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ghostrider_2 05-06-2013 9:13 PM

In NEED of Michigan lake recommendations!
 
Ok we have finally completed the transfer from Cali to Michigan. Boats ready to be put back together from the winter, etc. So far I've only heard about Lake St. Clair but I am looking for input about that lake and others that are close to where we now are, Shelby Township. Thank you in advance and also pics would be awesome!

themann39 05-09-2013 10:44 AM

I would tend to stay away from Lake St. Clair because there are so many smaller nicer lakes in the area. You have lakes everywhere that you look in Michigan. I ride up north but I work in the West Bloomfield area and pass by a ton of lakes everyday. I would look out west towards Cass lake and the surrounding area. pine lake is another one to look at. I know action water sports has a shop on that lake. I have ridden on Lakeville lake to which is north of Rochester.

Reez 05-09-2013 1:11 PM

Tons of good lakes in the waterford area. Maceday, union, lake oakland, lower and middle straights, deer lake in clarkston is perfect. A little farther north in fenton and silver lake and lake fenton are pretty good. Love silver lake and usually has some goood riders.

jburbo 05-13-2013 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Reez (Post 1821326)
Tons of good lakes in the waterford area. Maceday, union, lake oakland, lower and middle straights, deer lake in clarkston is perfect. A little farther north in fenton and silver lake and lake fenton are pretty good. Love silver lake and usually has some goood riders.

Reez nailed it. All of those are good options, i lived on Lake Oakland for a while and it was fun. The Straits are great as well. Oakland County has a lot of good options...

watson_134_lf 05-13-2013 3:16 PM

cass is a good look before june. never put your boat in on pine. further north you go the better your chances of beating the crowds (except on the weekends).

ghostrider_2 05-19-2013 11:52 AM

Took a trip to St. Clair just to drive by and I can see that it does blow out easy and often. Some guys there said it was good to just use it to cruise to downtown Detroit for a casual day on the boat. What about Pontiac Lake?

ghostrider_2 05-19-2013 12:05 PM

Do any of those lakes out west of me have Hazards like sandbars etc.? are there Private lakes also that I need to be aware of to avoid launching at? What are the normal launching fees etc. Do any of these lakes get crazy crowed or full of Wally's? Thanks guys for the input.

jeepdude 07-08-2013 11:03 AM

They are all crazy.
It Oakland County which means a lot of boats every weekend.
Oakland county is one of the most populated counties in the midwest.

Boating here is almost a summer right! boaters safety is taught in school here in "the lakes area" AKA. white lake, Waterford, union lake, commerce ETC

It's best is to find a lake you can hit after work.

We Ride almost everyday during the week, but come the weekend, the Wake boat is on on the lift and the pontoon is being utilized.

jburbo 07-08-2013 11:09 AM

agreed. most lakes in Oakland County are going to be crowded. Large population, but also one of the largest collections of inland lakes in the country. Def stay away from Cass if you want to ride.... White Lake isnt horrible, Lake Oakland is ok but small, if you can get on to Elizabeth somehow it would be awesome.

minor thread jack, but does anyone from MI have an Axis? I need to check one out, Skiers Pier doesnt have an A22....

annnnnnnd thread jack over. thanks!

jeepdude 07-08-2013 12:20 PM

Cass is a $h1t show anyday it is nice, so definitely stay away, unless you want to party. If you want to party, let me know and pick me up!
I ride sylvan/otter lake and on the weekend it is a loss cause
as with most lakes as Burbo and I have said.

If you want to ride weekends, you are going to need head north or only ride early mornings.
If you ride early, make sure you ride with no tower speakers as well. you have too many houses.

jburbo 07-08-2013 4:11 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepdude (Post 1832271)
Cass is a $h1t show anyday it is nice, so definitely stay away, unless you want to party. If you want to party, let me know and pick me up!
I ride sylvan/otter lake and on the weekend it is a loss cause
as with most lakes as Burbo and I have said.

If you want to ride weekends, you are going to need head north or only ride early mornings.
If you ride early, make sure you ride with no tower speakers as well. you have too many houses.

yep, we used to hit Oakland at 6am Sat and Sunday, be off the lake before the tubers finished breakfast. Thats the case on pretty much every public lake in Oakland County. I rode with a great group of guys on Elizabeth, its private-ish but we had to share the early mornings with the slalom boys.

ian_ashton 07-08-2013 4:14 PM

I had my boat on Cass for 5 years and rode nearly every day. Being the biggest lake in Oakland County makes it easier to find decent water. For the last 2 years I went out almost every day in the evenings. Weekends are definitely busy, but ride early and late in the day, enjoy the scenery when you can't ride.

jeepdude 07-08-2013 6:43 PM

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Originally Posted by jburbo (Post 1832316)
yep, we used to hit Oakland at 6am Sat and Sunday, be off the lake before the tubers finished breakfast. Thats the case on pretty much every public lake in Oakland County. I rode with a great group of guys on Elizabeth, its private-ish but we had to share the early mornings with the slalom boys.

We do the same, the one nice thing about where we ride is as long as the wind is low, we can ride one of the other two sections of our lake keeping the slalom guys from wanting to kill us.
Plus I like to idle buy them, and watc. we have a few killer skiers out here.

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Originally Posted by ian_ashton (Post 1832317)
I had my boat on Cass for 5 years and rode nearly every day. Being the biggest lake in Oakland County makes it easier to find decent water. For the last 2 years I went out almost every day in the evenings. Weekends are definitely busy, but ride early and late in the day, enjoy the scenery when you can't ride.

That's good to hear. I drive by it everyday and there is always so much traffic, especially this year because there haven't been very many nice days.
Where do you ride now?

texfrost 07-09-2013 10:06 PM

Let me know if you want to go ride Placid Wake Park sometime. I need a camera operator.

AxisofEvil 07-10-2013 6:12 AM

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Originally Posted by jburbo (Post 1832247)
agreed. most lakes in Oakland County are going to be crowded. Large population, but also one of the largest collections of inland lakes in the country. Def stay away from Cass if you want to ride.... White Lake isnt horrible, Lake Oakland is ok but small, if you can get on to Elizabeth somehow it would be awesome.

minor thread jack, but does anyone from MI have an Axis? I need to check one out, Skiers Pier doesnt have an A22....

annnnnnnd thread jack over. thanks!



I've got a '12 A20, I love it! I got mine from Coldwater Lake Marina; it's almost to the Indiana boarder, I know Gull lake carries them too ( I think they picked Axis up after The Edge stopped dealing them). I looked at a few other places out of state as well before I finally went with Coldwater, the salesmen Dave was awesome and gave me a smoke'n deal at the end of last year. The A20 & A22 are basically the same boat with the obvious 2' length difference.

texfrost 07-10-2013 7:32 AM

Last I knew Gull Lake Marine only carried Malibu since Malibu was deopped by The Edge. When I was looking for boats last summer, they did such a terrible job at selling the boat and running the demo, I will never go back.

AxisofEvil 07-10-2013 9:17 AM

Yeah Im not a fan of Gull either, I know they had a few Axises ( or Axisi? or whatever the plural for it would be) last year because I was looking at a white and orange they had posted online. But when I called, the salesman started trash talking Axis and tried to get me to buy at a used Malibu Ride, he didn't even really want to talk about the Axis. Then last season when It was time to get it winterized I took it to them because they are only 40 mins away compaired to Coldwater Marina being 2 hours, I dropped it off spotless and picked it up with dirty shoe prints all over the seats. Now I have all my maintenance done at Action in Hudsonvill ( which is a mastercraft dealer) and when I have warranty issues I just call up Dave @ Coldwater and they take care of everything. I just blew my sub 2 weeks ago they shipped me a brand new one no questions asked.

texfrost 07-10-2013 10:19 AM

I went to them to demo a Malibu and the guy couldn't sell me a Malibu, he could only talk down MB Sports (I love MB by the way). Then for the demo, he didn't have a wake line, just ski. Not to mention being a ****ty boat driver. Nothing like getting ready to make a hit and all the sudden your strait line pull is gone and you're being drug across someone elses wake. I have video. I should post it....

Still haven't been able to buy. :(

ian_ashton 07-10-2013 12:03 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepdude (Post 1832335)
We do the same, the one nice thing about where we ride is as long as the wind is low, we can ride one of the other two sections of our lake keeping the slalom guys from wanting to kill us.
Plus I like to idle buy them, and watc. we have a few killer skiers out here.



That's good to hear. I drive by it everyday and there is always so much traffic, especially this year because there haven't been very many nice days.
Where do you ride now?

We moved to Traverse City and keep our boat on Torch. My dad still keeps his boat on Cass though.

AxisofEvil 07-10-2013 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by ian_ashton (Post 1832687)
We moved to Traverse City and keep our boat on Torch. My dad still keeps his boat on Cass though.



Torch is awesome, it reminds me of the crazy blue lake from Defy. Love that sand bar!

axxxiswake 07-11-2013 12:50 PM

I'm in west michigan.

I'm not a big torch fan. The sand bar grosses me out. I'd prefer walloon anyday.

I have also had a great experience with Gull Lake. Ryan is my man.

kiter86 07-11-2013 2:44 PM

Never heard of torch grossing anybody out. It has the clearest water in Michigan.

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