Summer is arguably the best time of year to explore the lakeshore and all of its natural wonders. From kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to jet skiing and boating along Lake Michigan, there are endless ways to get outside and enjoy the water in our lakeshore communities.
Grab the sunscreen and towels and check out all the ways to get out on water this summer!
Reel Talk offers a variety of fishing trips to best fit your needs! It targets chinook (king) salmon, coho salmon, lake trout, steelhead and brown trout on Lake Michigan.
Danel Sportfishing 301 N. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven 616-638-6145 fishgh.com
Danel has been located in Grand Haven since 1984 with the primary pursuit of big game king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and trout on Lake Michigan. Fishing season begins in mid-April and continues through mid-October.
Retro Boat Rentals offers experiences unlike any other. You can enjoy cruising along the lake in rare, classic fiberglass runabout boats from the jet-age era (1958–1963). You can also rent pontoon, duffy and donut boats!
MACkite offers a variety of ways to enjoy the water for adrenaline junkies. The shop offers everything you need for kiteboarding, hydrofoiling and wing foiling. You can take kiteboarding, wing surfing and e-foil lessons as well.
Stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking
Running Rivers Wade’s Bayou Memorial Park 120 E. Center Street, Douglas 616-218-5021 running-rivers.info
Running Rivers paddleboard and kayak rentals are a great way to see the beauty of the lower Kalamazoo River and Kalamazoo Lake. Visitors regularly sight bald eagles, fox, deer and a variety of waterbirds on river tours.
Centrally located in Spring Lake directly on the Grand River, Lakeshore Kayak Rental has immediate access to the water and offers two daily trips: Lloyd’s Bayou and Crockery Creek. You can choose from kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.
Sit back, relax and listen to the water running off the paddlewheels as you gently glide down the Kalamazoo River. Star of Saugatuck offers a variety of cruises that allow you to take in the natural beauty of the area. Daily cruises include sunset and daytime cruises, all lasting 90 minutes. Themed cruises are also offered, including Wine on the Water, the Pirate Cruise, Purple Heart Day and a Halloween Boos Cruise.
Aquastar offers cruises and charters on both Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. The two most popular cruises are the sunset and afternoon cruises, and Aquastar offers both public and private cruises. Specialty cruises include a sunset photography cruise, Muskegon Channel full moon cruise and July fireworks cruise, among others.
The Holland Princess is a 65-foot, Victorian-style paddle-wheel river boat that offers public and private lunch and dinner cruises along Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. The Holland Princess is also well-equipped with a full karaoke system, making a fun boat ride for the whole family.
Deeplake Ventures offers sailing charters, sailing instruction and captain services. You can take a private charter on Lake Michigan and/or Lake Macatawa on a Catalina 28 MKII sloop. You can opt for a slow sunset sail, a leisurely cruise around Lake Macatawa to view homes along the shore or you can go for an exhilarating sprint with the sails fully powered.
In use since 1838, the Saugatuck Chain Ferry is the only remaining chain-driven ferry in the United States. It is hand-propelled, traveling from Saugatuck’s downtown to a short distance of about 250 feet across the Kalamazoo River, taking you near Oval Beach.
3rd Coast Rentals is one of the largest West Michigan-based water rental companies on the lakeshore. A family-owned summer water rental business, Third Coast offers pontoon boat, speedboat, personal watercraft and flyboarding rentals.