Sylvan Lake in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Oakland County Boat Club
Centennial 1912-2012 ... and Still Going Strong
Many founding members toiled long days
in the early automobile factories to gather $500 to buy this site on Sylvan Lake. The first meetings were held in an old shed used for a boat livery. In 1916 the Boat Club was built with rooms for dining, dancing and meetings. The club's prospects dimmed when returning World War I veterans abandoned their boats for the new automobile craze. Eventually automobiles and the trolley line brought new members to Sylvan Lake looking for relief from the crowded roads and city life.
You Auto Know
Most club members used sailboats during World War II when there was a restriction on the use of gasoline for powerboats.
Erected 2013 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 42° 37.157′ N, 83° 19.923′ W. Marker is in Sylvan Lake, Michigan, in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2330 Ferndale, Keego Harbor MI 48320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Life for Children (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sylvan Lake Inn (about 700 feet away); The Great Escape (about 700 feet away); "X" Marks the Spot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ordered by Mail - Sent by Rail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Learning and Growing (approx. half a mile away); "Body by Fisher" (approx. half a mile away); Welcome to Beaudette Park (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylvan Lake.
Also see . . . Welcome to the OCBC / Our History. Short history of the Oakland County Boat Club, including photographs, on the boat club's website. (Submitted on May 18, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 18, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.