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11-05-2001, 02:48 PM
i didn't know cedarpoint drained the lagoon during the off season. but these pictures show it you learn something new everyday

11-05-2001, 02:49 PM

11-05-2001, 03:28 PM
wow, i never realized how shallow it was, i always wondered if they drained it because i thought the ice would damage ride supports

11-05-2001, 03:40 PM
That's cool. I never knew how shallow the water was, it looks like theirs never even water there.

11-05-2001, 03:40 PM
Didnt know that...looks kinda funny, but is kinda cool/interestin at the same time.

person who loves coasters
11-05-2001, 04:16 PM
Originally posted by AllSmilesChica
That's cool. I never knew how shallow the water was.

Yeah, same here

11-05-2001, 04:51 PM
Yeah, its to prevent the water from freezing and damaging the ride supports. Most parks that close for winter drain their water rides and lakes. Cedar Point drains lake eerie! no j/k. I hope Cedar Point leaves their web cams up all year round, I'd love to see the park in winter, especially with snow covering everything.

11-05-2001, 05:02 PM
I never knew they did that. Know that I think about it it makes sense. I wonder if they have to get specialpermits from the gov, i know they do for regular lagoons and wetlands. It would be cool to see webcams over the winter like raptor said.

11-05-2001, 05:10 PM
I cannot beleive that it is that shallow. Does anyone know if they drain the lagoons at SFGAm by V2?

11-05-2001, 06:24 PM
Sure thing the lagoons are drained. And boy, are they a b*tch to clean up in the spring! No joke, I've been there for that sort of clean up early in the season. And you think it stinks when there is water in it...

Snake River Falls is also drained at the end of the season, and the water is let out of Thunder Canyon at the end of every day (no joke!), for those of you that are interested in Cedar Point's water usage...

Incidentally, the catfish are still there, even when the lagoon is drained -- they burrow into the mud and hibernate. Odd!

11-05-2001, 06:57 PM
I fell sorry for anyone that has to clean that mess. i wouldent want to do it. Thats pretty cool that the catfish survive. I was wondering what happened to them.

11-05-2001, 08:43 PM
what a waste of water.

11-05-2001, 08:49 PM
Melissa, the catfish hibernate in the ground like that? I thought they would just die off.

11-05-2001, 09:50 PM
Haha A mod sweared, I liked that! It made my day, I think people put mods so High up and think they are perfect, but they are just us but mods. Yeah, that made sense, anyways. I too thought it was deeper, but I was wrong.

11-05-2001, 10:05 PM
i was wondering if they drained the whole lafoon or just part of it because i know it is deep over by where the paddlewheel is and swan boats are. I doubt if they drain the whole thing

11-05-2001, 10:14 PM
Yes, I heard that when they hibernate they don't even need water. Weird fish.

11-05-2001, 10:33 PM
Bort -- mods are people too! ;)

Natelox -- it's not a waste of water, it's just pumped into Lake Erie and the access points are blocked off for the winter. No harm done.

CPFan -- yes, the catfish hibernate. I never knew it either! But boy, I can't imagine the stink if they did die off. I know the sign by the lagoons near the Antique Cars describes the catfish and how they burrow and hibernate, but for the life of me I can't find the scan of it I remember seeing. If I find it, I'll let you know!

The lagoons don't have to be that deep to accommodate the paddleboats. If you take a close look at them (as much as you can), you'll see that they're more flat-bottomed, which means they rest higher in the water and it doesn't need to be as deep as you'd think.

11-05-2001, 10:57 PM
I love those pics, I'd love too see pics of other parks that drain there lagoons.

P.S. Does anyone have pics of other drained lagoons.

11-06-2001, 03:01 PM
i don't have any of the lagoon but here's ones of matterhorn and wave swinger it is amazing how different they look without their coverings

11-06-2001, 03:02 PM
and matterhorn

11-06-2001, 03:42 PM
When I first saw those off-season pictures (a few months back), I was totally stunned by how different the rides look. I mean, a roller coaster doesn't necessarily look too different -- the track is still there, even if the trains are removed. I remember cleaning up the Gemini before the season began -- scrubbing the queues, cleaning trains, deckbrushing the platform, waxing the trains and so forth -- but it was nothing compared to how weird some of these smaller rides get. But so much the better, because the more that can be dismantled and stored away for the off-season, the better (and cleaner!) condition it will be in for next year.

11-06-2001, 04:07 PM
The ride pics look so errie but neat in winter. I remember one of MF in winter with only the incline on the lift hill. What a site!

11-06-2001, 08:48 PM
they probably take that stuff off cause the wait of the snow is too much for it. and bort, a mod swore, not swearded.

11-07-2001, 02:51 PM
the pictures look like ones form like an old defunct park not from one of the biggest parks. i think they should release of season pictures of all the rides

Coaster Jimmy 2
11-07-2001, 02:59 PM
That really suprises me. Also I never thought the water would be anywhere near that shallow even though it makes sense for safety purposes.

11-07-2001, 03:07 PM
Originally posted by Natelox
what a waste of water.

I really dont think it is a waste of water. Most of it that is drained would just stand there, allowing for insects to cultivate. Most likely, they have reason for doing it. Just as long as it doesn't become contaminated and go into the lake. Lake Erie is bad enough as it is. Hey Melissa! Do you know if CP does anything for the envrionment?

11-07-2001, 08:27 PM
I didn't know it was snowing in Ohio. Must be an old pic. Anyway, that is cool looking. I'm guessing that the lagoon is man-made? Some kind of added excitement for Iron Dragon? That's pretty cool about the catfish, too.

11-10-2001, 09:50 AM
I think it's so the supports for Mantis, and Iron Dragon and such don't freeze and break.

11-10-2001, 10:26 AM
No, the lagoons aren't artificial (man made), they've been a part of the peninsula since before Cedar Point began, more than 125 years ago. First they were used for canoeing and stuff like that, and today, of course, to add excitement to the coasters and as a home for the Paddleboat Cruise.

As for does Cedar Point do anything for the environment, the answer is yes. There are a lot of conservation measures in place, and if you notice you never get lids for drinks (way too much excess litter), and stuff like that. Just maintaining the environment for the catfish is part of conservation.

11-10-2001, 12:34 PM
Mellisa, I may be mistaken but aren't the lagoons used for Paddlewhell, SRF, Iron Dragon, Mantis, and the Swan boats, lagoons that were dug out by George Arthur Beockling in the early years of the park? I seem to remeber hearing that in the CP memories special 6 years ago.

11-10-2001, 12:47 PM
If by "dug out" you mean modified, then yes. But the lagoons themselves always existed before they started to be tampered with to make them fit whatever was going on (building a coaster, new ride, changing shapes, etc.). But of course they've been altered to work best for the park. Ah, the wonders of modern engineering! :)

11-10-2001, 04:30 PM
The lagoons are actually the most shallow below ID steel knot. The rest is relativly deep.

The lagoons have always existed. There used to be more of them, and in diffrent shapes. Most of Frontier Town would be covered with water had they not been modified.