Participant Information

The 18th Annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run on Lake Charlevoix & Lake Michigan.  Hear the Thunder!


July 9 & 10, 2021

Port stops of Boyne City, Charlevoix, Northport, Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, and Horton Bay.

Leaving Boyne City, boats will head down Lake Charlevoix to beautiful Charlevoix. Once out on Lake Michigan, the course will go south for card stops at Northport and Elk Rapids, then return to the City of Charlevoix Marina for lunch in beautiful downtown Charlevoix. The Poker Run continues after lunch with cards stops in Harbor Springs and Bay Harbor in Little Traverse Bay, then returns to Lake Charlevoix for the final card stop at Horton Bay. 


2021 Participant Waiver

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There’s nothing like it … Boyne Thunder is unique!

There is no other event like it in Northern Michigan. Since 2004, we have grown into a world class event with boaters from all over the country, great media coverage, national attention and great local support. When you come to Boyne City we make you feel special because you are.

Here are other important items we want you to know about our event:
  • Boyne City is centered in one of the most picturesque boating regions of the Midwest and is a boater’s gateway to the world! Door County, Mackinac Island and the legendary North Channel Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Ontario, Canada
  • It’s a unique small town with charm and vibrancy, history, world class restaurants and a great place to live work and play
  • We have nearby IFR and jet-rated airports for visitors
  • Marina and dockage facilities adjacent to downtown provide easy access to downtown shopping, dining and entertainment
  • Benefits the Boyne City Mainstreet Program, Camp Quality and Challenge Mountain

Hear from the boaters. What do you like best about Boyne Thunder?

  • Boyne City knows how to put on a great, fun and adventure-filled poker run! We were very impressed with how involved the local community was and how welcoming they are.
  • The local people were so friendly, the water is beautiful, the atmosphere is awesome
  • Awesome boats and even better people
  • It’s as beautiful as Key West in its own way. I do them both every year. The locals in Boyne are over the top gracious and helpful and appreciate all of us coming to town. That is felt by everyone I have talked to and its genuine I’m sure.

Boyne Thunder Entry Fees

Registration Opens March 1 at 9 a.m. for all participants

*No promo codes will be used this year!

Entries are non-transferrable.

The entry fee is $725, which includes the driver and a crew of one. Additional crew will be charged at the rate of $150 per person. These fees include your entry fee for the poker run, custom Boyne Thunder T-Shirt, Captain’s gift, attendance at Friday night gala, breakfast, lunch  attendance at awards banquet and auction on Saturday night. The $725 entry fee must be paid at the time of registration. Additional crew can be added until June 25,2021.

Note: Proof of insurance for boats is required with your entry in a .pdf format and must be emailed to by June 1, 2021.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation before June 11, 2021, will result in a forfeiture of $300 deposit. Cancellations on or after June 12, 2021 will result in forfeiture of all registration fees. There will be no partial rebates for unused dockage or non-participation in any Boyne Thunder events.


boyne-thunder-participants1st Place – $5,000

Second Place – $3,000

Third Place – $1,500

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events – Participants

Additional Information

  • Boyne City Municipal Marina will be the base of operations for the event.
  • Shower and bathroom facilities are available. You are welcome to spend the nights aboard your boat, but you may wish to stay at one of the many area lodging facilities.
  • Check-in for Boyne Thunder participants is 12:00pm EST, Friday July 12.  Check-out is 12:00pm Sunday.  If you are interested in extending your stay, please contact the marina to make your reservation at 231-582-0336

Hotel Information

Please make hotel reservations early!

Here are four options:

Boyne Mountain

1 Boyne Mt Rd.
Boyne Falls, MI 49713
fax: 231-549-6844
Visit Boyne Mountain’s website for lodging during the event, or call Central Reservations at 855.888.1044 and use code THUNDER

Water Street Inn

240 Front St.
Boyne City, MI 49712
fax: 231-582-3001

Boyne City Motel

110 North East St.
Boyne City, MI 49712





For other area lodging options, please visit