously, no motor boat could traverse that passage.

The North Beach on Stamp Act is much wider but is actually rather steep so it is not as wide as some of the other beaches.



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