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First Trip to Grand Haven and have a couple questions

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First Trip to Grand Haven and have a couple questions

Are family of six adults has rented a house on Clinton St. for the last week of August. We are thinking about bringing our 18 ft boat. Where would be a good place to either dry dock it or get a slip for the week. Also, I have read that there are some good bike paths, is there a website that shows the bike paths in the area? And even if we bring the boat my husband is thinking of getting a charter for 4 of us to go fishing, any suggestions or should we wait until we get there for that.

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1. Re: First Trip to Grand Haven and have a couple questions

" We are thinking about bringing our 18 ft boat"

Don't think anout it. The area is a water wonderland. : )

"Also, I have read that there are some good bike paths, is there a website that shows the bike paths in the area? "

http://www.miottawa.org/Parks//pdf/bike06.pdf

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2. Re: First Trip to Grand Haven and have a couple questions

If you're looking for a temporary slip, your best bet is the city marina - IF there are any open. They're on a first come, first served basis. If they don't have any available, the next closest to the big lake is the Wharf Marina. About 15 minutes up the river (it's no-wake) are more possibilities. They are the Holiday Inn and Grand Isla Marina. There are others that are nearby on Spring Lake, but these are the closest - in order - to Lake Michigan.

grandhaven.org/recreation/…

http://www.wharfmarina.com/

http://www.grandislemarina.com/

There are lots of great bike paths in the Tri-cities area. A good starting point for ideas is:

www.visitgrandhaven.com/area-biking-maps-204/

One of my favorite rides is the Lakeshore bike path that goes south out of town along Lakeshore Drive. Along the way you can stop at Rosy Mound, Kirk Park and Olive Shores, all beautiful county parks that have free entry for walkers and cyclists.

If you take the bike path around Spring Lake it's a 12 1/2 mile ride.

Keep in mind these are only a couple of possibilities, and each ride is different, each one offering various physical requirements, although there are very few major hills.

One word of warning. Although you see people doing it, I'd recommend NOT riding on the boardwalk unless you go early in the morning. It's very crowded and difficult to navigate around those on foot. Also, riding along Harbor Drive is very busy and narrow, so I try to avoid that strip. There are plenty of city streets through town to explore and see some of the beautiful homes and neighborhoods.

Sorry, but I can't help you with charter fishing. I've lived here for 33 years and I've never been out on a charter! I'm pretty sure, however, that you can book a charter when you get here. There are plenty of boats available.

If you have any more questions re: the area, feel free to PM me. Best of luck with your plans and enjoy the area; you're going to love it here.

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3. Re: First Trip to Grand Haven and have a couple questions

Thanks for all the great advise.! We have found a boat dock to rent and the husband has booked a fishing charter. Looking forward to our vacation we leave this Friday.

Just a couple other questions. Is there any dining on Spring Lake you can dock your boat at while you're there? We have never kayaked but would like to try it ths trip, any suggestions where to go for a beginner? Thanks again for all the tips! That's why I love trip advisor!

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4. Re: First Trip to Grand Haven and have a couple questions

" Is there any dining on Spring Lake you can dock your boat at while you're there?"

Topfan will know for sure but I think saw boters docking at Old Boy's Brewhouse which is also a short walk to Jack's in the Holiday Inn.

"We have never kayaked but would like to try it ths trip, any suggestions where to go for a beginner?"

There are a few rental places on the Grand River but please avoid trying it on the weekend. : )

http://www.lakeshorekayakrental.com/

http://www.ghsunsportsrentals.com/ Located at Chinook Pier and the Boardwalk

Edited: 21 August 2013, 01:04
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