Friday, August 9, 2019Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz designated the Lake Erie Islands Water Trail as Ohio’s 12th state water trail in a ceremony today. The trail consists of five separate sections totaling more than 50 miles around North Bass, Middle Bass and South Bass islands, Kelleys Island and along the mainland
Thursday, May 23, 2019The United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) continues the debut of its third season of safe-boating videos on America’s Boating Channel™ with “SAFETY TIPS FOR PADDLE SPORTS,” which can be found online at americasboatingchannel.com and as a free mobile app available at Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018If you don’t own a boat or didn’t pack your boat while visiting the Blue Water Area, no worries. Michigan Boat Rentals is now open. Located in the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes, Port Huron, and on Michigan’s East shore about 60 miles north of Detroit, rental options include tri-toon boats, kayaks, and paddle
Friday, July 20, 2018Paddlecraft such as kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) make great tenders for use off of sail and power boats, as shared in this issue’s “Love My Tender” boating column, found here. The simple, inexpensive craft are good for getting to and from shore from boats that are moored and are fun for exploring and
Friday, July 20, 2018For many enthusiasts, winter layup on kayaks is done quickly; needed upkeep and repairs often wait until next season. The season’s here, so it’s that time again. Fortunately, most kayak upkeep is fairly simple and quick. Usually a simple cleanup with soapy water makes it ready. For those with more pressing issues, read
Monday, July 16, 2018No yacht? No problem. You can still have a blast this summer with alternative boating, which means getting out on the water with only a minimal dent made to your wallet. Here’s just a sample of how you can enjoy the sun, wind, and waves all season long. Personal Watercraft When is a PWC not a PWC? When it’s a boat.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018Killarney Mountain Lodge has had boaters of all sorts stop at their Killarney Channel resort over the years...then there’s Mike Ranta. 47 year old Ranta would like to see Killarney become the “Paddling Capital of Canada” since his own adventures are something of history. Now residing in Killarney, Ranta took the
Monday, April 9, 2018The YAKport is a personal paddle sport launch providing a safe and stable cradle for boarding and unloading your personal vessel. Simply place your favorite paddle sport vessel on the YAKport and enjoy a sure footed, stable entry right above the water level. Then, with very little effort, pull yourself into the water for a safe
Thursday, December 14, 2017Each winter, the Door County Maritime Museum hosts a wooden boatbuilding class. At the end of the class, tickets are sold throughout the summer for a raffle drawing to win the newly constructed handmade masterpiece. Along with the grand prize of the completed wooden boat, more than fifty additional prizes are typically available. The
Monday, November 6, 2017As a freelance writer, I am offered the chance to see, and sometimes use, a variety of products over the course of a year. Those who offer the accessories hope that I will like what I see or use, and will share that with my readers. I also am exposed to items at sport and boat shows at which I lead seminars, often where such products