Kent LakeOakland County
|Lake Traffic:||4.8||Lake Access:||3.4|
|Sail Presence:||4||Overall Rating:||3.2|
|Lake Sailability:||2.4||Vicinity Rating:||3.6|
|Lake Type:||Impoundment / Reservoir|
|Lake Orient.:||Northeast - Southwest|
|Max. Depth:||38 ft|
Kent Lake is a Huron River Impoundment located on the border of Livingston and Oakland Counties. Situated just north of I96 between the cities of Brighton and Novi, the lake is part of the Kensington Metropark complex. The lake has a 10 mph limit and hosts an American Sailing Institute (ASI) Sailing School. ASI provides instruction and membership use of Interlake class sailboats. Two sets of launch ramps are available in the park, both with ample parking, no obstructions, and short piers. These ramps are located on the East (Ramp A) and West (Ramp B) shores of the lake. The park itself hosts many family-friendly amenities. There is a $10 daily fee for park entrance and a seperate $10 daily fee for trailered boat launching.
Saling Information: The ASI sailing school/club is located at the East boat launch (Ramp A on the map). There is ample space for rig set-up and this appears to be the preferred ramp for sailboat launching. There is relatively straight access to larger open areas of the lake although there is an island in close proximity. Next to this ramp is a small grassy area sufficent for the beaching of daggerboard and small centerboard boats. Although there is enough open water for some reaching, the dimensions of the lake, presence of coves/islands and an Interstate do require relatively frequent tacking. In addtion, the northeastern portion of the lake can become very weedy in the summer months. These weeds will foul centerboards and rudders, requiring frequent clearing/removal.
Because of the <10 mph restriction, traffic on the lake is predominantly, fishing, sail, pontoon and kayak/paddle. Sailboats on this lake are generally 24' or less range in length. The park itself has many amenities for non-sailing family members including a disc golf course, nature trails and preserve, canoe rentals, beaches, water slides and picnic areas/pavillions.
Overall, this lake is a good sailing destination, especially earlier in the season before water levels drop and weed emergence.» Download MDNR or NOAA map » Add Your Own Rating » Tweet This
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July 4, 2010 - Boat: mac 25
Very clean and well kept park.
July 11, 2010 - Boat: Sunfish
Lake is VERY weedy, can cause a lot of frustration, especially on lighter wind days. a sailing school operates at the lake (sailing Interlake boats).
July 18, 2010 - Boat: lunatic
Great lake, been sailing on lake over 15 yrs, weeds are at times bad, but deeper part of lake is fine
October 11, 2017 - Boat: 1971 Sunfish
The islands and peninsula create a variety of wind conditions. The larger area open area to the SW is more weed free than the NE area which can have large weed patches that can almost bring your boat to a stop. The East boat launch is better for sailers than the West launch, though an island is fairly close to the launch. The park has lots of features: disk golf, Golf, biking/running paths, etc. Entry fee is now $10 for your car and another $10 for the boat though $35 season passes are available for each.