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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This past weekend’s Rock the Coast powerboat rally was a hit for participants, and for a local nonprofit organization.

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More than 100 boats are expected to take part in this weekend’s Rock the Coast powerboat gathering in Grand Haven.

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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.

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Ottawa County’s new marine patrol officer said that helping his community from on the water is something that he’s always wanted to do.

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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.

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Harlan and Sarah Vince said they had a hard time convincing some people that they really did complete a trip around America’s Great Loop in a 27-foot Searay.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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COVID-19 fizzled the fuse on Grand Haven’s annual fireworks show last weekend, but fun was still afloat.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Some of the best sailors from across the country will converge on Spring Lake Yacht Club this weekend for the 34th annual MC Blue Chip Regatta. 

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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.

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Power boaters from across the state and country made the trip to Grand Haven this weekend for West Michigan Offshore’s Rock the Coast cruise.

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After facing some opposition from the City Council, Grand Haven’s newest boating business moved into its slip at Chinook Pier earlier this week.

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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.

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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.