Originally Posted by Comodave
That is going to put a monkey wrench in a lot of Loopers plans…
Loopers and the AGLCA have been aware of the closure dates for well over a year now. The fact is that the locks will open by 9/30. Many Lake Michigan boaters try to be off the lake by Labor Day but others assert that, while weather keeps boaters in port for a few more days in September than during the earlier summer months, being on the lake after Labor Day is not something to be feared. It just takes good weather planning, as it does for the earlier months. When we did the Loop we stayed in Charlevois for six days waiting for the winds to lay down.
The bottom line is, Loopers, as a group, will get together and plan group passages as they did last year when two other locks on the Illinois were closed for repairs at an inopportune time.