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2010 Long Sail Options

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Following our tradition of alternating big boat and small boat long sails every year, it is time again to have a small boat long sail. For all of our past small-boat long sails, we have spent a week during the summer camping at nearby lakes or at a beach house in Galveston. However, this year we wanted to do something different from the nearby lakes and perhaps something less expensive than renting a beach house. I researched some new potential locations and while these options might be a little more lengthy and costly transportation wise, I think they should still be considered as something different from our usual long sails.

So sit back and ruminate, whilst I illuminate the possibilities!

Canyon Lake, TX (near New Braunfels)

Canyon Lake is quite a drive, but is still relatively close. Has lots of small boat sailing, boat ramps, and the yatcht club that holds the Wurstfest Regatta every year. If for some reason we didn’t go sailing one day, there are still plenty of things to do in the area like go to SCHLITTER BAHN!!! or check out the Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country (which actually looks pretty interesting). The only concern was that even though there are many campsites and cabin rentals, they might not be right on the water, they might be a short drive from the lake, which might mean loading the boats on trailers every day. However, I certainly haven’t exhausted every option and we might find a camp ground right by the lake.

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Lake Texoma, TX OK border

A little farther, has sailing, but definetly seems to be a more motorboat-friendly lake. I haven’t found that much about it yet and I’ll keep looking.

Lakes in the Ouachita Mountains

Okay, so these are pretty far, but they are supposed to be BEAUTIFUL and have lots of small boat sailing. These lakes don’t allow housing development around them which means it will be really pretty/naturey and there are a bagillion campsites to choose from right on the lakes. The lakes in the Ouchita Mountains include:

Lake Ouachita, AR

Lake Maumelle, AR: located near Little Rock, AR so of all the lakes it is the farthest from us, but it is also the most active in small boat sailing.

Lake Wister, OK

Broken Bow Lake, OK: closest to us of the Ouachita lakes; one thing to note though is that this lake holds an annual Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest on the third weekend of June with concerts and other such events, because of this, it will most likely be very crowded around mid-June, so that might be a time of June to avoid going there.

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These were the options I researched. Tell me if you have any other locations to recommend.


Written by ship502

February 7, 2010 at 17:49

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  1. For Canyon Lake, I have now found multiple campsites that are right on the water; so that is no longer a problem.


    February 8, 2010 at 15:29

  2. here are the parks along canyon lake


    February 8, 2010 at 17:54

  3. North Padre!


    February 15, 2010 at 21:42

  4. I hadn’t looked into North Padre when I put this up, so I’ll soon have a 2010 Long Sail Options Redux with the narrowed down list which will include North Padre.


    February 16, 2010 at 16:05

  5. ALABAMA!!!!


    March 1, 2010 at 20:38

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