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Old 28-04-2016, 20:19   #16
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Re: Lake Superior - Cruising advice?

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Possible harbors/anchorages/destinations on our route:

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Ganley Island
Sinclair Cove
Red Rock
St Ignace Island
Fluor Island
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Isle Royale
Grand Marais,
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Keweenaw Waterway Free tie-up by the parking garage in Houghton (south side). Walk throught he garage & up the steps to the coffee house. Good food, toilets, Wi-Fi. Brew pub about a block away. Pasties s-West side of the bridge. Tour the copper mines. Note that the west & east ends of the waterway have concrete side walls with giant bollards & cleats. This is free tie-up. At the west end, south side, it is a park with pit toilet a short walk from the boat launch.
Copper Harbor At night, you may find copious crayfish in the creek from Lake Fannie Ho to the harbor. Use a flash light and look for the eyes. We had a nice boil.
Lac La Belle
Marquette Great time here in the big-town. Three Brew pubs and a lot of good restaurants. Hike Little Presque Isle park. I recommend tie-up at the wall at Cinder Pond Park. The North marina is tight & shallow as well as a long walk from anywhere. Smoke house by the Yacht club. Be sure to see the Yooper-Dome, the world's largest wooden domed building. Its usually open to walk in.
Grand Island Enter from the Mainland side. There is a long deep natural harbor. Lots of hiking the high Cliffside rim on the west side. Coffee shop across the street from the town dock. Wi-Fi & good food. Its also a library. Find a few fish smoke houses.
Grand Marais, UP MI Michigan Great safe harbor and anchorage. Lake Superior Brewing Company for beer & dinner. The breakfast place opp corner for breakfast & pastries. Walk the beaches & hunt agates. Woods hikes too. Only a few miles east of Pictured Rocks.
Whitefish Point Not much to see and not much shelter. I think there may be a marina. Find anchorages above the locks on the US side. Free or very cheap day dockage at Kemp Marina just below the soo locks and next to the Valley Camp ship Museum. Tour the Valley Camp. See the Bush Plane Museum (Canada). Go to the top of the observation tower.

DO arrange to travel the Pictured Rocks in daylight on a nice day. Motor in close and enjoy the view. You Can pick up a tour guide/book in Munising (Grand Isle).

On the trip from the Keweenaw east to Marquette pass close to the Superior Islands. You can get pretty close if the seas are peaceful.

Do not attempt to enter the small lake/harbor east of Grand Marais, Mi. It is shoaled in.

Travel the St Mary's in the marked ship channel. There are occasional unmarked shallows and boulders if you try to follow the natural shoreline channels. We found one off Detour Village. Caution anchoring in some of the designated anchorages and nice natural harbors. These are sometimes set with fish traps. Pick your spot carefully in daylight.

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My wife & I cruised most of the Canadian shore last summer in our 37-ft cutter. We cruised east out of the Apostles June 29 and returned Sept 5 by way of Wawa, Rossport and Isle Royale.
My wife & I cruised most of the Canadian shore last summer in our 44' cutter. And we didn't see another boat until Warp Bay on our return to SSM, including Web Sailor!

Three weeks of cruising and didn't see anyone else. Lake Superior is just that.
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Mike mentioned most of the great spots. We cruised Lake Superior last summer and North and East shores are true wilderness. Don't forget Red Rock, way up north. Fun place and they have a big folk festival early August which brings camping musicians and stages set up with the real thing.. The grass roots folk music. Then head up the Nipigon River even further north, to cross the 49th parallel!!! A must do! And that's as far as you can go north on the globe, cruising/sailing in fresh water! Yea... The 49th!!
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