With the recent drawdown of Boone Lake several boaters have voiced concerns about what lies under the surface of the water. While it’s impossible on any body of water to chart submerged partially floating objects, these are prevalent in the Spring when lake levels are being increased. This year on Boone, we have not seen an increase and the waters have been clear of the normal Spring debris. A second concern is the bottom of the lake – this is a concern wherever you may go boating. You should always monitor depth and we recommend 10’ as a good safety point. If you are boating in unfamiliar waters, start by checking the charts – Navionics offers free charts of waters all over the world –
Please click on the image above or go to http://webapp.navionics.com
On Boone with the lake being 30’ below normal, just subtract 30’ from the depth contours and you’ll see a vast space of open areas with plenty of water for boating and water sports… as always on any body of water practice care – Here’s another great link to water sport safety best practices:
Please click on the image above or go to http://www.wsia.net/inflatables-safety-video/
Be careful out there! BUT please don’t be afraid to go boating on Boone. Boone Lake at this level is STILL a larger body of water for boating than most inland lakes around the country. Here in East TN we’re spoiled with awesome large lakes, but Boone Lake remains larger than Fort Patrick Henry and the bulk of Inland Lakes around the country… Take advantage of its convenient access from Rockingham Marina and Carefree Boat Club and the unique opportunity to see the beaches of Boone. I’ve never seen Boone with so few boaters. The entire lake is literally the best skiers cove around!