Details for Big Bay Harbor of Refuge

Big Bay Harbor of Refuge

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 3.5 stars from 6 reviews

Address Marquette County, MI


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO

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Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

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Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

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Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: 6
Total: 10
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Day use dockage, if space is available.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

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Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

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Internet access

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Reviews for Big Bay Harbor of Refuge
Beautiful, but depth may be an issue, 2017-05-31
Captain: , Bayfield, WI (340)

We came here in May of 2017 and saw 7 foot depths at the entrance. Silting is an issue on both sides of the entrance. Enter slowly. Going in we stayed in the middle and after the entrance saw 12 feet throughout and 9+ feet at the end of the wall opposite the boat ramp. Beautiful location, clean restrooms and shower, and 30A service. No attendant on duty, but there's a number to call and they were there within minutes to register (until 5pm we were told). Small Town a short walk up the hill with good food at The Thunder Bay Inn. Supposedly also a grocery store / gas station, but we didn't see it. Also a bar and a knick-knack store. We grounded while leaving and were only slightly off the center of the channel, so watch the depths closely and go slow. A worthy spot to stop for a quick overnighter.

Very good protection and a great story., 2016-06-28
Captain: , looping (62)

As of 6/25/2016 there was no silting of the entrance. I showed nothing less than 9 ft at the entrance.

Transients dock on the north side of the wall. Deeper water is at the east end of the wall.

There is a great story in the very small village up the road. A murder at the Lumberjack tavern (still open) that led to a best selling novel and a Jimmy Stewart move.

Well protected and serene, 2015-09-02
Captain: , Madeline Island (140)

Anchored here two nights in ten feet of water, directly across from tie up wall. Requires two anchors so you won't swing in this small area. They still charge for anchoring, 50% of the tie up rate.

harbor of refuge only, 2014-08-29
Captain: , Naples, FL (1096)

Tie along wall was sturdy. Transient section is to left of fuel dock and is not marked. No attendant and you need a cell phone to call to register and someone is sent down to collect. If paying by credit card your number is written down and processed at the town office. Single public restroom. Single locked shower. $1.25 per foot. includes 30 amp power.

Quiet Dock, 2012-08-24
Captain: , Detroit (767)

August 2012 - We just stayed here in our 52 ft trawler with 4.5 ft draft. Follow the guidelines we have posted on the inlet to enter. We stayed in the middle of the transient dock and did not have problems. Make sure to walk up to the Thunder Bay Inn for a drink and dinner. This was the setting for the filming of Anatomy of a Murder back in the 50's.

myboatfruition, 2011-04-01
Captain: , Hammond Bay (1841)

I have not used the dock here. The dock is a wall to tie to. It is too shallow along the wall for deep draft boats (over 5'). I have anchored in here in about 8' but you need to put out a bow stern anchor because there is little swing room. It is extremely well protected. This is also an area with serious fog often. This is another harbor that shoals in and you should call the marina ahead to check on entrance conditions if you have a deep draft

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