Details for Harbor Beach Municipal Marina

Harbor Beach Municipal Marina

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Average rating 3.1 stars from 20 reviews

Address 1 Ritchie Drive
Harbor Beach, MI 48441


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Harbor Master on duty: April 1 to October 1 7am - 11pm


Reported July 2015, the well marked channel inside the harbor should be disregarded. Follow the breakwall as indicated below.

Report June 2010, the harbormaster directed a boater to use the opening by the lighthouse and then follow the breakwall 100-150 feet off. Halfway up, it gets fairly shallow saw under 4 feet for a short while.





Tide & current additional info

Lake level at low.


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: 7

Other depth info: If coming in the main entrance at the light house stay close to the breakwater as you follow it to the gas dock. When inside the greens stay midway between the greens and the breakwater to the gas dock.

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

Additional info: Late arrivals: Confirmed reservations will be held until 5 p.m. on the date of arrival. If you will be arriving after 5 p.m., contact the harbor to notify staff of late arrival. If late, and you fail to call, the reservation will be no showed, resulting in forfeiture of the total amount. If late just find a slip as the harbor is seldom full.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 60
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 114
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2016-10-21)

Other price info: $1 per foot +$1


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included in slip fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - At every slip.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas price$2.90/gal (2016-10-21)

Other price info:

Diesel price$2.40/gal (2016-10-21)

Other price info: Includes taxes.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Watch small dogs as boards are widely spaced and thier feet slip thru easily.

Disability access

Yes - New fishing pier that is handicap accessible.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - They charge an additional $10 for pump out.






Yes - Good shower facility.


Yes - Clean




Yes - 1 mile, courtesy van on site.


Yes - 1 mile to hardware store, no marine store.


Yes - Nothing high end, good bar food.


Hotels or motels

No - Nothing in town.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - None on site, available in town. Fish cleaning station.

Chartering capabilities

No - None on site, see Offshore Marina.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi but weak signal at theouter docks. ATT 2G - good strength. Verizon 3G good.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Excellent. Good launch ramp and large parking for trailers. Six launch ramps.


Yes - Courtesy van on site but dockmaster must drive.

Other services

The new marina provides transient services and shuttle services into the downtown area. 24 hour security. Picnic and play areas are nearby. Restaurants, stores, and laundry are one mile.


From the marina, one can walk the north break wall for approximately a quarter of a mile. This is one of the most delightful and picturesque walks that can be enjoyed in the Harbor Beach area.

Reviews for Harbor Beach Municipal Marina
Safety In The Harbor, 2016-09-02
Captain: , Portage Lakes, OH (140)

Nice little marina. The docks and bathrooms need a little TLC, but is sufficient. Stayed here for 3 nights while waiting for the waves to "lay down". A couple little gems downtown (park and library), which the courtesy van will happily take you to. The Harbourmaster does a great job of bringing business to the locals here in Harbor Beach.

Good protection, quiet, 2016-09-01
Captain: , LaSalle MI (575)

Short walk to town which offers basic needs. marina is a little tired but everything works and protection is great.

wrong phone number on blue chart, 2016-08-03
Captain: , Lenoir City Tn (30)

Phone number on web site is 989-479-9707

Facilities Need Some Maintenance, 2015-07-26
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (909)

Hate to "ding" this marina, but their facilities need some upkeep. It's okay that it's not new, it just wasn't very clean. The restrooms and showers are not exclusive to boaters - they're unlocked. If you take the favored East entrance, heed harbormaster's guidance on staying 100ft off the breakwall to approach fuel dock. We were only there overnight to take refuge from oncoming Tstorms - the scenery is pretty industrial. We had some great dock neighbors though. Next time I think I would just anchor out here if we need shelter.

Only 3-Stars, but a solid 3-stars, 2015-06-25
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1120)

Good jumping off point for crossing Saginaw Bay. Well-protected harbor, but rickety docks--choose carefully. Very easy fuel-dock access from the North harbor entrance. Only one of the two charted greens is on station within the marina. Don't get confused by the reds which were used by the industrial plant also within the breakwater. Town is easy bike ride, but would be a long walk. No laundry; no security.

a Good location but needs work, 2014-07-26
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1897)

The marina is in a good location for stepping up the west shore of Lake Huron from Port Huron.
The depths at least this year were OK entering and exiting via the north wall entrance.
It was a little skinny between the green and the fuel dock showing a spot of 7'.
At the docks was OK but the docks are in bad need of repair with several leaning at 45 degrees to the south. One of which was friends in a 53' trawler that almost pulled the dock out when a strong northerly blow came thru.
There was no security at the marina and I was awakened several times by non boaters wandering around very early in the morning.
Staff were attentive and we never used the facilities so no comment there.

Harbor of Refuge, 2014-07-17
Captain: , Port Franks (176)

A nice safe Harbor of Refuge, rising lake levels have eased the depth issues, there is plenty of room to anchor in the shadow of the electric plant. Facilities are clean and well kept but the next time I will anchor out here.

A harbor in need if needed, 2014-06-26
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

Good staging harbor to cross Saginaw Bay going north to Harrisonville at trawler speed of 7 knts.. the lake levels are lcurrently + 1'so I saw 8 feet true depth coming in the north entrance and 7' at fuel dock. The bottom is very soft if you touch. They are doing some repairs and dredging.

A good visit, 2013-08-21
Captain: , traverse city (120)

Frriendly and helpful staff, clean showers & RR's, no problem for our 4.5ft draft sailboat. A little in need of a facelift, but ok.

Ok Stop Heading North (or South), 2013-06-25
Captain: , La Salle, MI (122)

This is a convenient stop for slower boats heading north or south before and after crossing Saginaw Bay. It is very protected but the entrance to the marina itself is shallow maybe 4 ft. We watched a sailboat get stuck and have to be towed out where they anchored. Clean facilities with friendly dock folks. There is a small restaurant and convenience store within easy walking distance but the town itself is a hike.

Harbor Beach Municipal Marina, 2013-01-11
Captain: , Leamington, Ontario (620)

A long way from restaurants, provisions, but marina staff will drive you into town and pick you up. Very, very shallow getting in and out, older facility but clean.

Thin and weedy, 2012-07-21
Captain: , Sault Ste Marie, MI (240)

It was thin for much of the last half of the way down the middle breakwater to the marina. Once in the marina the only direction from the one staff on duty, who was busy fueling another boat was "Pick any one on C dock". Heading toward the end of C Dock I was warned by docked boaters that "It gets shallow down there". It turns out shallow means about 6". I pulled into a slip not as far down which was weed choked and which may have fouled my bow thruster. I heard the staff guy tell a boat with 6' draft trying to get in that there was only 4 1/2-5' of water. I hope I have made my point that it is shallow in this marina. Also C dock is a very long walk to the office/restrooms. I will try to avoid this place in the future.

Good lay over out of Bay City, 2012-02-29
Captain: , Pier 7 Bay City MI (308)

Good spot to get out of the weather when it starts blowing. Fishing is good in the spring in the inner harbor.

Fine place, no real draw though, 2011-08-10
Captain: , Detroit (720)

I've only been once, just because there was nothing to bring me there over Lexington or Port Sanilac. Nice little town, a fair walk through a nice path of wilderness trail. Winds can really bang you around off the northern lake. Be watchfull over all entry points for depth.

Harbor Beach Municipal Marina, 2011-07-10
Captain: , Herrington Harbour, MD (680)

July 8th, 2011
Very shallow at the marina, and on the way in from the North
Entrance. Good staff, wi-fi at office, a worn out marina that needs some love and care. Town is really quiet. No easy walk to any grocery store.

Harbor Beach Marina, 2011-02-07
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (506)

It's a marina. Great staff and the boat stayed tied up so that was good. Not the most scenic spot I have stayed at.

Harbor Beach, 2010-06-12
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Nice facilities like most michgian marinas. Marina has secondary breakwall to keep it calm. Nice to have floating docks.

Staff helpful.

Quiet Harbor , 2009-09-10
Captain: , Absarokee Mt (1228)

Labor day weekend, not much happening. plenty of space and quiet. Just what we needed after coming up from Detroit

Harbor Beach Marina, 2009-02-28
Captain: , Whitby (1653)

Not the most picturesque, this marina is well run and very friendly. A van is available for grocery runs. A radio-keyed fog horn is in service. Quality fuel, sturdy docks, excellent service.

Harbor Beach Municipal marina, 2008-08-06
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

The employees are most helpful and will go out of their way to assist you. 5 STARS for this.

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