Details for Fayette Historic State Park Marina

Fayette Historic State Park Marina

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Average rating 4.7 stars from 14 reviews

Address 13700 13.25 Lane
Garden, MI 49835


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - YES
Other info: Fayette Historic State Park is owned and operated by the State of Michigan; reservations via the Michigan DNR website.


No fuel available.

VHF channel

No monitoring of VHF.


Email contact

Owner, manager

Randy Brown



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


20 to 22 feet within the channel entrance to harbor.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: In busy times, rafting may be required. In low water years the north end of the dock may be less than 5' depth.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.76/ft (2014-08-10)

Other price info: New slips as of 2016. Reservations via the Michigan DNR website.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 30 & 50 amp power.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Potable water on the docks.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

No - Length of stay is limited by park rules.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - At ranger station.


Yes - Garbage cans on shore just off the dock.




Yes - Pit toilets in the village area. Flush toilets up the hill at the welcome center. Open all night.








Yes - A 1 mile walk south of the campground, Sherry's Port Bar.


Yes - 1 mile walk.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

No - Very weak signal. Texts get out but phone reception is only fair up the hill or at the end of the points.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - South of the campground.


Other services


Reviews for Fayette Historic State Park Marina
Beautiful New Facility, Interesting Historic Town, 2017-07-22
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1541)

We stayed for one night at the beautiful new floating wood docks. 30 & 50 amp electric and water on the pedestals. Plenty of depth in the slips (we were in the slip closest to the ramp) though most boats did dock bow-in. New slips handle big boats, too, as there were several 55+ footers on the docks with us. Reservations made via the Michigan DNR website. Beyond the great new docks - it's a fascinating piece of history. Definitely worth the visit. Wonderful stop!

Should be on everyone's must visit list!, 2016-09-06
Captain: , Green Bay, WI (400)

Beautiful brand new floating docks now (as of 1 Sept 2016) with power and water. On our "Can't wait to go back" list!!!

Was a wonderful stop (docks were still not available), 2016-08-02
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

As of 30 Jul 2016, the docks were essentially complete but awaiting inspection so no one could use them. Fortunately, the weather was such that anchoring on a shortened scope (anchored in 24 feet) was acceptable.

The park and surroundings were great to explore.

Fantastic Stop, 2016-06-26
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (941)

This is worth the stop. Very interesting town site. There are DNR personnel on site to answer questions and explain the history of the town. Very quiet. The docks have been removed. So anchoring out is the only option. The new docks are scheduled to be complete by August. I doubt they will make that schedule. Good anchor holding. There are sunken logs on the bay bottom.

Wonderful historical stop, 2015-07-17
Captain: , Bloomington, IN (176)

We spent a wonderful 24 hours at Fayette! It is a fantastic historical stop! Quiet and peaceful. In 2015 there are no electricity or other amenitites, but the word is that the State will be completely revamping the dock areas with new docks, electricity and water in 2016. Keep this proposed construction in mind if you are thinking of traveling here in 2016. There is plenty of room to anchor if the docks are inaccessable at that time, and several locations to tie up a dinghy. All in all, one of the highlights of our trip, and we will definitely stop again!

Blast from the past and a nice harbor, 2014-08-27
Captain: , Nowhere,OK (1314)

Snail shell harbor is just that, a harbor that spirals around, protected from winds in all directions. Long dock wall that held 5 of us easily. There is also a shorter 40' dock. Rafting up for the second layer.

The 1890's buildings are great. Yay Michigan Parks to think of turning this town into a living history park.

We spent 2 days here, the going rate is @0.75 cents a foot. Ice at the visitor center from 10-5 and from the ranger station 10-7 pm. A great place to swim about 5 mins from the dock. We had a fire on the beach, but remember to bring a flashlight, there are no streetlights.

This park is a closely kept secret by other boaters, don't let it get out.

Great location, interesting historical area, 2014-08-10
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Stopped at Fayette after crossing from Traverse Bay, we were worried about finding an open spot at the dock. Rafting and anchoring are permitted. Very protected harbor. Michigan has done great job of maintaining the buildings from the late 1800's. Nice dock, water from single spigot available. Great place to walk around.

A Great Annual trip, 2011-09-13
Captain: , Charlevoix, MI (74)

Fayette is an annual trip for our boat. You'll find depths of 8 feet on some docks, most with depth are in the middle of the long docks within the harbor. 8.5 feet is found on the short dock on the west side of the marina. Bring bikes, and bike along many of the trails and beware of sleeping with your ports open due to 'curious' raccoons in the area - they aren't bashful and don't mind boarding your boat. Very well protected, and great availability in early September without much issue. Bottom is grassy/weedy and doesn't always provide an adequate hold for those seeking anchorage.

Beautiful harbor with great views, 2011-08-03
Captain: , Green Bay WI (125)

Fayette is a beautiful place, you can hike to the top of the cliff and look over the whole harbor. Does lack power, water, bathrooms, showers and all of those things but still a great palce to visit.

Fayette Historic Park, 2011-03-09
Captain: , Macataw, MI (435)

Magnificent vistas and a beautiful place. Minimal amenities. A long dock that you have to be capable of backing into (if you have a 6' draft) because of shallow water in the area. The restored historic iron smelting community is definitely worth the trip.

This is the place ......, 2011-01-25
Captain: , Chicago IL (133)

... if you are looking to see the world as it looked at the turn of the century (1899-1900). Ghost town. Maintianed by the State of Mich - bring your own entertainment or (preferably) watch the Milky Way show at night, have a singalong on the steps of the old hotel, explore the bluffs and take a picture of your boat at anchor from several stories up and ..... listen to the sounds of nature as you soak up a world left behind by progress ....

Fayette History, 2010-09-23
Captain: , Houston, Tx (11)

If you have not been here yet, try to go when they have their annual Fayette festival (Aug.), the locals dress the part of the "early days", fun had by all, go early the dock space fills up quickly.

Lots of quiet with a great view, 2010-04-26
Captain: , grand rapids, mi (22)

I will add my 2 cents. We have been here many times and it is one of the best stops in the bay area (or the west coast of lake Michigan). It can get crowded but you can always find someone to raft with. It is best to get there before noon. Generators are ok,but please turn them of a sun down.

Dave and Barb Reinken
MV Hallelujah

Fayette, 2009-07-01
Captain: , escanaba, mi (283)

This a great harbor, no power or water but the place is wonderful. The harbor is very well protected and deep at the dock, 8'to 9 '. The place is great to explore and they have ice at the top of the hill at the entrance. It's about a 1 1/2 mile walk to the nearest pub but it's worth it, very colorful and great food.

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