Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said the proposed no-wake zone would stretch about 3,500 feet north from the Pottawattomie Bayou Bridge. It would be enforced for boats 26 feet long or more.
“It is basically the safe thing to do,” township riverfront resident John Grimes said.
Grimes said the narrowness of the river is the issue, so limiting the speed of larger boats would help improve safety. He said he was glad to see Grand Haven and Spring Lake townships work together to come up with a solution.
“With this being a safety issue, I am happy our elected officials would go the extra mile,” Grimes said. “Any kind of intergovernmental cooperation is nice.”
Another Grand Haven Township riverfront resident, Roger Dubuc, noted that just recently a 40-foot boat was cruising past his dock at full speed, causing a large wake and impacting the shoreline.
“No wake with 26-foot boats and above would be a great start,” he said. “It’s not the (personal watercraft) doing this, it’s the big boats.”
According to Cargo and Spring Lake Township Supervisor John Nash, the compromise came after a meeting last week along the Grand River with township officials, several property owners and Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff.
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