Boating in Michigan

This will be a short blog. I just (within the last hour) returned from a boating trip that included over 400 miles (round trip) of driving (hubby did that) towing a twenty-five foot boat and 80 miles (round trip) of boating on three lakes (actually 4 lakes since we did poke our nose out onto Lake Huron, then immediately turned around) and three rivers. I’m exhausted.

We started at Windjammer Marina in Oden, MI on Crooked Lake

We started at Windjammer Marina in Oden, MI on Crooked Lake

We were joined by 6 other Kalamazoo Sail & Power Squadron members. One has a MacGregor similar to ours (both sailboats had masts off so we could go under bridges and through locks) and the other 5 members rented a houseboat for the trip.

We left Oden at 10:00 am on Monday, crossed one end of Crooked Lake and entered Crooked River where we experienced going through a Clam Shell Lock and had to wait for a bridge to swing aside so we could pass. Lots of shallow water and twists and turns on Crooked River. It’s well named. From there we entered Burt Lake. Rough water on Monday, not so bad on Tuesday’s return trip. From Burt Lake we entered Indian River.

I steered our boat about 1/3 of the time. You can see the houseboat in the background.

I steered our boat about 1/3 of the time. You can see the houseboat in the background.

From Indian River we entered Mullet Lake. Again, very rough on Monday, but not as bad on Tuesday’s return. Very slow going on the rivers. No Wake all the way. Finally we entered Cheboygan River. We dropped the houseboat people off at a motel just before the city (the motel has boat docks and nice rooms.) where two of the 5 slept on nice beds and the other 3 stayed on the houseboat. The two MacGregors then went on and through the Cheboygan lock (my first lock experience) and docked at the Chedboygan County Marina. Nice marina. We then made our way back to the houseboat (we had a car available in Cheboygan) and partied on that boat until exhaustion sent us back to our boats.

Riding those waves on the lakes was like riding a bucking bronco. YaaHoo!

Riding those waves on the lakes was like riding a bucking bronco. YaaHoo!

The return trip was simply the reverse. Weather was perfect. I’m sunburnt and exhausted. The trip was fun but I don’t want to do that one again. However, we’re already making plans for next year. This time with sails on the boats.

Have a great 4th of July. I’ll get back to writing topics next Wednesday.

 

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3 Responses to Boating in Michigan

  1. Melissa Keir says:

    That sounds like a daunting but fun trip! I’ve traveled up the Chain of Lakes near us for a day of fishing and fun. We always stopped at Zukey for pizza. But your trip beats all! How exciting!

  2. What fun! No need to write about writing ALL the time – we all have lives outside of that. Thanks for sharing the fun pictures.

  3. Annette Briggs says:

    You look like you are having a wonderful time. Thanks for the update.
    All the best, Annette