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Ship Tours


By Alex Doty adoty@grandhaventribune.com If there’s one thing that stands out at the Coast Guard Festival, it’s the variety of U.S. Coast Guard ships that come to port during the weeklong celebration. This year is no exception, as a slate of Coast Guard cutters are expected to visit Grand Haven. Grand Haven will host the cutters Hollyhock, Bristol Bay and ...

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Grand Haven Water

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By Marie Havenga – mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com From visitors strolling the pier and soaking up a Lake Michigan sunset to boaters motoring through miles of navigable waterways, this area is laden with liquid assets. From gasoline, slip fees, shopping excursions and dinners out, boaters leave a wealth of economic impact in their wake. The local chamber of commerce estimates that by virtue of ...

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Water Ways Of Life


By NICH WOLAK nwolak@grandhaventribune.com Ben McNeil has seen the number of area surfers increase significantly since he graduated from Spring Lake High School in 2005. The co-owner of Wet Mitten Surf Shop in Grand Haven wants you to know that the sport is not as extreme as you think it is. “A lot of people think it’s a daredevil sport, ...

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Boaters Ahoy


By Marie Havenga mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com If you’re boating through town, you may want to tie up at the wall or pull into a slip at the Municipal Marina to check out some of the hot spots for boaters. You can moor at the wall for free for a 24-hour period. If it’s not a busy weekend, you may be able to ...

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Top 5 ways to celebrate summer – 2014


By Alex Doty adoty@grandhaventribune.com   There’s plenty to do all summer long on and off the water within the Tri-Cities area. While exploring local rivers, lakes and bayous on a boat ride may be the obvious choice for many, don’t forget any of these Top 5 must-do summertime items that are accessible via water or land. 1. Musical Fountain — ...

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Tradition of Celebration


By Marie Havenga mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com A 1924 private picnic has parlayed into a perennial party – and you’re all invited. When Coast Guard members and their families spread blankets and opened baskets at the old Coast Guard Station (the now private residence with a boat house on the north side of the channel), they never could have imagined it would explode ...

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Best Scenic Drives


By Marie Havenga mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com If you’re not up for boating, biking or hiking, take to the streets for a scenic sampling of North Ottawa County viewscapes. The road routes below will take you through rugged duneland, past historic sites and along some of the most “wow” factor waterways in West Michigan. Two of our suggested tours begin at the foot ...

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Back to Nature


By Mark Brooky mbrooky@grandhaventribune.com Northwest Ottawa County is awash with parks for residents and visitors alike to enjoy their leisure time. One of the better known is Grand Haven State Park, with its sandy beaches and wildly popular campground. New this year at the park that dates back to 1921 are fishing poles and tackle boxes donated by Pursuing a ...

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Gone Fishing


BY MATT DEYOUNG mdeyoung@grandhaventribune.com Whether you like to tackle the rolling waves of Lake Michigan while trolling the depths for king-size salmon or sitting on a quiet pond with a worm and bobber chasing bluegills, the Tri-Cities has a place perfect for you. With such an abundance and wide variety of lakes and rivers, fishermen have their pick of any ...

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Grand Water Excursion


BY MATT DEYOUNG mdeyoung@grandhaventribune.com My favorite book as a kid was Wilson Rawls’ classic, “Where the Red Fern Grows.” In that story, young Billy dreams of owning a hunting hound. His desperate desire for a dog nearly drives him mad. I had the same affliction as a boy, but it wasn’t a dog I craved. It was a boat. Billy ...

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