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.