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PostSubject: Braddocks Bay (S) to "secret beach" (Lake Ontario)   Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:24 pm

Hey there everybody. This is a few weeks late. Some of the pics are from last summer, and some are from an unusually warm & sunny Easter weekend (this year). I am just now pulling a bunch of stuff off of my camera. This quickly has become one of my favorite routes, due to its proximity to my house, and the diversity of scenery. It is a marshy creek that leads into a bay that leads into open lake. I would have to say that I have logged this trip about 30 times last summer alone (sometimes at night!). The sandy beach at the end of the route is a pleasant bonus in the summer, as the swimming there is great (no rocks!).
The put-in for this trip is almost to the end of North Greece Rd., Greece. About 100 yards from a sharp left turn (as you are heading north) and right before a small bridge; there is a left turn into small fishing park (signage at road). If you cross a bridge & make a sharp left and the road becomes Hincher Rd., you've went too far.
Click here to get directions to put-in
A paved walk leads to a small platform (fishing access). The put-in is directly left of this (the water is extremely low right now, making this spot difficult, but within weeks the water will be suitable for this spot). Head due east, under the concrete bridge to head towards the lake. Beware of fishermen/women on the bridge, they are there often and you do not want to get snagged!
The route begins to head North East, passing backyards & docks; (where I snapped this shot of a Blue Heron- last summer)
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pic #2 is from Easter and is facing South West- notice the high water mark on the bridge abutments).
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After about another 1/2 to 3/4 mile, the bay begins to open to Lake Ontario in the foreground
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with Braddocks Bay Park on your right hand side (notice the raptor/bird watching towers in the marshy/reedy areas- excellent bird watching), and to your left (north) is Braddocks Bay North and its Northern channel.
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The days when the Lake is calm and the sky is blue, they melt into one another seamlessly.....
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Contine to head North East past the marina and you will see a rocky shore on your right hand side. There is a large sand bar here and it is extremely shallow, even a hundred yards off the shore (only 1'- 2' deep, depending on Lake level). This is the spot where the pic below and this video ---> Braddocks Bay Easter 2010 were taken.
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Continue past the point and begin to head right down the Lakeshore. Your heading should be South East at this point, and you will be able to see a pier within a couple of hundred yards. Almost to the "secret beach"! If you look far enough towards the South East you can see the smoke stacks that are on Edgemere Drive, down by Charlotte.
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Just make your way around the pier and into shore and there is a very nice sandy beach.
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This beach area is right at the North East end of Edgemere drive. The swimming is great. I've swam out at least 200 yards from shore, and it is still all sand and not more than 5 feet deep. The one-way trip is about 1 1/2 -2 miles, and timing will vary due to the Lake conditions. I've had 3 footers come up very quickly! Here are some random pics from the same area, all taken last summer.
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I'm there often, so if you ever go, you'll probably bump paddles with me. Peace y'all.


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PostSubject: Re: Braddocks Bay (S) to "secret beach" (Lake Ontario)   Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:12 am

Hey Upstate, glad to see you're back this season. Those pics are awesome and it looks like a blast. As always your info is great. Let us know next time you go out and I might try to tag along. Thanx again for posting.

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PostSubject: Re: Braddocks Bay (S) to "secret beach" (Lake Ontario)   Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:55 pm

Thanks Ray, glad to be here. I'm putting together some more posts; one from my Adirondack Trip last summer, and a couple Irondequoit Bay trips. They should be up in a day or two. I may be going back this week sometime, depending on the weather.It will probably be either this Tue. or Thurs. evening.
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