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Big Portage Lake

Washtenaw County
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Lake Traffic: 2.5 Lake Access: 2.5
Wind/Weather: 3 Natural Features: 2.5
Sail Presence: 4 Overall Rating: 3
Lake Sailability: 4 Vicinity Rating: 3

Lake Type: River-fed / Lake Chain
Area: 644 acres
Lake Orient.: Northeast - Southwest
Max. Depth: 84 ft
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Big Portage Lake is a pear shaped lake which serves as a downstream repository of a chain of lakes on the Huron River. It is the largest lake on this chain and is located between Baseline Lake (north) and Little Portage Lake (south). The lake serves as the home waters of the Portage Yacht Club  which holds a weekly club racing series (Flying Scots / Interlakes), sailing lessions, and provides for a strong sailing presence.  A small village (Portage) is adjacent to the lake (on McGregor Road) which contains a small marina and limited dining and provision opportunities. Other cities/towns within a 30' drive are Ann Arbor, Dexter, Pinckney and Chelsea.

 

Although the lake is located in both Washtenaw and Livingston counties,  the public access launch for this lake is located in Washtenaw county on McGregor Road just north of Dexter-Pinckney Road (indicated on the following Google map). The launch (containing 2 cement ramps with an intervening pier) is on a short channel which possess a moderate current. Current proceeds under a bridge which is too low for masts. Sailboat launching is possible, however a kicker motor (or strong paddling) may be needed to clear the channel (about 100 ft) into the lake. There is a boadwalk available for tying off. Access to the ramp is limited by available parking.  During weekends in the summer months, the parking lot fills very early in the day. When the parking is full, the ramp becomes gated to bar additional entry.

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June 1, 2010 - Boat: Mutineer

Boat launch is located in a small village with food and a chandlery nearby. Access to the ramp is barred when the parking lot is full.


June 24, 2011 - Boat: Interlake

Portage Lake Yacht Club hosts an active racing program with weekly races May-September for Flying Scot, Interlake, MCScow, Sunfish and Laser fleets. The racing program has a long tradition of competitive excellence and a fun, friendly environment.





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