Coast Guard Station Ludington

Ludington North Breakwall LightFlotilla 31-6, 9th Western District
Ludington, Michigan
(formerly Flotilla 20-06)

The Ludington Auxiliary Meetings are held every second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Ludington Coast Guard Station.

The Public is always invited to attend.


Did you Know:

That N 43 deg. 57.2' is NOT the same as N 43 deg. 57' 20"
HINT:  The marine world uses Degrees and Decimal Minutes (the green numbers below)


Did you Know:

That in the State of Michigan, a person born after December 31, 1978, may only operate a PWC if he or she has obtained a boating safety certificate.

1999 Artic Cat Tigershark

Did you Know:

All vessels, including PWC, are required to have a Type B fire extinguisher onboard.

Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher

Did you Know:
By operating a vessel on Michigan waters, you have consented to be tested for alcohol or drugs if arrested by a law enforcement official.


According to the most recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics alcohol use is ranked number one as a contributing factor in fatal boating accidents in the United States. There were 133 alcohol use related boating fatalities in 2006 (latest statistics available) this is more than doubles the second highest ranking contributing factor; hazardous waters which contributed to 63 boating fatalities. Operator inattention ranked third with 51 fatalities.

 What is alarming is that statistics show that responsible boaters can take a few simple steps to prevent most serious problems while on the water. The first action is to always wear a lifejacket since even though the factors listed above contribute to boating fatalities, ultimately drowning is the cause of death by far. Wearing a lifejacket alone will substantially reduce the likelihood a boating accident will result in a fatality. Taking a boating safety class and of course avoiding alcohol or drugs while boating, are also preventative measures that statistics confirm reduces the likelihood of a boating accident.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary provides instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced. The courses  are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information about Coast Guard Auxiliary  boating safety classes or to find a class please visit For more boating accident statistics visit the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Boating Safety website at ...

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the United States Coast Guard. Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all missions, except military and direct law enforcement actions. The Coast Guard's motto is SEMPER PARATUS (ALWAYS READY). The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an integral part of the United Sates Coast Guard. For more information visit  if you are ready to be SEMPER PARATUS visit ....

Did you Know:

The Ludington Flotilla (and most other flotillas) periodically conduct Boating Safely classes, and GPS for Mariners classes.  See the Public Education page for more information.

Other information to read if you do not know what the law says about boating.

The Official Michigan Boater Safety Handbook