Yacht club eyes expansion

The Spring Lake Yacht Club hopes to expand its docks and add wave barriers to the facility on the shore of Spring Lake.
Marie Havenga
Dec 21, 2013


According to permit request information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the proposed expansion would more than double the broadside dockage from 440 lineal feet to 950, and expand its capacity from 16 to 26 boats.

Overall, the project is intended to provide protection from waves, provide handicap accessibility, add depth for boat launching and provide a vegetation-free shore for swimming, according to the documents.

The yacht club's plans include removing five existing piers — structures ranging from 40 feet to 100 feet. An existing 74-foot pier would be extended to 134 feet and include a wave baffle. The expansion would include a 186-foot floating pier with a wheelchair-accessible gangway, as well as a wave barrier. An existing 132-foot pier would be extended another 15 feet.

The plans also include installing three boat lifts and expanding three existing steel launch ramps.

The Corps of Engineers is currently seeking public comment on the proposal.
Comments can be e-mailed to Katie.L.Schill@usace.army.mil. Include your name and mailing address.

Although the federal agency is asking for public comment, yacht club Commodore Beth Windemuller said she did not want to publicize the proposal until after the club's board meeting in February.

“We are still in the really early stages of this,” she said. “I would like it if we could do a formal announcement after our board meeting in February. We're still in the early stages and don't know if it will be processed or go through.”

Windemuller did not return phone calls last week seeking further comment.

Although the Corps of Engineers will be the main decision-maker on whether the proposal will fly, the yacht club will also need a nod of approval from the Ferrysburg Planning Commission for dredging.

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



I like the Spring Lake Yacht club and the local history to the Village and the local communities. I just hope that people will realize that the Yacht Club property actually belongs to the local Village tax payers, and the community has legal public access to part of this land. So I hope the Village Council will protect and defend the public rights to part of that beach. Because I would not wish to see it go the direction of the local trailer park that is in the Village of Spring Lake. Originally the trailer park was a open local community park with public access and given to the Village for the people. It was not intended to be a trailer park for the above average, just how many tents have we seen at that park, oh well that is another story, and for a different time. But please check out the Yacht Club history and the story behind it, very interesting...Merry Christmas.

Tri-cities realist

While you are correct about the ownership of the land, my understanding is that any improvements are owned by the yacht club, which includes the paved driveway, buildings, docks, etc. So unless you are a member, or walk through the woods, I believe you are technically trespassing if you drive down there, although I'm not an attorney, and haven't seen the deed.


Can always head in by boat. As long as you don't tie up to one of the clubs docks, you should be fine.

As much as I hate private 'exclusive' clubs, SLYC is not that bad. If you want to see insane, try navigating up the Salmon-Trout river (a navigable waterway) in the UP in a kayak. You will have guards and Huron Mountain Club members tossing rocks and boulders at you.

My family is very close friends with one of the Huron Mountain Club's resident members, and I have been in the property many times (it is simply amazing, pristine wilderness), but it makes me absolutely sick how they treat someone in a kayak or a fisherman who is legally not trespassing.


Too bad the reporter did not contact anyone at the yacht club for further enlightenment!

Tri-cities realist

Is that sarcasm? According to the article, the commodore didn't want to comment at this time.


I am told the reporter never really contacted anyone from the club.


So the trib is making up quotes now?

Straight out of the article....

“We are still in the really early stages of this,” she said. “I would like it if we could do a formal announcement after our board meeting in February. We're still in the early stages and don't know if it will be processed or go through.”

Why would the trib think they're going to get another statement after that one that pretty much says "go away and leave us alone until we know where we stand on this proposal"?


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