Most marinas do not charge for water. We wash by bucket on deck
, even in Lake Superior
. You will want a bucket, possibly folding bucket, on a rope
, your body, hair, clothes. On the days you run into the Great Lakes Ankle-biting flies, jump in, cool off and remove the sweat. They will leave you alone. Once you get above Lake St Claire, the open waters are all pretty clean. You might be wary in Green Bay and Southern Saginaw bay. Water flow at Chicago is out through the ship & sanitary canal so the waters off the city are crystal. Dive opportunities abound on wrecks all around the lakes.
Plan to have a really great time in the North Channel (Canada). Get the cruising guides
to the North Channel and to the Great Lakes. Note the hospitality in places like Little Current
where the city docks are free till nightfall so you can charge batteries, buy groceries, do a restaurant, Laundry
, hot showers. Many superb anchorages
. Note that almost every Michigan harbor has a craft brew pub nearby. I highly recommend you test them all. Grand Marais - Lake Superior
Brewing - excellent. Three in Marquette, more in Houghton & Hancock. In Houghton, free indeffinite tie up at the city wall by the parking deck and at both ends of the Keweenaw canal. Many places are no-charge tie-up.