Posted by Charlie Garrett on July 03, 2003 at 09:54:38:
In Reply to: Wilson lock schedule posted by Danny Blackburn on July 02, 2003 at 22:50:11:
The locks do not run on a schedule, they are typically manned 24/7, primarily for bardge traffic. Some general tips for locking are:
Get a VHF radio and call the dam first (channel 16), ask them when you might be able to get through. This is better than racing to the lock and having to wait on a barge (they have priority and can take hours if they have to untie/re-tie the loads to get through).
If you dont have a radio, most dams have a pull cord on the end of the long lock wall to notify the attendant. More than likely you will not be the only one going to the fireworks. If you pull up to the lock and see several boats sitting there, just wait (one of them probably has a VHF) andgo when they go.
WEAR your life jackets and tie up to the floating bouy or another boat, do not tie-up to a ladder! Idle speed only in and around the locks.
As for the fishing, I would forget it. I made the mistake several years ago of fishing on Wilson on the 4th. The lake was like the ocean with everybody heading to the fireworks show. Take the family and a bailing bucket if you have a small boat!
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