Deep & Reef Channel

Deep & Reef Channel Buoys

Deep Channel Buoys (follow black line)
Buoy Description Light or Status North West
G1 Green can buoy Green Can Buoy fl 2" 40º 44.901' 112º 12.492'
R2 Red nun buoy Red fl 2" 40º 44.879' 112º 12.545'
G3 Green can buoy Green Can Buoy 40º 44.499' 112º 12.374'
R4 Red nun buoy Red fl 2' 40º 44.525' 112º 12.400'
G5 Green can Buoy Buoy is not set at this time 40º 44.393' 112º 12.496'
R6 Red nun buoy No Light 40º 44.418' 112º 12.518'
G7 Green can buoy Green Can Buoy fl 2" 40º 44.290' 112º 12.638'
R8 Red nun buoy No Light 40º 44.310' 112º 12.673'
G9 Green can buoy Buoy is not set at this time 40º 44.230' 112º 12.742'
R10 Red nun buoy No Light 40º 44.252' 112º 12.758'
G11 Green can buoy Green fl 2" 40º 44.124' 112º 12.848'
R12 Red nun buoy Red fl 2" 40º 44.136' 112º 12.891'

All coordinates datum are based on datum WGS84

Do not try to pass very close to the buoys.  Keep closer to the center of the channel.  Because the buoys float on their scope, passing right next to the buoys may put you too near the tufa reef.

Buoys are numbered as you approach the marina from the lake.  Red nun buoys are labeled with 'R' and an even number beginning with '2'.  Green can buoys are labeled with 'G' and an odd number beginning with '1'

Buoys are labeled as if you were returning from the lake to the marina.  ie: the furthest out green buoy would be 'G1"

 

Reef Channel Buoys (follow red line)
Buoy Description Light or Status North West
R-G1 Green can buoy Buoy not set at this time 40º 44.600' 112º 13.120'
R-R2 Red nun buoy Buoy not set at this time    
R-G3 Green can buoy Buoy not set at this time 40º 44.300' 112º 13.000'
R-R4 Red nun buoy Red fl 2"    
R-G11 Green can buoy Green fl 2" 40º 44.125' 112º 12.848'

All above listed coordinates datum are based on WGS84

Upon leaving the marina, head on a compass heading of 327º magnetic.  As you leave the marina and approach the lake, pass the three green buoys listed above on your starboard side.  Do not veer to far away from the buoys.  Keep no more than three boat lengths away from them to maximize your depth.

CAUTION - The area outside the reef is surrounded by very abrupt tufa reef.  This reef can come up as much as two feet from the sandy bottom.  This tufa reef is very hard solid reef resembling pummas rock.  Veering away from the Deep Channel or Reef Channel buoys could lead to a very hard grounding.  Further, these buoys are just guidelines.  these buoys may shift, float away, or may not prevent groundings.  It is up to you to choose whether to go out or not.  Pay attention to lake levels as storm surge may radically change the depths in just a short time.  You may clear the reef just fine in the morning only to run aground in the afternoon due to storm surge.  Use these buoys at your own risk.

Keep at least a boats length away from all buoys to avoid wrapping ground tackle around your keel or rudder.