Living on Tims Ford is wonderful. My wife Laci and I pinch ourselves everyday that we wake up here. It really does seem like a dream. But there is one thing that we hate to see coming every year – Winter (cue a chorus of boos!) Yes, that pesky party pooper that arrives around late October and overstays its welcome until about mid March. Gone are the warm and sultry days of summer, shorts and bare feet. No more sunset cruises, swimming, water skiing, or casual lunches at one of the marinas.
But you know what? Over the years we have come to appreciate some of Old Man Winter’s charm. Oh we still despise his cooler air and shorter days, but he isn’t all bad.
Winter temps here aren’t really very harsh. Highs are usually 45-50 degrees, with lows around 32. Of course there are some cooler days mixed in, but not many. Rarely do we see any snow, in fact we get pretty excited if we do! We’ll shut everything down for a few flakes, lol. On the rare occasion that it happens, the lake is especially beautiful wrapped in white as the snow continues to fall. And remember, we are Southern folks, so two inches of the white stuff is the same as a foot!
Another good thing about the winter is the solitude. The hustle and bustle of boats and people fade away as Summer disappears. The leaves fall from the trees and there is a perfect stillness, a purity if you will, that relaxes your soul. Many times the only sounds you will hear are from the wildlife surrounding the lake – a chubby groundhog, a deer, raccoon, or squirrels playing a game of chase.
If you want to bundle up and get out on the water, the fishing is typically good in the colder months. It seems the nastier the weather, the better the fish bite at Tims Ford. And with the water levels down for the season, it is a great time to scout out some potential new fishing holes.
Another fun activity is walking the shoreline while the water is down. You never know what you may find. There are usually plenty of fishing lures that were hung up over the Summer months, and you might find a ring or car keys or anything else someone has lost. It is like your own personal scavenger hunt!
I’ll add one more thing that isn’t as glamorous, but I wish more people would do it. Tims Ford is a clean lake overall, with clear water. But with the traffic of the Summer inevitably comes some trash. Winter is the perfect time to grab some garbage bags and do some clean up. By land you can pull off around some of the bridges and do some work, or by water you can look towards the backs of coves and similar areas to find debris. If we all do a little, Tims Ford will stay a gem for years to come!
Let’s just be real, a dreary, cold day at the lake is still better than a day at work. Surrounded by God’s magnificent creation, one can truly come to treasure the winter months here. Besides, warmer temps are always just around the corner, and with them come more of those amazing summertime lake memories.
Stay warm friends, and we’ll see ya at the lake!
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