Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houghton, MI
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I'm going to be making a few trips up and down the west coast of Michigan this summer, transporting a boat or two for friends. And will be up in the Grand Traverse Bay area cruising a lot. But really the best cruising is the North Channel/Mackinac/Manitoulin area if you are willing to go that far.
Shorter trips from Muskegon that are nice, White Lake/Whitehall, Pentwater, Ludington, Manistee, Onekama, Frankfort, Leland (highly recommend). Then you're into the Grand Traverse Bay which is always nice. Along the way, the Manitou Islands are definitely a neat place to stop. Fox Islands are also a very interesting stop.
If you didn't want to sail all the way up, since you do have a smaller boat you could definitely trailer it up to someplace like Petoskey and or even across the bridge to De Tour. It isn't that long of a drive (I am originally from Grand Rapids, and go to school in Houghton, a 9 hour drive). Muskegon to the bridge is only 4 or 5 hours. Traverse City is only 3. Tons of possibilities