Whitmore LakeLivingston County
|Lake Traffic:||2||Lake Access:||3|
|Sail Presence:||2||Overall Rating:||3|
|Lake Sailability:||4||Vicinity Rating:||3|
|Lake Type:||Kettle / Glacial|
|Max. Depth:||69 ft|
Whitmore Lake is a natural lake which extends into both Livingston and Washtenaw counties. The lake has an all-sports presence and is adjacent to the town of Whitmore Lake (6 miles south of Brighton and 9 miles north of Ann Arbor). The town itself has a small selection of restaurants, boutiques, and marinas, as well as a Best Western motel. The lake has an overall depth of 69 feet, which is present in a deep north-south trench. Extensive shoals exist on either side of this trench resulting in over 50% of the lake having a depth of less than 10 feet (MDNR, 1992).
Public boat access is available via a DNR boat launch on the northwest shore of the lake. The launch, located at the end of North Shore Drive, is indicated on the following Google map. The launch is well marked, contains two cement ramps with a short intervening pier, a vault toilet, and modest parking. THERE IS AN OVERHEAD OBSTRUCTION (POWER LINE) BETWEEN THE PARKING AREAS AND THE RAMP. This obstruction will require that you step your mast immediately adjacent to the ramp. This can be done in the small (2 space) set-up area adjacent to the ramp, but it gets a bit tight when ramp use is high. There is a small beachable area adjacent to the ramp which is sufficient to beach small to mid size centerboard boats either during launching or prior to pull out.
The ramps discharge into the open waters of the lake. The lake itself is relatively open with shoal areas, as indicated above and as can be seen on Google and DNR maps. The lake does not have a sail or yacht club so, accordingly, sailboats represent a minority population. When last evaluated, motorboat traffic was moderate but not inordinately harassing. All in all, because of its open waters and nearby amenities, Whitmore lake could be considered a good local/regional sailing location.
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June 14, 2010 - Boat: Chrysler Mutineer (15')
A small general purpose marina (Mac's) is located on the water off of mainstreet. There are several restaurants/pubs/ice cream stands in the immediate vaccinity of the lake