Kevin Ailes and his wife, Amy, of South Haven love spending their free time diving and searching for shipwrecks around West Michigan. On a recent dive in Spring Lake, Kevin found himself stumbling across the wreckage of the 138-year-old Lizzie Walsh.
The water surrounding the Grand Haven pier was calm Saturday morning as fishermen cast their lines and families went for an early stroll. That tranquility was soon shattered, as more than 65 powerboats paraded through the channel into Lake Michigan, then roared.
This past Friday, sailboats departed from Milwaukee and raced across Lake Michigan toward Grand Haven through the night for the 2022 South Shore Yacht Club’s Queen’s Cup.
FERRYSBURG — The Ottawa County Parks Foundation recently received a $2.5 million gift, which will help build overnight camping and other amenities at Ottawa Sands County Park.
Helping a customer get his beached boat back afloat Tuesday afternoon was just one of many situations handled by the crew at TowBoatUS Muskegon, Grand Haven, Holland since the beginning of the year.
Despite rough conditions on Lake Michigan, the crew aboard Giv’n the Bird caught their limit both Saturday and Sunday on their way to a first-place finish in the pro division of the Grand Haven Offshore Challenge.
Village residents may soon have free use of the Mill Point Park boat launch if the Village Council approves proposed fee changes next week.
Water levels are down, allowing Spring Lake village officials to proceed with the opening of Mill Point Park and its boat launch, possibly by mid-April, according to Village Manager Chris Burns.
The Indian Channel off the Grand River could soon become a no-wake zone to all boats (temporarily) if the Department of Natural Resources approves a Public Act 72 request from Spring Lake Township.
MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Lakeshore Home, Garden + Boat Show will take place at the new VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center, 460 W Western Ave., in downtown Muskegon, April 16-17.
Seven gallons of primer and five gallons of green, orange and purple paint were enough to create the backdrop for one of the latest additions to the Village of Spring Lake’s Art in the Park.
Family members clad in cloth face masks applauded, cheered and rang cowbells as two “senior citizen” paddlers worked their way to the Grand Haven pier heads early Monday afternoon, completing a multi-year journey to traverse the entire length of the Grand River.
A Spring Lake family is hoping to liven up some of the monotony of life due to pandemic restrictions by presenting on-the-water concerts for some social-distancing entertainment.
Boaters and beach-goers took advantage of the hot, dry weather to get on the water over the Fourth of July holiday weekend – and local law enforcement officials say there were incidents, but nothing major to report.
Water rescue incidents on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan are already happening at a higher rate than usual for this time of year.
FERRYSBURG — Flags flew, engines revved and “Born in the USA” occasionally blared from a boat’s speakers during an in-water rally organized Saturday by a Kent County group helping to kick off President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
Executive orders in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 have changed how many businesses have practiced in Grand Haven, including charter fishing boats.
Local boating safety open houses have been canceled this weekend because of Michigan’s Stay Home order, but it’s not the time to put boat safety practices on the shelf.
OTTAWA COUNTY – Three Holland-area men who say they just want to take their kids fishing have sued Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her stay-at-home order that bans use of motorboats.
Lakeview Marine & Tackle is temporarily closed, but the Grand Haven bait shop’s owner said he remains in contact with customers who are unhappy about boating restrictions enacted late last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers issued five citations over the weekend to boaters in violation of the governor’s stay-home order, but none of them involved the use of a motorized boat, according to the department.
Some of the biggest salmon ever are being caught in Lake Michigan this summer, and charter fishing captain Brian Butts said it’s due to a more balanced predator and prey relationship in the big lake.
Sailing the Great Lakes is a “bucket list” trip for John Lecznar, but he says his main goal is to raise awareness for the research of his nephew’s disease.
Although Andrea Barber’s Team In-U-Endo took fourth place in the Ladies and Kids portion of this weekend’s Offshore Challenge salmon tournament, the generational love for fishing that comes with the family is unbeaten.
A West Michigan family took delivery of their Italian-built yacht in April, and the large blue vessel has caused a lot of second looks and inquiries since arriving in Grand Haven almost two weeks ago.