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    Looking for a nice lake near St. Louis Mo. to test a boat . Thanks j.j.

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    i got a fellow coastie at work from st. louis , i will ask him tomorrow, btw thanks for all the work ya did on my gearbox yesterday.

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    If you don't mind a 2-1/2 hour ride....you're within striking distance of LOTO. Not too many better places to test drive a new boat.

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    Depends on what your testing. If its a flatty dont go near LOTO on the weekend, there are three and four footers from 30 to 50 foot cruisers that make the lake miserable. During the week its not as bad. Lake Carlyle in IL is 1 hour away and plenty good for testing anything you have.

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    how big of a lake do you need? The mississippi is pretty nice in between alton and st. charles.

    But, as mentioned, carlyle is a nice lake too.

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    Thanks for the help, was looking at Carlyle Lake. Talked to a boat shop and they sugested the river at Grafton. The boat is just 19' and just need a place to test it. What do yall think ???? the river or the lake. Thanks for the info. j.j.

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    Had a friend loose an outdrive on the river last weekend. Its always a gamble. Did it for years though.
    I wouldnt drive up to Grafton, just put in at Alton its 20 minutes closer and there is a harbor. The current at the ramp in Grafton is a handful. (Grafton technically is the Illinois river, its where the two come together and the water is always moving pretty good.

    My final advice would be, if there is any chance at all that the boat isnt 100% then do not use the river for testing if you will be alone. The river can turn distructive in a heart beat for a broken down boat. And since you arnt familiar with the area, stay between the (red and green) bouys.

    Good luck on your purchase!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverfab View Post
    Thanks for the help, was looking at Carlyle Lake. Talked to a boat shop and they sugested the river at Grafton. The boat is just 19' and just need a place to test it. What do yall think ???? the river or the lake. Thanks for the info. j.j.
    After looking at your last post again, I couldnt help but to speak up. I cant believe a boat shop would recomend Grafton for testing. This would be dangerous IMO. Just my 2 cents

    Again, good luck with your purchase and I hope you find the right boat for you.

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    http://www.co.st-louis.mo.us/parks/winter.html

    been quite a few years since I was there, should be a bit safer than the river. Was just up near Alton for a sailboat ride, but the river was low that day....

    if you do go to Winter park let me know, more than willing to give a hand...

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