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Area Rain falls amount lately and Ottertail Lake water levels.

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Ottertail lake water level is way down and I'm just wondering how much rainfall did the area get latey ? And did the lake water level go up on Ottertail or any surrounding lakes because of the recent rainfall?

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Not sure what the level is on Ottertail, but here is what we have received in the Underwood area recently -

First week of August we got a couple inches.

Last week we got a half inch, and over the last two days we got about 1.4.

Things have greened up nicely.

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The rain was nice. Had to start mowing the lawn again.

Visited Ottertail today and the rain didn't do anything to help make the access better. I'm still Ok launching my smaller boat but the larger rigs I assume would still have a problem. Maybe someone with a larger rig will chime in.

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We will be in the area this weekend and were thinking about going out to Ottertail Lake. Would I have a problem putting in a Mr. Pike 17 with a 100 hp. Thanks

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For my boat (skeeter w/bunk trailer) the safest bet has always been the access by the spillway on the West end of the lake. It's a rock filled channel getting out but you don't have to back the truck all the way into the water to get the boat off....Found out the hard way it's not a good idea to put the differentials under H20.. frown.gif0

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Bad news is, the rainfall hasn't helped the lake levels. Good new is, the rainfall has made the lawn green up...Whoa, wait a minute, that's bad news also. Well I guess its bad news/bad news. Ottertail accesses are a mess. Riviera Ranch is almost unuseable. If you do try it, bring a push pole (like you would use duck hunting) and only use the ramp to the west side (side closest to the light pole). Even then you will run aground before you get off the trailer and to be sure, before you get loaded back up. Pelican Bay access is marginally better, with the eastern ramp the only way to get on and off a trailer. The blowout hole from power loading is huge, with a huge sandbar behind it. You have to keep the motor trimmed WAY up until you get 250 yards out from shore. Beware...Beware...Beware of rocks out away from shore at Pelican Bay access. By the way, my boat is an 1800 Lund Explorer with a 90 Yamaha. Not a small boat but not as big as some. People with pontoon boats should get their boats off the lake before it becomes impossible to get their rigs on a trailer. Tuesday night a local "guide" was trying to load his boat on the west side of Pelican Bay access, I was noseing up the dock on the east side to let my driver out. The local "guide" had his motor running about 3/4 throttle trying to get his boat on the trailer. Well all that water being pushed out into the lake sucked by boat right into his. He was pissed, but I thought it was his own fault. When he gunned his throttle, I didn't have enough prop in the water to back up and get out of his way. Oh well, he probably didn't catch many fish that night anyway...A buddy of mine said to look out for rocks at the access by the dam where the river goes out.

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Is "power loading" necessary? I have a small boat so on and off is easy. I've watched people load up with similar size large boats. Some do the power loading and a smaller number I've observed wading in the water to hook the boat up and have a buddy start cranking. I'm not trying to be critical but anyone who looks at the access can see the problem power loading causes. Is there any solution? Is power loading really necessary?

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I have a 17 1/2 with a 115 on it. you crank that sucker and your forearm will be cramping for the next 1/2 hr. I do powerload but when I have someone up front it don't take long to get loaded. I know it does do some damage to the access but can you do? Dredge out an area of the lake? It's a shallow lake on the edges and nothing you can really do because when I get some person in front of me that takes 15 minutes to load does nothing but get my temper flairing up.

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Eelpout, what kind of boat did this "guide" have?

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It was a lund and had a 90 Yamaha tiller on it, that's all I remember. He put in just after we did and loaded just before we left.

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Are the North shore public (or resort) access points usable? How about the access by th eriver outlet on the West end?

Headingup next week, any advice on OT accesss or a good pan fishing lake will be much appreciated.

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I was worried a few weeks ago, as it is my experience that Otter Tail goes down each and every September (Rain or not!) But we are back up a few inches and the 3 inches of rain we got Friday & Saturday should help.

I was pushing boats off and actually oaring out fishing boats since it had gotten so low on our West shore, but it is pretty good right now.

As for getting boats off the lake, unless you have huge rigs the west access should be good until October. We take our pontoons out around the first week in October each year and that access lets us out with little trouble. Should be the same this year.

Thanks to those who power on! They actually do dredge the access at the expense of their props. This makes it easier for those of us who park in the proper depth and drive on with ease.

Good luck fishing this fall!

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im going to be putting a lund 1800 fisherman into Rush next week. is that going to be possible? if so, where is the best place to launch?

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