The 18th Annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run

July 9 & 10, 2021


Although we weren’t in the water in 2020, our generous sponsors and participants helped to create another successful Boyne Thunder.  We appreciate the generosity of our owners, captains and crews.  Thank you. 

We are planning to host the 18th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run on July 9 and 10, 2021.  We look forward to bringing back the speed, excitement and the thunder to the shores of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan, from our beautiful, national award-winning Boyne City. Showcasing high performance boats, slicing through the waters on a breathtaking 150-mile excursion, in the name of charity is our mission! We look forward to seeing you!

Our Greater Purpose 

Boyne City Main Street is proud to bring you Boyne Thunder 2021!

Boyne City Main Street  is a grassroots, volunteer-driven program dedicated to the historic preservation and economic development of Boyne City’s downtown. Our goal is to provide events, programs and projects that help us maintain the historic integrity of our downtown, that keep our community vibrant, and provide our community members and welcomed visitors with unforgettable experiences with the beautiful backdrop of Lake Charlevoix and the hills of northern Michigan. 

Boyne Thunder, a boating poker run, is one of our key events.  Welcoming power boaters and their families and crews from around the country to our downtown in support of local charities and our community, makes this a one-of-a-kind event.


The Boyne Thunder Mission is three fold:

  • Provide an exciting and unique boating event, offering something for everyone
  • To raise money for local charities: helping children with cancer and people with disabilities
  • Promote our wonderful Boyne City and the surrounding areas.

We accomplish this through an event committee, dedicated to the mission, that plans year-round, and hundreds of willing volunteers, local business support and suppliers.  Thousands of volunteer hours are devoted to bringing this event to life and speaks to the dedication and passion of our community.

Camp Quality and Challenge Mountain, our two local charities and extraordinary partners in this endeavor, are non-profit organizations that provide unforgettable experiences for the populations they serve.  Camp Quality is a free, year-round support program, including a summer camping experience, for children with cancer. Challenge Mountain is dedicated to enriching and improving lives for the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation.

Since its inception, Boyne Thunder has raised and distributed over $1 million to the three beneficiaries. Having celebrated 17 years of success thus far, we look forward to welcoming our friends, new and old, to partake in Boyne Thunder 2021.

For more information about Boyne Thunder and Boyne City Main Street, please contact or