Jono, hey just got your PM.........THANK YOU!
I will do some followup research on your recommendation. The thought of a good flatwater spot definitely has some appeal to me!
I'm certainly open to all suggestions. It's amazing what kind of cool places you can find just by asking around.
I'd also like to know about some of the negatives too. Feel free to PM me if you don't wish to discuss negatives in public.
(Classy move btw Jono! )
Thanks again for everyone's input.