Lake Charlevoix Boat Count 2013
The tabulation of the boat count of Lake Charlevoix and Round Lake was carried out on the 3rd of August this year. The totals with the corresponding figures for the previous 15 years are also shown in the table below. The total is more this year, and again the difference was the oar/paddle category. If you exclude that category, it is hard to see much of a pattern for the last 10 years or so.
Totals and methods
Boats on moorings, lifts, at slips, at anchor, on the beach, and dinghies on board or alongside larger craft were counted by volunteers aboard small boats early in the morning, before there was much traffic on the lakes. Boats in the larger marinas were counted by walking the docks. Launching ramps and campgrounds were surveyed sequentially that same afternoon between 1 PM and 4 PM. At the ramps, boats seen launching, being retrieved, and empty trailers were all counted. The general principle was to count every boat that could be used on the Lake Charlevoix that day.
The count is always done in late July or early August, except 2007, when it was done on the third weekend in August. We think that weekend may not be comparable to the other dates. The weather has been fine AM and PM for all years except 1999 when it was overcast in AM and threatening to rain in PM, 2003 when the forecast was for possible thunderstorms (which didn’t happen) in PM, and 2009 when it rained in PM. Launching ramps were counted Sunday 8-2-09.
Included in the totals, but broken out for display, are launching ramp, and camp-ground boats. The approximate percentage distribution of boats at the launching ramps and camp-grounds is 75 percent power under 26 feet, 10 percent power over 26 feet and 10 percent PWC. This distribution is roughly the same, year after year.
Dinghies/tenders accompanying larger boats are broken out for display but have been included in the power, 26 feet and under, or oars/paddle categories.
|Type of boat|
|Sail, all sizes||905||656||642||648||760||656||663||597||660||611||603||605||566||706||664||693||692|
|Power, 26″ and up||669||685||723||662||662||681||584||619||587||579||636||588||529||568||558||554||454|
|Launching Ramps & Campgrounds*||256||154||112||154||143||179||120||208||139||227||189||271||259||203||148||207|
*Boats at ramps and campgrounds are included in the overall tallies this year.
**Oared and powered boats carried aboard larger boats, as well as those tied to boats or docks and clearly used as tenders were included in the tender category this year; previously, many had been counted in the separate oars/paddle category or as power less than 26 feet.