As of writing this article, all boat ramps are still open, though water levels at the 99 Bridge are better suited to smaller river boats.
Trees and sandbars lurk just beneath the water surface across the lake, and high winds further disguise these unseen hazards.
Wearing a life-jacket while crossing the lake in rough waters can help protect you and your passengers, should the boat strike an unforeseen object.
In addition to providing a more enjoyable ride, an easy cruising speed has several advantages.
Alligators are more likely to stay visible rather than being warned off by loud boat noise.
Birding is more successful with close encounters of the demure Rosette Spoonbill, richly colored Purple Gallinule and fish eating Osprey.
You may even discover a new fishing honey hole that previously went unnoticed when zooming from point to point.
As an increase in water skiing and jet skiing combines with the already popular fishing traffic, it is important for all watercraft operators to look 360 degrees before turning or accelerating in speed.
Patience and etiquette at the boat ramp will afford a good start and end to the day for all parties.
With the variety of fish, ample wildlife viewing and cool water, Choke Canyon Reservoir certainly lives up to its reputation as a safe and excellent destination for all types of water recreation, proving that life’s better outside.