Yep, I do. It’s good to live on the lake. Some days it is as calm as glass, other days it roars so loud you can’t hear yourself talk on our front deck! But it hasn’t tried to eat my house since 1987, thankfully.
I was quite offended by the ocean when I was a tyke. Same sandy beach as by my house, same big waves, but that nasty salt water!! :mad:
Musicat is on the lake also, north of me. Check out his lake cam sometime.
I’ve done boats. Sailboats are the most fun, I have a 16’ catamaran, but it’s a bit much to handle on my own. And the damn lake can turn on me fast! So I don’t take it out much. Not since that time some 9 foot swells blew up while I was out, turtled me, and I got hypothermic from 47 degree water and sunburned from 92 degree sunshine while lying on the hull.
Otherwise, we’ve had inboards, outboards, canoes, kayaks, jetskis, fishing boats, and I sort of got bored with them all. And I can wait for the salmon and trout to swim close to shore and club 'em, so fishing for them is rather tedious to me.
Up north, boating is more interesting, with all the islands and bays to visit, in the upper 3rd of the lake. In the lower 2/3, it’s just shoreline with occasional ports. Go in, dock, buy gas, shop in Port Washington or Manitowoc (not real exotic), then go home.
“Pops” Mercotan used to scuba dive the wrecks. He’d go up with his buddy who had a seaplane, they’d spot a wreck, land, then dive on it. We’ve still got some odds and ends he salvaged, including an old item he thought was a gold coin. Turned out to be a notary public seal. He took me out a few times, but we preferred reef diving to lake diving. Lake Michigan is just a sandy lake bottom, not real interesting to dive on.
Sport fishing is big business around here. The lake is stocked with trout and salmon. The sea lamprey decimated the original lake trout stock (and drove my family’s old fishery out of business) in the 1950’s, but Salmon took to the lake and ate the invading alewives and grew quite big. Sport perch fishing is still in a bit of a decline. Commercial fishing is pretty much done in this lake. One cannot sell the salmon one takes from the lake. Not legally, anyway. Lake Superior still has commercial fishing, though.
Swimming is good now. The lake was about 72 degrees over the past weekend, and moderately rough, so quite fun for splashing around and body surfing. No undertow, the current is parallel to the shore 99% of the time, and can be quite strong. But it’s not too dangerous for a strong adult swimmer who knows the lake.
I could babble on more about the lore of the lakes, harking back to the day when my great-great-grandpappy would watch the sturgeon spawn on the sandbars in front of my current place, but I’ve already said too much…