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Kite U.S. Forums _ Southeast Michigan _ New launch location on Lake St Clair

Posted by: nellanosaj007 Jul 16 2008, 05:58 PM

The Blue Lagoon Marina passes are now available!!! The north side of the peninsula is ready to go and I'm working with the marina on the south side location. $25 gets you into one of - if not the best NW locations on Lake St. Clair. Located in Harrison Twp. not too far from Metro Beach. The water is clear and blue, the bottom is sandy, the depth is approximately 3-5' deep for 400 yards in any direction. The site is still a work in progress but my connection with the marina has allowed me to gain access for the wind and kite community.

This site is a gem and I want to share it so I'm asking everyone to be super respectful to everyone you come in contact with at the marina and be very aware of the surroundings. Rigging and parking areas are not identified just yet, so for now: Don't park on the grass, Don't park near the access.

I've sailed a WNW, NW, and N so far and have found that the water is much
cleaner than both Metro and the S.River Boat Launch. To my surprise I
could still touch the sandy weed free bottom while keeping my head above
water when I was 300-400 yards offshore on both the North and
East side of the peninsula. The Marina is still in a transitional
phase so I can having some rocks and trees moved. The Marina
is also willing put in an access on the bay side of the peninsula. If
they put an access on the south side then this site will work for anything
but a W!!! The rigging area isn't ideal yet but the location is
awesome.

Positive things about the site
Proximity - NW without the long drive
Clean water
Shallow water
They plan to have a beer tent once a month till September

Negative things about the site
There is a walk between grassy rigging area and launch
Narrow access to the water
Have to buy a pass $25
A few Kite obstructions, and some debris [cleanup in progress]

I will have passes with me so just ask around for 'windsurfer Jason' and I can sell you one.


Thank you,
Jason


Posted by: jerome Jul 17 2008, 10:36 AM

This looks like a very good news ! I am really curious to go and check it !
Just a few questions : in the pass valid for one day, one year or forever ?
How is exactly the rigging area ? how many cars can park there and what is the launch setup ?

Thanks a lot for letting us know

Jerome

Posted by: nellanosaj007 Jul 17 2008, 11:51 AM

The pass is good for the remainder of 2008 and new ones will be available next spring for 2009.
Please go check it out. The rigging area is composed of field grass which is a bit rough and the lake access is basically the shore break rocks pushed aside so you can walk into the lake. NO SLUDGE!!!!. Pretty sure the site can handle as many kiters and windsurfers that normally show up at metro on any windy weekend.


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Posted by: FellowCountryMan Jul 19 2008, 02:45 PM

Jason thank you for considering kiteboarders when securing this launch.

I think $25 is peanuts when considering that this is private property and not a public park. I know I will be more than happy to pay it to have access to this site.

I have often wondered about access to this point as I passed it with my boat. The area is known as "Poor Mans" among the boaters and is very popular this year with gas prices as high as they are. I often swim with my kids there because the water is crystal clear and warm with a wonderful sandy bottom. It is shallow but deeper than Metro I would say it averages 4 ft deep.

Once again thank you for setting this up.

Posted by: concretesurfer Jul 19 2008, 06:37 PM

I've eyed this area for a few years now too, eversince I got lost in some subdivisions on the way. It looks like a really great spot- hope to check it out.

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