The mouth of the Kalamazoo river is busy with recreational and commercial boats leading to heavy traffic, particularly in the channel. Directly across from the proposed marina is the Cove sometimes called the Basin. It’s a beautiful place for boaters to gather and socialize, especially days when the big lake has rough waters. Boaters and their children often swim in this area. And on holiday weekends it is often filled with dozens of small boats rafted off from one side to the other.
The added congestion and boats more than four times as large as boats typically found here, will considerably degrade public safety and enjoyment of the river.
The NorthShore Marina is proposing 50 new slips with an entrance directly into the busy Cove. Five of these slips accommodate 150′ boats. For a sense of scale — The Star of Saugatuck II cruise boat is 64 feet long.
We firmly believe this project violates both local zoning and state law. Please join us as we fight for the people of Michigan and our visitors.