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Just got back from a few days up at San Antonio. I found a nice place to camp 200 feet from the waterline for the motorhome on one of the fingers that used to have water between them, on my way to the spot the motorhome pretty much sank into the ground, crazy.. The whole beach seemed dry and hard packed but just inches below was mud and lots of it.. I pulled the boat off the back and tried to dig it out for hours.. I then made some calls to AAA.. I made the mistake of telling them I was far from any black top because they said they don't cover anything off road.. I got a hold of a tow company in Paso and they came up the next morning with a serious Peterbilt 359 with a winch that would pretty much pull anything.. Inch by inch it pulled my 34' rig right out and up a hill, very impressive.. I got lucky and only paid $400.. I was just happy the RV was out and on high ground..

The lake itself was far from perfect, as everyone already knows the level is down, really down.. We had a muddy beach that we had to cross to get to our boats. One thing we didn't expect to hear was that San Antonio has a bit of a Leech issue, they're in the mud and cling onto feet.. I remember setting up my anchors only to find a dozen or so leeches on my feet, little brown leeches... The water has a lot of alge too, no biggie.. Bugs are everywhere too, all over the camp and boat... Any you thought dead Carp was bad? Once you're on the water it was actually a good time, the water level doesn't really take away much from having a good time. Water was calm and smooth most of the time..

I was looking forward to the drive, I've been driving the 40 a lot lately and was looking forward to something different, it was nice.. Not all that much shorter of a drive to the river even from Ventura County when you factor in Santa Barbara traffic and overall slower speeds of the 101..

We had a good time on the boat but will probably not return to San Antonio or Naci until the water level improves.. The river is just too nice to pass up again.

Some pics, not the best. Didn't take many...





 

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If I was there camping I would've given you a tug instead of calling the tow company. But that water is disgusting I was there about a month ago and there was so much algea it looked like the boat was riding in sewage water. The leeches were gross too, I got out of the water and had about 20 of those things on my feet. I've never seen that lake look that bad before. We usually go out there 3-4 times a year but I'm not going back this year. I like the camping there as pretty much everybody gets a spot on the water and just like in your pic those sunsets are awesome out there.
 

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We were up there a couple years ago and the water was really down. Mrs Mb liked all the trees and stuff at naci. I think the water is much better at the river. It was cool to go wine tasting and stuff and the area is really pretty. If you are a local, naci and san anton are great. But If I gotta make a 6 hour tow I'm going to havi and I'll bring my own wine.:D
 

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If I was there camping I would've given you a tug instead of calling the tow company. But that water is disgusting I was there about a month ago and there was so much algea it looked like the boat was riding in sewage water. The leeches were gross too, I got out of the water and had about 20 of those things on my feet. I've never seen that lake look that bad before. We usually go out there 3-4 times a year but I'm not going back this year. I like the camping there as pretty much everybody gets a spot on the water and just like in your pic those sunsets are awesome out there.

Leeches, really?
 

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I wish I had the pic on my computer to show you. I've never seen anything like that all I can say is find somewhere else to go besides san antonio this year. If I had kids I wouldn't want them around that water.
 

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We were up there a couple years ago and the water was really down. Mrs Mb liked all the trees and stuff at naci. I think the water is much better at the river. It was cool to go wine tasting and stuff and the area is really pretty. If you are a local, naci and san anton are great. But If I gotta make a 6 hour tow I'm going to havi and I'll bring my own wine.:D

Hey next time your in the area let me know!!! Naci is our local lake...will be there on Sunday!! Naci is 20+ minutes from our house! We will be at Havasu August 9-17...If your there then, I am sure we will see you at Lynn place at the Islander.

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Did you go down towards the dam? We usually don't hang much on the northshore end. Friends went a week ago and said they thought the water was nasty near the north shore but better at the other end of the lake. Just curious.

We have mobile homes reserved in August. Wondering if we should(can) cancel?

Is the launch ramp near the marina/gas open?

Today's reports shows that LSA is dropping about 1% a day and is down to 40% of capacity.
Worse than that is Naci is at 25%.....ouch.
Pray for a big winter!
 

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We spent a lot of time near the Dam Wakeboarding, the water there is really nice, the places where you want to stay away from on the North shore are the first fingers off of road 1 and road 2 where the fingers are lower and have a less graduated slope. Other areas are steeper and offer better options for mooring. There's gas at the marina and is easy to get to from the launch ramp. Despite the small leeches,algea and bugs in the camp my family still had a great time. But, were spoiled and love the river so were gonna wait to go to LSA again until the water situation improves.
 

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Great. Thanks.
Haven't been up there since last August. Always a good time. We typically stay in the mobile homes at the resort.
Last year was killer for afternoon fishing. We'd be cruising in after a day of playing on the lake and the stipers would be boiling. Catch 10-15 good size stripers in no time. fun stuff, especially for the kids.
 

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One thing I haven't mentioned.. My wife woke up yeseterday morning with major hives and her face swollen, she was having trouble breathing because of the swelling in her throat Monday morning, I drove as fast as I could to the Hospital at 1:30a. I took my wife to the ER, they asked where she's been and what have she's been eating/drinking.. She's doing better, and the hives are almost gone, I just got home from the Hospital, she should be well enough to come home in the AM.. I've also been itchy too..

I'm not saying that San Antonio's water issues has anything to do with this but there's always a chance, we were just there last week.. A close friend that told me his kids have had problems at Naci with rashes and breakouts in the last few years. I dunno what to think, I'm sure I'm crazy to think that something's in the water up there that isn't compatable with my wife.. Who knows, could be an insect bite or something else.. It's been a sucky ordeal...
 

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We just got back from a week at San Antonio.
My kids prefer Naci but the water ther is down to 25%!

We rented a double-wide unit that sleeps 10 in the South Shore.
We had the boat in a slip in the marina there.
The wakeboard/skiing water was terrific last week.
Yes a couple of my kids had a slight skin rash.
We never pulled up to a beach (we had heard of the leeches) we just tied up to a tree in one of the southern coves and played.

We found the south (dam) side of the lake to have less boats and smoother water. Most of the center lake marker buoy lights are not working so night boating (we only did it once!) is a bit dangerous.

The water:
After leaving the boat in the water for one week, the bottom of my Malibu feels like sandpaper and is nearly impossible to clean! Grrrrr!
I'm looking at lifting the boat off the trailer to properly clean, polish, and wax.
 

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Talked to a family that was up there about 10 days ago. No rashes reported by them. They agreed that the south shore and down by the dam are currently much nicer than the North shore.
 
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