Partial no-wake zone floated

A solution could be on the horizon over boat wakes on the Grand River, and it's making residents along the river happy.
Alex Doty
Sep 14, 2012

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.

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

Comments

truthhurts

its always about 'safety'. But what its really about is the residents complaining about a boat making a wave that is to big, upsetting the poor lake front owner causing a safety risk of an aneurysm. I live on the river and I don't like fiberglass boats, so no more please and if you could make them a little quieter that would be great to. If you don't like it, move.

richierich

Hmmmm....thought is was already no wake from Robinson Township going north (down river) almost to Indian Channel. That's the way we have been running it for 25 years. If you really want to see safety risk try checking out Stearns Bayou and the channel entrance to it. Or how about the old gravel pits on any nice weekend. Anyway, if this passes, the homeowners will have fun yelling "hey, no wake buddy" to every boat that goes by their house all summer long. It will be a hoot!

truthhurts

i got a good laugh out of that! I hear ya on the gravel pits...not to mention you can barely get in there right now. I wish they would put as much time into keeping up with boaters needs (with low water levels) rather than limiting them or at least make it even. There are so many areas of the river and bayou entrances’ that need to be dredged that is poses a serious safety risk!!!

zwesterhouse

I trailer my boat to Mackinaw and other places. No way would I boat on the Grand Toilet. Its pure filth. I have seen those huge tax bills for Grand River Toilet property. I would'nt pay it! It stinks and its dirty and leaves a nasty scum on bottom of boats. Everything about Grand Haven Township sucks -its a police state and it stinks from the Grand River to Filmore to the township hall. I laugh at all the boats in that toilet and all the excrement from Grand Rapids. Pure filth - 100 percent pure filth, utter filth!

Wingmaster

When you live on the water, there are going to be boats. When there are boats, there will be waves. Seems that thought would have crossed the buyers mind when they were making the purchase. Personally, I could never understand the no wake to reduce waves as many boats when traveling planed out make less wake! If speed makes it dangerous because of limited room, I can understand the need for no wake.

0ntheriver

The river gets narrow in the area the article is talking about. I have watched many boats come within feet of my dock. If you know the area, you know that this area is narrow. So just slow down for safety.

truthhurts

Now we are on to something. Instead of more slow no wake signs that tick boaters off, put up a sign that says reduce speed narrow channel or something constructive that boaters may actually acknowledge.

newspaperlawyer

Well if these clown are too close to your dock that is a violation... But I also know that land owners have extended their docks way into the river right away... so what is the answer... Does the owners really only own up to the waters edge or seawall edge... or do they own some of the river bed due to the low water. There should be a limit to the size of the dock also...

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