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Re: How deep? . . . Ask Mother Nature
When water levels on Lake Michigan are near "normal", a six foot draft is just fine. Last season was pretty bad and some boats had to hauled/towed out of their slips because their keels had settled into the muck.
The lake has recovered quite well with the wet spring. The State of Michigan tends to maintain there marinas better than Wisconsin does. Ludington Municipal was at 4'10" last October, they dredged and are now at 8' throughout and 9' at the fuel dock. The same holds true at most of Michigan's municpal marinas.
Door County is kinda thin with Egg Harbor & Fish Creek still open, not sure about the rest. Port Washington, Sheboygan, Milwaukee and Racine seem to be in good shape right now.
So . . . a bigger boat that draws 6 foot shouldn't be a problem as long as we don't have a repeat of last year.
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Sailing Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes