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No-wake zone gets resolution

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:46 PM

The Grand Haven Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new no-wake zone Monday night.

That follows the Spring Lake Township Board's approval of the zone last month.

Local officials were able to persuade the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to modify a planned zone, making it smaller than one rejected a few months ago.

“This should be the end of a rather long road,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said.

The new zone will be in the westernmost channel of the Grand River from Willowwood Drive south to Pottawattomie Bayou.

Discussion began several years ago when some Grand Haven Township residents approached officials from both Grand Haven and Spring Lake townships with concerns about fast boats in that stretch of water where mostly residences line the shore.

Unless there is a posted no-wake zone — or boats are within 100 feet of a dock or moored boat — watercraft is allowed to go 55 mph on Michigan's inland waters.

This changes due to the new ordinance. Operators of a boat 26 feet or longer are prohibited from operating at a speed that creates a wake in the designated zone.

“We (still) have to send this information to the Department of Natural Resources," Cargo said. "But once that is done, it will be official."

The new no-wake zone will be marked with buoys and signs so boaters know when they’ve entered and exited the area.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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