Watercraft

SPECIAL LOCAL WATERCRAFT CONTROLS - OTTAWA COUNTY

GRAND RIVER - R281.770.11 - Slow--no wake speed.

11. On the waters of the Grand river, section 31, town 8 north, range 15 west, Crockery and Robinson townships, Ottawa county, from its confluence with Indian channel upstream 3,500 feet, it is unlawful for an operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

History: Eff. February 15, 1974

GRAND RIVER - R281.770.12 - Slow--no wake speed.

12. On the waters of the Grand river, sections 33 and 34, town 8 north, range 15 west, Crockery and Robinson townships, Ottawa county, from a point where 120th avenue, as extended, meets the water's edge, downstream for 2,500 feet and upstream for 1,500 feet, it is unlawful for an operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

History: Eff. February 15, 1974

GRAND RIVER - R281.770.19 - Slow--no wake speed.

19. On the waters of the Grand river, sections 16, 17, 20, and 21, town 8 north, range 16 west, city of Grand Haven, Ottawa county, from the Grand Trunk Railway bridge downstream for 3,200 feet and upstream for 1,000 feet, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

History: Eff. April 17, 1974

GRAND RIVER - R281.770.20 - Slow--no wake speed.

20. On the waters of the Grand river, sections 16 and 21, town 8 north, range 16 west, city of Grand Haven, Ottawa county, from buoy 14, which lies 600 feet, more or less, upstream from US 3l highway bridge, westerly to the west shore, and along the westerly shore to the entrance of South channel and when within 300 feet of the shoreline, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

History: Eff. April 17, 1974

GRAND RIVER - WC-70-13-001 - Slow--no wake speed.  

It is unlawful for the operator of a vessel which is 26 feet or longer to operate at a speed which creates a wake on the western-most channel of the Grand River, Ottawa County, Section 36 between the following points: north boundary of section 1, Grand Haven Township, GPS coordinate 43.030534/-86.159217, extending north to GPS coordinate 43.041332/-86.162548, Spring Lake Township.

The boundaries of the area described above shall be marked with buoys. All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System.

History: Eff. January 27, 2014

GRAND RIVER - WC-70-95-001 - Slow--no wake speed.

(a) On the waters of the Grand river, from the U.S. highway 31 bridge upstream to the east line of section 21, located at a point on the river where the centerline of Beechtree street, if extended north, intersects the river, sections 16 and 21, town 8 north, range 16 west, city of Grand Haven, Ottawa county, state of Michigan, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

(b) On the waters of the Grand river, from the southernmost point of the north shore of the South channel, thence in a westerly direction to the west shore of the Grand river, then continuing upstream to a point 3,200 feet downstream from the Grand Trunk Railway bridge, sections 17 and 20, town 8 north, range 16 west, city of Grand Haven, Ottawa county, state of Michigan, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

The boundaries of the area described immediately above shall be marked with signs and with buoys. All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by t

History: Eff. January 10, 1996

GRAND RIVER - WC-70-96-001 - Slow--no wake speed.

On the waters of the Grand River sections 16 and 17, town 8 north, range 16 west, city of Ferrysburg, Ottawa county, state of Michigan, commencing on the south line of section 17 at the shoreline of the Grand River, thence easterly on the south line of section 17 to the center of the Grand River, thence northeasterly along the centerline of the Grand River to a point 3,000 feet downstream from the Grand Trunk (now CSX) railway bridge, thence northerly to the shoreline of the Grand River, thence westerly along the shoreline of the Grand River to the south line of section 17, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

The boundaries of the area described immediately above shall be marked with signs and with buoys. All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System.

History: Eff. July 3, 1996

GRAND RIVER, ENTRANCE CHANNEL - R281.770.17 - Slow--no wake speed.

17. On the waters of the Grand river and entrance channel, sections 19, 20, 29, and 30, town 8 north, range 16 west, city of Grand Haven, Ottawa county, from the entrance channel pierhead upstream to a line drawn from the north shore of South channel, at its confluence with the Grand river, westerly to the west shore of the Grand river, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

History: Eff. April 17, 1974

GRAND RIVER IN GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP - R281.770.6 - Slow--no wake speed.

6. On the waters of the Grand river in section 1, town 7 north, range 16 west, Grand Haven township, Ottawa county, it shall be unlawful for an operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed, which means a very slow speed whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.

History: Eff. June 25, 1971

GRAND RIVER IN SPRING LAKE VILLAGE - R281.770.4 - Slow--no wake speed.

4. On the waters of the Grand river, sections 15, 16, 21, and 22, town 8 north, range 16 west, Spring Lake village, Ottawa county, beginning at the entrance to Spring lake and continuing in an easterly direction for a distance of 4,000 feet, it shall be unlawful for an operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed when within 200 feet of the north shore. Slow--no wake speed means a very slow speed whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.

History: Eff. June 25, 1971

GRAND RIVER, SOUTH CHANNEL - R281.770.18 - Slow--no wake speed.

18. On the waters of South channel, sections 20 and 21, town 8 north, range 16 west, city of Grand Haven, Ottawa county, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

History: Eff. April 17, 1974

GRAND RIVER, DICK'S LANDING - WC-70-96-002 - Slow-no wake speed.

On the waters of the Grand River, section 1, town 7 north, range 15 west, extending from where the easterly edge of Dick;s Landing Marina, parcel #70-08-01-100-012(1), meets the waters edge, downstream 450 feet and upstream 500 feet, it is unlawful for an operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

The boundaries of the area described immediately above shall be marked with signs and with buoys. All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System.

History: Eff:January 16, 1997

LAKE MACATAWA - WC - 70 - 05 - 001 - Slow--no wake speed.

On the waters of Lake Macatawa, on that portion being east of a line beginning where Thomas Avenue, as extended, intersects the water's edge and thence north to the nearest opposite shore, to a line beginning where Cleveland Avenue, as extended, intersects the water's edge, and thence northwesterly to the nearest opposite shore, city of Holland and township of Holland, county of Ottawa, state of Michigan, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel 26 feet or greater in length to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

The boundaries of the area described immediately above shall be marked with signs and with buoys. All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System.

History: Eff. October 12, 2005

LAKE MACATAWA - WC- 70 - 05 - 002 - Slow--no wake speed.

On the waters of Lake Macatawa, on that portion being east of a line beginning where Thomas Avenue, as extended, intersects the water's edge and thence north to the nearest opposite shore, to a line beginning where Cleveland Avenue, as extended, intersects the water's edge, and thence northwesterly to the nearest opposite shore, city of Holland and township of Holland, county of Ottawa, state of Michigan, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel 26 feet or greater in length to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

The boundaries of the area described immediately above shall be marked with signs and with buoys. All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System.

History: Eff. October 12, 2005

LAKE MACATAWA - WC - 70 - 00 - 001 - Slow-no wake speed.

On the waters of Lake Macatawa, on that portion being east of a line beginning where Grove avenue as extended intersects the water's edge and thence north to the nearest opposite shore, to a line beginning where Myrtle avenue as extended intersects the water's edge, and thence north to the nearest opposite shore, city of Holland and township of Park, county of Ottawa, state of Michigan, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed when within 200 feet of any shore.

The boundaries of the area described immediately above shall be marked with signs and with buoys. All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System.

History: Eff: Jan. 30,2001

LAKE MACATAWA - WC-70-91-001 - Slow--no wake speed.

Within the area hereafter described, on the waters of Lake Macatawa, within the city of Holland, Ottawa county, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed. Commencing at a point where Thomas avenue meets the water's edge, due north to the south side of the shipping channel to a point of intersection with Cleveland avenue extended to the shore. The boundary of the area to be marked with buoys placed pursuant to permit issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

History: Eff. December 13, 1991

LAKE MACATAWA; BIG BAY - WC-70-99-001 - Rescinded June 17, 2017.

LAKE MACATAWA; THE NARROWS - WC-70-16-001 - Slow-no wake speed.

On the waters of Lake Macatawa, known as the “Narrows”, on that portion bound to the west by longitudinal line 86° 10' 0.76" W (-86.16688) and to the east by longitudinal line 86° 9' 16.110” W, (-86.15447) within the City of Holland, County of Ottawa, State of Michigan, it is unlawful for:

  1. The operator of a vessel 26 feet or more in length to exceed a slow—no wake speed.

  2. The operator of a vessel less than 26 feet in length to exceed a slow—no wake speed when within 200 feet of any shore, dock, or pier head, and within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Holland.

The longitudinal line, 86° 10' 0.76" W, (-86.16688) can be approximated by extending Old Orchard Road (western city boundary) north to the northern City boundary. 

The longitudinal line, 86° 9' 16.110" W, (-86.15447) can be approximated by extending a line south from the navigational aid, Point Superior Light 7, to the southern shore. 

The boundaries of the area described above shall be marked with signs and/or with buoys and maintained by the City.  All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking system.  Buoys shall not be placed in a commercial shipping channel. 

Datum: NAD 1983 Michigan GeoRef (Meters)

History: Eff: June 25, 2017

LAKE MACATAWA; THE NARROWS - WC-70-16-002 - Slow-no wake speed.

On the waters of Lake Macatawa, known as the "Narrows”, on that portion bound to the west by longitudinal line  86° 10' 0.76" W, (-86.16688) and to the east by longitudinal line, 86° 9' 110"W, (-86.15447) within Park Township, County of Ottawa, State of Michigan, it is unlawful for:

  1. The operator of a vessel 26 feet or more in length to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

  2. The operator of a vessel less than 26 feet in length to exceed a slow-no wake speed when within 200 feet of any shore, dock, or pier head, and within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Township of Park.

The longitudinal line, 86° 10' 0.76" W, (-86.16688) is approximated by extending Old Orchard Road (City of Holland) north to the northern shore.

The longitudinal line, 86° 9' 16.110"W, (-86.15447) can be approximated by extending a line south from the navigational aid, Point Superior Light 7, to the southern Township boundary.

The boundaries of the area described above shall be marked with signs and/or with buoys and maintained by the Township.  All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System. 

Datum: NAD 1983 Michigan GeoRef (Meters).

History: Eff:  June 17, 2017 

LAKE MACATAWA; BIG BAY, Controlled Speed Zone - R281.770.2 - Rescinded: September 6, 1999.

Publisher's Note:  This local watercraft control pertained to a slow--no wake speed zone on Lake Macatawa, Big Bay, Ottawa county.

LAKE MACATAWA, CENTRAL PARK - R281.770.13. Rescinded

Compiler' s Note: Pursuant to section 80133 of 1994 PA 541, as amended by 2000 PA 215, being section 324.80133 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, R281.770.13 of the Michigan Administrative Code is rescinded and replaced by WC-70-00-001, Eff. Jan. 30, 2001.

LAKE MACATAWA ENTRANCE CHANNEL - R281.770.21 - Swimming prohibited.

21. On the waters of the entrance channel to Lake Macatawa from Lake Michigan, section 33, T5N, R16W, Park township, Ottawa county, it is unlawful for a person to swim.

History: Eff. October 4, 1978

LAKE MACATAWA, KOLLEN PARK - R281.770.14 - Slow--no wake speed.

14. On the waters of Lake Macatawa, city of Holland and township of Park, county of Ottawa, east of a line beginning where Cleveland avenue as extended meets the water's edge, and thence north to the nearest opposite shore, to a line beginning where Washington boulevard as extended intersects the water's edge and thence north to the nearest opposite shore, it is unlawful for:

(a) The operator of a vessel less than 26 feet in length to exceed a slow--no wake speed when within 200 feet of any shore, dock, or pierhead.

(b) The operator of a vessel 26 feet or more in length to exceed a slow--no wake speed when within 600 feet of any shore, dock, or pierhead.

History: Eff. March 14, 1975

LAKE MACATAWA, PINE CREEK BAY - R281.770.3 - High-speed boating and water skiing hours - Rescinded June 17, 2017

LAKE MACATAWA, PINE CREEK BAY - WC-70-16-003 - High-speed boating and water skiing hours.

On the waters of Pine Creek Bay, Lake Macatawa, lying north of the latitudinal line 42°47'10"N, (42.78611), Park Township, Ottawa County, it shall be unlawful for the operator of any motorboat, during the period from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. of the following day, or from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. of the following day when daylight saving time is in effect, to:

  1. Operate such motorboat at high speed, which is defined as a speed at or above which a motorboat reaches a planing condition.

  2. Have in tow, or otherwise assist in the propulsion of a person on water skis, water sled, surfboard, or other similar contrivance.

The boundaries of the area described above shall be marked with signs and/or with buoys and maintained by the Township.  All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System.  Buoys shall not be placed in a commercial shipping channel. 

Datum: NAD 1983 Michigan GeoRef (Meters)

History: Eff. June 17, 2017

LAKE MACATAWA, WESTERLY PORTION - R281.770.1 - Controlled speed zone - Rescinded June 17, 2017.

LAKE MACATAWA; BIG BAY - WC-70-16-004 - SLOW-NO WAKE SPEED.

On the waters of Lake Macatawa’s, “Big Bay”, on that portion being north and west of a line starting near Chippewa Point at coordinate 42° 47' 0.096"N, 86° 11' 11.0754"W, (42.78336, -86.18641) ending at coordinate 42° 47' 18.312"N, 86° 10' 37.02"W, (42.78842, -86.17695),  Park Township, Ottawa County, State of Michigan, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

“Slow-no wake speed” means a very slow speed whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.”

Coordinate 42° 47’ 0.096”, 86° 11' 11.0754", (42.78336, -86.18641), can be approximated to where Chippewa Avenue as extended meets the water’s edge.

Coordinate 42° 47' 18.312", 86° 10' 37.02", (42.78842, -86.17695), can be approximated as where 160th Street as extended meets the water’s edge.

The boundaries of the area described above shall be marked with signs and/or with buoys and maintained by the Township.  All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System. 

Datum: NAD 1983 Michigan GeoRef (Meters).

History: Eff:  June 17, 2017 

LAKE MACATAWA, MACATAWA BAY - WC-70-16-005 - Slow-no wake speed.

On the waters of Lake Macatawa, on that portion bound to the west by the longitudinal line 86° 12' 57"W (-86.21583) and bound to the east by a line starting at coordinate 42° 46' 29.856"N, 86° 11' 59.9634"W, (42.77496, -86.19999) ending at coordinate 42° 46' 18.4074"N, 86° 11' 42.792"W, (42.77178, -86.19522), Park Township, Ottawa County, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

Coordinate 86° 12' 57"W (-86.21583) can be referenced as the westerly end of the entrance channel to Lake Macatawa from Lake Michigan.

Coordinate 42° 46' 29.856"N, 86° 11' 59.9634"W, (42.77496, -86.19999), can be approximated as where the Black Lake Boardwalk East Scenic Overlook meets the water’s edge.

Coordinate 42° 46' 18.4074"N, 86° 11' 42.792"W, (42.77178, -86.19522), can be approximated as where Jenison Avenue as extended meets the water’s edge.

“Slow-no wake speed” means a very slow speed whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.”

The boundaries of the area described above shall be marked with signs and/or with buoys and maintained by the Township.  All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System.  Buoys shall not be placed in a commercial shipping channel.

Datum: NAD 1983 Michigan GeoRef (Meters)

History: Eff. June 17, 2017

MACATAWA RIVER, CITY OF HOLLAND - R281.770.15 - Slow--no wake speed.

15. On the waters of the Macatawa river, city of Holland, county of Ottawa, from a line from where Fourth street as extended west intersects the water's edge and thence northeasterly to the nearest north shore, upstream to a point 1,500 feet upstream from the North River Avenue bridge, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

History: Eff. March 14, 1975

MILLHOUSE BAYOU - R281.770.7 - Slow--no wake speed.

7. On the waters of Millhouse bayou, section 1, town 7 north, range 16 west, Grand Haven township, Ottawa county, from Mercury Drive bridge to the Grand river, it shall be unlawful for an operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-- no wake speed, which means a very slow speed whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.

History: Eff. June 25, 1971

PIGEON LAKE - R281.770.16 - Hours for slow--no wake speed.

16. On the waters of Pigeon lake, sections 15 and 16, T6N, R16W, Port Sheldon township, Ottawa county, it is unlawful, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. of the following day, for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

History: Eff. July 17, 1975

POTTAWATOMIE BAYOU - R281.770.8 - Slow--no wake speed.

8. On the waters of Pottawatomie bayou, section 36, town 8 north, range 16 west, Grand Haven township, Ottawa county, for a distance of 500 feet westerly from Grand river, it shall be unlawful for an operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed, which means a very slow speed whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.

History: Eff. June 25, 1971

SPRING LAKE - R281.770.9 - Slow--no wake speed.

9. On the waters of Spring lake adjacent to the city of Ferrysburg, village of Spring Lake, Spring Lake township, Ottawa county, it is unlawful for:

(a) The operator of a vessel less than 26 feet in length to exceed a slow--no wake speed when within 200 feet of any shore, dock, or pierhead.

(b) The operator of a vessel 26 feet or more in length to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

(See R281.761.7 covering that portion of Spring lake which lies in Muskegon county.)

History: Eff. October 31, 1978

SPRING LAKE - R281.770.27 - Slow--no wake speed zone.

27. On that portion of the waters of Spring lake located within section 16, T8N, R16W, city of Ferrysburg, Ottawa county, and village of Spring Lake, Ottawa county, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

History: Eff. July 8, 1982

SPRING LAKE AND CONNECTED WATERS - R281.770.10 - Slow--no wake speed.

10. It is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed on the following described waters in the city of Ferrysburg, village of Spring Lake, Spring Lake township, Ottawa county:

(a) Smith bayou: On the waters of Smith bayou, sections 9, 15, and 16, T8N, R16W, city of Ferrysburg, Ottawa county, northwesterly of a line beginning where the centerline of Reenders street, as extended, intersects the water's edge and thence southwesterly to the nearest opposite shore.

(b) Hammond bayou: On the waters of Hammond bayou, sections 11 and 14, T8N, R16W, Spring Lake township, Ottawa county, easterly of a line beginning where the east line of lot 20, plat of Longview, intersects the water's edge and thence southerly to the nearest opposite shore.

(c) Cornelius bayou: On the waters of Cornelius bayou, sections 2 and 3, T8N, R16W, Spring Lake township, Ottawa county, west of a line beginning where the west line of lot 24, Belle Point subdivision, intersects the water's edge and thence southwesterly to the nearest opposite shore.

(d) Stahl bayou: On the waters of Stahl bayou, section 2, T8N, R16W, Spring Lake township, Ottawa county, north of a line from the easternmost point of lot 7, Belle Point subdivision, northeasterly to the nearest opposite shore.

History: Eff. October 31, 1978

SPRING LAKE ENTRANCE CHANNEL IN SPRING LAKE VILLAGE - R281.770.5 - Slow--no wake speed.

5. On the waters of the entrance channel to Spring lake, section 16, town 8 north, range 16 west, Spring Lake village, Ottawa county, from the Grand river, northerly to the Grand Trunk railway bridge, it shall be unlawful for an operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed, which means a very slow speed whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.

History: Eff. June 25, 1971