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Muskegon, Michigan Best Waterfront Town USA

posted Apr 24, 2012, 6:58 PM by Roger Zuidema

YACHTING’s Best Waterfront Town

Muskegon, Michigan....  Shhhhh -- Don’t tell many, only special friends are invited to experience the Lake Effect and know that Muskegon is the Best Waterfront Town!


In the heart of Michigan’s West Coast there’s a boating town very few know about. Why? It’s the best kept secret in the USA.  Muskegon, Michigan multi-faced port and boating paradise plays home to sailors, fishers, yachtsmen, kayakers, a cross lake ferry, tankers and leisure seekers of all types. When you visit, you will experience the “Lake Effect”, a relaxed feeling in a place of recreational beauty, leaving you refreshed and ready to repeat at any chance.  

Muskegon, a recreational paradise, perfectly blends fun, history, development and preservation.  Each of the 13 marinas and 2 yacht clubs has its own unique character and caters to the specific needs of its boating clientele from sailors to power and fishing boats.  Not many ports can boast yachts having back to back victories in the prestigious Chicago-to-Mackinac sailboat races.

The Muskegon River starts the adventure home to salmon, trout, bass and many other species as anglers are blessed with prize fish as it enters the lake.  Muskegon Lake is the best inland sailing lake in Michigan, with stable winds and exciting races, including Wednesday night Sailors Jam.  The 4150 acre Muskegon Lake has access to Lake Michigan and its splendor including great sunsets, as well as to Bear Lake with family homes and water fun.  Cruise through the channel with Muskegon State Park on the north and Pere Marquette Beach on the south; see the beauty of people camping, swimming, exercising and enjoying the Lake Effect.  Take a photo as you pass the World War II submarine USS Silversides located at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum.  Down the lake you will find the LST 393 and Milwaukee Clipper honored vessels and great maritime attractions.

Boaters looking for places to raft, anchor and enjoy can in the sheltered arms of the breakwater or relax at the state
park dune area, where over a mile of knee high water drops off so that all types of boats can enjoy fun with family and friends. Looking for activities?  All season long regattas, festivals, tournaments, food and fun can be found.

Muskegon history shares stories of lifestyles defined by its maritime roots.  From times when fur traders and lumberjacks develop the lake infrastructure, industrial moguls helped produce victory in wars, and now when recreational adventurists find pleasure in the blue, Muskegon is truly unique and looks forward to the future “Blue Economy” exploding.  The vision of a sustainable water economy is exciting.  People understand that this venue is a great secret.  Muskegon’s intermix of tourism, recreation, imports and commitment by private companies and educational institutions to water research and renewable energy is blue turning to gold. The affordable economy is a plus, as Chicago boaters find the harbor a great place to visit and for repair and winter storage.

So Shhhhhh--don’t tell many, but as special friends you’re invited to relax, refresh, repeat.  Find and experience the Muskegon “Lake Effect”.  As for the locals we realize that this Best Waterfront Town will always be a pleasant secret.

Boaters and Floaters set for “Flag Floatilla” and “Packin the Pier” in Muskegon!

posted Aug 17, 2011, 6:20 AM by Roger Zuidema   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 6:23 AM ]

Boaters and Floaters set for “Flag Floatilla” and “Packin the Pier” in Muskegon!


Imagine boaters and inner-tubes in the same area enjoying the natural beauty of the Lake and the effect it has on people.  Roger Zuidema, promoter of Muskegon Lake Effect Celebration and Boat Time can see the excitement growing for the “Packin the Pier” maritime meet up to be held inside the cove of the Muskegon South Breakwater on Sunday, August 21 and the “Flag Floatilla” set for Saturday, August 20 at  the Muskegon Lake Dune Area.

“We wanted to show the world that the boating life in Muskegon is one of the best,” said Zuidema.   "We expect a great turn out of boaters and inflatable rafts/ inner-tubes and asking you to join us by land, through the  Muskegon Lake Channel by boat or by Lake Michigan from other ports."

The Muskegon Port is located in the Heart of West Michigan half way up the Lake Michigan
coast.  


Muskegon Lake has over 900 boats docks and 13 Marinas and Yacht Clubs.  The week of August 15-21 as been designated “Boat Time”.

“Take a day trip or stay in one of the camp grounds or hotels.  Enjoy one of the historic vessels, eat at one of the great restaurants or join the fun.  The Muskegon Breakwater Arms welcomes you to enjoy the Lake Effect.”

For more information and activities visit www.lakeeffectboating.com


Hey Muskegon Lake Sailers are you up for a challenge! Sunflower Raft-up!

posted Aug 11, 2011, 5:22 PM by Roger Zuidema   [ updated Aug 11, 2011, 5:29 PM ]

Recently I was informed of a style of Sail Boat Raft-ups called a sunflower. Thought this was really cool and I challenge you to make it happen during Muskegon Lake Effect Boat Time.  2 great times would be during Saturday, August 20 Rockin and Dockin at the Dunes, Flag Show-off or at Packin the Pier on Sunday, August 21.

Creating a sunflower raft-up

  1. Pick a sheltered location with good holding and little current on a calm day.  Assign someone primary responsibility to plan it out and give orders.
  2. Choose the largest vessel in the fleet and have them anchor first
  3. Make sure everyone is ready with dock lines and fenders either side. 
  4. Choose a nimble vessel that backs well and can set a sturdy anchor in the opposite direction (i.e., anchor from the bow but
    stern toward the first vessel and the wind).  Pass a nylon line between the sterns of the two primary vessels to keep them in line along the diameter of the circle. Estimate the diameter of the circle given the fleet size and adjust as boats are added. In our case, this was the person organizing the raft up; being both the first to anchor and last to close made it the ideal spot for him to observe and counsel from.
  5. Choose the next largest vessels and have them join the first anchored boat on either side.  Have each of them set their anchors.  They can do this by setting their anchors then dropping back to raft up, or they can raft up and someone in a dinghy can drop their anchors for them.  (We had an inflatable dinghy helping out.  We lowered our Fortress to them with a trip line that had a rope and buoy tied off.  They basically dragged it with their dinghy as far as they could, given the weight of our chain rode, and then dropped it while we set it from our bow. We were happy to have the trip line as the anchor was well set when all was done.)
  6. Continue to add vessels either side and setting anchors about every third boat.  As you add boats, you need to make sure the newly rafted boat drops back just a bit and keeps the bow looser than the stern or you will have a straight line rather than a circle. Set spring lines as well as bow and stern lines, and instruct everyone to watch their spreaders.
  7. As the circle closes, adjust the length of nylon line between the first two boats. 
  8. Keep the smallest most nimble vessels for last.  They will have to back into the circle. 
  9. When the last vessel is in, tighten up the nylon line bisecting the raft up as you adjust the anchor rode for the boats on the downwind side.
  10. Arrange in advance for a helicopter to fly over when complete. Go swimming in the middle, go visiting around the circle, and enjoy cocktails on the flag officers’ decks.  Remind everyone as a courtesy that the bow is where one crosses over rafted up boats as not to disturb activities in the cockpit. Break up before nightfall and have everyone re-anchor for a safe night.
Thanks to http://www.coastalsailing.net/Cruising/Seamanship/Sunflower/SunflowerIndex.html for the great idea and instructions.

Lake Effect Celebration and Boat Time Schedule

posted Aug 8, 2011, 6:11 AM by Roger Zuidema   [ updated Aug 8, 2011, 6:14 AM ]


Press Release: Historic Boat Tours, Educational Programs & Submarine Engine Start, Part of Muskegon Boat Time

posted Aug 7, 2011, 7:48 PM by Roger Zuidema   [ updated Aug 7, 2011, 7:54 PM ]

Historic Boat Tours, Educational Programs & Submarine Engine Start, Part of Muskegon Boat Time


August 7, 2011
By: Muskegon Boat Time Staff
Muskegon Lake Effect Celebration and Boat Time Press Release

The Muskegon Lake Effect Celebration and Boat Time invites all to the Muskegon area for some boating fun from August 15-21 for some educational programs and boat meet-ups.  
Muskegon will open it’s boating "Arms" to all, as boaters experience Muskegon Lake and the channel connections to Lake Michigan and Bear Lake. “I can’t think of another port where you can cruise by a vintage submarine, USS Silversides, ride past the Milwaukee Clipper, the
Queen of the Great Lakes, and see the LST 393 a historic WW II cargo vessel”, said Zuidema.  All ships will be open for tours on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, some during weekdays.

The feature attraction at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum is the World War II submarine USS
Silversides. On Sunday, August 21 at 11:30am you will hear the roar of the diesel engines run aboard the USS Silversides.  Please join us for this exciting experience and at the same time visit the Navel Museum and learn more about how the Silversides sunk 23 ships!

On Tuesday, August 16 and Friday, August 19 the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum will offer an underwater robotics Remotely Operated Vehicle (R.O.V.) program People can experience how to build and operate an underwater robot.

GVSU will host two days of Making Lake Michigan Great - Educational Cruise and Research Expedition (Tuesday, August 16 and Friday August 19) on the W. G. Jackson out to Lake Michigan to test water quality and learn about the condition of the lake.  Participants take water samples, testing quality in a number of ways - sediment, alkalinity, pH, conductivity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and plankton.

“Water quality isn’t just one thing,” said Dr. Janet Vail, research scientist.  “It’s a wide range of variables that make up the whole.  We invite the public to take advantage of this expedition adventure.  Enjoy a time out on the Lake doing hands-science and seeing the restoration projects happening in Muskegon Lake.”

The boating expedition is available for ages 10 and up, and an adult must accompany minors. These free cruises are being funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office. To sign up for the educational programs visit www.lakeeffectboating.com

Muskegon Lake Effect Celebration and Boat Time - Press Release

posted Jul 26, 2011, 5:12 AM by Roger Zuidema   [ updated Jul 26, 2011, 5:21 AM ]

Boat Meet Ups / Making Michigan Great Boat Cruises/ Underwater Robotics, Highlight 1st Muskegon Boat Time August 15-21

July 25, 2011
By: Muskegon Boat Time Staff
Muskegon Lake Effect Celebration and Boat Time Press Release

The Muskegon Lake Effect Celebration and Boat Time invites all to the Muskegon area for
some boating fun! “We don't need special concerts, or carnivals, to enjoy.  We are effected by natural fun of the Lake. Let's celebrate summer in true Muskegon style, on the Lake, "Dockin at the Dunes" on Saturday, August 20 and "Packin the Pier" on Sunday, August 21, commented Roger Zuidema Boat Time promoter.


Muskegon will open it’s boating "Arms" to all, as boaters experience Muskegon Lake and the
channel connections to Lake Michigan and Bear Lake. “I can’t think of another port where you can cruise by a vintage submarine, USS Silversides, ride past the Milwaukee Clipper, the Queen of the Great Lakes, and see the LST 393 a historic WW II cargo vessel”, said Zuidema.  “The Lake Express, Muskegon to Milwaukee Car Ferry, is a sight to see as it navigates to the dock. You just can’t help but wave to the visitors aboard.”


Many maritime businesses are planning special events (see list below) and charters including the Muskegon Charter Fishing Association offering the "Lake Effect Fishing Deal."  With purchase of a 5 hour fishing charter for up to 6 people, you will receive 6 hours of fishing.  

The Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum will offer an underwater robotics Remotely Operated Vehicle (R.O.V.) program where people can experience how to build and operate an underwater robot.

GVSU will host two days of Making Lake Michigan Great - Educational Cruise and Research Expedition (Tuesday, August 16 and Friday August 19) around Muskegon Lake on the W. G. Jackson out to Lake Michigan to test water quality to learn about the condition of the lake.  Participants take water samples, testing quality in a number of ways - sediment, alkalinity, pH, conductivity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and plankton.

“Water quality isn’t just one thing,” said Dr. Janet Vail, research scientist.  “It’s a wide range of variables that make up the whole.  We invite the public to take advantage of this expedition adventure.  Enjoy a time out on the Lake doing hands-science and seeing the restoration projects happening in Muskegon Lake.”

The boating expedition is available for ages 10 and up, and an adult must accompany minors. These free cruises are being funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office. To sign up visit www.lakeeffectboating.com


Boaters are called to join the fun by showing off their boats and experiencing the effect of the lake with two special boat meet ups.
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"Rockin and Dockin at the Dunes, Flag Show Off - Saturday, August 20"
Click Link above for facebook invite.
Muskegon Lake Dune Area located on the west side of the lake just north of the channel, comes alive with boaters having fun with family and friends. Bring your school or club flags and be proud during the Flag Show-off either on the water or up the dune.  The in water drop off allows all types of boats to join the fun.  Sailboats often anchor just off-shore, while cigar boats and pontoons get real close.  Invite your friends and enjoy the Lake Effect while showing your colors.  We won’t be surprised if a few fight songs breakout.

"Packin the Pier Muskegon Boat Record Attempt - Sunday, August 21"

Click Link above for facebook invite.
The South Breakwater cove is one more great place to enjoy boating fun.  Anchor in the Lovin Arms of Muskegon.  We welcome boaters for the 2011 "Packin the Pier" Anchor in the Arms boat meet up. Let's break the record of 52 boats in the south cove at 3pm.  Come join the fun and don't forget to blow your horn when the Lake Express comes in around 4pm.  Just a short walk from the breakwater is CJ’s on the Beach, if you’re looking for some food and beverage.  Also, don’t forget about Muskegon’s famous boater friendly restaurants, all with boat docks.   Enjoy Dockers Fish House, Lake House Waterfront Grille, and Bear Lake Tavern.


Muskegon Boat Time Happenings:
($) Bear Lake Tavern  (Land & Boater Fun)
(Everyday) Head to the Bear lake Channel and just under the bridge you will find docks for the Bear Lake Tavern.  Enjoy a mix of food especially the Planked Whitefish a BLT and boater favorite. Saturday and Sunday Breakfast 9am-1pm.

($) Blufftopia Sailing Charters (Lake Fun,  Reservation Needed)
(All week) Blufftopia charters invites you out on Lake Michigan for a summer memory you won’t soon forget! Basic cruises are 3-4 hours and include bottled water and snacks.  Additional food and beverage available from our captain/chef. From simple finger food to a gourmet anniversary dinner, we can do it all.  Contact Blufftopia for dates and times and pray for wind Captain Jack. Call (231) 759-2316

($) Captain Jack's on the Beach Happy Hour (Land & Boaters Event)
Everyday) 6-9PM Anchor your boat in the south breakwater cove and take a short walk to Captain Jack’s for some fun on the deck.  Sunset Drink Specials daily.

(Free) Captain Jack's Catamaran Sailing Regatta: Sailing on Lake Michigan. (Land and Lake Fun) A Catamaran Racing Association of Michigan sponsored event.
Aug 20 Sat and Aug 21 Sunday 8:30 - 9:30am Registration, 9:30am Skipper's Meeting, 10:30 am Sailing. Come on down to the South Breakwater Beach area and watch the Catamarans participate in the Catamaran Regatta.  Bring your cameras, a great time to take some photos.

($) Dockers Fish House and Tiki Bar Boaters Party (Land & Boaters Fun)
Aug 19 Fri  7-11pm Travis Atkinson at the famous Tiki Bar. No Cover charge. Boaters docks available on an a first come first serve basis. All Day Every Day at the Bar Top! 8oz Prime Rib, 3pcs Lake Perch and Choice of Side $9.99
Aug 20 Sat. 7-11pm   Brett Mitchell & the Giant Ghost at the famous Tiki Bar.
Aug 21 3-7pm  Sunday Funday: Don Middlebrook: Living Soul  (231) 755-0400

($) Great Lakes Navel & Maritime Museum and USS Silversides Tour. (Land Fun)
(All week) Tour through the Great Lakes Maritime Museum, USS Silversides and USCGC McLane. Tours are allowed to go inside both vessels and see most of the major compartments inside.  Price Adults $15, Seniors $12.50, Kids $10.50  Call (231) 755-1230

($) Great Lakes Navel & Maritime Museum ROV Program. (Land Fun)
(Aug 16 Tues and Aug 19 Fri The Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum will offer an underwater robotics Remotely Operated Vehicle (R.O.V.) program where people can experience how to build and operate an robot. Cost is $10, and sign ups can be made at www.lakeeffectboating.com

(Free) Tues, Aug 16 and Friday, Aug 19  GVSU Making Lake Michigan Great / Educational Cruise (Lake Fun, Reservations needed)
Leaving: Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum
1346 Bluff Street, Muskegon, MI 49441                                      
Time:  10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm and 2:30-4:00pm. For reservation visit www.lakeeffectboating.com

($) Harbour Towne Yacht Club / Dingy Poker Run  (Boat Fun)
Aug 20 Sat  A Muskegon Lake tradition.  Inflatable dingys are invited for a full day of fun on the water.  9:30-10:30am—Continental Breakfast & Bloody Mary Bar, 10:30am—Captain’s Meeting, 11:00am—Departure to various points on Muskegon Lake, 12:30-1:30pm—Lunch at Great Lakes Marina, 4:00pm—Finish at HTYC. All poker hands must be turned in by 4pm to be scored! 5:00-10:00pm—Dinner at the club 7:00-11:00pm— Live Music with the Swinging Stem Cells band

(Free) Lake Express Welcome  (Land and Boat Fun)
4pm Approximate arrival.   Meet at the channel and welcome the visitors from the west with the waving of hands and flags. Go ahead make a fool of yourself, blow your horn and enjoy.

($) Lake House Waterfront Grille:  A part of the Shoreline Inn Complex
Boaters Lunch Buffet (Land & Boater Fun)
(Aug 15-19)  11:30am-1:30pm Lunch Buffet.  By land or lake cruise to the Lake House Grille for a great lunch. A delicious array of soups, salads pizzas and sandwiches are sure to please. Call (231) 722-4461
Boaters Happy Hour (Land & Boater Fun)
(Aug 15-19)  Mon-Fri 3-6pm Happy Hour
Live Entertainment (Land & Boater Fun)
(Aug 15 Mon, Aug 17 Wed, Aug 18 Thur 6:30-9:30pm )  Call (231) 722-4461

($) LST 393 Tours (Lake Fun)
(All week) The LST 393 Veterans Museum is proud to open this historic warship and nationally renowned veterans museum for public tours. 10am to 5pm  Adults $6  Students $4  Under 5 FREE  Contact (231) 722-4730

($) Milwaukee Clipper Tours. (Lake Fun)
(Sat and Sun August 20-21)  Tour the Queen of the Great Lakes. Saturdays and Sundays only, 1 PM to 5 PM.
Adults $7.00, Students $5.00, under 5 FREE  

($) Muskegon Charter Boat Fishing Charters. (Lake Fun, Reservation Needed)
(All week) Lake Effect Boat Time and Muskegon Charter Fishing Association is please to offer the "Lake Effect Fishing Deal."  With purchase of a 5 hour fishing charter for up to 6 people, you will receive 6 hours of fishing. Morning, and afternoon trips available. Make your boat time special and experience the thrill of Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing.  Register at www.lakeeffectboating.com.  Limited Charters available so make your reservations soon.

($) Muskegon Yacht Club Youth Sailing School. (Lake Fun, Reservation Needed)
(All week) Come learn how to sail with the expert teachers from Muskegon Yacht Club.  Sailing basics and safety will be taught as you enjoy some fun on the lake.  Register by calling Muskegon Yacht Club at (231) 755-1414.  Class size is limited so sign-up soon.  Sailing School Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19  Beginning Sailing - $90 • Intermediate Sailing $112.

($) Port City Princess Site-seeing & Sunset Cruise, German Fest Dinner Cruise (Lake Fun, Reservations needed)
(All week) No Boat?  The Port City Princess, the only cruise boat on Muskegon Lake, is your fun boat.  Cruise times are 2-3:30pm daily for the site-seeing cruise ($20), 7-9pm Sunset Cocktail Cruise ($35) and the 7:30-10:30pm German Fest Party Cruise ($52) on Saturday, August 20.  Tickets available at 231-728-8387 / 1-800-853-6311

($) Terrace Pointe Marina/Shoreline Inn Boat Rentals (Lake Fun, Reservations needed)
(All week) Rent a brand new 20', 60hp, 9 person Pontoon boat at the Shoreline Inn. Take the family out and enjoy Muskegon Lake...$100 for one hour, $180 for two hours including gas.

($) Torresen Marine's Sailing Experience (Lake Fun, Reservations needed)
(All week) Take a sailing cruise on Muskegon Lake and experience the Lake Effect for a three hour adventure. Sunset time available. $75 per person with a minimum of two people and a maximum of six people. Call (231)759-8596 for reservations and booking information.

News Article puts Lake Effect Boating on the Map

posted May 14, 2011, 1:10 PM by Roger Zuidema   [ updated May 14, 2011, 6:51 PM ]

With a news article by Dave Alexander of the Muskegon Chronicle titled "Boating enthusiast wants to put Muskegon Lake on the destination map" running in both the Muskegon Chronicle and the Grand Rapids Press the Muskegon Lake Effect Boating concept gained strength and excitement.  I (Roger) was thrilled by the supportive emails and comments that I received.  As I read through the comments on mlive page, I was both concerned and optimistic. Some great points both negative and positive.

One article comment posted by portshore was very interesting and made me think about the goals  for Muskegon in the next years.

"The biggest no-brainer in the history of Muskegon, "The Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce and the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau advisory committee each considers better boater access to the downtown as a top priority." Without a doubt, this has always been Muskegon's biggest hurdle. Outsiders have always complained that Muskegon must link its downtown to its waterfront. They must have public boat slips that allow boating tourists to access downtown. Where are all those public slips that were supposed to be a part of the Edison Landing (Harbor 31) project? Muskegon's culture and future will be defined by its waterfront. It is the only town on Lake Michigan with a "city vibe." That has to be Muskegon's niche. They are different than Saugatuck, Grand Haven, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Holland, South Haven, and Manistee's of Michigan. They need to reinvent themselves as Michigan's only shoreline "city," or urban center on the Lake Michigan instead of a quaint, nestled, cozy little maritime community. Muskegon, on a smaller scale, needs to have more in common with Milwaukee and Chicago than Grand Haven or Traverse City. It can become Michigan's only real shoreline city. Professional hockey, world class art museum, university level fresh water research, concerts, comedy, festivals, motorcycles, pubs, roof top restaurants, bistros, ethnic food, culinary college, etc."

Whoever portshore is, thanks for the post and keep the Lake Effect growing.

Sam and Sally Bicker - By Lake or By Land The Sunset is Grand.

posted Mar 7, 2011, 6:50 PM by Roger Zuidema   [ updated Mar 7, 2011, 7:33 PM ]

Sam and Sally Bicker seemed to have it all in life.  A great family, a place out by the Lake.  They understood the effect of the lake and how it influences them to enjoy life.  But as the story goes, the Bickers seemed to do just that "bicker". 

After another great gorgeous day on Muskegon Lake, Lake Michigan and surrounding coves, Sam took the boat to watch the sunset, while Sally decided to stay on land.  "It's better to watch the sunset by Lake" commented Sam.  Sally immediately replied, "your crazy Sam. You can enjoy this beautiful sunset on Land much better".  "I'm sorry to tell you but by boats much better", Sam said with a bit more force.  "By Land".  Sally yelled.  Sam, "By Lake."

"By land."  "By lake"
"By land."  "By lake" "By land."  "By lake" "By land."  "By lake" "By land."  "By lake"

As the tradition of the Bickers continued you can still hear the argument flair up, between boaters and land goers, especially around sunset as we celebrate another great day of the Lake Effect.

But we all know.  By land or lake, the Lake Effect Sunset brings us all together to enjoy the the beauty of this great part of the world.

Join us at the Muskegon South Pier Cove and Breakwater during boat week August 15-21 as we celebrate during the Sunset Send-Off, and you may hear the Lake Effect Bicker flair up one more time!

Port of Call - Boaters Flock to Shop / Eat in Muskegon!

posted Mar 4, 2011, 6:45 PM by Roger Zuidema   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 7:06 PM ]

It has come to my attention that many believe that Muskegon needs to create an access point from the Lake to the downtown business district making a "Port" for boaters to enjoy the new Muskegon it's restaurants and shops.

This vision for Muskegon's future was re-energized when the tourism leaders gathered to contemplate the future, they were buoyed by plenty of encouraging news.  One of the major talking points was this boaters access point:


• Providing easy access to the downtown Muskegon Lake waterfront for recreational boaters wanting to temporarily tie up their boats to visit downtown businesses and attractions.


Lake Effect Boating also believes that recreational boating can be vital to the future of downtown Muskegon.  Let's create a vision, drum up support and make this happen. 

In a facebook conversion Jim Rudicil made the following comments.  "Plenty of opportunities that a group of us have identified and presented as viable shopper dock areas.  As of now there has been no interest.  Plenty of opportunities that a group of us have identified and presented as viable shopper dock areas.  As of now, there has been no interest from government leaders. The concept is thought of as a attractive nuisance in the city and not able to police additional areas due to finances.  From what we understand the floating docks are County owned and still available from the tall ships festival and sitting in storage.  The Lakehouse started providing docks for a hourly fee last summer which was awesome. Still working towards shopper docks and with your help maybe we can finally get it done! Go Lake Effect!"

Would love to hear your comments.


Port Development in Muskegon, Michigan

posted Feb 20, 2011, 1:19 PM by Roger Zuidema   [ updated Feb 20, 2011, 1:46 PM ]

I love the internet.  When surfing, I came across the Port Development plan by Brain Mulnix of Grand Valley State University published on 1-1-2010.  Reading the intro

"Muskegon Lake provides one of the deepest ports on the Great Lakes. While the port is used
on a regular basis for recreational and commercial activity, there may be potential for
expanding these activities and providing for a self-sustaining facility that will provide the needed
infrastructure to enhance port use in Muskegon."

Muskegon Lake has played a major impact on the town.  And the Lake Effect is strong.  Let's remember to conserve what we have while utilizing it for economic good.  Brain goes on to say "Although bulk shipping on the Great Lakes has been greatly diminished in recent years, it is obvious that the lake figures no less importantly in the economic future of Muskegon, as it did in the past. Although tourism should no doubt play an important role in such a future, tourism alone tends to be seasonal, acutely sensitive to the vagaries of the economy, and the whims of the traveling public. Moreover, it tends not to create jobs that pay family-supporting wages. Greater
economic balance would be afforded by investments in lakeside residential and commercial development, as well as additional Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) designations.

If you are interested in the development of  Lake Muskegon take a look. 

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