Join Date: Feb 2008
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Grand Haven, Michigan
In our recent cruise, we went to Grand Haven for a couple of days, and it was spectacular. We highly recommend it.
We currently have no dinghy, so we needed a slip. I did see one person anchored in the river, but I am not sure if anchoring in town is really "allowed."
We stayed at the DNR marina, and it was just fine. It was in the heart of down town. There is plenty to do for the whole family, lots of stores and shops and it is not that far from the beach. We brought bikes, so we had some good mobility. It is across a little river from the coal powerplant, but don't let that deter you. In fact, you can ride your bike over to the powerplant as the area around it is a nice park.
There is also this fountain light show that they do seemingly every evening where they have this lighted fountain and synchronized music. Kinda cool.
In doing sailing vacations, it is important for me to pick destinations that the whole family will enjoy, not just the die hard sailors.
On the weekend, I was struck by the sheer number of people on the boardwalk and the number of boats going up and down the river. Boats tie up on the wall of the boardwalk and hangout all day. I suspect they do not allow one to tie up all night there. But, perhaps one could find a place to anchor at night, then tie up on the wall during the day.
We rented a deckboat for a couple of hours and checked out the Lake up river. It was pretty cool. It is just beyond a fixed bridge that we would not be able to take the sailboat.
Last edited by jzk; 08-01-2014 at 09:41 AM.