I'll have to swing by and have a look. I wonder if they put in something like they have over at Beck Lake or the Lagoons. I drive by on Patriot all the time and Google Earth does not show any changes. Kind of a haul from the parking lot. Every time I go in there I can't help remembering sitting at that light on Lake and Shermer and seeing a Stealth bomber come in about 100 feet over my head.
So they have indeed put in a little launch area in the location indicated on the map. And yes, you'll have to carry in from the lot - which is a bit of a haul. If you have a light kayak and little gear, probably not a big deal. Anything else, be prepared to for a bit of a jaunt.
I'm gonna purchase the permit today. I'll post int he next couple of days how it all goes.
500 feet is about the absolute best case. All the more reason I need to make a dolly sometime. I keep waiting to see someone throw out a kids bike. If I can snag the tires I can figure the rest out from there.