Michigan City info

Discussion in 'Mid-States' started by Blueone, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    908
    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    My wife and I are considering getting a larger boat and keeping it up in Michigan city. I was hoping to get more information from some of you that are familiar with the area.

    Pros/cons of port Authority marina and B&E marina?

    Where do you go on a typical weekend?... Are there sand bars or shallow areas to anchor for the day.

    Would you recommend another port or town if commuting from Indianapolis

    We are planning a trip up in August to explore the area with our boat so any advice on the area would be appreciated

    Thanks

    Dan
     
  2. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    908
    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I spent a bit of time searching again and it seems New Buffalo is the go to place for a short trip.. But what about just anchoring out for a few hours? Is there a spot close by where you can anchor and just stand in the sand ?
     
  3. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Active Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    '08 H240
    5.7
    I slip just down the lake in Portage and make the drive from Indy every weekend. Spent a year in Hammond as well before here.
     
  4. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    908
    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Why Portage over Michigan city or Hammond ?
     
  5. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    908
    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Thanks for the information and the invitation. We are planning on bringing our boat up for an extended weekend in the next few weeks. We want to look around the area and hopefully head over to Chicago. I want to keep the boat in a transient slip at one of the two marinas and stay at a hotel in the area.... Probably the casino.
     
  6. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Active Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    '08 H240
    5.7
    Hammond was nice and well kept. Safe too, great security, but in an iffy neighborhood so they needed it. Right on the lake which was nice, but during storms when the wind/waves kicked up the boat was beat. Not a lot for the kids to do, only the yacht club. Sandy beaches on both sides of the marina.

    Portage is a twenty minute idle ride down the ditch and the marina is down in a bowl. Storms have no effect on the boat. Marina is a few years old and no security like Hammond but it's in a much better neighborhood do you really don't need it. Heated pool, work out facility and close to stores in town. Boaters beach is a quick boat ride (warm water discharge).

    Portage is also a thirty minute shorter drive from Indy. Didn't consider Michigan City due to the further drive and two little kids. The zoo is nice but it's only a forty five minute boat ride from Portage.
     
  7. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    908
    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I reserved a slip at the port authority marina Thursday thru Sunday, August 1st weekend. Sounds like I picked the busiest weekend of the whole summer with the boat races going on. Should be fun... Sounds like a lot going on.
     
  8. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    908
    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Will do... looking forward to checking out the area
     
  9. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    Let me know if you have questions about New Buffalo.

    MM
     
  10. Nick 55

    Nick 55 Member

    137
    Aug 14, 2013
    Michigan City
    98 450 Sundancer
    3126's
    My parents are on the 200 dock as well. Look for the old guy.

    Kidding, but if you see a 450 DA with Incognito on the transom, that is them. Duane and Bert.
     
  11. FastMarkA

    FastMarkA Member

    224
    Jul 12, 2010
    Chicago
    2017 350 CBR
    T-6.2L 350hp w/ B3 and JPS
    I'd choose New Buffalo over Michigan City in a heartbeat -- better restaurants (that are walking distance from the harbor), no "spew" from the power plant, and it just has a more nautical/"vacationy" look to it. Also, if you're the beach anchoring type, the water is extremely clear between NB and the Warren Dunes; it's great anchoring there.
     
  12. FastMarkA

    FastMarkA Member

    224
    Jul 12, 2010
    Chicago
    2017 350 CBR
    T-6.2L 350hp w/ B3 and JPS
    That's quite a sweeping generalization, don't you think? "Weird" is subjective, unless MC has set a standard of human normalcy and I'm just not aware of it yet. :)

    Also, I'm guessing as a downtown Chicago resident myself, that likely uncreative "FIP" acronym (which presumably includes an F-bomb and "Illinois" in it) applies to me. :) It's okay, I don't mind...I'll somehow manage to live in this awful city... :D
     
  13. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    908
    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Funny ...this hasn't come up before ?? ... what is this spew ?
     

Share This Page

Show Sidebar