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Lake Effect Boat Time’ celebration back for second year

Muskegon Lake Effect Boating A boater flies a flag for Lake Effect Boat Time off the dunes of Muskegon State Park during last year’s event.

MUSKEGON, MI Lake Effect Boat Time will return for its second year on Aug. 16 through 19 at various points in and around Muskegon Lake.

According to organizer Roger Zuidema. who organized several boating-related events for the summer. this year’s festival will be larger with slightly more events.

This year we’re just slowly building this, just as any event does, he said.

Zuidema said he started Lake Effect Boat Time last year to celebrate Muskegon’s natural resources and to help show off the area’s natural beauty to visitors and outsiders.

This is a fantastic venue and a boater’s paradise, he said about Muskegon Lake.

But if you’re not a boater don’t worry, it’s still possible to take part in the festival, Zuidema said.

The bottom line is you don’t need a boat to be involved in the festival, he said, adding that there were many activities that did not require sailing, including boat tours and meals at local restaurants.

He said the weekend of activities revolves around four signature events.

Those events include tours of Muskegon’s three historic vessels the USS Silversides, the USS LST 393 and the Milwaukee Clipper using special Universal Tour tickets that are good for admission at all three sites for the entire weekend.

Those who purchase the tickets will receive a free gift, as well as a $5 discount off the Port City Princess Historical/Scenic Tour on Muskegon Lake, he said.

Universal Tour tickets are $25 for adults, $16 for children and free for preschoolers, World War II veterans and active duty service members.

They are available at the USS Silversides Museum, located at 1346 Bluff St.; the USS LST 393, located at 560 Mart St.; Shoreline Inn, 750 Terrace Point Blvd.; the Port City Princess, 560 Mart St.; and the Milwaukee Clipper ticket office, 2098 Lakeshore Dr.

Cory Morse | Chronicle file photo The USS LST 393 will host the festival’s Sunset Boat Jam in which visitors can hang out on the deck while Jimmy Buffet-style music plays.

Another of the festival’s main events is the Sunset Boat Jam on the USS LST 393 on Aug. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. he said.

Visitors are invited to stop by during that time and hang out while Jimmy Buffet-style music plays on the deck. Guests can dance to the music, enjoy the lake view and mingle with friends. The event will also feature a sunset toast.


Zuidema said those hanging out on the ship should bring their own beverages, food and chairs to the event.

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Boaters can also participate by docking their vessel at the LST Cove. The music will be played loud enough to for them to hear it from their vessels, Zuidema said.

He said tickets are required to get into the Sunset Boat Jam but are free. They can be picked up at the LST 393 box office, he said.

You just have to pick them up and until capacity is reached, we’ll keep on handing them out, Zuidema said.

Lake Effect Boat Time will also feature a community paddle on the morning of Aug. 18. The paddle will start at the Muskegon City Beach near Harbor Towne Marina and go through the Muskegon State Park Dune Area towards Snug Harbor.

Participants of the community paddle will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the city beach and start the trip at 10 a.m. Zuidema said all types of paddlers are invited to take part in the event, including kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddlers.

Boaters can also participate in a meetup on Sunday afternoon on the north side of the channel.

We just want to continue the celebration and invite boats to come out at the time, Zuidema said about the event. He said last year about 111 boats came to the meetup. This year, he hopes more will come.

Other activities include happy hours, meals and live music at local lakeside establishments, including Dockers Fish House and the Lake House Grille.

For more information about Lake Effect Boat Time, or to contact Zuidema, visit www.lakeeffectboating.com .

Email Lisha Arino at larino@mlive.com , subscribe to her Facebook posts and follow her on Twitter: @lishaarino .

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