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First Time Kayaking Lake Ontario

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I got to launch the yak yesterday. It was my first time having the kayak out on any of the great lakes. I've always been a river/small lake kayak fisherman so this was a new experience for me. I had planned on trolling cranks and spoons for browns. I launched at the beacon and as son as I got out of the marina and onto the main lake I got the feeling this wasn't a good idea!LOL. So I turned around and went back into the marina. I tried trolling around in there for about an hour or so. I marked a couple fish hugging the bottom but I didn't see much else on the Finder in there. Water temps were 37 degree F. If it was warmer I would have spent some time on the main lake to get used to the feel of rolling water under the kayak. But I didn't feel like it would be a good idea to test my luck in the frigid water. It was a beautiful day yesterday and it felt good to get out anyway. I got some descent pics too!

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OH MAN! theres ice everywhere! haha you're hardcore! just cant wait eh? Launch for free I hope, if not there is free launching at two places in that general area. The lake can be a mean lady that's for sure. I never worry about flipping because my boat is beast. Trust your boat but wait for warm weather to fight the waves.

Jealous by the way! I want to get slimed pretty badly.

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OH MAN! theres ice everywhere! haha you're hardcore! just cant wait eh? Launch for free I hope, if not there is free launching at two places in that general area. The lake can be a mean lady that's for sure. I never worry about flipping because my boat is beast. Trust your boat but wait for warm weather to fight the waves.

Jealous by the way! I want to get slimed pretty badly.

Let me know if you want to meet up sometime. I'm always looking for new places to launch.

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Sounds good! There is an amazing launch just on the other side of where the beacon is. Where the water from the lake flows into the harbour and bay. I often launch at this spot and paddle to the ship. Amazing vehicle access and not much congestion on busy days. Its home to a rowing club but I haven't seen much action there, not compared to the Henley anyway. I like areas without much boat traffic. Better chance to catch lol

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Sounds good! There is an amazing launch just on the other side of where the beacon is. Where the water from the lake flows into the harbour and bay. I often launch at this spot and paddle to the ship. Amazing vehicle access and not much congestion on busy days. Its home to a rowing club but I haven't seen much action there, not compared to the Henley anyway. I like areas without much boat traffic. Better chance to catch lol

I know where that launch is. I actually just went by there to take a look about an hour ago! There is a closed gate across the drive going down there toady. Not sure when it will reopen. I also went by the Beacon again. The lake looks really good and I'm thinking I might try it again. Lots of people out there today though.

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The launch you guys are talking about is now a conservation area under the NPCA, here's the link:

http://www.npca.ca/conservation-areas/jordan-harbour/

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Yes that's the one. Only downfall is the open-close times and the season. But its nice to go to a place that is maintained. Opens in May.

I also launch at the Henley island where there is also rowing during the summer. There is a dedicated launch spot with a new dock and everything. And its for kayaks/canoes only. I am not sure it is online as it is fairly new. I love a good launch site

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can't launch boats with motors in at the conservation area launch and its free unlike the marina in Jordan.... but thats a bonus for us kayakers!

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