Waves at Shovel Point


While the wave height on the open lake didn’t reach the predicted 17 feet, we did have good 7- to 11-foot waves on the lake. They were slamming into Shovel Point and sending spray 100+ feet into the air. This shot is one of the mid-sized splashes. Some were much higher.

To get waves this big, you need three things: 1. Strong winds (Gales are over 30 knots), 2, A long fetch for it to blow over (this was a NE gales, so the fetch was around 150 miles), 3. Continued blow over a long duration (this blew for about 2 days). We had all three and got big waves.



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