Recently we drove up to Silver Jack Reservoir with some friends. We brought our kayaks and they brought their 4 wheelers. Our plan was to kayak a little, 4 wheel a little, and have a barbecue for lunch.
It turns out that Silver Jack Reservoir is all but drained at the moment. I had no idea! I knew that generally the res gets partially drained at the end of the summer, but I have never seen anything like this. Here is our kayak at the very bottom and center of Silver Jack Reservoir:
For comparison’s sake, here we are at nearly the same location last July:
At first we all stood around staring at all the soft beachy sand, stumped, until it became obvious that we had all the necessary equipment to have some serious and unusual fun. Yes, a 4 wheeler can in fact pull a kayak quite nicely!
Off to the side, there was just enough river for the kids to go kayaking down (with a little pulling from mom & dad).
We also were able to set up our barbecue and have lunch smack in the middle of the reservoir.
Also, to be fair, there was a little bit of water at the far end; just enough to have a 20 second paddle across and back.
In the end, this goes down as one of my favorite and most memorable days ever. I will never look at the waters of Silver Jack quite the same way again!
PS Does anyone know why all the area reservoirs are unusually low this year?
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