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My father has a dock. He has no problem if folks get underneath or tie up during a storm. He does have a problem if they get out of the boat and get in his lockers, fish off the dock and look under boat covers. If you get out of your boat for safety, be respectful and do nothing other than stand or sit on the dock. The Corp looks at docks as personal property, but water beneath and around is public property and the dock owner has no say regarding swimming or fishing around a dock. Just be respectful and don't treat the dock as if it were your own.  

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On 3/31/2016 at 12:46 PM, dtrs5kprs said:

Common sense...pull in, tie off gently and simply to avoid damage to your boat and their dock, and stay in the boat unless it is extremely bad. Reverse that order and most folks won't say boo about it.

I used to think that also. Not anymore. second one I experienced on LOZ we pulled into a dock and it was a awful ride for a few minutes. Glad we did not get out. We were about 200 yards from where it crossed the Gravois. When it was  all over there was a big sycamore down that the tornado had twist in half and dropped  the upper half  about 75 yds from us. As far as paying attention to the weather. To me that means watching the sky for any thunder heads. We have had 4 close calls since we lived out here.  First one was a sunny day in the 90s. I was putting a new window in my garage. Walking up I noticed this very high White cloud with a very flat top. I knew it was a danger sign. I went ahead and was loosing up the old window to put the replacement in. I walked over to get the new window and the one in the wall blew 1/2 way accross the garage. Tornado had come down our point and thankfully missed us.  I have seen more docks upside down in yards than I like. I have seen a two stall dock with a 24ft pontoon and run about in it plus a swim deck all picked upend layer  upside down like some giant pancake turner just reached down under it and flipped it cleanly. I been through 2 hurricanes at sea and they never compared to with the sudden violence you can experience from a tornado. I about lost Wrench in one  some years back when he got him in a direct hit and it wiped out everything he owned. His  description of going through that was something to read

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My theory is that a certain percentage of people in this world are jerks, a few are completely and totally bat crap crazy.  Of those people a percentage ofnthem.own docks, run businesses etc. That's just life.  In general people are good and while I don't just wander around expecting everyone I meet to be angels neithe do I expect them to be villains, if I owned a dock on a lake (never gonna happen) I certainly wouldn't begrudge anyone some shelter in a storm, I also would be unlikely to come running with a thermos of coffee.  I would have a speaker system just for my amusement though.  I would become grouchy quickly if someone was going through or using my stuff.  I am that way at home, have a breakdown and need to fix something certainly my shop is right by the road, just be there looking around at what equipment I have (have had that happen) and you will very quickly and brusquely be invited to leave and nothing you say is gonna make it better.

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3 hours ago, Old plug said:

I about lost Wrench in one  some years back when he got him in a direct hit and it wiped out everything he owned. His  description of going through that was something to read

I pride myself on being a good story teller. 😊

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I do not like them out on the dock.  i have had the both the dock damaged and a prop damaged. My advise to anyone you catch Never tell anyone you catch crappie there not even close friends. Unless those friends have crappie beds themselves. Never show a picture to your local tackle shop profiteer , HE WILL SNITCH. If you do you will become a known. Then you can see boats around your dock in 3s and 4s at times. But do not worry most will be gone in a few years. But there will still be at least a few come by in the most foul of weather.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On ‎3‎/‎7‎/‎2019 at 4:54 PM, MOPanfisher said:

My theory is that a certain percentage of people in this world are jerks, a few are completely and totally bat crap crazy.  Of those people a percentage ofnthem.own docks, run businesses etc. That's just life.  In general people are good and while I don't just wander around expecting everyone I meet to be angels neithe do I expect them to be villains, if I owned a dock on a lake (never gonna happen) I certainly wouldn't begrudge anyone some shelter in a storm, I also would be unlikely to come running with a thermos of coffee.  I would have a speaker system just for my amusement though.  I would become grouchy quickly if someone was going through or using my stuff.  I am that way at home, have a breakdown and need to fix something certainly my shop is right by the road, just be there looking around at what equipment I have (have had that happen) and you will very quickly and brusquely be invited to leave and nothing you say is gonna make it better.

Funny story...... I put up two game cams on the dock. Have pix of guys tying up, getting out and fishing off the dock....... I printed the pix (good quality pix..), laminated 8-10 of them of the two sets of fisherman and put them on the dock.  Few weeks went by......... same guys came back, but only one got out of the boat to fish.  Have video of him fishing and finally making his way over to the laminated pictures.  His reaction was priceless.  Saw his face on the pictures, looked up at the cameras and immediately bolted for his boat.

By the way, the camera pix were good enough that we have a perfect description of the boat and the boat numbers. For anyone thinking of or getting out on docks without permission, be careful, big brother maybe watching you.

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8 minutes ago, BrowningCollector.com said:

Funny story...... I put up two game cams on the dock. Have pix of guys tying up, getting out and fishing off the dock....... I printed the pix (good quality pix..), laminated 8-10 of them of the two sets of fisherman and put them on the dock.  Few weeks went by......... same guys came back, but only one got out of the boat to fish.  Have video of him fishing and finally making his way over to the laminated pictures.  His reaction was priceless.  Saw his face on the pictures, looked up at the cameras and immediately bolted for his boat.

By the way, the camera pix were good enough that we have a perfect description of the boat and the boat numbers. For anyone thinking of or getting out on docks without permission, be careful, big brother maybe watching you.

My buddy has house in the Gravois arm and we watched people fishing them right here in the office.  Also an armadillo that hangs out on his dock and patio all the time. 

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On March 29 I watched the morning TV weather report and they said the rain and possible storms would be in the early evening. Decided to make a longer unto the Big Creek area. At noon, I commented to my partner that the shy was getting pretty dark. He checked the radar on his phone and said there is a storm about to be right on us and that we needed to find shelter. We tied up inside an empty dock stall and within minutes the head rain came and we had a couple of lightning strikes so close that it made the lights on the dock flicker. We were there for 2 1/2 hours. I called two of the other boats in our group about the impending storm, and because there were closer to our resort, they both made it back in time before the lightning hit there.in Michigan, we can see the storms coming about 30 minutes before they hit. Not that way on Table Rock.

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You better all try to get off the water when there is a threatening storm. A dock is not all that safe a pIace to park your butt. 

have seen my share of docks picked up and hurled upside down into yards boats and all. Including a multiple stall dock at West side marine. I know of one person who was electrocuted while standing on his dock during a thunder storm.  I and a partner took refuge in a 1 stall dock on the Gravois one time when a tornado came through. It is only by the grace of God we survived. The Tornado came right up the lake and went ashore about 100 yrds from us. We hunched down in the boat and could not see anything going on around us because of the blinding rain driven sideways at us. When it pasted there was limbs and other trash all around us the Tornado had taken a very large tree twisted the trump and broke the tree off and deposited it out in a yard right in back of us. I seen a two stall dock with a good sized pleasure boat in one stall and a pontoon in the other and even the ramp turned upside down and thrown in the owners yard. Fact is anytime you go out on the water in foul weather your taking a chance. You would think I know better. BUT I DO NOT. You cannot keep me off the water if its raining.

I do not like people getting out and fishing on the dock. It worries me since I cannot be sure who they are or what their intentions are. I will also lay money that if someone gets hurt on there dock I can be held liable. Sure you could put a no trespassing sign on there. Then maybe some resentful fool will just do something because of it.  

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