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I personally have a preference for approaching Waupoos from the south side of the Island. There is however a perfectly good route from the north if one pays attention.
Waupoos Island and Waupoos on the mainland are on the north west shore of Prince Edward Bay. If you are approaching from the open lake there is little to distinguish Waupoos from the mainland for much of the way from Point Traverse. It is sometimes find identifying the island itself from the coastline , the most identifying visual objects are the low lying ( 6 feet) sand cliffs along the NE shore of the island approaching from Main Duck.
To reach Waupoos from the Bay of Quinte and Aldolphos Reach you pass through the "Gap". The Gap as locals call it is the water between Indian Point in Prince Edward County to the west and Amherst Island to the east. The channel is found close to Amherst Island and is marked with a prominent Red marker on the shore of Amherst Island, a green not too far from the north red, then a lake ward red roughly the south shore of Amherst Island. The rocks at Indian point have claimed a number of boats and it can get a bit rocus in the Gap if there is wind coming off the lake.
If you approach or leave from Adolphous Reach and the north ( Aug 2000 ) you will find that there are two black and white buoys towards the northern third of Prince Edward Bay on a direct course to and from the island channel.
Once clear of the Gap it is a clear shot accross the Cressy end of the County to The Rock. You should be aware that the black buoys or markers that you may see closer to the Reach side mark fish nets which should be avoided.
On your passage to or from Adolphus Reach " THE ROCK " is a massive overhanging cliff 5 miles north of the island which then gives way to the low lying farmland running own the east shore from Cressy and Indian point.
Between the Rock and Waupoos you must be very aware of the nasty shoal area of Green Island. Sometimes submerged but often an exposed ridge of rock it is never far below the surface of the lake. It lies roughly half the distance between the Rock and Waupoos Island and a kilometer offshore stretching quite a distance. This is a true bird walk on water rock that should be avoided.
There are passages around the west and north west sides of the island. There is not a lot of water between the island and the marina, so stay to the deeper parts of the channel, which is closer to the main shore P.E.C.. When approaching the from the north the prudent course makes a little "S" bend in the vicinity of Green Island which is commonly awash, and found 1 mile north of Waupoos Island approximately 0.6 miles off P.E.C. east shore. When approaching from near The Rock you will need to squeeze to the east slightly south of Green Island where a sandy bar will shoal to barley 4 feet. Just watch you depth finder as you can see bottom here. To the south of the bar you favor the west P.E.C. shore as a shallow shelf extends to the north west corner of Waupoos Island.
The water is clear and the weeds look deceptively close. Anchoring off is a good plan as the insect life bites a little less away from the lights. The fish like the clear water and weeds. There are several excellent anchorages in the Waupoos Island area depending on the weather forecast. Most people tend to anchor along the west shore of the island north of the wharf, this anchorage provides excellent shelter from the NE a comfortable dinghy ride from the marina or island. A second option I like when the prevailing SW wind picks up, is to the north of the marina breakwater along the shore leaving "swing room". This will keep you comfy in strong wind, but is exposed to the NE so check the forecast. The other anchoring option is Smith's Bay to the SE of the wharf and marina, there is 5 to 10 feet of depth and good protection from prevailing SW winds. East of Morrision Point on the mainland directly south of the marina is a small ferry dock used by the local residents. Then powered ferry may have to land Bob Flegel's sheep on either side so dockage is limited with priority to local traffic.
The public wharf is on the NW shore of Waupoos Island with approximately 8 feet of depth. The crib timber construction is 98 feet long, 12 feet wide, with an elevation of approximately 5'. Although there is room for 2 boats this is sheep right of way country, and it may be occupied by the local barge.
There are good anchorages to the south of Waupoos in Smith's Bay where you are protected from the prevailing winds. The bay generaly holds depths of 6 to 7' with a number of suitable anchorages along the southern shore that is Morrison Point.
The village of Waupoos on the mainland has apublic wharf which can handle one mid sized sailboat. The ferry ties up on the south side of the dock most times and you need to leave room for a tow boat on the north side of the dock. A new concrete structure was constructed over the 00.0066 winter and there is a new batch of modern fishing boats which ferried people to the summer residences on the island. The family camp is now closed.
Waupoos is a Customs Reporting Station.
Waupoos Marina (613)476-2926 has emerged from the chaos of the January 2005 fire with new infrastructure and still the greatest attitude.
Waupoos Marina which was originally a vegetable cannery before being converted to its current status. The facilities are simple but elegant with excellent washroom and laundry facilities combined with a small but well stocked store. In the mornings guests and residents greet the new day with coffee and muffins at the tables in front of the office.
The new office and store are found in the English cottage where breakfast is served in the summer. With room for 25 or more visiting boats with an average depth on the fingers of 10 to 15 feet. There is a pump out, water, gas and diesel available while all guest docks have 15 and/or 30 amp power, Facilities provided b the marina include washrooms, laundry, shower, sauna, etc. Ice, telephone, picnic tables, horseshoes and book and/or videos are also provided. One additional feature that is most unusual is the free coffee and muffins provided to guests for breakfast. The marina maintains one of the few true wood shipwrights you will find today also an honest mechanic.
Normally transients are assigned slips on B dock towards the outer end where it is easy to get in on long fingers and the water is 8' plus.Waupooos Marina hosts a popular regatta on the August 1 holiday.
Waupoos Marina is a secluded harbour which offers a relaxed setting on the east shore of Prince Edward County where visitors and seasonal boats may find a friendly atmosphere within the relatively sheltered waters protected by Waupoos Island. This marina at Waupoos, which means little rabbit, is a dream built from scratch. Many a local will tell you of how they laughed when the concept of building a marina was first proposed, now it is the pride of the county. The marina has a lot to do for adults and the kids alike. To the north there is a area where D dock congregates and unloads their cars a view which typifies the overall park like setting here.
The marina has a floating TIRE BREAKWATER which give fair protection from waves and wakes yet allows a mysterious current to keep the water inside clean and fresh. The Entrance is marked by red and green lighted markers= while there are flashing markers situated on top of the floating breakwater, which may be somewhat difficult to distinguish in some weather conditions. You should be aware that the entrance channel is narrow at this writing, but that will have to be remedied very soon in order the super cat, recently built and launched at the marina, to leave. The marina itself is immediately to the north of the Waupoos ferry dock and its entrance is towards the north end of the breakwater.
We call Waupoos our home port and recommend it highly . The atmosphere here is like nowhere else on the lake with boats coming and going and an interesting group of avid sailors.
The marina's recreation facilities are extensive and well maintained, making your mind drift across the pond to England. As the main parking area is to the south you will probably first see the mural on the inside storage building as you make your way past the owners English cottage with its fine English garden. As you arrive at the docks you will be greeted by the marinas Heavenly Moose who guards the sea wall enjoying its lunch of fresh flowers , hand picked every day.
Within the property is a small beach to the north of the main complex, past the launching ramp, just before you reach the bridge spanning the man made stream flowing from the paddock fountain. Within earshot of the peacocks and other birds in their houses. It provides a shallow spot which is safe for children and with large trees to shade those watching them.
For the curious there are interesting occupants to investigate from the rabbits and peacocks located behind the small zoo somewhat to the north east of the main buildings across a small bridge.
One of the most popular attractions is the new hot tub which sits near the fuel dock. There is a small office with snacks and service just opposite the gas dock. There is a safe modern playground for the kids dock side with several tables with shade covers for the adults to watch over them. Or as is the custom enjoy the fresh baked muffins and coffee every morning. The fire destroyed the old play loft but Waupoos is stretching to create more things for the younger group. There are now paddle boats with volleyball and basketball areas with more indoor recreation facilities planned as the final shape of the new marina begins to emerge.
The Marina will be happy to help you organize your party, or you can walk up the road to the south past the orchard a kilometer or so to the Duke of Marysburgh Pub. You can sit in a screened patio or the main pub and enjoy a cold beer or local cider and if hungry taste the fresh local fish cooked up by the innkeepers.
As night falls the peace of Waupoos can make one believe that you are already where you should be!
For the fisherman the ferry dock provides an interesting shore side promontory projecting into promising water. The numerous smaller fish swilling in the clear water are quick to check out fresh snacks while the resident large catfish seem to love to lie just close enough to the dock to tease the visiting fisherman while never so much as investigating any bait Edgar has used. There is no end of activities ashore and you might check out the county's web site for shore side activities.
Waupoos Marina & Cabins|
65 County Road 38
RR# 4, Picton, Ontario
Waupoos Marina Web site
|10 feet||65 feet||15|
|Fuel||Pump Out||Shore Power|
|Gas Diesel||Yes||15 & 30 amp|
|Boats Engines||Boats Engines||Boats Engines|
|HD Crane||Trav Lift||Launch ramp|
|35 Ton||8 Ton||Yes|
|Recreation||Season Berths||Live Aboard|
|Main Duck Island Direct from Wolfe South Bay Long Point Smiths Bay Halfmoon Bay|