Our northern Michigan lakes, rivers and streams are a boating wonderland.
There's nothing so relaxing as taking friends or family on a pontoon boat ride on East Twin, West Twin or other area lakes. The evening sunsets on the water is spectacular. Tee Lake has a tradition of an Independence Day boat parade that is fun for all ages.
The Inland Waterway from Indian River to Cheboygan is a great boating trip. Young adults looking for the singles scene might check out "Bud Bash" weekend on Houghton Lake, where scores of powerboats tie to each other in one big floating party!
If you are a big boat person, the Great Lakes are ideal for salmon fishing, cruising and sailing. A boating trip to Mackinac Island or other area islands makes for a special weekend of memories. If you are there for the sailboat races, either the Lake Huron or the Lake Michigan event, it is a great thrill.
If you are a small boat person, trailer your boat into some of the smaller lakes. There are many with untouched natural shoreline and good shallow water fishing. Sage Lake east of Lewiston is an example.
And even if you don't have a boat, but would like to get out on the water, there is an AuSable Riverboat ride at Oscoda. And a glass-bottom boat at Alpena will show you some fascinating shipwrecks!