2007 MIDWEST MESSABOUT !!
- The 2007 Midwest Messabout will be held on June 8, 9, &
10 2007 @ Gun Creek Campground @ Rend Lake in South-central
We have been reserving campspots #55 and #56 as "ground zero"
for the event, but #55 has already been reserved by someone;
so I have reserved #56 so we will have access to that beaching
area, and also #48, which is a fairly-decent water-front
spot over on the next leg. If it turns out that a fore-sighted
messabouter has reserved #55, then I assume that the center
of activities will be on #55 and #56. If a "bass-boater" has
spot #55, then most likely #48 will be "ground zero."
Maps of the campground and reservation info @
Looks like campspot fees are $14.00/ night this year, which
includes the use of a very nice concrete launch ramp in a
sheltered cove. If you want to leave your vehicle @ the
ramp and not get a camp spot, the ramp fee was $3.00/ day
last year; don't know if it has increased.
For those that don't wish to camp, the closest accomodations
(approx. 1/2 mile away) are
As usual, there will be a "group-effort" Saturday evening
meal. We will all vote on what we want for dinner (hamburgers
and hot dogs) and a couple of us will run into town for
supplies. You may contribute food or cash if you wish but
there is no requirement to nor will anyone keep track of
who contributes what. This plan always works well as one
can never know in advance how many will attend the messabout,
much less how many wish to eat my cooking (I understand that
there is a petition circulating requesting that the Chef from
last year cook again this year)
Usually at least a few of us run-over to a local greasy spoon
for breakfast on Sat. & Sunday mornings.
I will be arriving Friday, late morning, and will head for
home late Sunday morning. Usually a fair number of people
will show-up during the afternoon on Friday, and most
everyone is gone by noon Sunday, leaving Saturday as
the "Big Day."
Although it can never be guaranteed what boats or how many
boats will show up, this messabout is usually a good
place to see a bunch of home-made boats at one time.
All are welcome; home-made boat, factory-made boat, or
Any questions, you can drop me an e-mail:
or you can e-mail Jim Michalak (his e-mail address
is on his website)