Had to cut summer short this year. Due to dry weather, the lake is a couple feet low, and didn't want to risk having a real problem getting the boat onto the trailer. I use an old road that goes into the lake to launch and pull my boat.
The campground at the other end of the lake has a gravel ramp, and I would scuttle my boat before paying to use that. Besides, doubt if it is in much better shape.
I have a bunk trailer, but thinking of putting roller on next spring to make shallow water launching and landing a little easier. I was able to land the boat in low water that wouldn't cover th bunks, but it would be impossible to launch it....the winch doesn't "push" worth a dang.
I'll still canoe or kayak until ice -in, but for me, this signals end of summer.
What is your event that makes the season change to fall??