As the weather gets colder here in the north it’s easy to start reminiscing about the warm summer months filled with sun, beaches, and boating. I am one of those dreamers- and as I was daydreaming the other day I decided to take a poll on favorite places to boat. I began with the crew here at Van Dams.
According to my findings Lake Charlevoix has the most votes! Each person polled indicated a beautiful day on a boat in Lake Charlevoix would be his or her favorite place. The lake is big and protected with incredible views. It is the third largest lake in Michigan with 56 miles of shoreline. There is a lot of space with its 17, 200 acres of surface area and the water is an intoxicating blue.
Second on the list is the North Channel. Located along the north shore of Lake Huron, the channel is about 184 miles long. With its widest point being over 20 miles it is spacious and filled with stunning views. A large part of the north shore is bordered with La Cloche Provincial Park, a channel is recognized as one of the best freshwater cruising grounds in the world.
The third favorite was actually a tie. Some like to travel to the west coast and visit the clear waters of Lake Tahoe, while others enjoy staying close to home in quiet waters of the “Chain of Lakes”.
If you are one that likes to travel Lake Tahoe is definitely a place to go. Located in the Sierra Nevada’s along the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. With 72 miles of shoreline it is surrounded by amazing views of the nearby mountains and water so crystal clear it will take your breath away.
For those who like to stay close to home, the Chain of Lakes captures the spirit of northern Michigan. This inland waterway connecting Crooked Lake, Burt Lake, and Mullet Lake is a virtual paradise, a place where boaters can journey down the lazy rivers and the several lakes. Some of the rivers connecting the lakes have cottages whose owners love to use super-soakers on boaters passing by.
Whether you like large bodies of water or like to stick to the smaller ones it seems to me that everyone has a “go to” place. So dream on- next summer will be here before we know it….