Wamplers LakeJackson County
|Lake Traffic:||2||Lake Access:||3|
|Sail Presence:||2||Overall Rating:||3|
|Lake Sailability:||4||Vicinity Rating:||4|
|Lake Type:||Kettle / Glacial|
|Max. Depth:||39 ft|
Wamplers Lake is a natural lake which extends into both Lenawee and Jackson counties. It has an average depth of 9 feet and a maximum of 39 feet (WQI, 1993). The lake is connected, via a channel, to a smaller lake (Round Lake, 66 acres). Although, in theory, Wamplers Lake can be accessed by 2 public launches (A and B), due to the restrictive height of a bridge on the channel between the two lakes, only launch A would be usable by sailboats.
Launch A is located within the WJ Hayes State Park on Park Dr., off of Wamplers Lake Road (zoom out on the satillite image below to see Wamplers lake). The launch is located at the end of the drive, past the playground and swimming area. The launch contains 4 ramps with two interviening piers, as well as a vault toilet. There appears to be ample room for boat set-up as well as parking. Any potential overhead obstructions (trees) were minimal and were present only on the periphery of the set-up area. The presence of overhead power lines was noted, but not present in the immediate set-up area or ramp.
The most significant concern is that the ramps discharge into a narrow, shallow channel approximately 300-400 feet in length. The channel is sufficiently narrow and long to require a kicker motor for larger centerboard boats and is not likely to be navigatable under sail. Just to the west of the outlet of the channel is a beachable area with picnic tables.
Once out of the channel, the lake is relatively large and open and should provide for some nice sailing. The size of the lake, and the ameneties offered by the park and area, should make for an enjoyable outing.
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August 25, 2013 - Boat: Chrysler Mutineer
Lake is of good size and free of major obstructions. Access to the lake is made via a channel which requires paddling or a small motor. Although the launch has 4 ramps, the launch area is congested due to the restrictive nature of the channel