What is the safest and best place to run out of or launch?
Launch @ eastfork if it's open. They had it closed for a while.
You can run around the lower end safely. Along the pockets and coves on the north banks of the lower end there is timber, but the main lake on the lower end is open.
West arm if you go north of collin park and don't know what you are doing, idle.
East arm is a lot more open until you get up a good ways n of tickey point.
Tickey creek idle if you arent familiar with it.
If you go under the RR bridge back to mallard, idle if you aren't familiar with it. You can run the N bank back there but its just a 5 minute idle if you want to be sure the first time.