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Anybody ever do any boating in Lake Michigan around the Indiana Dunes State Park area?  I’ve never been on Lake Michigan before but my family may be taking a Memorial Day trip there and was wondering if it would be worth it to take the boat.

 

Where are the boat ramps?  Are there any good areas to beach?  I know the state park beaches are blocked off from boats. 

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Boaters beach and Wells Street are the only places they allow boaters to anchor, and to be honest those beaches are surrounded by industry,  all other areas are technically off limits.  you will be much better off to travel a few miles north to the Warren Dunes in Michigan where they don't harass boaters.  there you can enjoy the lake and the dunes.  you would launch the boat in New Buffalo and its about a 15-25 min boat ride depending on waves to the dunes at about 30mph.  If you choose to stay in NW IN, launch sites are Portage marina, or Michigan City

 

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Good info thank you.  I had had heard of boaters beach during some internet searching but when I looked at google maps it definitely looked like anything outside of the state park was very industrial.  Maybe I will look into a little further east/north.  Thinking about possibly heading up to St Joseph, MI too.

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boaters beach is a real thing - however, it used to be a special "boaters beach" due to the warm water discharge from the power house.  it sounds bad, however the water they return to the lake was filtered and was only used as cooling water.  the return line created a short river that was easily 90 degrees.  early summer boaters would anchor at the mouth of the return when the lake was 60 degrees the river would be in the 80's or more.  it was a lot of fun.  the power house is closed down now so no warm water.  there is still a beach but with the extemely high water, there's not much of any beach along the coast.

given the lack of warm water, i would still say the closet and best place is warren dunes, launching in new buffalo

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