A Bird’s Eye View of the Draw Down

The draw down is quite interesting when seen from the air. Rocks that lurk below the surface become more visible, showing where we need to be most careful navigating vessels.

Early in the draw down, the rocks around Mink and West Jockey Cap were starting to show. Now, most of the rocks are visible (check out the brown areas in the photo below). Lots of rocks.

Below, Loon, Wal and Flo islands are joined together by rock chains.

Below is a picture of Loon and Wal island and the NE point of Poplar island with the rocks starting to show.

Brummitt Island has lots of rocks around its shore and also lots of rocks showing to its east. The rocks at the west end (in the lower right of the frame) are now out of the water.

Off of Stamp Act’s SW end, the line of rocks going out to the red buoy are clearly seen.

Cate Island and Stamp Act shores look quite different and the sand bar has large parts that are out of water.

With the water down approximately 3 1/2 feet, the sand bar looks impressive. The size of the sandbar which is now clearly seen, has lots of room for people to moor their boats and swim in relatively shallow water.

Finally, there is a swamp behind Point of Pines that is now dry. It gets near this dry in a normal winter draw down and it may be better for the salamanders, turtles and frogs to over winter in the mud.