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Start - Fort Desoto

This is where it all starts and ends.  If you click on the picture below you will see markers for the launch beach, the finish beaches for the UF, the campground, long term parking for EC participants, and the boat launch for some class 4 boats.  Shelter 13 is the closest shelter to the launch beach

There is an equipment inspection for EC and UF participants at or near shelter 13 on Friday starting at roughly 09:00 and finishing roughly at 17:00.  Please get to the inspection area with your boat and all equipment as early as possible so there is plenty of time to get it all done.  Note that this is optional for UM participants, but it is still a good idea to get all your paperwork done on Friday.

Class 4 boats can launch at the regular boat ramp and then sail around to the launch area, but it is possible to get permission on Friday morning to use a small access road and off load your boat by hand right at the launch beach.  Most class 4 boats prefer this to using the actual boat ramp.  The heaviest boat offloaded this way so far has been a Sea Pearl.  We usually have 6-12 people on hand to help out so there is plenty of muscle.

Uusally your move your boat on to the launch beach about mid afternoon and leave it there overnight.  We have two "guards" who will camp out near the boats.  IF YOU ARE NOT A GUARD, YOU MAY NOT CAMP ON THE BEACH.  ANYONE CAUGHT CAMPING ON OR NEAR THE BEACH WHO IS NOT AN AUTHORIZED GUARD WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND ESCORTED OUT OF THE PARK.

The "guards" will keep an eye out for major problems, but racoons can still get in your stuff.  It is recommended that your hatches and cockpit be secure and that you only load provisions and water in the morning before the launch.

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