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Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan, bordered by Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota, is the only Great Lake located entirely within the U.S. borders. Measuring 307 miles long and 118 miles across, it represents the third largest Great Lake by area, and the second largest Great Lake by volume. The lake has a maximum depth of 925 feet, an average depth of 279 feet, and features several bays; Grand Traverse Bay located on the northwest corner of the lower peninsula, and Green Bay, bordering Wisconsin. Lake Michigan is inseperable from, and drains into, Lake Huron through the Straits of Mackinac. Mackinac Island, located in the straits, is a popular tourist destination, and the ending point for two of the longest freshwater sailing races in the world (the Chicago-Mackinac and the Port Huron-Mackinac). Sailing on these waters is popular and governed by both state and federal authorities (see coast guard info on the right). In addition, commercial freighter traffic and weather conditions need to be carefully considered when planing an extended outing.

Lake Ramps

Antrim County: 1 Ramps
Benzie County: 1 Ramps
Berrien County: 2 Ramps
Charlevoix County: 1 Ramps
Delta County: 11 Ramps
Emmet County: 3 Ramps
Grand Traverse County: 6 Ramps
Leelanau County: 6 Ramps
Mackinac County: 1 Ramps
Manistee County: 1 Ramps
Mason County: 2 Ramps
Menominee County: 3 Ramps
Ottawa County: 2 Ramps
Schoolcraft County: 1 Ramps
Van Buren County: 1 Ramps

Lake Events

SHYC Invitational
June 3-4 2017

Classic Boat & Small Craft Festival
June 17, 2017

2017 Chicago to Mackinac Race
July 15-17 2017

2017 Ensign Class Nationals
August 14-17 2017

See More Events »


Lake Organizations

Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation - The LMSRF promotes, supports and sanctions offshore racing on Lake Michigan. This is a good place to start if you are interested in Lake Michigan offshore compeititon.


Lake Michigan Performance Handicap Racing Fleet - The LMPHRF provides and sanctions racing performance handicaps for Lake Michigan offshore racing.


Western Michigan Yachting Association - Through its 18 affiliate yacht clubs, the foundation of the WMYA is based on encouraging, promoting, conducting and supervising amateur yachting and yacht racing on the inland lakes.


Traverse Area Community Sailing - TACS is a multi-faceted, community based sailing association which promotes sailing education, outreach, and access. This is a good place to start if you are in the Traverse City area.


Grand Traverse Bay Sail & Power Squadron - This local chapter of the United States Power Squadron organization promotes boating education and fellowship among both sail and power boaters.


Yacht/Sail clubs with access to Lake Michigan (click here to find these clubs on our Yacht Clubs page) - Bayshore Yacht Club • Boyne City Yacht Club • Charlevoix Yacht Club • Grand Traverse Yacht Club • Harbour Towne Yacht Club • Little Traverse Yacht Club • Ludington Yacht Club • M&M Yacht Club • Macatawa Bay Yacht Club • Muskegon Yacht Club • Saint Joseph River Yacht Club • Saugatuch Yacht Club • Singapore Yacht Club • South Haven Yacht Club • Tower Harbour Yacht Club • White Lake Yacht Club


Lake Resources


Lake Michigan Navigation Map

Navigational charts provide information on lake depths, hazards, shipping channels and aids to navigation. Full size charts are required on commercial vessels and others as per USGC regulations. For recreational boaters, the National Oceanographic and Atmoshperic Administration produces this scaled-down, booklet version of these charts. Clicking on the image to the left will allow you to download charts for Lake Michigan for home printing. More localized charts for ports/waters along the Michigan shoreline can be found through the specific location (county) links above.




Public Ramps and Harbors

  • Click on the county links above to view public harbors/marinas (location and details) for Lake Michigan. Note that some of these may be present on inland lakes which connect to Lake Michigan.

Commerical Marinas (incomplete listing) nominate a business

  • Arcadia Marine - 17073 6th Street, M-22, Arcadia, MI
  • Snug Harbor Marina - 616 S. Hancock St., Pentwater, MI
  • Cresent Shores Marina - 545 Crescent Dr., Holland MI
  • Eldean Shipyard - 2223 South Shore Drive, Macatawa, MI
  • Eagle Pointe Harbor - 2351 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI
  • Anchors Way Marina - 143 Anchors Way, St. Joseph, MI

Sailboat Dealers (New & Used) nominate a business

  • Please see our statewide listing of new and used sailboat dealers

Sailing Equipment & Supplies nominate a business

  • West Marine Stores
    • 810 Jackson St., Grand Haven, MI
    • 2975 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI
    • 12513 James St., Holland, MI
    • 2492 Henry St Ste B, Muskegon, MI
    • 105 W Mitchell St., Petoskey, MI
    • 3500 Marketplace Cir., Traverse City, MI
  • Bluewater Sail and Canvas - 10531 E. Carter Rd., Traverse City, MI
  • Torresen Marine - 3003 Lakeshore Dr., Muskegon, MI

Sail Lofts nominate a business

  • Bluffton Bay Sails - 555 W. Hackley Ave, Muskegon Hts, MI
  • Doyle SailMakers - 10531 E. Carter Rd, Traverse City, MI
  • UK-Halsey Western Michigan - 561 Crescent Dr., Holland, MI
  • Quantum Sails - 1576 International Drive, Traverse City, MI

Sailboat Rentals nominate a business

  • Sail & Power Boat Rental - located at the Holiday Inn, Traverse City, MI

Marine Salvage & Repair nominate a business

  • TowBoat US
    • Boyne City, MI - 231.645.3045
    • Manistee, MI - 269.266.2125
    • Muskegon, MI - 231.755.7141
    • New Buffalo, MI - 312.243.2229
    • South Haven, MI - 269.266.2125
    • St. Joseph, MI - 269.266.2125
  • Northport Bay Boat Yard - 10824 North Shore Drive, Northport, MI

Sailing Charters nominate a business

  • Champion Charters (231.946.2647) - Located in Traverse City, MI, private charters on the 39' cutter Champion are now available and support the ship's mission of working with at-risk youth.
  • Great Lakes Sailing Company (231.941.0535) - Traverse City, MI
  • Cat's Meow Cruises (574.220.7007) - South Haven, MI
  • Charlevoix Yacht Charters (231.340.0508) - Charlevoix, MI
  • Come Sail Away / Keeping the Lakes Great (269.932.8400) - St. Joseph, MI
  • Little Traverse Sailors (231.838.4484) - Harbor Springs, MI
  • Michigan Maritime Museum Charter (800) 747-3810 - South Haven, MI
  • Nancy Anne Sailing Charters (616.403.3896) - Holland, MI
  • Nauti-Cat Cruises (231.947.1730) - Traverse City, MI
  • Pure Mish / Up North Sailing Adventures (517.294.6050) - Boyne City, MI
  • Ragtime Charters (616.405.1599) - Douglas, MI
  • Seasun Sailing Charters (616. 218.1077) - Saugatuck, MI
  • Sunshine Charters (231.547.0266) - Charlevoix, MI
  • Sweetwater Sailing (269.543.4362) - Saugatuck, MI
  • Traverse Tall Ship Company (888.959.2655) - Traverse City, MI
  • Traverse City Sail Charters (810.610.6106) - Traverse City, MI
  • Two Brothers Sailing (231.218.5325) - Traverse City, MI

Businesses, please contact us for information on being included or enhanced in this section. Users, please contact us if any of the above businesses is not sail-friendly or to nominate others.

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