||12-23-2008 08:25 AM
Dave is correct on the regs for Braidwood. It is commonly referred to as the "hot-tub".
You should not even consider hunting the tub unless you go out with someone familiar with the lake. People have died out there.
Half the lake is former strip-mine. The other half, shallow flats of former farm fields. Water depths go from 60' to 0' feet in an instant. You will ruin your prop, and possibly your lower unit if you are unaware of the hazard locations.
Like all the cooling lakes, it is designed to "catch the wind" in order to cool the water coming out of the nuclear plant. That makes for some treacherous waves that have been known to swamp boats. This is especially dangerous to boats with shallow drafts, overloaded with guy, gear, decoys, etc.
As if that's not enough there is the FOG. Without exaggeration, you will not be able to see more than a few feet. This makes navigation impossible for first-timers trying to locate a blind location (1' square sign) in the dark. There have been times when I couldn't even see my son in the front of the boat!
I saw some newbies out there last week. I prayed they didn't get picked in the draw. Not because I wished them bad luck. But rather didn't want to see them carried out by EMS.
Please heed these cautions.