I now mainly sail at Sherman Island and a bit in San Francisco Bay but I have had some great sessions at the upper lake at San Luis. I have never understood why most everyone sails the forebay when there is such a great body of water less than a mile away. While I have not sailed there in quite a few years I found the wind to be quite steady and the chop is not too bad because the water is deep. Also at least in the spring and early summer there is no water level issues as in the Forebay. I have never sailed there in late summer so I do not know how low the levels can acutally get. We used to launch from the dock by the boat ramp near the Basalt Flats campgrounds. Maybe its the stories of rattlesnakes in the rocks by dam if one were to get washed up that far down wind but to me the rocks never looked any worse than the ones on Sherman Island.
The requirement 15 years ago to sail the upper reservoir was to carry 3 flares, line, a knife and sail with a buddy. I don't know if these still apply but it is a small price to pay for the pleasure of sailing there.
Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:59 am Post subject: San Luis Forebay
FYI....When the water gets low in the forebay, launch from the south side under the powerlines. From there the runs are down into the main forebay lake with virtually no weeds except right at the launch. When it's windy the runs are paralell to the north shore of the lake and quite long; more than a mile. I actually sail there exclusively and don't bother with the up wind cover anymore. Note the attached satelite pic of the launch location***
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