Boat Count

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.

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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.

 

Year 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998
Type of boat
Oars/paddle* 1573 1356 1177 1360 1428 1086 780 938 857 894 863 879 597 778 709 655 648
Sail, all sizes 905 656 642 648 760 656 663 597 660 611 603 605 566 706 664 693 692
Power, <26′ 1597 1895 1946 1962 1806 1875 1959 1865 2175 1921 1995 1945 2102 1916 1733 1851 1824
Power, 26″ and up 669 685 723 662 662 681 584 619 587 579 636 588 529 568 558 554 454
PWC 795 759 717 801 802 725 736 748 724 732 715 684 659 668 583 592 554
Totals 5539 5351 5205 5433 5458 5023 4722 4767 5003 4737 4812 4701 4453 4636 4247 4335 4170
Launching Ramps & Campgrounds* 256 154 112 154 143 179 120 208 139 227 189 271 259 203 148 207
Tenders** 273 210 284 301 229 79 142 159 205

*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.