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Turn islands?

Our lake is about 30 years old and is in need of maintenance. Due to a leak we are considering draining and resealing with clay. While we’re at it we have the opportunity to reconfigure a few areas. We currently have islands on both sides. Some of us are interested in removing them. I’m interested in the pros and cons of turn islands vs no islands.


  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,543 Mega Baller
    Do a quick search here.Been discuss before. @eleeski doesn't like them. :)
    If i had a lake that was long enough to avoid turning around an island,i wouldn't use them.
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,188 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    I know of lakes that are fairly short that work well, without Islands, I think Islands are unnecessary, just more maintenance.

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  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,556 Mega Baller
    Long enough no need, short--beneficial
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,599 Mega Baller
    edited February 1
    For a short lake, they can get in the way of an 8-ball course
  • buoyboy1buoyboy1 Posts: 126 Baller
    If I were to ever drain my lake I would eliminate my turn islands. 70% of my lake maintenance time is spent on my islands. Between erosion, muskrats, and mowing I wish I never built them, but if you like to spin passes and lake is less than 1900' then you might want to have them. If so, keep the top no more than 18" above full pond to keep the muskrats from trying to burrow up above the water level and also rip rap the banks. Islands as you know will take a beating and if you plan on skiing right away the vegetation will not have time to develop.

    As far as the leak, if you have any idea where its leaking from research bentonite clay. It will expand to 8 times its volume. It comes in 40 or 50 lb bags and works well for sealing. I used it around my riser pipe many years ago and no issues since.
  • MillerTime38MillerTime38 Posts: 384 Crazy Baller
    As a skier I like turn islands, gives you a few extra seconds to get the mind right. Plus a driver nothing better than getting to throttle down around an island
  • LOTWLOTW Posts: 216 Baller
    There's some pretty scary turn islands out there whether you are the skier or the driver. Especially for new skiers or new to the site. Definite wake you up on that first, early morning set!
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 782 Mega Baller
    Coming from a club lake with islands to living on without, i love the no islands.
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,051 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    On 2 of our lakes we have islands on 1 end and shore line drops on the other. The other 2 are shore line drops at the ends. The drop ends give you more time to sit in the water and the island ends have more set up time. I moved from a lake with double turn islands and like them better then the drops. Set up time is awesome with islands.
    Shut up and ski
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,031 Mega Baller
    I love our islands. We have two of them - size matters - our islands are 100’ diameter and we also have a channel of 100’ width to ski around the islands. Plenty of space for skiing and boarding. When you have a tight radius turn and a small channel between the island and the shore that is where it can get a little sketchy. You will find a lot of opinions on islands here on BOS.
  • kckc Posts: 241 Solid Baller
    We have islands on both ends of our lake. Mentally, to me at least, it just feels like there’s more time to get settled and set up for the next pass with islands. The downside is they do require some maintenance.
  • DockoelbotoDockoelboto Posts: 142 Baller
    Just curious, how did you find your leak?
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