Winter fun in Pentwater

February 15, 2019

Winterfest to conclude with activities Saturday

Winter came a little later and hit a little harder than usual in West Michigan, with school closings and event cancellations part of the daily routine for residents in shoreline communities.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no fun to be had on the ice and snow, and that’s what’s in store at the second and final weekend of Pentwater Winterfest.

The annual winter celebration will conclude this weekend with a host of events — from outdoors activities like fishing and skiing to a live music showcase — taking place in downtown Pentwater on Saturday.

Free fishing weekend

Week two of Winterfest begins with Free Fishing Weekend, and the festivities will kick off with the ninth annual Ryan Williams Perch Tournament from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Same-day registration is from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Pentwater Convenience Center, 4374 Monroe Road.

The cost to participate is $10 per adult and $5 for children ages 15 and younger.

Final weigh-in must be completed by 4 p.m. at Boathouse Bar & Grille, 5164 Monroe Road. There will be cash prizes for those who place first, second and third.

For more information, call the Boathouse Bar & Grille at (231) 869-4588, Pentwater Convenience Center at (231) 869-4203 or Ryan Williams at (616) 617-7984.

Freezin’ for a Reason polar dip

The Freezin’ for a Reason polar dip is a highlight for Winterfest attendees, and an event that lives up to the wintry theme of the festival. Saturday will mark the ninth consecutive year for the event, during which participants brave the ice and snow by leaping into the frigid Pentwater Lake.

The polar dip brings out dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators, who watch and cheer as dippers jump through a large hole cut in the ice-covered lake.

This year’s dip is at noon Saturday at the Pentwater Lake boat launch, 191 Lake St.

Pentwater Pathways Open

The cross-country skiing event at Pentwater Pathways — originally scheduled for the first weekend of Winterfest — was rescheduled for Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.. The event will include hot chocolate, cookies and a campfire at the trailhead of the Pentwater Pathways in the Pere Marquette State Forest.

Because there’s more rain and possible ice in the forecast, Ocean Cross Country Ski Association Treasurer Gaye Sorensen said the event could be called off if the conditions are hazardous.

Sorensen said the association will likely wait until Friday morning to make a definite call, and encouraged those interested in participating to check the website www.oceanaski.org or to visit the Oceana Cross Country Ski Association Facebook page for updates about the event.

See The Scene in Thursday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition for the full story.