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  1. #11
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    Launched from Vilano this morning. East side of the ramp and dock is open.

  2. #12
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    Half of Vilano ramp is currently open. Could probably launch two at a time. The Floating docks are available for use.
    I haven't been out yet so I can't speak to the depth of the channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moo View Post
    Half of Vilano ramp is currently open. Could probably launch two at a time. The Floating docks are available for use.
    I haven't been out yet so I can't speak to the depth of the channel.
    I was in a skinny flats skiff and of course we haven't had a normal low tide in a while, but I think it will be pretty sketchy for a lot of boats when we do see see things return to normal tides.

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    I went out yesterday, everything seems just the way it was before. Hug the rocks and all is good.

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    They have started excavating the channel today. I didn't check to see if this is the dredging project or just some emergency measures. Either way it should be better than it was. The west half of the parking area is being used for dewatering of the dredge material.

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    Yeah, you can smell the parking lot now!

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    We launched at this ramp for our first time yesterday. We asked the bait shop man for some advice on navigating the channel and he said hug the rocks. It worked good on the way out as it was one hour from high tide. On the way back in at almost low tide the dredge barge was in the mouth working. After waiting for his direction we stayed near the rocks and made it back without issue. Our boat is a 20' cc and drafts about 18" with 5 adults onboard. At high tide it was 5' and at low tide it was 3'.

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