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    been taking the boat there recently and have been having a blast. anybody else take their boat there ? its just right for my boat (23') but im not sure if it works for the larger boats. i should be there saturday if i dont take a day trip out to hidden shores. the hundred boat limit keeps it nice. has to be at least 30+ fishing boats every saturday that are out of the way. im really liking that lake more and more. havent really been too far back in the lake, anyone know what its like back there ?

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    Can you just show up and launch or is there a long line due to the limit? I remember San Vicente would get full....

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    all depends on when you get there. i get there early as hell and here is a couple fishing boats in front of me. the problem is the road and the parking lots are small. only one ramp now due to the water level being too high so its only 2 boats in and out at a time. i believe the other ramp is capeable of 4 boats at a time. i remember san vicente when i was younger and that road was steep as shit. seen many of trucks with huge ass boats not make that hill and have to back down. very skinny also. the lake cuts off at 100 boats, even if a ton of boats leave, they wont let anyone else on till 4pm. i kinda like that. i always get there early and grab one of the few small beach areas. and its pretty calm till about 830-930 when the wind kicks up a bit, then around 5 the wind will stop and it gets like glass again.

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    I take my 21' Aftershock there all the time but dont go on the weekends anymore because of the 100 boat limit and the 2 wide ramp. It wouldnt be so bad if the water wasnt as high and the 4 wide main ramp was open and the parking to go with it. Right now im just sticking to Monday-Friday boating there, its a good little lake and the only fresh water spot you can power boat in San Diego(as far as i know).

    I go in the back part of the lake all the time however you have to be super carefull if you have an outdrive or outboard as there are some pretty big branches and trees, just go at a snales pace and have somebody at the bow acting as a look out.

    As far as bigger boats, just this year i have seen at two different times 27' Ultra Cats there(2 diff. boats) so bigger guys deff. run there, the problem is the supposed 35 mph speed limit and simply just not enough room in the lake to open it up.

    Either way El Cap will have to do till San V opens back up in a few years, when it does its gonna be something else from what i have read!

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    Whats san V gonna be like? Besides the added depth, I have heard almost nothing.

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    San V is basically gonna be twice the size it is now, meaning about twice the shoreline as it used to. The other huge thing is gonna be the marina, i heard the ramp is gonna be either a 6 wide or 8 wide launch ramp, a few more docks to tie up to, a marina store and tons of more parking. The expected max boat limit will be something like 240. Thats what i read in the paper at least...from what i can remember.

    2014 cant get here soon enough if you ask me...El Cap is cool but gets boring after a while when you just wana do a day trip and not haul out to the river.

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    Here is the link to all the stuff thats going down at San V and what new stuff there gonna have. When you scroll down they even have a topographic map of where the water line used to be and where the new water line will be. The link comes from the San Diego County Water Authority.

    http://www.sdcwa.org/infra/esp-sanvicentedamraise.phtml

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    no shit? sounds like thats gonna be the place to be in a few years. san diego really needs an attraction like this, the river is awesome, but its nice to have something in our back yard.

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    Ya its gonna be nice when it does open up but were at least 4 years out, probably more like 5 years before its wide open with everything open.

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    San Vicente is a great local lake. Spent much time there, really mellow with cool peaple. The only thing that sucked was the drive up and down the hill to get to it.

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    that hill was terrible. i remember about 5 or so years ago heading up behind a 1500 gmc pulling a 25+ cat and he couldnt make it. that road was tiny and steep. no one coming down, no one going up. you couldnt even pass him. had to back about 6 truck and boats down so he could get out. truck was way too small to pull that big boat. tripple trailer, twin drive boat, damn it was a mess. guess the new road will be way wider, less steep. lakes gonna be schweeet when its done. those fish are gonna be huge by the way. almost 8 years of no fishing? i remember that hundred+ lb catfish that was caught there in 2000 or 01. they gon be bigger for sure.

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    Ya that hill was deff. a pain in the ass! I have a 2006 F-250(5.4 gas V8), had 6 people, all our crap for the day and pulling my 21' Aftershock with a full 36 gallon fuel tank. The tow/haul mode dropped me down to 1st gear with high RPM's to get up that hill...and the engine was REALLY working! Thats deff. one of the things they are changing there when they open it up and im glad there making the parking situation better, it really sucked on a summer weekend.

    San V is gonna be the place to be for fresh water power boating when it opens up. I also hear there gonna build a bunch of day use campsites with awning and picnic table along the shoreline so you can drive your boat right up to the beach and set up shop.

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