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Hey Zman - welcome to the site. I like the way you think - avoid the holiday nuts if at all possible. I'm expecting a record-setting weekend for lunacy at Falls... I have been wondering about Wheeler - never tried it.

Tomorrow is booked with non-water activities but I think Lefty and I are looking to hit some paddle/elec-friendly water on Monday morning early. Have enjoyed fishing Weaver Creek at Jordan but its a haul from up here on the far northside. Wheeler's not much better in that respect.

Don't know what to tell you about your Wheeler plan, but I hope you'll let us know where you end up and how you do.
 

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Should have showed up at the crack of dawn for most likely the big topwater bite; they were still hitting the top at about 7:30-8. After that, no bites.
The city parks website says wheeler is open "dawn to dusk", year round. I wonder what their definition of dawn is???

Anybody know if there's a spot to launch canoes/kayaks from the Penny Rd bridge area? Or if its posted not to do so?
 

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Well I know it was at least open at around 6:15-6:30.
That's pretty good for gubbermint work - The City of Raleigh rules! State/County folks don't open up Hwy 50 & Beaverdam til 8:00am :confused:.

As far as canoe launch, all I know is there was a launching area for their rental canoes, not sure if you can launch personals from there, and that's at the boat house. I don't know if that's near Penny Rd. or a bridge or not!
Penny Rd would be a "back door", if its even a possibility. Penny crosses the uper end of the lake - can't tell if there's a bridge or just culvert(s) under the road from the google view. As far as I know there may be no parking available, no parking allowed, no primitive launch area available or posted no tresspassing back there (can't have folks launching without the $4 launch fee - happy to pay it if they're there to open up at 6:00). I figured there must be some east-Cary-ites who drive that way from time-to-time and could check it out for us. Doesn't seem to be an issue given their hours.

By the way, thanks for the welcome prior post!
You're very welcome for the welcome! Thanks for the info on this morning's trip.
 
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