Details for G. Marsten Dame Marina

G. Marsten Dame Marina

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 33 reviews

Address 105 N Rose
Northport, MI 49670


After hours contact

Off Season: 231-386-5182

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager


Mark Holtz


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: 5/15 - 10/31


Behind breakwater, well marked with lighted red and green buoys.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Finger docks and corrugated steel wall alongside.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Inside of the wall can handle very large vessels.


Transient: 67
Total: 135
Transient price: $1.30/ft (2016-08-27)

Other price info: Michigan Tier 1 pricing. $62.00 for a 42 foot boat, $32.00 for a 25' boat, $89.00 for a 60 foot boat. August 2016


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: No charge

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - No cable TV on the docks but there is a boater's dayroom with a flatscreen TV and many channels.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - City water.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: 90 Rec (no ethanol) gasoline, boating diesel

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Nearby, $15.00 for twenty pound cylinder.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - $10.00


Yes - Block and cube, $2.00 per package.


Yes - Dumpster


Yes - 3 clean and airconditioned/heated.




Yes - 2 new washers and dryers, no charge. Key at the dockhouse.


Yes - 1 block away.


Yes - 1 block away.


Yes - 1 block away Stub's Sweetwater Grill. The Garage, good North Carolina barbeque.


Yes - 1 block away

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

No - Available at Northport Boat Yard.

Haul out capabilities

No - Not on site but it is available at Northport Bay Boat Yard one mile north. Travel Lift to 60 feet.

Storage facilities

No - But available at Northport Bay Boat Yard.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Very strong signal. Free access.
ATT Edge Internet

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Twin ramps.


Yes - Bus service to Travese City $3.00 or $1.50 for seniors over 60 years old, each way.

Other services

Library with WiFi 1 block West on E Nagonaba St.


Reviews for G. Marsten Dame Marina
Great marina!, 2016-08-28
Captain: , Peterborough (30)

Loved this spot! Everything was great and staff were helpful and friendly. We were surprised to find the wifi worked right out to our boat and signal was strong (given previous reviews). Cute town. Seems to have lots of neat art shops/studios.

Nice marina, nice town, no internet , 2016-08-06
Captain: , St. Joseph, MI (814)

Everything you want except working internet. They say they have it but good luck getting on it. I will gladly give them 5 stars when they fix this.

The public library is a half block up and they have internet 24/7 and a little table with AC power for you to sit at.

Wonderful marina, 2016-07-12
Captain: , Sault Ste Marie, MI (240)

This is a top notch, well run marina. The restrooms and showers are clean and there is a boater's lounge with a flat screen tv. Washers and dryers are available for a flat fee of $3. There are concerts in the park directly behind the restrooms and a farmer's market weekly. It is a short walk into an admittedly small town where among other stores there is a Tom's market, Ace hardwarwe, post office and a bakery. A new nine hole golf facility is nearby. The marina is not on the Michigan harbor reservation system, and they will not take reservations, but we have found that if you call they will give you an indication of what chance you will have of getting a slip.

nice marina, great protection, 2016-07-07
Captain: , Stuart, Florida (85)

We stopped here July 6th and enjoyed the facilities and friendly staff. Extremely convenient for stores and restaurants. Tom's grocery store provides dock carts for easy provisioning.

nice small town, 2016-05-22
Captain: , muskegon mi (185)

stopped here in early May 2016 for the night. no one was around when we arrived, most slips were empty so we just picked one. tried calling the off season phone number multiple times with no answer. overall it was a nice marina

Stopped in for fuel and found a gem of a marina, 2015-09-11
Captain: , Burnham Harbor, Chicago (251)

We stopped for fuel before heading accross to Petoskey. This harbor would be a great stop if the wind is howling out of the south. It is very well protected from that direction. Didn't get much chance to check out the town but it looks worth a look.

fun stop, lots to do, beautiful marina facility , 2015-08-22
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1663)

Lots to do, great new marina facilities, new bowling alley/restaurant, a couple of places with live entertainment, several good restaurants , very good grocery two blocks away. Nice park at marina with tables.Fuel at $2.75 for diesel.

enjoyable stop, 2015-08-18
Captain: , Port Huron Michigan (180)

Nice marina. Used their laundry. Town is up the street a block or two.

Nice Facilities, Nice Town, 2015-08-06
Captain: , Peoria, IL (310)

We had made reservations at Sutton's Bay Marina, however, we briefly visited this marina on our way. The facilities are very nice and the town was quaint. If we return to the area, we will definitely look into staying here as the facilities are much nicer.

Busy Marina, 2015-07-23
Captain: , Green Bay, WI (400)

Docking/departure help excellent. Asked for and told we had bow in/stb tie but told just before entry to harbor we had port! Good thing the admiral insists on fenders/lines on both sides "just in case!" Our slip was appx 30' shopping slip which only had a 50 AMP AC conn on the pedastal - how many smaller boats use 50 amps? No adaptor left so good thing I had 2nd 30 amp "extension" cord along. Women's shower lock nun-functional so anyone could just walk in (at least the Admiral was warned) and poor wifi, even with repeater antenna on spreader. New wifi supposed to go in following week. A very nice and clean small town - check out the brewery and adjascent food truck. Supermarket coupla blocks away lets you take big carts to marina and they will pick up! Spent one night Friday 9 July and decided Cherry Fest overflow and cig boat poker run not for us Sat (neither the marina's fault) so moved on to Petoskey and had great time. Marina very clean and would visit again, but would try Sutton's Bay first based on other cruisers' recommendations.

Great Marina in a great town, 2015-07-13
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1120)

We were lucky to get a slip on 4th of July weekend. Fun, local boaters hang out here. Grocery and several good restaurants and shops (recommend The Garage, Barb's Bakery, and Tom's). Biked both to Grand Traverse historic lighthouse and a long ride to Traverse City for Cherry Festival using a mix of Michigan state highways and excellent rail trails. Spend a while here!

Gem in Grand Traverse Bay, 2015-07-06
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (909)

We stayed a couple of nights on the East wall during the week working up to July 4 and the place was FULL. Good anchorages outside the marina too. Harbormaster was very helpful, although we had to anchor out a couple of hours while awaiting a megayacht to take on 4000g of diesel. Great microbewery in town Northport Brewing with a food truck Earth, Wind and Fryer in their beer garden - great combo.

We loved the town and marina, 2015-05-13
Captain: , Muskegon MI (60)

We stayed here on our trip up to Beaver Island 2 years ago. The first night we anchored out to the north of the Marina and took the dinghy into town. The Garage bar called our name and great food was had after 2 days of straight sailing from Muskegon it was like tasting ambrosia! The next day we went into the Marina to top up the batteries and to miss out on some severe weather that was headed our way. The marina was imaculate and the bathrooms were beautiful and clean. Don't forget to stop into Barb's Bakery near by on the weekends for the best cinamon rolls of your life! We will definelty be stopping by Northport again soon. I can't wait to try the brew pub!

Great small town, 2015-01-06
Captain: , Charlevoix (10)

We stopped in here to escape some weather that popped up on our way from Traverse City to Leland. Contacted by radio and were given our choice of slips. They have taller fixed docks and some newer floating docks. (we prefer the floating) Staff was very friendly and caught our lines. Bathrooms are very new and clean.
Very quite small town with a few restaurants and a grocery store a short walk from the marina. We had HUGE pulled pork burgers at the Garage Bar and Grill, then headed to the Brewery that just so happend to be having thier grand opening that night. Small place with good beers and great outdoor seating. Will definitley stop again.

New brewpub stop, 2014-09-07
Captain: , Galena, MD (1826)

Previous marina and staff comments are right on.
the town is really upgrading per comments from other boaters familiar with the area. Couple very good restaurants and a new brewpub, Northport Brewing two blocks from the marina. Very nice, outside seating with fireplace and good brews.

Helpful dock staff, close to town, 2014-08-10
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (6425)

Dcok staff efficient at the fuel dock and helping with the lines while docking. Fixed docks need updating, dock pilings placed where you can't set your fenders until tied up. The rest of the marina is up-to-date, newer restrooms/showers/laundry/boaters lounge. 2 block walk to grocery store, post office, restaurants (at least 4 or 5)

Very nice stop, 2014-08-08
Captain: , Venice, Fl. (919)

Came in here for some work to be done by Northport Bay Boatyard. Large marina with a great staff. Newer bath house with a park setting all around. Old wooden fixed docks quite high off the water. There are vertical boards but would advise waiting on your fenders until you are in the slip. You are right in town with a grocery, 4 or 5 restaurants and a brew pub. Friday is the farmers market right in the park as well as a concert in the evening.

Worth a second stop!, 2014-07-20
Captain: , Montague, MI (140)

We had been here a few years ago and heard they had redone the marina, it was well worth a second stop. They added slips and also have completely redone the small clubhouse, laundry facilities were great, bathrooms and showers were very nice. You have to go to Barbs Bakery, best cinnamon twists around....that alone is worth the trip:)

Great Stop!, 2013-08-23
Captain: , Burnt Store Marina (70)

Because we could not get into Leland (they actually told us not to come for 4 days due to a rondezvous), we went to this marina August 6 - 8. All the cruising guides said there was a very convenient bus that would take you to Leland. Turned out, that bus is not operating this year. There are no rental car agencies or taxis and we really wanted to visit Fishtown in Leland, so the Dockmaster took pity on us and lent us his car. The marina is very nice and all facilities are new and sparkling clean. They even have a FREE laundry! HUMBUG, Nordic Tug 39

Different Experience, 2013-08-04
Captain: , Big Torch Key, FL (1956)

We must have come in as the last reviewer was leaving on the 3rd. We found a totally different experience. Our radio call was answered promptly (they monitor Ch 16, not 9). We requested an over night slip and after a brief paused were assingned a slip number and given clear directions to the proper dock. When we arrived we were met my two very young looking dock hands. Because of their youthful apprearance, I did question their abilitiy. One hand took the bow line forward and took a turn on a cleat. The second one took the spring line and ran it aft to act as a stopper if needed. He also then took the stern line from the Admiral. The lines were secured only after being asks to make them fast. They then offered to help tie other lines and assistance with the power cord. We declined, but are not sure what else they could have done to assist us with our docking.
If you are traveling on a schedule, a jaunt into Travese Bay is a bit out of the way. But if you have time there are wonderful little ports and harbors in the Bay that should not be missed. Besides Northport, Suttons Bay, Traverse City and Elk Rapids all offer wonderful docks and a very pleasant experience. We would recommend them all. There are also a number of good anchorages.

Sometimes overlooked, 2013-08-03
Captain: , Grand Haven, MI (674)

Cruising eastern Lake Michigan we would skip Grand Traverse Bay opting for either Leeland or Charlevoix. Northport is on the north end of the Leelanau Peninsula well sheltered and protected. The harbor masters are knowlegable and helpful. Make sure you talk to either Marv or Martha, they know what they are doing. The young dock helpers need training. We were there the first of August, they should be up to speed by then but were not. On our approach no one would answer the radio and after connecting by cell phone we could not understand and directions were unclear. We tied to the East wall a long walk to any of the facilities, but after one night moved closer in and stayed additional days. Laundry was free to marina users, everything in the small town is close within short walks. Friday nights are music in the park which is ajacent to the marina.

Still great stop, 2013-07-29
Captain: , Britt, Ontario, Canada (184)

Slips still $1.20/ft and diesel at $3.90/gal. Free laundry facilities and easy walk into town.

Quiet, secure, friendly, well-run, 2012-12-29
Captain: , Union Hall, VA (60)

Stayed here for a couple nights in early Sept. This is a very secure marina, with ample depth (I recall at least 8' in a slip fairly near shore). Northport is a quiet, small town. Marina itself is also quiet, staff is helpful. Finger piers are steel-supported on pilings, but not excessively high, considering the current low water levels.

I believe they have a small farmer's market (Sat. morning?). Excellent sailing right outside the marina, in the northern reaches of the W arm of Grand Traverse Bay.

Great Stop, 2012-07-27
Captain: , Cincinnati (1800)

I agree with the other reviews. Excellent facilities and staff. Free WIFI and washers and dryers. Very close to everything you need. Groceries, hardware,and restaurants. It is worth the 10 mile detour.

Northport Village Marina, 2012-07-19
Captain: , Clearwater (617)

A well run and friendly marina with good access and most necessities nearby. The harbormaster, Marvin Wittig has been very helpful when we had problems. The new Boaters lounge and complete rework of the waterfront have made this a shining example of what a marina should be. It has been full to capacity since July1. Boats are being accommadated on the East and Northwalls.

Here in late Sept 2011, 2011-09-22
Captain: , Fort Myers, FL (141)

absolutely wonderful town (if you are content with quiet and peaceful) We had a great three day stay Sept 19 to 23 and were treated very well and met lots of great folks also making there way on the great loop. Fuel price was 3.98/gal for diesel and daily rates for off season after the 15th of Sept was half price. I think they close at the end of Sept.

Great Marina, 2011-08-24
Captain: , CHARLEVOIX, MI (32)

Docked here 8/21-22/2011. Very friendly, and nice facilities

Often overlooked-But you should not Northport Marina, 2011-08-15
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

This is a great marina, well protected, just an hour and a half down Grand Traverse Bay. A neat town a block away with a bank, grocery store, and several nice restaurants. The staff is very helpful and the restroom/showers are very clean.

G Marsten Dame, Northport, MI, 2011-03-09
Captain: , Macataw, MI (435)

A fun marina close to a cute little town. More protected from W and/or N winds than Leland. A good sail trip from Charlevoix.

Northport marina, 2011-02-09
Captain: , Traverse City, MI (38)

Very nice marina in a very picturesque village. Marina staff is very friendly and helpful. Marv & martha run an outstanding operation!

Smalll, well run marina, 2009-10-05
Captain: , Pentwater, MI (415)

If you are less than abour 40' then this small marina is a great place to stop. Town is small with a just a few good places to dine.

Northport Marina, 2009-07-21
Captain: , White Lake Michigan (87)

Beautiful setting, very well run establishment.
Very helpful staff, provisions very nearby, good ice cream shop.
well protected from storms.

Don't miss Norhport, 2008-07-12
Captain: , WC CO (177)

Well run Marina with boat friendly town. Provisions very close by.

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