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Lake Erie

Lake Erie is an international body of water bordered by Ontario, Canada to the north and the U.S. states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.  It is the fourth largest of the Great Lakes by area and  measures 241 miles across and 57 miles wide. Among the Great Lakes it is the shallowest, with an average depth of 62 feet and a maximum of 210. Warmer lake temperatures and wave action (relative to the other Great Lakes) are enhanced by this shallow depth resulting in rapid wave height development during storms. The lake is also home to 31 islands (in both Canadian and U.S. waters), among which Kelleys, Pelee, and South Bass are the largest and most popular. Sailing on these waters is 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.

Lake Ramps

Monroe County: 6 Ramps
Wayne County: 4 Ramps

Lake Events

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Lake Organizations

Inter-Lake Yachting Association - I-LYA's basic purpose is the protection and promotion of the interests of boat owners and watersports fans in the enjoyment of their sport.

Performance Handicap Racing Fleet - Lake Erie - PHRF-LE is a handicap certificate issuing organization; it does not sponsor, organize or manage competitive sailing events

North Cape Yacht Club - Located adjacent to the Toledo Beach Marina in LaSalle, MI, the NCYC is extremely active at promotoing and hosting sailiing events and national championship regattas. 


Monroe Boat Club - Located near the Bolles Harbor boat ramps in Monroe, MI, the MBC has an active sailing fleet and events.


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Lake Resources


Lake Erie 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 Erie for home printing. More localized charts for ports/waters along the Erie 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 Erie.

Commercial Cruising Guides (mouse over for details)

Commerical Marinas (incomplete listing) nominate a business

  • Jo Jo's Marina  - 7371 Bass Drive, Erie, MI
  • John Fisher Marina  - 2961 E. Sterns Road, Erie, MI
  • Lost Peninsula Marina  - 6300 Edgewater Drive, Erie, MI
  • State Line Marina  - 7300 Perch Drive, Erie, MI
  • River Cafe and Marina - 6215 Edgewater Drive, Erie, MI
  • Humbug Marina, Inc. - 13400 Middle Gibraltar Rd., Gibraltar, MI
  • Lighthouse Marina - 5800 South Otter Creek Rd., LaSalle, MI
  • Otter Creek Marina - 6305 Lakeview Ave., LaSalle, MI
  • Toledo Beach Marina - 11840 Toledo Beach Rd., LaSalle, MI
  • Luna Pier Harbor Club - 10420 Harold Dr., Luna Pier, MI
  • Detroit Beach Boat Club - 3028 Harborview St., Monroe, MI
  • Harbor Marine - 13930 Bridge Dr., Monroe, MI
  • Monroe Boat Club - 7932 North Harbor Dr., Monroe, MI
  • Riverfront Marina - 1560 East Elm Ave, Monroe, MI
  • Trout's Yacht Basin - 13940 Trout St., Monroe, MI

Sailing Charters nominate a business

  • Duchess Charters (313.885.7319) - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
  • Fair Winds Sailing (248.563.5413) - Bingham Farms, MI

Sailboat Dealers (New & Used) nominate a business

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

Sailing Equipment and Supplies nominate a business

  • WindRider One-design & Trimeran Parts
  • West Marine Stores
    • 30060 S. River Rd., Harrison Township, MI
    • 25050 Jefferson Ave., Saint Clair Shores, MI
    • 10610 Telegraph Rd., Taylor, MI
    • 789 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI
    • 2212 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren, MI

Sail Lofts nominate a business

  • Kent Sail Co. - 35942 Jefferson, Harrison Township, MI
  • Doyle Detroit - 24227 Sorrentino Court, Clinton Township, MI
  • Dieball Sailing Company - 5556 Edgewater Dr., Toledo, OH

Sailing Schools & Lessons nominate a business

Marine Salvage & Repair nominate a business

  • Marine Rescue Monroe - Bolles Harbor, 734.637.2880 (VHF Channel 9/16)
  • Michigan Marine Salvage, Inc.-Harrison Twp., 586.468.2430 (VHF Channel 19)
  • Marine One Towing - Saint Clair Shores, 586.447.0180
  • St. Clair Marine Salvage and Services - Harrison Twp., 586.783.2073


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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