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Started by David VanDenburgh Dec 22, 2013.
Started by MNSailor. Last reply by Brett Gruchow Apr 18, 2012.
Started by MNSailor Apr 17, 2012.
David, thanks again for replying. We stopped in St. Joseph municipal a couple years ago on the way to South Haven (South Haven is as far North has we've ever gotten). Real nice cozy marina and the yacht club had a fantastic dinner. May stop again this year.
Thanks David! I was also wondering about anchoring out. Do you ever anchor out on the lake or mostly in the harbors. I was thinking if I got tired and wanted to stop overnight but didn't feel like stopping in a marina I would anchor offshore but I haven't seen many boats anchored out.
Ken, we try to anchor out as much as possible, but here are the marinas we can recommend:
South Haven Municipal Marina (there are two: south is easier to get to town, north is quieter)
Saugatuck Coral Gables Marina (but only if you like to be right in the thick of all the action and noise! Easy access to town.)
Holland, Eldean Shipyard marina (near channel entrance but a long way from town)
Grand Haven, lie on the seawall for free! The municipal marina will tell you you have to pay but you don't.
White Lake, we LOVE the Whitehall Municipal Marina but the water is a little thin if you draw more than 5.5 feet.
Pentwater, we always anchor in the lake but Snug Harbor gives us good service for fuel and pumpouts.
Ludington, municipal marina is new and nice.
Manistee, municipal marina has new facilities. If the river current is running fast, docking can be difficult. You might prefer to lie on the sea wall, also operated by the municipal marina.
Arcadia municipal marina (Veterans Memorial Marina) is homey and rustic. Great dockmasters.
Frankfort, Jacobsen Marina is the only one we've used but they're expensive. And nice.
Leland, Township Harbor is about the only choice. Nice facility but crowded.
Northport (in Grand Traverse Bay), G. Marsden Dame Marina.
That's about it. As I say, we try to anchor out whenever it's an option.
Have fun! BTW, are you a member of ActiveCaptain.com? They have great marina info. Join up.
Planning a sail from Chicago to Traverse City and wondering what Marinas are the best to stop along the way. Been as far as South Haven and that will be my first stop. Would like suggestions on Marinas further North. Planning on 30 to 40 Kmiles per day but would plan on a longer leg if necessary.
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