The Dead River = Spooky

According to Wikipedia, Florida’s Dead River—which connects Lake Eustis and Lake Harris—got its name because it has virtually zero current. From the Wiki entry: “Studies have shown that a simple jon boat [As opposed to a complex jon boat?] can remain in nearly the same position if left on the river overnight with less than five feet of drift”.

I have no idea if that’s true, but the Dead River earned it’s name in a different way during the Bassmaster Elite Series event at the Harris Chain of Lakes. It seems something in the Dead River air was frying GPS units. I’m talkin’ Bermuda Triangle kinda stuff, man! 

Check it out. Here’s a screen capture image I pulled off the live blog featured at Saturday morning:

Freaky, right?

Any Floridians out there ever experienced anything like this around the Dead River area? Do you have any insight into the cause? I don’t know exactly what “open ray radar” is, how it works or what, if anything, in that area would be emitting such a thing. Weird stuff.

I’m pretty sure this is the area they’re referring to. Watch out for whirlpools!

The good news is if your Lowrance ever bites the dust you can just send it in with a note that says: “Drove through Dead River. Please send new unit.” Yeah. I’m sure that’ll work.



  1. Coonhound

    March 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I’ve fished that area a few times. I figured it was the Dead River because i can’t get bit there!

  2. Chad Keogh

    March 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I think he meant “open ARray radar”. Do a Google search for “What is open array radar and click on the Raymarine link near the top of the page. It give a partial explaination for what that means.

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