Large Lake Michigan waves force cancellation of boat event

July 29, 2019 GMT

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival of Ships has been canceled due to large waves on Lake Michigan.

Officials say waters were too rough for ships participating in the event to wait outside a Grand Haven channel.

High waves and strong currents also have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a beach hazards statement for Grand Haven State Park, Ludington State Park in Ludington and Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon.

And high water on Lake Michigan is changing how some travel in one small western Michigan community.

A free water taxi carries people across a small lake into Pentwater because the only bridge on one side of the village closed due to flooding. The 26-foot boat can carry up to 16 passengers.