Grand Traverse Bay

Stream quality 'average' in Grand Traverse Bay watershed

Nov 19, 2014
David Cassleman

One out of five rivers in the Grand Traverse Bay watershed has poor water quality.

That’s according to new data from the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay.

Michigan Sea Grant

Grand Traverse Bay has been named one of the best bass fishing spots in the U.S. by Bassmaster.

Bass are doing well in many parts of Lake Michigan with the help of an invasive species from Europe. Round goby has quickly become one of the most common feeder fish in the lake.

Dave Clapp manages the state’s research station in Charlevoix and says goby are thick in the rocky areas where small mouth bass tend to congregate.

Lawsuit Expected Next Week in TC Marina Drowning

Sep 9, 2011

Lawyers plan to file a lawsuit against the city of Traverse City on behalf of a teen who died while swimming in a public marina last month.  The family of Michael Knudsen will sue the city of Traverse City for the teen's death at Clinch Park Marina last month. Knudsen died after he dove off of a dock and was shocked by a short in an underwater electrical line.  Lawyer Dean Robb, who is representing the family, said the suit will likely be filed next week. 

Preliminary autopsy results confirm suspicions that a Mancelona teen who drowned in Traverse City's Clinch Marina this week did suffer an electric shock while in the water.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Scott Knudsen died by shock and drowning, according to a release today from city officials.

Knudsen was swimming with a friend off "Dock F" Monday. His friend also reported being shocked, but he managed to make it back to the surface. Power has not been restored to the dock, and that section remains closed.

An 18-year-old man from Mancelona has died after swimming near Traverse City's Clinch Park Marina.

Police say Michael Knudson was swimming with a friend near the F dock of the marina when he appeared to be shocked and then disappeared. His friend says he also felt an electric shock but was able to make it back to the dock.

Police are investigating what might have happened to cause the drowning.

UPDATE 5:00 p.m.