How are the ramps in EC & POI?

I have only been able to make it out once post Irma (boat issues which required taking it back up to the manufacturer , dealing with Irma damage to my house, rental property and in laws, and just been busy) anyway I want to get out on the water and I know there was some damage to the docks at the county ramp in Goodland so I'm considering trying EC or POI as I'll be taking the kids with me and a floating dock is much easier for them to get on and off the skiff with. So I'm just wondering what the situation for docks and ramps are currently in EC and POI?

Thanks.

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  • 10kman10kman Posts: 298 Deckhand
    Goodland,ramp is fine but part of the walkway got torn up,so you
    have to p/u passengers on right side of ramp.

    POI,no damage to ramp,same as before.

    EC ramps,same issues as in the past,tough at low tide.

    Biggest problem,all the debris,tree limbs in the water.Children,
    not easy to get them on and off the boat any of the ramps.
  • MegalopsAtlanticusMegalopsAtlanticus Port of the Islands, FLPosts: 90 Greenhorn
    Sadly, none of the boat ramps in Everglades City/Chokoloskee/Port of the Islands have floating docks at their boat ramps.

    They are fine on normal tides. But with a low tide like last night, it's a real climb to get up on the dock or seawall.

    But all of them are in good enough shape to launch a boat without any trouble.
    "Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right"
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 2,785 Captain
    Wait a second... at POI all you need to do is launch your rig and motor 100 feet to be able to not only tie up to a floating dock - but one that's wide and stable enough to put 100 people on it.... I occasionally have anglers that come from the west coast to fish the 10K - and POI is one place where they can not only get decent rooms, but there's also a restaurant (and they were up and running much sooner than any place in EC or Chokoloskee after the hurricane since they're simply located farther away from where the worst of the flooding was..).

    Yes, the canal there is a PITA since it's about a three mile long idle zone - but we've usually taken a fish or two by simply trolling lures on the way down the canal... I'm usually out of EC (but Glades Haven doesn't seem usable since the storm - so I'll be launching out of Outdoor Resorts whenever I go that way now) - and I love the area to the south - and at times will range as far south from there as I do running north out of Flamingo... but POI is always an option - if you tie up on the nearest floating dock there no one (not even small kids) will have any trouble boarding...
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  • MegalopsAtlanticusMegalopsAtlanticus Port of the Islands, FLPosts: 90 Greenhorn
    lemaymiami wrote: »
    Wait a second... at POI all you need to do is launch your rig and motor 100 feet to be able to not only tie up to a floating dock -

    That's a good point. Those are technically 'private slips' over there, but I am sure no one would say anything at all.

    The primary dock/seawall at the boat ramp proper was at least 6+ft above the water last night.

    Sometimes it's even crazier. But at least Parks & Rec finally bought a new ladder. The old one was a mess.
    "Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right"
  • Mr.SnookMr.Snook Posts: 77 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the info everyone. I was able to reach out to a Capt. I know who used to run out of E.C. Choko area prior to Irma and he also recommended POI. So we tried POI I haven't launched there in years so I had forgotten how loooooong that slow speed zone really was I never really thought about trolling it I guess next time I will. As this just a quick trip to get out on the water for a couple hours with some fishing thrown in we weren't overly concerned with catching a bunch of fish which is good as the spot I had non stop action at a couple weeks prior didn't even produce one ladyfish, catfish or jack but we still had fun. I think next time I launch out of POI I may spend some more time fishing the canal on the way out.

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