Trip Report - Running Middle/Northern Lake Michigan (East Side)

What kind spider's. I have read that before
 
I agree, someone else on here said they docked over night somewhere in the great lakes and they were everywhere
 
What kind spider's. I have read that before

They weren't particularly deadly. But they were many! If I returned to that harbor I'd simply bring along some Ortho spray. 5 minutes of spraying upon arrival would have been time well spent...

What I couldn't quite figure out was why that marina is so much worse than any other I've been to. Perhaps it's the wind direction, the type of flying insects they have there, I have no idea. The quantity just didn't make sense.
 
Just crazy. I worry more about depth than seeing spiders. Don't think I have seen one out on the boat LOL
 
Great trip for you! Bonus, you got to spend some quality time in my harbor, Ek Rapids. :) I remember seeing your boat that week along the wall. I am in slip 213 at the very end where we have a great view of the fireworks once a year but a daily treat of watching the launch ramp escapades. LOL

Spiders, yep! I spray my dock monthly, as does the harbor staff, but they are still there. The worst harbor I was in this summer was Cheboygan...HOLY Spider haven that place is!! We also made 5 trips to Mack Island this summer, it's my wife's fav place to go. We have a dedicated set of dock lines just for the island. We put snubbers on all of the lines and that really reduces the "jarring" motions from the ferry's.

We did 1,100 nautical miles this summer not including a late August trip to Spring Lake on my friend's 65 Marqus. I have really never boated south of Frankfort until now. I like our water up here better. LOL We did get to spend 2 days on SL with him and enjoyed the scenery and teh fact that you can boat on a windy day, which is not teh case in Elk Rapids.

Great summer trip, thanks for sharing and if you get back to Elk Rapids look us up!
Wolf's Den
Slip213
Bill
 
A few pix of Harbor Springs and Leland Harbor.
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That's looks so nice
 
Great trip for you! Bonus, you got to spend some quality time in my harbor, Ek Rapids. :) I remember seeing your boat that week along the wall. I am in slip 213 at the very end where we have a great view of the fireworks once a year but a daily treat of watching the launch ramp escapades. LOL

Spiders, yep! I spray my dock monthly, as does the harbor staff, but they are still there. The worst harbor I was in this summer was Cheboygan...HOLY Spider haven that place is!! We also made 5 trips to Mack Island this summer, it's my wife's fav place to go. We have a dedicated set of dock lines just for the island. We put snubbers on all of the lines and that really reduces the "jarring" motions from the ferry's.

We did 1,100 nautical miles this summer not including a late August trip to Spring Lake on my friend's 65 Marqus. I have really never boated south of Frankfort until now. I like our water up here better. LOL We did get to spend 2 days on SL with him and enjoyed the scenery and teh fact that you can boat on a windy day, which is not teh case in Elk Rapids.

Great summer trip, thanks for sharing and if you get back to Elk Rapids look us up!
Wolf's Den
Slip213
Bill

I hope to run into you again next year, Bill. Elk is firmly planted as our #1 destination so far. It's a lot like Spring Lake (but with cleaner water) as you have all of the upper harbor and connecting lakes to play around in when it's windy on the bay. We really like it. I'll probably put my name in for a seasonal slip this winter so I can plan on spending more time there in 7-10+ years.
 

We really enjoy Leland as well. I could eat the Whitefish at The Cove every other day.

We ended up with an unplanned night in Leland this past year, dodging some nasty waves while we were headed home. They didn't have any proper slips for me but they did allow me to overhang a touch from a 35' slip near the clubhouse :)


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We really enjoy Leland as well. I could eat the Whitefish at The Cove every other day.

We ended up with an unplanned night in Leland this past year, dodging some nasty waves while we were headed home. They didn't have any proper slips for me but they did allow me to overhang a touch from a 35' slip near the clubhouse :)
It’s one of our favorite ports. The fishing is excellent and some folks stay for a week just to fish on the other side of the Manitous. We used to anchor off off South Manitou and dingy in to hike on the island. Another fun thing to do is to buy sandwiches in Fishtown and then circumnavigate South Manitou at a slow speed while having a picnic. The sunsets in the harbor are spectacular and people watching during happy hour is interesting. Tourists like to walk the docks after dinner and you can meet some interesting people if you backed into your slip.

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