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Title: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: bmck25 on July 21, 2013, 02:38:33 PM
Hey guys,

I am going to be taking my family up to Long lake near traverse city next week. Last year I never fished the bays, but I am going to try to this year. I have never been and was wonder if you guys could point me in the direction of a couple good ramps. I was thinking I would probably fish west bay since I will be on that side of traverse city. Will I need any special permits or launch fees there? I am a little nervous about the bay also. I have plenty of experience on Erie and St Clair so I have been in some big water, but I just don't know how to predict the bays. Any good wave forecast sites like NOAA?

Also, can you guys help me with Duck and Green? Where are the ramps there? Any permits needed?

Oops, that's what happens when you are posting from a phone.

Title: Re: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: skeeter6217 on July 21, 2013, 03:15:30 PM
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Title: Re: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: motocross269 on July 21, 2013, 03:45:07 PM
Green and Duck lake both have MIDNR ramps on them...Both pretty good ones if memory serves me correctly...I think they are both located in the State Campgrounds also but it has been a couple of years...

Can't really help you with launches in GTB.....I have only launched out of Elk Rapids...As far as driving on the bays it really isn't much different then LSC and Erie. You need to check NOAA reports before you launch(I think Dan has them linked on his home page) and you need to be aware of changing conditions...A wind out of the North can get rough if you are out around Mission point...
Title: Re: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2013, 10:37:45 PM
Turning left downtown and heading around West Bay, go past the Speedway and there will be a local ramp right across from the Marathon Station. It has a $5 or so launch fee. Very nice ramp. There is also the ramp on the peninsula for East Bay. Duck has a launch in the State Park. Duck is the lake at Interlochen that is on the East side of the road. There is a very small ramp on the east side of Green Lake in the rustic camping area. There is another DNR Ramp on the west side of Green. Take the road that divides the two lakes south to just before the little store in Karlin. You can go around to the west side of the lake to access the West Side ramp which is much bigger. If you get to the store in Karlin you went just a tad bit too far. That store has some great deli food. The restaurant next door to it isn't bad either.
There is also a nice ramp at the Whitewater Campground near Elk Rapids that accesses Elk. The launch at Whitewater is very nice and is straight across from the opening to Skegmog.
Title: Re: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: bmck25 on July 22, 2013, 06:54:54 AM
Thank you everyone. Dan, are the ramps you mentioned protected from the waves? I am going to be fishing by myself and it would be bad if the waves kicked up and I had to load the boat alone.
Title: Re: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: djkimmel on July 22, 2013, 06:41:16 PM
Go to for links for just about everything Great Lakes weather, weather buoys, lake levels, satellite images, you name it - around the entire Great Lakes system.

I've noticed the government has switched a few links on me. I'll get them corrected. But most of the links work fine. I use them every week.
Title: Re: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: djkimmel on July 22, 2013, 06:41:51 PM
PS: Your post ends up more entertaining this way... ;D
Title: Re: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2013, 08:43:04 PM
The West Bay ramp is in a marina protected by a large outer break wall. The peninsula is just protected from a west wind.
Title: Re: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: bmck25 on July 28, 2013, 08:50:42 PM
Well, we are here. Weather could be better, but I'm not complaining. Glad to be here even if it is cold and rainy. I did manage to make it out for about an hour today on Long lake. I found a few largemouth, but no smallies. Still hoping to make it to the bay, but might skip it for Duck and Green instead.
Title: Re: Traverse Bay Ramps?
Post by: bmck25 on August 03, 2013, 10:31:05 PM
I didn't make it to the bay. I just couldn't fit it in. One week is not enough time. I did fish a few different inland lakes though. Unfortunately I never found the big smallmouth. It wasn't all bad though. The largemouth, walleye, and pike were cooperative. My wife and I may make a weekend trip back up this fall. Not sure if I will take the boat.