Lake St Clair to Petoskey.

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  1. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
  2. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    If you heading north from Frankfort, Leland is another great little harbor with good food and lots of natural beauty. Here are two recent pix taken last summer.
     
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    PapaG, I agree 100% on the North Channel and Georgian Bay. In 1964 right after we graduated from high school, a classmate and good friend invited me to go with him and his parents up there on their boat. It was moored at SBYC in Bay City.

    We spent 2 weeks on the trip. Two days to get up to northern parts of Lake Huron then across to the North Channel and the majority of the rest of the trip up there and Georgian Bay. Even as a high schooler who previously was only interested in girls in bikinis, that area really impressed me. Crystal clear water, beautiful islands, great harbor towns. What a trip it was and I've never forgotten it.
     
  4. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    On a related topic, for those of you GL boaters, I have an Excel spreadsheet that I put together that has mileage distances between many Great Lakes port cities and a few from the Canadian waters.

    If anyone wants a copy emailed to them, drop me a PM with your email address and I'll get it out to you tomorrow.
     
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  5. tc410

    tc410 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Oct 9, 2006
    Charlevoix, MI/Jupiter, FL
    2005 550DB
    MAN CRM-900
    Hope to see you guys in Charlevoix this summer! We might be gone that week but nothing fully decided yet. Stay warm and be careful on the roads!
     
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  6. KWB

    KWB New Member

    12
    Oct 11, 2017
    340 Sundancer 1987
    twin 454 mercruisers
    Going through this thread, i noticed nobody has mentioned Port Sanilac. and yes I've been to Harbor Beach. and we love Port Austin and turnip rock. But Port Sanilac has some great activities scheduled for the summer. Like the Antique Boat Show, And Blues Festival, And Music in the Park. It's a great little town trying hard to get attention. Well worth a stop over. and is usually the best diesel and gas prices on the lake.
     
  7. Jaws

    Jaws Member GOLD Sponsor

    535
    Nov 13, 2007
    Sarnia, Ontario
    460 Sundancer 2002
    Cummins 8.3 6CTA
    I'm a little late to the thread having just returned from Florida but the trip north is almost an annual thing with us. We've been to the Mackinac Island and Charlevoix areas eleven times starting from either Algonac or Sarnia and in the old days, from Georgian Bay. Every port has its charm and one of our new favorites is Port Austin where the harbor has been reconstructed and the staff is among the best. I even wrote to the state and commended their staff last year.

    Lexington and East Tawas should be considered too but the latter is "inside" Saginaw Bay a bit and the dicey part about going up or down the lake is always crossing Saginaw Bay. We've been out in eight footers there and it wasn't pleasant for an hour until you tuck into the protection of the land. Harrisville is a fuel stop and Presqu'ille is pretty with its lighthouses, but limited. Rogers City has some of the fastest diesel fuel pumps around and the town is very quiet. (We had to dine at the bowling alley last June because everything else was shut down it seemed.) Once you get into the "Straits" everything brightens up. The Island is very busy in July and that's why we prefer June. Mackinaw City docks are our preference in high water years and the Straits in low water for their floating docks. It's always blowing hard it seems at the City marina in the afternoon but the staff is very good at "catching you". (Back into a starboard tie on the south side when the typical west wind is funnelling through and you will see what I mean. Ask for a port tie or bow in.)

    The Island is an amazing place and we have walked around it several times, bicycled it and the girls rollerbladed too (just don't get caught doing that in the town by the local cop.) We prefer "inside the T and bow-in, about the only place we do. You wake up in the morning to the cannon salute off your stern.) Making the turn out towards Lake Michigan's White Shoal is one of the great challenges with a typical building wind. It seems to funnel right up Lake Michigan into the mouth all the way from the windy city. As you run south toward Little Traverse Bay it seems to smooth out. I completely agree with Captain Rusty's assessment because it can beat you up, so choose your days and generally leave Mackinaw (or Mackinac) early. We were beaten back twice in our 28 footer but the 36 finally did it. Much easier in the 46 these days and we've had glass smooth conditions on the last three trips.

    In Little Traverse Bay the choices abound. We were in Harbor Springs, Charlevoix and Petosky last June. All are wonderful as is the royal treatment at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Petosky is more exposed so there's a bit of a bounce all night and Harbor Springs has its snobbishness but is charming. Charlevoix is my choice of the bunch and Hal the former dockmaster is still around as the welcoming committee.

    Have fun with the trip because it's a wonderful experience. Might see you up there!
     
  8. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    Jaws, thanks for the reply. We have spent many weeks in the Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs area for most of our life, but always in a hotel. We are really looking forward to spend our time in the cockpit. I've spent considerable time on Lake Charlevoix in smaller rental boats so I know and love that lake. I'm especially looking forward to spending the night on the hook in Oyster Bay on Lake Charlevoix. A night or two in Boyne City would be nice also.
     
  9. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Member GOLD Sponsor

    221
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    I'm planning on staying loose, and North Port Leland, and Suttons Bay are on the secondary list.
     
  10. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Member GOLD Sponsor

    221
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    We've had many an adult beverage at the outside bar a Staffords looking at sight like those.
     
  11. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Good Bloody Marys there.
     
  12. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Member GOLD Sponsor

    221
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    The trip is almost here! we leave next Friday morning and hope to make Port Austin the first day. I'll post up our experiences and some pictures as we go. Pray for good weather.
     
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  13. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    Past:
    1999 Sundancer 340
    7.4L Gassers
    Looks like you'll be far better off than on the other side of the mitten. I was hoping to cross from Wisconsin this Friday but with a south wind the forecast is 5'+ waves. Ughh...

    Might be a bit of a chop for you. Looks like 2-3's on your side Friday evening.

    Good luck!
     
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  14. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Member

    84
    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    10' Aventus RIB w/ 9.9 Merc
    Cat 3196
    You should have no problems running in one day from Belle Maer Harbor to Port Austin. I just ran from Bouvier Bridge to Lexington last weekend (crappy weather) and was told to watch out for commercial fishing nets. On the way up, I ran about 4 - 5 miles off shore due to concerns of fishing nets, but didn't see any. When I talked to some others in port, they said the nets were farther north (Around Port Sanilac up to Harbor Beach). I am not sure if the nets are out there but might want to check with someone in the know before heading out.
     
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  15. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Member GOLD Sponsor

    221
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    Thanks for the heads up!
     
  16. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    291
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp ea., 9.9 hp Mercury
    Doc have a safe trip. Looking forward to the pics and story....
     
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