Took my 4 young children and a friend late in the afternoon. Basically paid a full days price for 1 hour- no big deal- $4. The area was overrun with undesirable crowds! We went far down a path to have some peace, and also, frankly, for safety from some of the crowd... The gates get locked at 7:45. Gathering the 5 children with me, carrying the crying 2 yr old, we come trudging back up the long path we had gone down realizing it's right about that time! Well, you'd have thought I'd have committed a heinous crime! There waiting, are the two obviously DISGUSTED old men on their golf carts, both RUDE as one can possibly be- especially to a woman with her hands obviously full, moving as fast as was capable!
THE ICING ON THE CAKE was as we were finally loaded in the car, apologizing to deaf ears, about to leave, one of the old men had the unmitigated gall to throw in, ""Is your husband not with you?!!!!"" To which I replied, ""Uh, no, he doesn't do lakes from a bank."" To which the old man replied (before I could finish,) ""well, maybe it'd be best if you just not come back."" (did he just imply I was incapable as a women... because of 15 minutes??) I assured him we would NEVER be back, especially now that we had seen the type and masses of crowds that now come there, and what a shame it was that the area had gone downhill so much...
He obviously had no idea what a freakishly strong, outdoorsy, highly educated, modern, mother of 4 is capable of.
Pros: Beautiful lake! (go somewhere else to enjoy it)
Cons: Rude, crotchety, old staff. undesirable huge crowds. dirty