Cable Parks 2010: Placid Wake Park

Allendale, Michigan



The first cable park to open its doors in Michigan, Placid Wake Park features a pro shop, a boat lake and, most importantly, a Sesitec System 2.0, complete with great obstacles for beginners and pros. Created by Summit Marine Hydraulic Boat Lifts, the park’s hydraulic rail is highly unusual and quite a chameleon — it can transform into a flat bar, rainbow rail, A-frame rail, incline, rooftop, etc. And it takes as little as 30 seconds to morph into shape. With its grand opening kickoff in June, Placid Wake Park plans to continue to add a new feature each month this summer. Placid Wake Park, located 20 minutes west of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is part of the Placid Waters water-sports community.

Park Stats

Towers: 2 (straight line)

Ability Level: Beginner to advanced


Speed: Variable

Obstacles: 4 (1 two-way kicker, 1 box, 1 rail, 1 hydraulic rail )

Facts and Rates

Season: May to September


Rates: $25 for half-day, $45 for one day, $350 for 30 days, $695 for one season, $10 for cable express pass, $55 for boat set; rental gear available as well; $175 for full-day camps (boat and cable, plus gear, lunch and coaching), $95 for half-day camps

Local Pros: Derek Grasman, Jonathan Nadolski, Scot Ferwerda

Water Temperature: Shorts all summer, spring suit in spring/fall


Pro Shop: Action Water Sports

Food: Drinks, candy and chips available on-site

Closest Airport: Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Local Knowledge: Grab dinner at Main St. Pub; if you want to go out, check out the B.O.B downtown; there are plenty of other restaurants and bars as well

Other On-Site Activities: Boat sets, winching, volleyball, Bola Ball, sunbathing

Accommodations: none on-site

Events: Hyperlite clinic, Ronix tour, Michigan Wakeboard and Wakeskate Championships and weekly competitions for the local shredders