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djahncke posted 08-30-2006 10:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for djahncke   Send Email to djahncke  

Is there any interest in a fall rendezvous on Michigan's Inland Waterway (Mullett & Burt Lake)?

I am will to host a rendezvous at my family's cottage on Mullett Lake. I'm available to host September 29th or any weekend in October. We did this last year in early October and we were blessed with wonderful weather.

Buckda posted 08-30-2006 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Don -

Strong interest from me, however, I am travelling that weekend in Oregon.

September 23 or Oct. 7 or 28 work best for me, so I realize I may not be able to make it on your timing. My fall is absolutely crammed with weekend business travel.

Looks like I am going to qualify again for premier status with frequent flyer miles this year!

home Aside posted 08-30-2006 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I'm interested, I'm not sure about September 29th Weekend, I have to check the out of town Hockey Schedule, and October 7th Weekend is not good. I'll check the Calenders and keep an eye on the thread.

I'd like to get the Revenge out to at least one Rendezvous before the weather forces her into storage for the winter

Pat

jeffs22outrage posted 08-30-2006 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
I am going to be staying on Mullet Lake Sept 15 - 19. With all my projects around the house I do not know if I could do it later. I will watch this thread and see what pans out.
PeteB88 posted 08-30-2006 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Hey man - we got an inland waterway, well almost, near Ann Arbor - Huron System with capable guide Huron Bob - if you can't make the Mullet thing, join us on the 23rd. What the heck else you got to do? Just a little legislation and a few miles and we got a waterway all the way across Mich to Lake Michigan.

Maybe our boats aren't big enough Bob.

DAVE - If you are going to Oregon, call me or email so I can set you up with an itinerary or hot spots.

Teak Oil posted 08-30-2006 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I will be on the Inland Waterway the 11th - 14th if anyone is going to be up there. We are staying at the Best Western in Cheboygan.

dfmcintyre posted 09-01-2006 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Don -

Funny you should throw this out again, Gail and I were talking about the trip last year over dinner tonight.

I'd be willing to go for it again.

DonaldMac 'n Gail

Royboy posted 09-01-2006 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Sounds good to me; we love it up that way.

Roy

jeffs22outrage posted 09-05-2006 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
I just confirmed with the owner of the cabin we are staying at for 15 - 19th. So to make another run back up a week or two later probably is not realistic.

dfmcintyre posted 09-05-2006 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I'll be making reservations tomorrow, along with another couple or two at the same place we stayed at last fall. The Landings for the 29th.

Don

MarthaB posted 09-06-2006 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Don,
Have you set the date for Sept 29 - Oct 1?
Martha
djahncke posted 09-07-2006 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Martha,

No, I haven't set a date yet. But it is about the right time to take a poll to see if we can settle on a date.

As I read the thread is stacks up as:

Buckda- Sept29 No October 7th Yes

HomeAside- Sept29 Maybe October 7th No

dfmcintyre- Sept 29 Yes October 7th ?

I don't see a clear pattern yet. Anyone else care to chime with their choices?


-Don

Cicada posted 09-07-2006 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
I'd love to do that trip again this year. Had a great time last year. I'd probably stay at Aloha again.

No preference on dates.

Paul

sportroyalwulf posted 09-07-2006 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
Pencil me in as a maybe for the 29th weekend.
home Aside posted 09-08-2006 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
September 29 is a go for me.....can't wait

Pat

MarthaB posted 09-08-2006 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Don,
Con & I are a maybe for the 29th or any other date in October.
Martha
Buckda posted 09-08-2006 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I'm available October 7, 14 or 28.

home Aside posted 09-08-2006 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I could be available in October too, but not on weekend of October 7...

Pat

djahncke posted 09-11-2006 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Well, after reviewing the responses and checking what has come up on my calendar I am picking the weekend of October 7th. Sorry about that Pat, maybe you and I can cook up a season opener next spring?

So it looks like Buckda, Cicada, MarthB & ConB will be there. Did I miss anybody?

-Don

kingfish posted 09-11-2006 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Don-

I will make it if I can. I'm juggling a couple of things, and I didn't want to influence the date in any direction, given the uncertainty of my schedule. It is always a fun meet.

John

Royboy posted 09-11-2006 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I'll try and keep it open for the 7th, but I can't commit yet either.

Roy

MarthaB posted 09-11-2006 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Don,

It is still a maybe for Con & I.

The meteorologist in the area are saying the onset of fall type weather is about 3 weeks ahead of schedule. They forcast crappy weather for Labor Day weekend, but it turned out to be nice. Sunday morning it was 37 degrees in Traverse City. Today's weather is more like it is in late October, cold & rain. Hopefully the weather improves and will be nice for Oct. 7.

Martha

dfmcintyre posted 09-11-2006 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Don and group

I was waiting for confirmation on if the 7th was do-able.

Just found out late this afternoon.

It's a no go for us, as we're committed down in Port Huron on the 7th.

If those who could only make it on the 29th, Gail and I are still planning on being in the area and doing the waterway on the weekend, then Sunday overnight at Mackinac Island.

Don/Gail

tashout posted 09-12-2006 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for tashout  Send Email to tashout     
i,ll be there too. looking foward to meeting you folks on the 7th.
Buckda posted 09-12-2006 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
tashout -

Will you be bringing the 15?

Looking forward to seeing my old girl!

Dave

tashout posted 09-12-2006 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for tashout  Send Email to tashout     
buckda;; you could be confused with my identity. i have a tashmoo which is a 16 smirkless 73 vintage.i have done some refurbish work since its pictures cat.#52.i,m bringing her.looking foward to meeting you and all others.jd
Buckda posted 09-12-2006 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Sorry...There's a beautiful little 15' Sport GLS running around South Holland IL. Thought you were the same guy who bought my 15.

Even so - I'm still looking forward to seeing your boat and meeting new people!

Dave

jeffs22outrage posted 09-12-2006 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Don as of right now if the cruise is on the 7th I "might" be able to make it. Since I am going to be up there this weekend, and if I can make the 7th, could you recommend a place around there I might look into keeping my whaler for a couple weeks? I could keep it in water at a marina or on the trailer. If the cost is about the same as the extra gas, it would save the hastle of towing it back to home then back up north.
tashout posted 09-13-2006 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for tashout  Send Email to tashout     
jeff22outrage,you can leave it at my place on douglas lake. i have alot of room for your trailer/boat. if interested give me a call. i,ll give you more info. jd.708 331-2247
jeffs22outrage posted 09-15-2006 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Tash and Don,

Thanks to both for the offers of Storage. As it stands right now I will most likely not be able to make it.

Don if you are up this weekend I am staying at 1269 mullet lake village. My cell is 248-376-5662

David Pendleton posted 09-15-2006 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Tentative maybe.

If the weather's right, and the date is good, I could do it.

David Pendleton posted 09-18-2006 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Anyone?

Bueler?

Buckda posted 09-18-2006 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
David -

What are you asking? It's set for the weekend of October 7.

I'll be staying at Aloha State Park on Friday and Saturday nights. Reservations are pending.

If I recall correctly, two of the three bathhouses will be closed at this time of year. The one closest to the entrance remains open, however unfortunatley, it is also the one furthest from the boat basin.

The good news is that there is an outhouse that is rather clean near the boat ramp, so middle-of-the-night excursions aren't as long as they could be.

David Pendleton posted 09-18-2006 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Drat. I hate having to re-read every post to find dates.

I swear I read through this thread three times.

I see now that the 7th has been chosen. I'm considering it.

Thanks.

Royboy posted 09-18-2006 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Dave, are you camping at the park rather than onboard Gambler? If so, email me your campsite. If I'm solo, I'd just as soon camp rather than shell out for a room.

Roy

Cicada posted 09-18-2006 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Last year we had one side of the basin all to ourselves. I don't think campsites should be a problem. Suzanne will be coming along. Reconsidering accomodations right now. Jury's still out on camping.

Real nice time of year to be up there. Anyone think there'll be any color up there then? Should be far enough North for some.

Finally - two days in a row with the Outrage. Dave P., I'm getting an inkling of your frustration with the boat.

Paul

Royboy posted 09-18-2006 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
If Karen comes with me it will almost surely mean a room up on the river, otherwise, I'll camp.

Roy

David Pendleton posted 09-19-2006 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
So, is it worth driving 1000 miles RT for a few days in and around Mullett Lake?
dfmcintyre posted 09-19-2006 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Roy -

Check:

The Landings (231) 238-9955

They are right on the east side of Indian River, just north of I75. Launch ramp at the resort and cabin 100' from where you'll tie up for the night.

Don

PS - If you do book there, it's not intuitive on how to get there from the Indian River exit of I75.

Royboy posted 09-19-2006 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Thanks, Don. I'll check it out. I think I may know where it is.

Roy

Cicada posted 09-19-2006 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
David,

1000 miles RT for a few days in the Mullet Lake area? The area doesn't quite compare to Isle Royale or what I envision Door County to be. I may be acting in my own self interest here but I'd say it's well worth the trip. I'd like to see you and I think it'd give Suzanne a little more incentive to make the trip herself.

Nice group of people that get together. Good time. The river gives it a little different feel from the big lakes.

Yeah. Probably worth the trip.

Paul

jimh posted 09-19-2006 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I think Chris has to work this weekend. I might come up without boat, if someone will take me for a ride! We had a blast last fall weekend. The weather was fantastic, and the boating was superb.
PeteB88 posted 09-20-2006 06:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Ellen and I might make it but tight schedules so we won't know until that week. Would like to do it and hopefully I get mounting hardware (appropriate) to install Mills forward shelter on Sourpuss. Tom Skilling says major dip in jet stream will keep things cold for awhile - Where best to stay?
Royboy posted 09-20-2006 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
David,

The "Mullet Lake Area" is much more than this moniker implies. It's a 40 mile long inland waterway made up of three rivers (and part of a fourth) and three huge lakes (and a couple of smaller ones), all connected via navigable waters to Lake Huron. It extends nearly all the way from Cheboygan to Petoskey, Michigan. In and around it are some superb freshwater boating. Add to this the group of people who frequent this rendezvous and their most excellent Whalers, and you've got a trip that's hard to beat.

Roy

David Pendleton posted 09-20-2006 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I'm very much on the fence with this one.

The drive isn't as much an issue, as I love to drive. I'm more concerned with the weather.

I'd hate to get up there just in time for cold rain.

For now, I'm planning on coming. I'm going to gear up and have things ready. If the weather's good, I'll leave the Thursday or Friday prior and depart the Monday after.

If the weather's bad, I'll spend the rest of the fall/winter in a funk because I did not get to use the boat at all this season...

jeffs22outrage posted 09-21-2006 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
We just got back from a long weeknd at Mullett Lake and what a great area. Every time I go up there I want to come back more and more. We spent time on the lake, went up the Cheboygan River throught the locks and out to Lake Huron, took the boat up to Mackinaw City and ran across to the island (3-5'ers yuck), had dinner at the Hackmatack, etc, etc. We did not have the time to run up throught the Indian and Crooked Rivers which is something I would have liked to do. Oh well, next year.

Unfortunatly it was confirmed I will be traveling on business the weekend of the 7th so any last minute hopes are surely dashed. Have fun to all on this trip and wish I could join you.

BTW Don, I ran down a boat just like yours thinking it was you. They left out of Hobarts and started heading towards your cabin. It was only till I got with in a short distance that I noticed the non ficth engine. I think they were wondering what the heck I was doing.

Buckda posted 09-21-2006 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
David -

While I too, wish to see you again, and would be more than happy to have you on this rendezvous, if this trip may preclude you from travelling the same distance (to DeTour Michigan) and seeing the North Channel, I'd say "wait and see the North Channel in August." That is just my opinion. I really like this area as well, but it does not compare, in my opinion, to the North Channel.

If you plan to come over to the North Channel in the summer anyway, then by all means, come on over. I know how concerned you are with depths, given that you have a stern drive and an expensive duoprop on your Conquest - for that, we'll have to find you an alternate ramp to the Aloha State Park ramp, as the water there may be too shallow for your rig. Also, you will likely want to ride with another boater for any trip to Don's cottage (or anchor offshore and be ferried in by an outboard powered boat) as Don's cottage has a relatively shallow shoreline.

Beyond that, the Lake itself and river systems are beautiful and wonderful...with clear water nice houses and usually great conditions. I will be making this trip rain or shine. That's why I have expensive foulies and Mills Canvas!

Dave

Royboy posted 09-21-2006 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I won't be able to make this trip if I don't get to the bottom of this:

http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/001083.html

I was planning to leave after work Friday and it will likely be dark before I get there. Help! Please don't respond on this thread, however.

Roy

David Pendleton posted 09-22-2006 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I am planning on the North Channel next year, and Isle Royale again, as well.

My radar, and larger (color) chartplotter will be installed this winter and ready to go for these trips, too.

I don't consider this trip a replacement for either.

jeffs22outrage posted 09-22-2006 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
If there is a trip for next August in the North Channel count me in...

Also,

Jim or Paul, I have some goodies (small pieces of steel and aluminum) for Dave and since I am not going to make it could I drop it off with one of you?

Cicada posted 09-22-2006 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Jeff,

I'd be happy to take the goodies up to Buckda. Sorry to hear that you can't make it.

I'm also commited rain or shine. That's the nice part about the *&%^#$!!! Mills Canvas. The love, hate relationship goes on.

Gee, I'll have to spend some time preparing for the trip. Not a bad way to spend an evening or two.

Paul

tashout posted 09-26-2006 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for tashout  Send Email to tashout     
where are we meeting to begin the trip the 7th. what can we bring to help with food drink etc.we have a place on douglas lake and would like to get advice on where to launch etc.if we are starting out at mullett lake from the cottage what public access would be the best.don we live close to the douglas lake bar. what would be your expert advice on how to get there.
Buckda posted 09-26-2006 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Last year, we met at the Aloha State Park Boat Basin.

There is a nice ramp there as well for those coming for the day. Don's cottage is nearly directly across the lake from this park.

Royboy posted 09-26-2006 05:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
There's also an o.k. DNR ramp on the Northwest Shore of Mullet. It's on Lake Road off of U.S 27. Coords are:

N45 34.061 W84 30.487

jeffs22outrage posted 09-26-2006 05:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
I used the ramp just off US 27 on Mullett Lake drive/road. I was able to get the 22' to float off the trailer but I was a ways in the water. An 18 would be a breeze.
http://www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/mullett-lake_ramp/index. html

Here is the ramp at Aloha
http://www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/aloha/index.html

Then there is this one just south of Aloha at the end of Jewel Road
http://www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/jewell-rd_launch/index. html

For those new to area this is a GREAT interactive series of maps and info on the whole inland waterway
http://www.fishweb.com/maps/inlandwater/index.html

jeffs22outrage posted 09-26-2006 05:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Sorry...


click on the maps to get maps and GPS cords for most points of interest. If you click on next it will take you on a photo tour of the water way.

Buckda posted 09-27-2006 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Do we have a headcount yet?

Here's what I think we have:
Don - 1
Buckda - 2
Cicada - 1 or 2
ConB/MarthaB - 2
tashout - 2
Royboy - 1 (or 2?)
David Pendleton (?)
JimH - 1
Kingfish - 1
Sportroyalwulf (?)

Anyone else?

Sounds like we have 11 people confirmed, with a possibility of 15, with 8 or 9 boats.

Not too bad....

David Pendleton posted 09-28-2006 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I'm holding my decision until next Wednesday when I can get a more accurate weather forecast.
Royboy posted 09-28-2006 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I will be solo on this trip; my dear wife has declined what she termed, "a long cold boat ride". Other than her choice of husbands, it appears to be her only flaw.

Roy

PeteB88 posted 09-28-2006 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Do you guys allow 13ers in on this party?
Buckda posted 09-28-2006 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Pete -

Yes.

Can you keep up?

PeteB88 posted 09-28-2006 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I wanna be just like you trying to keep up in that 15 - I want the rough edit so I can practice.
Cicada posted 09-28-2006 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Dave,

I bet that 13 would be fun running up the Indian River. A bit more responsive in turns?

I wonder how the color is up in that area. I'll be bringing the foulies.

I'll be making this trip by myself. Suzanne's working.

Looking forward to the trip.

Paul

Buckda posted 09-28-2006 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
For best "salty" effect, might I suggest foulies in bright yellow?

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Boating%20Videos/ ?action=view¤t=LakeErieMetropark.flv

Pete - You'll do fine. I'd love to see that 13 taking the turns in the crooked river at WOT.

I was practicing on Paw Paw lake last weekend. With twin engines, you can crank some pretty tight turns without blowing both props out...the one that grips pulls the other along until it gets traction again...pretty cool.

Dave

MarthaB posted 09-29-2006 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Paul & Dave,

This morning it was 27 degrees in Pellston. But 41 at my house at 7 am. We have had typical fall weather, upper 50's low 60's, occasional upper 60's. Color might be peak for next weekend. We have not had a day like you had last year, but we are due for one.

I would bring the long johns, smart wool socks, and foul weather gear. But if the color is peak and we get some sun, it should be beautiful.

We will make our reservation this weekend at either the Brentwood or Woodlands in Indian River. Or does someone have a recommendation? We may bring Rocky.

Paul, do you have the same cell phone number or did it change after the phone went for a swim? Dave, either post or email us your cell phone number. Thanks.

What time are we meeting Saturday morning?

Martha B.

Buckda posted 09-29-2006 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Long-range WX forecast is calling for scattered showers and 59 degrees on Saturday, scattered showers and 53 on Sunday.

Looks like a shelter, windshield, flying top and perhaps side curtains weekend.

Should be great color though - the trees in the North Suburbs of Chicago are already starting to yellow noticeably.

Martha - I sent you an e-mail.

Royboy posted 09-29-2006 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
We wear our canvas! The Foulies are grey, to match the piping on our cushions 8>)

Roy

Royboy posted 09-29-2006 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I took my 130 last year and it was only tough keeping up crossing the lakes; everywhere else it's "no wake" so no sweat. Dave was kind enough to hang back with me crossing the open water, so I'll be happy to do the same this year for those who are hp challanged.

Besides, when they all take off, their boats look smaller and smaller, making our Whalers look larger and larger by way of comparison!

This year, I'll be unveiling my new (to me) Outrage.

Roy

Cicada posted 09-30-2006 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Martha,

The phone drowned but its spirit lives on in the same cell number. I'll email it to everyone. It'd be nice to have a waterproof phone.
Thanks again for your and Con's hospitality this summer. We really enjoyed it. Beautiful part of the state up there.


Unpacking more boxes today and came across the NOAA chart for the Inland Route. Nice handy little publication for the trip.

Also dug out the foulies.

Replacing a few snaps on the Mills tomorrow. I'll have to talk nice to it so that it behaves itself. A strategy that I haven't really tried yet, it usually breaks down after about an hour or so.

Also considering some midships cleats. I have some from ebay and they may come in handy on this solo trip. It takes longer to figure out where to put them than it does to install them. Probably one side or the other of the side curtain openings.


Do you think we'll we be making the same run to the restaurant? Forgot the name and location. Nice little place.


Paul

Cicada posted 09-30-2006 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
I'm planning on leaving fairly early on Friday. Taking some "floating holiday" hours before I lose them.

Roy,
Looking forward to seeing your Outrage. Everybody rigs their boats a little differently. Gives me a chance to steal some ideas.


Paul

Royboy posted 09-30-2006 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I got my trailer lights sorted out, so that's a big relief. Nothing standing in our way now, but maybe the weather. Karen is still on the fence, but Ichthus is ready to cruise!

Roy

David Pendleton posted 10-02-2006 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Would everybody please post their schedule?

When are you expecting to arrive, and when are you departing the area?

I have decided that if I do come out, it will be without Tampico. Driving time pulling the boat is estimated at 10+ hours, and that's just too long for a weekend. Obviously, I can make much better time with the truck unloaded.

If this is the case Paul, you can plan for an extra ~300lbs or so on Cicada.

Buckda posted 10-02-2006 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
David -

I have to work on Friday (bummer), and I am also on Central Time, so I lose an hour in the travel right there.

Depending on when I can reach "escape velocity" from the gravitational and gridlock forces of Chicago's highway system, I should be arriving around midnight to 1 am Local time on Friday Night/Saturday morning.

My departure time on Sunday will depend on my crew. Right now, I've experienced a revolt (and nearly decided I need a whole new set of friends over it!) and may be arriving/participating solo. If that is the case, I will stay until around 4 PM on Sunday afternoon and try to get some fishing in on Mullet Lake, or perhaps even in the Straits of Mackinac if the weather cooperates.

I'm bringing the laptop for a slideshow on Saturday again. We're working on the projector and I'm sure Don will let us borrow a bedsheet for a screen again.

I've also secured some door prizes, so bone up on your Whaler Trivia (I've got some Mercury stuff to get rid of - and I owe JimH a Verado visor for the one the twins ate this summer on Grand Traverse Bay.)

Dave

Royboy posted 10-02-2006 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
So, you say the crew is revolting? There's a punchline for that, I just can't remember what it is.

I'll be leaving Troy, Michigan NLT 1600 hrs to arrive at Don's by sunset. Fishing Sunday morning, going to church, cleaning a few salmon, and heading home in the early afternoon.

Roy

djahncke posted 10-02-2006 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Roy,

I think the punchline is- "They are not revolting. They are absolutely nauseating!"

David,

I will be arriving at my cottage late Thursday night. I plan on spending Friday morning getting some odd jobs done around the cottage.

I will probably leave mid to late Sunday afternoon.

The current forecast is for Saturday is cloudy but no rain with a 10mph wind from the South, not bad for October.

We hope to see you there.

-Don

ConB posted 10-02-2006 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
Don, do we need to bring anything ? Is it a potluck dinner Saturday?

Martha and I will probably be up there mid afternoon Friday.

Con

David Pendleton posted 10-02-2006 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I have a projector, I'll bring it along.
David Pendleton posted 10-02-2006 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I may even bring my Zodiac, just for fun...
Cicada posted 10-03-2006 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
I'm going to try to get out of here in the morning on Friday. Come back Sunday afternoon sometime.

What kind of fishing in Mullet Lake?

David P.

Looking forward to it.

Dave,

As far as the crew revolting. Nothing like a good keel hauling to straighten that out.

Jeff dropped the steel off I'll be bringing it up.

Paul

Royboy posted 10-03-2006 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Perch should be biting, walleyes if you can find them, not sure what else might be good this time of year in Mullett, although it's got pretty much everything (Pike, Muskies, Bass, etc.). I'm hoping I can still find a few lakers or salmon out in the Straights, but if that's not a worthwhile endeavor, I'll be rinsing lures in Crooked Lake for walleyes.

Roy

sportroyalwulf posted 10-04-2006 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
Sorry, I can not attend. Have fun.
cdnwhaler posted 10-04-2006 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for cdnwhaler  Send Email to cdnwhaler     
I sincerely hope all these thunderstorms the last few days coming across from Michigan are gone for you this weekend. This is our Thanksgiving weekend and I took a serious look at joining all of you, I even contacted dfmcintyre to confirm driving time and routes. Should have been perfect timing for me and the boys but unfortunately I just couldn't put it together.

Have fun and please do your best to send some good Thanksgiving weekend weather our way.

Peter

tashout posted 10-04-2006 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for tashout  Send Email to tashout     
what time are we meeting at aloha park ramp/basin?
djahncke posted 10-04-2006 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Well, it's getting close and the weather reports are looking good. It's calling for sunshine with patchy clouds, winds out of the south at 9mph, high temperature 63 degrees.

I propose that we meet at 9:30 in front of my cottage. My cottage is located on Silver Beach which is on the north west shore of Mullett Lake -

http://www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/index_north.html

When I get home tonight I will post the GPS coordinates. In approaching my cottage be careful! It gets shallow very quickly. Water depth at my dock is about 30" and it stays that shallow for about 75 yards out! The good news is there are no rocks or weeds just a hard sand bottom.

I will be monitoring channel 68 to help any late commers to find us.

The proposed itinerary is that same as last year. Head south to the Indian River, through the Indian River to Burt Lake, accross Burt Lake to the Crooked River. Then everyones' favorite part the high speed run through the Crooked River (will Dave be able to control is young twins on this wild run?) then we can stop in Alanson at the public park and walk into town for lunch.


Dinner Saturday night is at my cottage. I've got the menu covered. It may not be fancy, but it will be hot and there will be lots of good whaler talk. There is even a rumor that Buckda might have a slide show for us! I will provide soft drinks, if you want something stronger feel free to bring it.


-Don

jeffs22outrage posted 10-04-2006 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Don,

I just happen to have my handheld in my truck today.

N 45* 32.816'
W 084* 31.831'

I marked this back on 9-16-06 and it puts you directly east off Don's dock (the one with the flag pole and 2 whalers in hoists) where the water goes from 40+' to 2' of water.

djahncke posted 10-04-2006 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Thanks Jeff!

FYI you won't see two whalers on hosits this year, the 15 Sport never left the garage this summer.

-Don

Royboy posted 10-04-2006 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Or 1.2 Miles Bearing 254 Degrees (True) from the "24" Lighted Can on the North end of Mullet, for those analog types. Look for a whole pod of Whalers!
Royboy posted 10-04-2006 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
quote:
the 15 Sport never left the garage this summer.

The poor thing.

Roy

Royboy posted 10-04-2006 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Or 3.6 Miles Bearing 304 Degrees (True) from the Aloha Boat Basin.

Roy

David Pendleton posted 10-04-2006 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Dare I say that I am committed to this trip?

At this point I am. Tomorrow will tell.

Buckda, I am bringing laptop, optical drive, and LCD projector if this lightens your load any...

I'll chime in again tomorrow the final decision.

If everything works out, I'll be leaving MSP sometime around 0600 Friday arriving Mullett Lake sometime around 1430 Friday, local time.

I'll have to depart Mullett Lake sometime between 1200 and 1500 local time on Sunday.

Paul, can we get you to make chili for Sunday's lunch? I'll bring the Fritos...


Cicada posted 10-04-2006 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Dave,

I'd be happy to make some chili. Sunday should be a good day for it.

Paul

David Pendleton posted 10-05-2006 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Crap. I hate to have to do this, but tomorrow is not the best day for me to miss work--way too much going on and I'm already feeling guilty.

Thanks to Don and Paul for the invites. I'm very grateful.

Dave

dfmcintyre posted 10-06-2006 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
For those who may be logging in upon arrival up there, Gail and I will be enroute from Port Huron at 4:30A Saturday. ETA @ Indian River, 9AM. We'll launch and head upstream, also monitor 68.

Last minute change yesterday made this possible.

D&G

jimh posted 10-08-2006 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Don Jahncke--Thanks for a delightful weekend. Your ability to pick the most perfect weekend of the fall for these cruises is uncanny! The weather was great, the boating was wonderful, and your hospitality unmatched. Thanks, I really enjoyed myself.
ConB posted 10-08-2006 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
Don, Martha and I had a great time boating and exploring an area that we have only driven by but not stopped at.
Thank you for hosting the rendezvous.

Con

dfmcintyre posted 10-08-2006 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Well, for six boats, we sure had a great time. Nice to put some faces with Con and Marth, John and Sue.

We were back by 2PM. Instead of dropping off the boat at the storage shed, we came straight home, removed the wood to revarnish over the winter. Took some measurements for some winter projects. Filled the tank (12 gallons used yesterday, 41 miles on the GPS...3.4 mpg, not bad, not bad at all considering some of the upper speeds we did), fuel stable in. Now all that needs to be done is lower unit lube, fog and pull the batteries.

Regards, and Don, thanks again for hosting the event. How did we get the weather god to cooperate two years in a row?

Don

Buckda posted 10-08-2006 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Ditto the above. I'm not yet home. Northern Michigan is so hard to leave, we got a late start. Thanks again Don!
Buckda posted 10-09-2006 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Wonderful area, wonderful people, a wonderful time and wonderful weather.

The colors were spectacular. I'm uploading photos and videos this evening so be sure to check my photobucket site.

For now, how about this one?
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Boating%20Videos/ ?action=view¤t=VideoofPaulonMulletLake.flv

Saturday night, I'd been "Chasing" Cicada through the no-wake zone that is the Indian River for a good picture. The light was perfect and the colors on shore were simply stunning, but alas, Paul kept evading me.

He even tried to outrun the twin 82 HP E-TEC engines (bad idea). I managed to catch up to him and get these shots in great light on glass smooth conditions on Mullet Lake. We're running north toward Don's cottage at about 42 KTS, according to my GPS.

More to come.

Thanks for hosting Don...wonderful time...one of my best trips this year.

Dave

Cicada posted 10-09-2006 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Great week-end! Really nice time with even nicer people.

Thanks again Don, for your hospitality and hosting the get together. The weather was perfect. It was hard to leave Sunday.

I had planned on this week-end being the last for the year but the time up at Mullet has me thinking about trying to stretch things out for at least another outing. Pleasant ride back last night going back over the week-end.

Paul

Cicada posted 10-09-2006 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Dave,

Those twin "82" hp Etecs are pretty impressive. Great set up for the boat. I wanted to see what they could do.

Paul

Buckda posted 10-10-2006 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Thanks Paul

One of the things I like most about my 82 HP E-TECs are the dimensions, and how they are proportional to the hull.

Two of my favorite shots from the weekend illustrate that very well:

This one from Don McIntyre
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/ 2006%20Fall%20Color%20Tour/GamblerinBurtLake.jpg

and this one from JimH
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/ 2006%20Fall%20Color%20Tour/GamblerinIndianRiver.jpg


A little about the trip, if I may:

For me, boating in Northern Michigan can become a pretty big proposition. For instance, on Friday, I left the office at 10 till 5 o'clock in the afternoon. It took nearly 3 hours to reach Indiana and another hour to the Michigan state line - where I lost an additional hour to the Central/Eastern time zone.

By the time the boat was hooked up and we were on the road for Mullet Lake, it was nearly 9:00 PM Local time, and the temperatuer was dropping quickly.

At Grand Rapids, the temperature dropped to 40...by the time we hit M-55 it was fluctuating between 30 and 37 degrees. At this point, I was VERY happy I had accepted Don's generous offer to stay at his cabin, since camping out in the tent would have been a bit brisk.

We rolled into Don's driveway at 3 AM local and I was up at 7:30 and ready for some boating!

It was a worthwhile expenditure of time though. David P, Royboy and others - we missed you guys!

Dave

home Aside posted 10-11-2006 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Sounds like everyone had a great weekend, those photo's really show the Color change in full swing, a couple of great photos.....sorry I missed out on it again, thisa is year #3 that something has kept me from making it, don't count me out yet though I'll figure out something.....one of these years....

Any other exciting stories of Whaler boating action during the trip ? And of course more pictures..... who all ended up making it ?

Pat

Buckda posted 10-11-2006 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Pat -

Check out my video section on photobucket - I have a vid of Don McIntyre running at speed alongside the boat in Hay Lake (which is really just a channel through a marsh). The sun is in the wrong position, but it's still pretty cool footage. My co-pilot was driving at the time, and didn't realize that Don was overtaking us so he was a little crowded along the shore.

This is the second year that we failed to take some really good action shots of the boats running through the Crooked River. It's too bad because there are some really cool 170 degree turns in there.

Dave

djahncke posted 10-11-2006 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

OK Buckda, I get the hint. Next year we WILL post someone with a camera and get some shots of the "pod" running the river. However, try as I might I cannot promise a third year of such perfect weather.


It, was a pleasure having everyone stop by and cruise the Inland Waterway with me. It's great to see the old fimilar crews and it is also wonderful to see some new faces every year.


-Don

Buckda posted 10-11-2006 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
For those of you who missed it, I'll invite you to a 60 second run with me from Crooked Lake to the Crooked River Lock:
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Buckda/Boating%20Videos/ ?action=view¤t=CrookedlakeintoLock.flv

MarthaB posted 10-12-2006 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Thought this might be of interest.
http://www.petoskeynews.com/
Local station TV 7 & 4, said that Cheboygan got 10" of snow.

Good call Don, glad you decided to have the rendezvous last weekend. Hope that you got your boat out of the water.

Buckda posted 10-12-2006 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Wow. 75 on Sunday and 10" of snow on Thursday.

Gotta love the upper midwest. Don - glad you got your boat off the dock and out of the water on Sunday!

Dave

ConB posted 03-09-2007 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
One of the things I learned during my first trip on the Inland Waterway was that there is a lock on Crooked River.

While I'm trying to accept the fact that the Army Corp of Engineers can't seem to find the money to build a new Soo Lock, it comes to light that they can't seem to cough up the money to fix the cute little lock on Crooked River.

http://www.petoskeynews.com/articles/2007/03/08/news/news01.txt

Michigan is going to hell in a hand basket.

Con

Buckda posted 03-09-2007 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Interesting, but something is hinky here:

The news story maintains that the lock costs 37,000 dollars per year to run, presumably with normal maintenance. 30,000 dollars comes from the state, and 7,000 comes from the Corps of Engineers.

The story further goes on to state that between 12,000-14,000 boaters use the lock each year.

Last year, I paid $2 per use of the lock ($4 for a round trip), and our Boston Whalers were small enough that 4 boats made it through in a single cycle.

Now - I use fuzzy math, but assuming one boat use equals $4, then 12,000 boaters times $4 equals $48,000.

That's $11,000 missing. Every year. From a tiny little lock.


Interestingly, even if they can fix the lock - it appears they have bigger problems on their hands. If that little bridge in Alanson can't be fixed, only very small boats are going to be able to use this portion of the waterway - I certainly wouldn't be able to pass through there with the arch on Gambler.

Thanks for posting Con - this will be interesting indeed.

Having watched Michigan politics from afar, it will be interesting to see how the recent vote last fall will affect this situation (DNR use fees being designated only for the intended use: you pay for a launch ramp access, those fees go only to support waterway management - navigation, launch facilities, etc.) Perhaps we'll see a swell in the budget in the next few years that will address this type of problem.

Dave

ConB posted 03-10-2007 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
Hey Dave, Martha says it was $4.00 one way or $8.00 round trip.

There were season passes if you wanted them but I do not remember the cost.

I'm all in favor of paying fees for camp grounds, marinas and the like, but we have had polititions from both sides helping them selves to the funds for use in the general fund.

Con

Royboy posted 03-10-2007 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I don't recall ever locking through there as the only boat. This means if there were only two boats per operation, there is more like $50,000 missing. As I remeber it, there was more like three or four boats at a time locking through. Either the cited usage number is far off the mark, or somebody is pocketing a lot of money.

Roy

Royboy posted 03-10-2007 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I'm starting to think perhaps that was the lock that doesn't charge. This is the one on the Crooked River, just downstream from Crooked Lake, right? Seems like that one was the overhead "clamshell" lock, and I don't recall paying to use it. Of course, of all the things I've lost over the years, I miss my mind the most.

Roy

Buckda posted 03-10-2007 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Roy -

Paying at that lock is a rather recent phenomenon. I believe it began about two years ago, since we did not pay to use it the year that I brought my 15' Sport up there (My first time on the river).

It seems like the cost changed last year from the previous year as well. I think in 2005 it was more like $2 per trip. I do remember now that it was much higher than remembered last fall - $4 sounds about right.

I'm wondering what's not right with that lock and how significant the problem is, since it appears outwardly to be in great shape. Unless someone hit it or vandalized it in some way, it appeared to be in good working order last October when this rendezvous occurred.

The same could not be said for the bridge in downtown Alanson. It has been clear that that structure has needed some attention for all three of the years that I've used the waterway.

In any case - not having a working lock will either make Crooked Lake a shallow place, or it will certainly make boating less enjoyable because of being limited at Alanson. The folks on Pickerel and Crooked Lakes will miss out more than the folks on Burt and Mullet Lakes - but still.

Incidentally, I can't imagine that at $4 per transit, many locals on Pickerel or Crooked lakes were venturing very far down system for pleasure or fishing.

The one positive aspect of the possibility of leaving the lock open would be the ability to transit the area after nightfall. It seems to me that the lock closed down rather early in the evening in the summer (like 8 PM, with two or three hours of light left).

Dave

MarthaB posted 03-11-2007 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
In today's Traverse City Record Eagle they confirmed the price history for each use. They started charging $2.00 per
use in 2005 and raised it to $4.00 in 2006, with a season pass costing $30.00. They also said that the repairs that are needed will fix an accumulation of things that are wearing out. Any money that is left over after the yearly costs are paid for go into the DNR's general fund.

With the financial problems that the State of Michigan has today, who knows what will happen. There have also been "rumors" that the DNR will not open some of the state parks. To me that is like shooting themselves in the foot. Tourism revenueis near the top of the list. Con & I live here because of the water. In the future, if we go south in the winter, it will probably be southern Alabama. Can't afford to go to "real" Florida. Anyway they say it is too crowded in the winter with too many Yankee snow birds. Haven't been to "real" Florida since 1994.

Martha

Buckda posted 03-11-2007 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Martha -

I hear you. My brother is in Northern Alabama and a home on the river (navigable to the Great lakes and to the Gulf) is going for about $200,000. For a nice home, with good acreage.

Property taxes for a resident on a 200,000 dollar home are probably around $400. Annually.

It truly is amazing, but I'm sure that those figures will be rising in the future as more and more people discover the lakes and impoundments in the area.

Dave

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