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Awesome new 3-event site in Michigan

MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,659 Mega Baller
Last Saturday, a new 3-event site in Michigan made its debut with the only 3-event L tournament in the State. Forest Lake, as the name implies, is literally cut out of a forest near South Haven, Michigan.

The tournament was well attended, the weather was beautiful, and the site skied well.

The owner is still finishing the 4 slip boathouse, which will have a cabana on the top with bathroom, shower, kitchen, bar, viewing room and windows/sliding glass doors overlooking the deck and the course.

Several skiers in attendance were trying to encourage him to build a second lake to host the State Championship or maybe even Regionals. There is enough land and maybe some interest in doing that.

On top of a great day of skiing, we were fortunate to be present for the induction of Rhonda Van Dyk into the Michigan Water Ski Association Hall of Fame. Rhonda is well known for her role with USA Adaptive Water Skiing and as team manager for the USA Disabled Water Ski team. Some great stories were shared about her longtime commitment to the team and the sport, which is even more impressive because Rhonda is not a skier.

Here is a shot of the site on the day of the tournament:

Apparently, there are small cottages and a fifth wheel camper available to rent on the site for vacations. All in all, it's great to see more ski opportunities available in our State.
The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,659 Mega Baller
    I should also mention that Rhonda was the Chief Judge for the L tournament that day. She is not only involved with Adaptive Water Skiing, she is a Senior official for 3-event and participates in tournaments for all disciplines.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 300 Solid Baller
    The cabana sounds like it will be fantastic - maybe it could be an ad on prize as a raffle at the scheduled events- I would buy a ticket to wake up to that view!
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,130
    edited July 2019
    Where is it at in relation to the South Haven Regional Airport...I flew an Airshow there some years ago and am slightly familiar with the area.
    Special Thanks to Performance Ski and Surf and the Denali Adam's !!!
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,659 Mega Baller
    @Ed_Johnson, 2 miles to the southwest, as the crow flies.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,155 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Look great. Love the idea of better than instant trees! I want to ski there my next trip back home to MI!
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,917 Mega Baller
    That's a great location also for any chicago hit tournaments
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,659 Mega Baller
    edited July 2019
    @BraceMaker, there were some folks from Indiana and Wisconsin at the L tournament that day.

    @bishop8950, they have a website:
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 977 Mega Baller
    Amazing. We will check it out for sure. I do wish they offered the ability to bring your own boat, but maybe that's a liability thing. Would be cool though.
  • Tkl127Tkl127 Posts: 37 Baller
    Very nice site! Looks great. Now if we could build a few more ski sites in the upper Midwest. Anyone interested in a doing a site in the Appleton/Green Bay WI area let me know.
  • ForestLakeForestLake Posts: 4 Baller
    I thought this would be fun :-)
  • DWDW Posts: 2,057 Mega Baller
    There is new legislation in Michigan targeting the introduction of invasive species, there is a specific procedure to follow before launching a boat in to a body of water in the state and a fine if caught not following the law. Invasives are a serious problem for Michigan and there are government and private programs targeting the eradication of all types of invasive species. I can totally understand the concern of the lake owners as once invasives are introduced, they can be next to impossible to eradicate.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,917 Mega Baller
    @DW fake news Monsanto just trying to sell you herbicides
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,659 Mega Baller
    @DW, one of those new laws includes requirements for trailering the boat with the drain plug out.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • ForestLakeForestLake Posts: 4 Baller
    Thank you for visiting this weekend @jhughes!

    Before and after Joel's visit we were working on the flooring/roof of the upper deck - very happy with how it turned out - another step complete!
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,331 Mega Baller
    edited September 2019
    That ramp looks familiar!! 😀 Beautiful site @ForestLake I'll have to make the trip for a visit sometime soon!
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
    AWSA Southern Region EVP
  • SkiDaddle15SkiDaddle15 Posts: 7
    edited September 2019
    What does annual membership to be able to ski here cost?
  • ForestLakeForestLake Posts: 4 Baller
    @SkiDaddle15 thanks for asking! We actually don't have a membership program and are working on our per set/ per hour/ per day fee structure for 2020 now :-) - more to come!
  • @ForestLake Awesome! Keep us posted. I’ll keep an eye on your website for details too.
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