No-wake zone gets resolution

It’s official: A no-wake zone is a go for a portion of the Grand River.
Alex Doty
Jan 14, 2014


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.



i wonder how long it will take for those bouys to go missing...time will tell. Frivolous laws = money wasted. Way to go GH! coast gaurd city...where we hate boaters

Tri-cities realist

"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."

So apparently all boats 26 feet or longer are prevented from moving in these areas, unless they are drifting down river or being blown by the wind. ALL boats create a wake when underway. And while the speed of the boat is proportional to the size of the wake it creates, this relationship stops when the boat is on plane. So a boat larger than 26 feet can actually make a smaller wake when on plane (going fast), than a smaller boat that is traveling slower but making a larger wake. If they really want an enforceable code, they should set a speed limit. Until then it is up to the discretion of the officer to determine what the acceptable size of a wake is. But I am NOT advocating more restrictions on boaters.


thats to much physics for the simple minded. Time to slow down and kick the trim up...if residents don't like it they should not have bought houses on the main river.

Tri-cities realist

My bad, just trying to point out that the people making laws often don't understand fairly simple concepts like enforceability.


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