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SSC cove names (anchorages) and their locations:


Charts of Lake Lanier - Alan Shedd

This chart from LLSC shows the race marks as well as the Corps marks.  It may be useful as a general reference for directions and distance to most of the anchorages.

Chart of the entire area between Browns Bridge and the Dam.  The more comprehensive chart:    http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/Portals/46/docs/recreation/OP-SL/Maps/LakeLanierMapBook%202005-09-19.pdf 
In fact the LLSC chart above is page 17 of 47 in this chart book.  The Corps chart book includes the Race marks.


Charts - John Martin

The best paper chart for Lake Lanier is from Atlantic Mapping, in Marietta, GA.  Make sure you get the SOUTH version.  It is printed on water proof paper, and is very durable.
http://www.atlanticmapping.com/gps_lake_charts.htm

(Editors note:  The word CHART is used on the water, the word MAP is for land use onlyCharts will show the world from the water point of view.  A chart shows water depth, bridge clearance, aids to navigation, heights of towers, compass rose (with variation), longitude and latitude lines.  A chart is three-dimensional.  A map shows land detail and is two dimensional.)


Sunset Cove - John Martin

At 10TM (Two Mile Creek).  This is not the Sunset Cove at the Lake Lanier Water Park.  SSC claims the usage of the words first, but they are bigger.  Obviously, the name indicates a good anchorage to watch the sunset. 


Approximate Latitude and Longitude:  N 34° 13.300', W 083° 59.100'

From marker 'C', go through the cut to the back side of the island*.  Or, from marker 'B' , go to the back side of the island.  Be careful of shallow water and reefs when coming from either the 'C' or 'B' direction.   Find LL-marker-10TM (Two Mile Creek), turn south (leaving 10TM on your port).  Caution, there is a dead tree, just below the surface of the water, right in the middle of the cove and another on the right side (as entering) of the cove.  Enter and exit the cove just north of center.

*Editor note:  Water depth;  while going through the cut near marker C,  we saw a depth of 7.5'.  The Lake Lanier level, on that day was 1071.0'.  You do the math for your boat.  Always exercise caution in shallow water.


Charts of Sunset Cove - Alan Shedd

 http://binged.it/1j5TpMo  - Dead trees to avoid.  Lake level, at the time of this photo (Oct 2011 and January 2012), was between 1059' – 1060', 11 to 12 feet below normal pool (normal pool is 1070'). 

 http://binged.it/1jbm1ID
- Here is a link to the Bing map showing the cove with 10 TM, C and Sunset Cove highlighted.


Naked Spaniard Cove - Rich Keilb

       According to lore, an unnamed Spanish member of SSC and his young hijo were anchored out in an unnamed cove near Port Royal.  When the young boy told his padre he had to go to the bathroom, his father instructed him to go to shore.

The young son was a good boy, and obeyed his father’s wishes.  Each time the young son had to relieve himself, he donned his life vest and doggie-paddled to shore.  Once ashore, the young fella would take off his bathing suit, neatly fold it, and place it on the beach.  He would then run about twenty feet away, and answer nature’s call on a nearby bush.  When he was finished, he would race back to his bathing suit, unfold it, and put it back on before doggie-paddling back to his father’s boat.  The practice occurred quite commonly, leading the raft up community to bestow the name “Naked Spaniard Cove” upon that anchorage site.

Approximate Latitude and Longitude:  N 34° 14.400, W 083° 58.000'

From LL-marker-22, go in a north-westerly direction, approx 0.7 nm.  From LL-marker-20, go in a northerly direction, approx 0.75 nm.  Upon entering the cove, good anchorages are in the cove on the right, and deep into the cove on the left.


Island 42 - John Martin


As the story goes...  When Lake Lanier was originally flooded back in the 1950's, they numbered all of the islands.  This island was number 42.  Over the years,  the numbering system for Lake Lanier has changed a couple of times.  Members of Southern Sailing Club have continued to use the name, 'Island 42'.   Island 42 is located at the entrance to Flat Creek.  It has two good coves for anchoring, one on the north side of the island, and one on the east side of the island.  The north cove is flanked by markers 2FC (Flat Creek) and 4FC.  Interestingly the island looks like a backwards number four.

Approximate Latitude and Longitude, North Cove:   N 34° 15.000', W 083°, 56.300'  
Approximate Latitude and Longitude, East Cove:    N 34° 14.750', W 083°, 56.300'

The best, safest, and deep-water approach to Island is on the west of the island.  CAUTION while navigating in this area.  Be careful of shoals between LL marker 22 and 24.  Be careful of shoals between LL marker 24 and Sunrise Cove Marina.  Be careful of shoals between Island 42 and shore. 


Skinny Dip Cove -


One-per-cent Cove - John Martin

This name comes from the fact that more than 99% of the people sailing on Lake Lanier will never come to this cove.  It is out of the way.  If you look at the chart, it is in the upper left hand corner, almost over the edge.  It is one of the most distant places you can cruise to on LL.  It is a  bit challenging to get here, but well worth it.  Allow plenty of time to get here, and fuel.

Approximate Latitude and Longitude:  N 34° 11.800 ', W 84° 06.500 ' 

Find One Per Cent Cove on the west side of Mary Alice Park.  To get there, go down the lake, toward the dam,  to Baldridge Creek, find marker 2BR (at the time of this writing, 2BR is submerged, only just a bit of red showing) and take a right.  Travel up Baldridge Creek.  Come to Baldridge Marina and take a left.  Go to where the highway blocks you way and turn right.  Not an easy place to get to, but that's the point. 
Allow plenty of time, and fuel,  to get here.  CAUTION:  You may be out of VHF radio-range,  because of the height of land at Mary Alice Park, and the distance from the main body of water.  CAUTION:  At 3BR it is very shallow, stay out in the middle of the channel.

Greasy Butt Bay - John Martin

Simply put, I sat on a cheeseburger.  And, yes I ate the cheeseburger.  We spent some vacation days and decided to go to some distant cove.  We went up Shoal Creek as far as we dared.  One of our group met us by driving out Holiday Road to where the cove meets the highway.

Approximate Latitude and Longitude:  N 34° 10.000', W 84° 00.300' 

Go down the lake toward the dam.  Pass green marker 13 on starboard.  Pass  green marker 11 on starboard.  Pass red marker 6 on starboard also.  Pass green marker 1SC (Shoal Creek) on PORT.  Travel up Shoal Creek, leaving the ODD number green markers on PORT.  Find marker 11SC.  Just beyond 11SC is 'Greasy Butt Bay'.


Nani Cove - John Martin

     Club members (before they were members of SSC)  noticed Nani liked to anchor in this cove a lot of the time.  They simply decided to referred to this as Nani Cove.  After Nani left the lake for England, a group of us were anchored there over-night.  The group of us decided to name the cove, in honor of our friends now sailing in England.

Approximate Latitude and Longitude:  N 34° 12.300', W 084° 00.150'    

The large cove, Located on the southwestern end of Long Island, between LL-marker-15 and "Three Sisters" chain of islands.  Good anchorages in the entire cove, sand and mud.

(Editors note:  Formerly called Bare Boobies Bay, not to be confused with Boobies Bay).


Boobies Bay - John Martin  (Editors note:  not to be confused with Bare Boobies Bay).

If you look at the chart of Lake Lanier, this 'pair' of coves, looks like... well I think you get the picture.  A pair of nice coves, a pair on nice beaches, good anchorages, good protection from most wind, large anchorages, and a flat spot of land above the beach.

Approximate Latitude and Longitude:  N 34° 13.000', W 084° 01.000'

Go to LL marker 13 and turn northerly.  Find island 2TM, go due north.  Just less than 1nm, find Boobies Bay.

OR, go behind Long Island.  Go to 3TM and turn north.

CAUTION:  Be careful of the shoals at 1TM and 3TM.




Bare Boobies Bay - Rich Kielb   (Editors note:  BBB has been re-named, Nani Cove).

     According to legend, a member of SSC decided to throw his wife a birthday party raft-up; complete with a rented houseboat, that had a hot tub on the roof.  As typical at an SSC raft up, spirits were consumed, and spirits were lifted.  As the sun set on the day, many people found their way into the hot tub, and many bathing suits found their way onto the cabin top deck.  Unbeknownst to the happy celebrants, one prankster member of the group, placed the discarded bathing suits into one of the coolers, next to the hot tub. This created a breathtaking situation for the departing revelers at the end of the night…mostly because the sea-legged sailors were too far gone to realize that dipping their bathing suits back into the hot tub water would have warmed them up rather quickly.
  Over Bloody-Marys the next morning, it was agreed that the anchorage should be named “Bare Boobies Bay.”
...at least, that’s what I heard.