So glad to hear you stayed put. You will find it clear now to Muskegon for sure. You will find good holding and protection in the wave expander ponds in Muskegon and Ludington. You can get into Harbortown Marina on the SW end of Muskegon Lake. There is transient docking
, gas dock
etc. there. They have been mostly fair on fuel
prices. You can probably dock
at the wall at Dockers Restaurant The low dune, buildings and sea wall will give you great shelter. You can also dock at Torresen Marine
. Haab's restaurant delivers to both places - best sandwiches anywhere. Pizza too.
NORTH: In order
White Lake. White Lake Yacht club. Transient last year 1.00/ft. 110 VAC or 220 with a combiner. Restaurant in walking distance just north.
Stay out of Pentwater. Nice place but shifty bars in the channel. We bottomed & stuck hard. If you go into Pentwater, you may not get out if the wind
turns into the channel.
Luddington: Anchor out in the wave pond or in the lake. New city marina is nice. I think about 2.00/ft. Walking to down town & restaurants. The gas dock is in a hole. Do not attempt to dock near the ferry
dock (the Badger). His prop wash will make life rough.
Manistee: You can sometimes tie on the wall. There is a nice place, Seng's Marina in the lake past the 2nd bridge and around the point to the south and back west. Good holding almost anywhere in the lake.
Portage Lake: Same as Pentwater - watch out. If you go into Portage, you may not get out if the wind
turns into the channel.
Arcadia: DITTO shallow
Frankfort: Wave pond. Easy access. Great headlands (dunes) provide holding. You can also get into the public docks. We prefer the docks in front of the Library at the east end of the dredged area. Ask locally if the fish
fry is open. If you anchor here be prepared to deal with gook.
S Manitou Island: The C shaped bite on the east side has great holding. Go in close about in the center. Your charts
will show a rise to about 15 feet. Don't use the dock. It is reserved for the ferry (assuming the park is open) You Will probably need to buy a par pass to go ashore. Its worth it if you hafe time to hike.
I assume you will not go into Traverse. If you need shelter, go to Northport.
Lake Charlevoix: Inter at Round Lake. You can anchor in Round Lake assuming light traffic. There is a sand sucker barge and the Beaver Island ferry that use this lake too. If you pass into Lake Charlevoix, have a great sail, big long deep lake. Oyster
Bay on the north side, fist bay on the left is good shelter. Sand bottom everywhere.
If you have an E wind you can follow the shore to Sturgeon Bay. You will need to follow the markers through Gray's Reef. You can sail between the rises but be careful. Do not short-cut Waugoshance Island.
Mackinaw Island: Probably out of your way but good accommodations.
Cheboygan: Not been there but has an anchor basin and I think you can tie off on a wall along the river.
Prevailing winds make most of the E coast sheltered. Follow your charts
and pick any of the harbors. Presque Isle is the next 'big' town.
basin up river and good shelter.
OSCODA: check your guides. Very small place
TAWAS: well maintained state docks. Walking to town.
AU GRES: It has been many years since we were there. Check your guide for water depth
. The state docks are up river at the bridge on Rt 23.
The rest of Saginaw Bay is shallow so watch carefully near shore. There are places on the Saginaw River if you went that far. I suspect you will skip directly to the tip if the thumb & south.
HARBOR BEACH: Good shelter.
Watch your charts and guides entering and transiting port Huron & Sarnia. The current
moves right along. Plan your moves well ahead. We on the W side have heard some legendary tales of the MIB on the border. You are permitted to sail in Canadian water as long as you don't stop. If you so stop, customs
of course & customs
on return. PASSPORT!!