Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society
Wake Boat Recommendations Released by Michigan DNR
1. Boats operating in wake-surfing mode or wake-boarding mode, during which boat speed, wave shapers, and/or ballast are used to increase wave height, are recommended to operate at least 500 feet from docks or the shoreline, regardless of water depth.2. Boats operating in wake-surfing or wake-boarding modes are recommended to operate in water at least 15 feet deep.3. Ballast tanks should be completely drained prior to transporting the watercraft over land.
The entire report, written by James Francis, Joel Nohner, John Bauman, and Brian Gunderman is available at this link.
Lake Awareness Day Focuses on Protecting Michigan's High Quality Lakes
Wake Boat Operations and Impacts Reviewed
Wake boats, also referred to as wake enhanced boats, are designed to generate the high energy wakes that are required to enable wake surfing and wakeboarding (Ruprecht et al., 2015; Goudey and Girod, 2015). Wake surfing, the significantly more popular of the wake enabled water sports due to the fact that it is safer and much easier for most people to master than wake boarding (Ray, 2020), involves riders who surf the substantial wake that results from shifting ballast water to the aft (rear) corner on the side of the boat that is to be surfed (Mercier-Blais and Prairie, 2014; Ruprecht et al., 2015). Enabled by operating speeds ranging from 8 - 13 mph (13 - 21 km/h), wake surfers are not attached to their boards, and are not supported by tow ropes (Ruprecht et al., 2015). In contrast, wakeboarding, whose rise in popularity began in the late 1990’s, usually involves more athletically inclined participants who strive to perform acrobatics while airborne during high jumps that are achieved by using the enhanced wakes produced by their supporting water craft as transient ‘launch’ ramps (Ruprecht et al., 2015; Boyd, 2016). Engaged at speeds ranging from 18 - 30 mph (29 - 48 km/h) (Ruprecht et al., 2015), wakeboarders are attached to their board, and pulled along well behind their supporting boat by a tow rope of up to 85 feet (26 meters) in length (Allen et al., 2019). From: A Review of the Adverse Impacts Attributed to the Operation of Wake Enhanced Boats on Inland Lake Ecosystems
Current and Past Student Research Projects Funded through McNALMS and MLSA
Blooming Waters: Understanding Harmful Algal Blooms and Safe Drinking Water
Key Topics to be Covered:• Understanding the Science: Discover the factors that contribute to the formation of harmful algal blooms and the conditions that foster their growth.• Monitoring Michigan's Waterways: Learn about EGLE's efforts to track and detect harmful algal blooms in various surface water bodies.• Safeguarding Drinking Water: Explore Michigan's efforts to ensure the safety of drinking water systems and protect the health of its residents.
This webinar has been approved for 0.1 CECs in the Technical Category for Drinking Water Operators. In order to be eligible for CECs, you must attend the entire session and answer all of the poll questions. Register at this link.
After registering, you will receive an email from "EGLE-Events" with a link for you to use to join the webinar. Save the email link to your calendar so it is easy to find on the day of the webinar..
Lunch and Learn Program Presentations
Managing Fish Habitat in a Changing Climate
Pete Jacobson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Protecting Coldwater Fish from Climate Change
Shoreland Stewards Program Releases Videos
Conservation Planner Tool Provides Lake Data for Great Lakes Region
Great Lakes Conference 2022 Presentations Available
Upcoming Board Meetings - 2023
- Dates to be Announced
- Wednesday, August 30, 2023
- Wednesday, November 29, 2023
- All meetings are open to members. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend and you will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting room. Meetings generally run from 10:00 am - 12 noon.