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Old 06-25-2012, 08:04 AM
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I'm currently looking at home on the Nugent canals which is located just south of the route 2 bridge over the Portage River. I was wondering what the water depths are on the river because I have heard the river is very shallow and I have a 31 foot boat. Any local knowledge would be appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:23 AM
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The river is 12 ft. from the lake to just past Brands Marina then it gets any where from 6 to 4 ft in the poorly marked channel. We took a 36 ft inboard up there years ago, I would not do it again, it drew 4 ft +. My boat is in Brands we see lots of boats going up there, mostly outboards and inboard-outboards. Bottom is mud so no hard ground if you do get out of the channel.
I'll check with a guy that has a place up there, also a boat up there.

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not a bad area but you'll burn a lot of gas just getting out onto the lake. not far from reefs in springtime but further to the islands then say west harbor or east harbor.
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Nugent's is a nice place, a boat your size right now is so,so, getting in and out of there. The lake right now is about average depth from my 30 year experience, it could get lower or higher, who knows. I would not even comsider east or west harbor the road traffic is bad news. If worse comes to worse you could get a dock in Port Clinton.

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Thanks Jim that is what I was afraid of
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I assumed it was 31 inboard but you never said. Send email Nugent's is a nice place.
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Fish,
you didn't mention your primary boating activities. If it's fishing, I'd rather be midway between huron and the reefs which means the island area.
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Nugent's is a housing area with docks on the river. The Portage river is midway between.
The concern is the depth of the river I am being told right now from people that have a place there the depth is no problem. Their concern is in years to come what will the lake do, if it goes down like it has in the past there could be a problem. If you were buying a place there it is something you should consider. The only option would be to dock the boat somewhere else. My recommend would be Port Clinton because you could get there in 10 minutes without a traffic problem.
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Jim,
I guess it all depends on what your prerogative is, IMO. Are you a fisherman or just a pleasure boater? Do you want quick access to the lake or not? Is gas usage a factor? I'm well aware of Nugent's Canal , having been to the Lagoon Saloon on a few occasions

I can agree that traffic on weekends can be a pain. That being said, it seems that most folks have all their supplies when they arrive at their boat and then really don't leave the boat until it's time to go home after the weekend.... This of course can vary depending on what you use your boat for....fishing/cruising/home away from home etc.

As primarily a fisherman,, I would not want to be docked in Port Clinton for the season. I fish anywhere from the reefs in spring to Huron/Vermilion in the fall , so I prefer to be half way between the two. Hopefully the original poster can chime in and tell us what his primal boating needs are
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