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    Default Jackpot Bay Area Camping

    Hey guys, trying to do a little planning for next years adventures and wanted to know if anybody was familiar with Jackpot Bay? I was just looking for a good camp spot, not to swampy, good anchorage, semi level. Any info on surrounding would be accepted as well. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated thanks. Looking spring next year.

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    Jojo,
    Many good places to set up a tent in that area. Are you getting dropped off or anchoring your own boat and beach camping?
    Also, what time of year are you thinking about and for what activities?
    Both Q's will help to answer your request.
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    I think the "29 Fathom" hole is my favorite. Skinny right turn into a beautiful hidden bay.

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    Man I like your attitude. It's friggin' freezing outside and you're already planning for boating weather. Seriously, I like your attitude.

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    Send spoiledone a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
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    How dare you ruin that patron with CHEAP margarita mix? You need to discover Freshies.

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    How can anyone try to take something away from that perfect picture?!!?

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    Default depends on the tide (i.e. how high is the high)

    kayak camped there once.
    five of us (two tents) ended up crammed on very small piece of real estate surrounded by the high high tide.
    there were few, if any, other spots that looked better at the higher tides

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    Very nice area but when I was there I didn't see a lot of places to camp. There was one right at the mouth of Jackpot creek. The black flies were brutal though! Good area to be for reds and did ok shrimping around Jack pot island on the East side.
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    I was just trying to upsnob his margarita......not diss'n on his picture!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkbaker View Post
    I think the "29 Fathom" hole is my favorite. Skinny right turn into a beautiful hidden bay.
    BK,

    Sorry, I am not following you. Are you referring to 7 fathom hole or is this some term for the other bay next to it (called Em Uruluq Bay on my map)? I have been curious about other bay and if others use it. It shows a rock right in the middle on the way in, and I am not sure if it is usable or not. I have never bothered figuring it out since 7 Fathom is right there and an excellent anchorage.
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    I'll have to try to find my dads old cruising guide to find the name. It's a tight right with a rock near the end as u enter the bay. I'll take a look for it. Maybe the same place.

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    29 Fathom Hole is named that way because the old paper charts only had a 29 fathom depth marking in the middle. It's located just to the east of 7 fathom hole. A wonderful anchorage, one of the prettiest in the sound. It is the one with the dogleg turn to the right coming in. No worries entering in the middle, I took my 38 footer in there all the time. The cove is deep (29 fathoms!) and not good holding bottom if in a blow but you can find a few spots shallow enough to anchor up along the north side. I'm not sure about camping spots in there though. The outfitters used to set up camps (maybe still do) near the stream mouth in the main cove between the stream and the little bite to the east when the reds are in. In the spring you shouldn't have any problems finding a spot there. Great place. Used to be king crab in there and shrimping was good too. My boat caught a 200# halibut while anchored up in 30' so many great memories of one of our favorite places.

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    Thanks Fish Witch!! I have never anchored there in a blow either. But we took a 42ft Sunnfjord every summer after salmon season.

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    Ditto: When we had the Airmen from Eielson down last year we had them tent camp in there. Unfortunately we picked the best spot [next to a stream] and they still ended up relocating up into the woods [middle of the night] at excessive high tide.
    Quote Originally Posted by titobandito View Post
    kayak camped there once.
    five of us (two tents) ended up crammed on very small piece of real estate surrounded by the high high tide.
    there were few, if any, other spots that looked better at the higher tides

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    It seems most anchorages in the sound you need to head a ways from shore to find a flat dry area to set up camp.
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    Yep. And still try not to go camp on the monster tides!!

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