Save the date for the very popular surf-swap event on Saturday May 16th from 2-6 pm in downtown Grand Haven at the Sail Club. This is a great opportunity to get some new equipment for the 2015 surf season or trade up for better gear for the year. Also, we are very happy to welcome Marty Karish of No Quarter Surfboards who will be providing surfboard repair services and donating his time to this fundraising event. Surfrider has a local Chapter here that promotes clean water, clean beaches and access to the waters of Lake Michigan. Be sure to join us as we will be offering food, beverages and music for a fun afternoon.
With the start of warmer weather and the ice thawing on Lake Michigan, it's time to start with water temperature reports and marine forecasts. Also, fishing reports from Captain Matt Whitney will be starting soon.
With the higher water levels because of the above average snowfall and unusually large ice coverage these past two winters, I believe we are in for excellent surf conditions in 2015 and 2016. There are a couple of factors that make for better waves. especially near the pier in Grand Haven. The first reason is that the water is deeper near the pier and that allows for bigger swells on both sides of the pier. The second benefit is that the waves wash over the pier and reduce the bounce back to some extent. These two factors will allow for bigger and smoother conditions on average when we have suitable weather conditions later this summer and the fall. Currently the water is up at least 35 feet higher on the beach, and at the pier there is no beach as the water has come in on the rocks at the base of the pier. Also, we recently received 3.8 inches of rain last Thursday which only adds to the rising water levels. Time to wax up the board and get ready for the next surf session!
As the last of the ice melts away, it will be apparent that the Lake Michigan water level is higher this spring. In fact it has been several years since the water level has been above the long term average which is quite likely depending upon the precipitation during the next six months. One consequence of this shift in water balance is that the beaches have accumulated quite a bit of beach grass that will border the new shoreline quite closely, leaving very little sand to lay our beach towel or take walks without dipping into the lake. It's all a big cycle in the scheme of things, and definitely not a critical problem in preserving the splendor of the Great Lakes!
The City of Grand Haven has a goal to select a City Employee each year "to recognize the spirit of accomplishment". This year's recipient is Tommy Law who is a long time employee in the City's Department of Public Works. On Thursday March 12, 2015 Tommy was presented the lighthouse replica by Mayor Geri McCaleb in front of City Council, his fellow employees, and numerous citizens of Grand Haven at the Community Center in Grand Haven, Michigan.
After careful consideration of many factors and forty years experience, I have prepared the winter forecast for the 2014-2015 season. Please read below and see how I do....
“Lakeshark! Invasion of the Asian Carp.” Alan D. Roebuck This is a fiction/fantasy novel. Prominently featuring Grand Haven and Beaver Island, this book begins with reality and takes off from there. Two young and beautiful biologists, Lisa Brown and Emily French, track Asian Carp as the carp make their move from the Mississippi River into Lake Michigan. The biologists are caught up in a series of events as the carp grow, evolve, mutate and begin to attack people. Meet three couples on break from college looking for adventure, Officer McFadden, the Doc, a coroner, and a revered captain of the coast guard as the unthinkable happens. ...
I am no expert, but I would think our latest batch of frigid weather with the clear skies and subzero temperatures, must be good to get the maple trees all "revved up" for some maple syrup in the coming weeks. It may be a little early, but I got a feeling we will have some more cold weather in our future and it may be time to get our buckets ready.
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I recently received an article from Alan Roebuck who writes about a recent experience at the Grand Haven shore. Enjoy!...