Details for Petoskey Municipal Marina

Petoskey Municipal Marina

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Average rating 4.3 stars from 37 reviews

Address 101 E Lake St.
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone231-347-6691 Summer

After hours contact

231-347-2500 Winter

Facility type

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


101 East Lake Street is the mailing address and physical location of City Hall which is adjacent to the marina. The phycial location of the marina osnhore facility is 201 Bayfront Drive. Any mail should be directed to 101 East Lake and not 201 Bayfront Dr.

VHF channel

Hailing 16, Working 68.


Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Petoskey


Al Hansen


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Discover, MC, Visa, Debit.

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: May 1st - Memorial Day 8 am - 4 pm
Memorial Day to Labor Day 6 am - 10 pm
Labor Day to October 1st 8 am - 4 pm
October by appointment only. Call or email to set something up.


Give the end of the breakwall a wide turn. The no-wake buoys at the mouth of the harbor are not navigational markers. The entire entrance is clear.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info: Hail if you draw more than 6 feet.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 120
Beam max: 25

Other info: Many slips are at least 25 feet wide and almost 200 feet of broadside dockage added in 2011.


Transient: 72
Total: 144
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2016-09-14)

Other price info: 32 foot boat paid $42 per night, September 2016.

DNR Rate Schedule D. Rates vary per slip size and slips are assigned to accommodate the LOA (not model length), beam, draft, and customer requests (near friends, close to shore, port/starboard tie, etc).

Staff will assign the best slip for your vessel, this sometimes means a larger slip due the true LOA of the vessel including swim decks/tenders/and bow pulpit, request of a preferred side tie, beam, draft and/or any additoinal requests. Staff may grant a reduced rate if the boat is significantly smaller than the slip assigned or because a larger slip is all that is available. By no means is staff trying to only increase revenue, they simply want visitors to have the best spot available to be safely tied up. It should be noted that 45 foot slips (Pier C) are brand new, have dock side pump-out, wider beams, wider piers and are preferred over the 42 foot slips (Pier B) which are older and narrower. Generally speaking, visitors prefer to have the new/wider slips with pump-out.

30 foot slip is $39.00.
38 foot slip is $52.00.
42 foot slip is $62.00.
45 foot slip is $67.00.
60 foot slip is $89.00.
80 foot slip is $1.36 per foot.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None available.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included with slip.

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - Free over the air HD channels are available, but can be hard to pick up due to physical location. All 4 networks available in the marina lounge along with internet based TV.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Tie up to the outside of the launch ramp for short term visits. No charge.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Welcome.


Fuel brand: Vavtect marine fuel.

Gas price$3.96/gal (2017-08-20)

Other price info: 90 octane with Valvtect. No ethanol.

Diesel price$2.91/gal (2017-08-20)

Other price info: Premium low-sulfur diesel with Valvtect.


No - Available downtown.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Lots of green space for your pets. There are doggy bags located at the restroom/shower building.

Disability access

Yes - ADA slips are avaiable. Launch, showers, and restrooms are ADA.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - $5.00. Pumpout station located on the fuel dock and anywhere on Pier C. Simply inform the staff you need a pump-out while staying on Pier C and they will set up a time to pump your tank.


Yes - Block and cube are available on the fuel dock. Also, you may hail them and they will deliver it to your slip. $2.00 for cubes and $3.00 for block.


Yes - Recycling bins are available near the restroom/shower building. Provided by Emmet County. If you have an item that is hazardous or you are unsure about what to do, just ask. They can recycle used batteries, oil, etc.


Yes - 8 Showers. If you "forgot something", just ask. Staff stocks a supply of shampoo, soap, razors, etc.


Yes - Ample toliets, sinks, mirrors, etc. Remodeled and expanded in 2011.


Yes - Coin laundry on site. Change machine in the laundry room. The marina provides detergent and dryer sheets at no charge. Comfortable lounge adjoins the laundry room with coffee, cable TV, WiFi, books, magazines, etc. 2 washers, 2 dryers and folding table. $1.75 and $1.50 (2016)


Yes - Nearby 7-11 and a natural food co-op called the Grain Train. Also, there is a downtown farmers market every Friday. There are a number of large grocery stores, but they are not within walking distance and would require a cab or shuttle ride (M-F). DW's Market is located 3 miles east on the bike path.


Yes - West Marine is within walking distance. Downtown Meyer Hardware has just about everything as well. It is also known as an Ace Hardware.


Yes - Just walk to the clock tower from the marina and up the midway. Twisted Olive, Pallete Bistro, City Park Grill, Noggin Room, Mitchell St Pub, Roast and Toast, Jose's, and Juilanne Tomatoes are just a few you must try while in Petoskey.


Yes - Noggin Room, City Park, Leo's Lounge, just to name a few. Try Chandlers for wine and Beard's Brewery for a local micro-brew both on Howard Street. Take the bike path to Petoskey Brewery for more local brews (a few miles away).

Hotels or motels

Yes - Many in the area. The historic Perry Hotel is well within walking distance.

Repair capabilities

No - Major repairs prohibited. Repair facilities across bay.

Haul out capabilities

No - Only a boat ramp.

Storage facilities

No - There are several private companies in the area.

Fishing supplies

No - West Marine is nearby and other shops in town have supplies.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing: Rodzilla, Ruddy Duck frequent the harbor but are not always there.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi is provided by the marina. It is reported that at times the coverage is spotty, as the marina office will tell you.

There are 6 access points providing a mesh network for the entire facility. A passphrase is required and given out in the welcome packet. WPA2. Also, ATT and Verizon LTE coverage are available.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Enterprise and Budget Rentals are in town. Several cab companies. Downtown Trolley on weekends stops at the marina. Weekday Friendship Center Shuttle M-F, 231-348-3425. New single speed bikes available from the fuel dock as well.

Other services

Michigan Clean Marina. Outside of downtown there are several big box stores and large grocery stores. Cable TV in the lounge. There is a large public viewing, picnic area on one of the dock areas.


Gaslight District of Downtown Petoskey is just steps away. Miles of beautiful bike paths, several parks to explore within walking distance. Odawa Casino (they will pick you up with a shuttle), Petoskey State Park Beach for day anchoring. Crooked Tree Arts Center, Bay View Events, downtown concerts in the park, movies in the park, Art in the Park, and more.

There is a pedestrian underpass to easily access downtown. Go to the clock tower, walk up the tree-line walkway and under the highway.

Reviews for Petoskey Municipal Marina
wow.. better then expected, 2017-09-04
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (1522)

The dock hands are really good. The girls really control what is going on and it gets done. The town is much bigger then expected. Rode bike to walmart, lowes, officemax and big boy. But warning.. Its uphill going. Lots of restaurants. Stream runni g into bay with big fish being caught. Great park across from marina. Visited harbor springs for an afternoon and after a couple of hours we were excited to return back here.

Petoskey Municipal Marina, 2017-08-23
Captain: , Lake Lure, NC (50)

This is a really nice area! It reminded me of Butlington, VT. With its quaint shops, eating places and awesome bike trail! Restrooms are nice and clean, some rocking due to high winds, and loaner bikes available. Rates were reasonable at $58.00 plus tax but includes 30 amp electric for a 39' trawler.

Cute town, vibrant waterfront, 2017-08-20
Captain: , Grass Valley, CA (320)

We stopped here as there were notory services in town. Pleasently suprised at how good the marina is.

Easy deep access at the entrance, the fuel dock can handle two 50+ ft boats and the new C-dock was great for the larger and wider ships. The facilities are nice, surrounded by greens and the breakwater offers that welcome relief.

The WiFi was really good, strong signal and 2+ MB throughput, perfect for streaming, web browsing and doing chart updates.

Nice facilities, nice town, 2016-09-05
Captain: , North East, MD (385)

The city marina was fairly close to downtown and had good facilities. The downtown has lots of shops and restaurants and is a pleasant walk. However, groceries were a 3/4 mile walk uphill. Wal-Mart is 2.5 miles, also uphill.

Great five star stop, 2016-09-01
Captain: , Blanco, TX (520)

Agree with previous review, everything about this marina and town were well worth the stop. The marina, the park, and downtown area all beautifully maintained, lots to see and do in Petoskey.

A Most Enjoyable Stop, 2016-08-17
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

The city of Petoskey and the marina make this a great stop on a cruise. Communications on the phone and radio are excellent. A dock hand shows you to your slip and takes your lines. Registration is efficient and a packet in information materials is given each boater.

The park system along the shore is extensive, beautiful, and well maintained. Town is fun to walk with interesting shops and restaurants. A high quality arts gallery has been developed in an old church building.

Our visits have always been a five star experience.

Petoskey even better now, 2016-08-09
Captain: , Big Torch Key, FL (1987)

Petoskey added 50 new slips, half 38' and the other half 45'. This has made it a lot easier to secure dockage. It also re-modeled its bathhouse, showers, laundry and boater's lounge. Surruounded by beautiful park lands and just across the road from a vibrant downtown area, it should be a must stop on all cruisers visiting north west Lake Michigan. Strong Wi-Fi and excellent ATT 4G LTE serivce.

Well worth a visit, 2016-07-22
Captain: , Naples, FL (682)

Petoskey is one of the prettiest and friendliest towns on Lake Michigan. The marina is modern and well maintained with very good facilities incorporating laundry and small boaters' lounge. The town of Petoskey is very close by on the other side of a tree filled waterfront park. The town itself is restored to its former glory that brought the likes of Ernest Hemingway for summer visits. It is also a safe place to leave the boat and travel for a few days.

Another Great Michigan Marina, 2016-07-09
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (941)

Spent the 4th of July there. Excellent location with the thriving downtown. Nice local museum in the park. Great bike trails. Friendly and helpful staff. Small convenience store near, but no grocery store.

We loved Petoskey and its Marina, 2015-09-06
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (780)

another great michigan dnr facility 2 blocks from a thriving dowtown area. marina is in very good shape and the staff does a good job. Easy walk around town, good restaurants and shops (some were excellent) on most streets, lots of people around and in the bars/restaurants. we stayed for 3 days, rented a car and went around the area to the 3 neighboring towns. One of the highlights of Lake Michigan.

great stop, lots going on in town, 2015-08-22
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1804)

Beautiful, well protected marina, fuel available at large fuel dock.
Easy walk to very interesting town, lots of special events , shops and restaurants. Marina is right on 26 mile bike trail to Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Charlevoix.Enterprise will pick u up M-F closed on weekends. Many big box stores but you'll need a car or taxi.

Another Micigan DNR jewel, 2015-08-15
Captain: , Beverly, MA (1242)

All new and revamped. Docks are the typical DNR construction. Wide and solid. Posts creat a problem for your fenders, suggest horizontal placement against the posts. Town is fantastic. Lots of places to eat, shop and see. There is a West Marine just 2 blocks away. Staff are helpful. There is a beach close by and a park where several events are held thru out the year. A museam behind the shower facility. All in all a great stop heading south.

Admiral Didn't Want to Leave, 2015-07-29
Captain: , Green Bay, WI (400)

Spent 4 nights 11-14 July beautiful town(s) wonderful people walk to West Marine and 24 hr 7-11, healthy food grocery and tons of shops, restaurants and bars + live music and Victorian period homes. Great bicycle paths to Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs and even Charlevoix! We'll be back for sure...

And there IS a grocery, 2015-07-04
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1130)

Beautiful town, very nice clean marina. Grain Train Market is just up the hill from the marina 0.4 mile/8 minute walk. Harbor can be a bit bouncy, but not as bad as Mackinaw marinas with the ferries.

Great stop on Lake Michigan, 2014-09-09
Captain: , Fort Myers Beach, FL (361)

We spent two very nice nights here. They have all the amenities we needed. Friendly staff, nice faclility.
There was a festivel in the nearby park with live bands, etc.

One of Our Favorite Stops on Lake Michigan, 2014-09-07
Captain: , Milwaukee, WI (358)

What a great town! Walking distance to many shops, bars, and restaurants. It's hilly, though there is a shuttle into town if you really need it during the summer. The hills give you nice views of Little Traverse Bay from many vantage points, though.

The marina is nice, too, with nice bathrooms, decent laundry, and friendly staff. There can be a surge in certain wave conditions at times, and weeds seem to be somewhat of a problem (at least late in the season) as well... our depth sounder wasn't happy at all.

Another Great Stop in Michigan, 2014-08-24
Captain: , Green Cove Springs FL (1394)

This is not a one Star Marina but one that has a 4.1 rating from 23 reviews This is another 5 Star stop! We stayed here from 8-17-14 through 8-25-14. Enjoyed the facilities greatly. You can walk to West Marine. The staff is very professional and goes the extra milethat to make your stay a good one. Restroom, showers and boaters lounge are first class. A good location to stop, smell the roses and enjoy. Take a rental car to Sault St. Marie and see the Soo Locks and also Paradise, MI to see the Great Lakes Ship Wreck Museum. An Oh dont forget the great beach here at the state park just a bike ride away. Enjoy Petoskey, MI. Capt Helen and Chief Engr Bob, Onboard ALLEZ! MT50. AGLCA, MTOA, USPS, DFC, WRCC.

Nice well run marina, 2014-08-16
Captain: , Elk Rapids (130)

Made reservations online and they were expecting us. Radio response was prompt with clear directions to slip. Happily accommodated our preference of tie-up side.

We had a bit of surge with the stiff NW breeze.

We were charged by actual boat length not slip size.

Facilities are clean and newish.

Shopping is close to marina.

Not a great stop, 2014-08-14
Captain: , Massapequa,NY (1176)

Very poorly designed breakwater. It seems to funnel all the waves right into the marina. You rock terribly in a slight breeze, and if the wind picks up the waves are so bad you can't even stand upright on the boat. They assign you a much bigger slip than you need for your boat, so they can then charge a higher price. Restaurants, West Marine, & liquor store aren't too far away, but you have to go up a steep hill. Great bike trails, and excellent polish food at the Polish Kitchen

Another great Michigan city dock, 2014-08-11
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Docks protected behind breakwater, wide docks and plenty of room in the fairways. Helpful staff, very clean restrooms/showers. Short walk into town for shopping / restaurants, although grocery not close. Bike trail runs through marina park.

Very nice marina., 2014-08-04
Captain: , Venice, Fl. (949)

Stopped here when we couldn't get space in Charlevoix and glad we did. nother large modern state run marina with friendly staff. Restaurants and shopping nearby. Great bike path. No grocery close but liquor store about 4 blocks away, just ask at check in.

Lovely stop, 2014-08-01
Captain: , Beaufort NC (500)

We throughly enjoyed this stop, nice docks and friendly staff. By the clock tower there is a path into town where there was a good variety of shops and restaurants. City Park Grill has an impressive 1888 mahogany bar worth a stop in for lunch just to see this back bar! Nice bike path into town and along the coast. We preferred Petoskey over Harbor Springs and wished we had spent two days here verses spending two days in Harbor Springs. A great stop on Little Traverse Bay.

Best sunset from laundromat anywhere?, 2014-07-08
Captain: , Baltimore (150)

A clean, friendly marina. Excellent staff and facilities. Town very convenient with good hardware store and West Marine.

Great Marina and Town, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Portage Indiana (503)

This is a great marina and Petoskey is quickly become one of our favorite harbor towns to visit. Clean single use showers and a great staff is always appreciated. The only downside to this marina is the surge it gets in a hard West wind. We were on the north wall facing into the bay and at times had trouble entering and exiting the boat safely because of it's movement in the stall...we had to time the movement of the boat before stepping on the bow! There are large "vents" cut into the wall that opens the marina to the bay and lets the surge right in. I'm not an engineer but that makes no sense to me and drops this marina from 5 stars to 4.

Petoskey Municipal Marina, 2013-08-08
Captain: , Grand Haven, MI (684)

Petoskey had lots of openings for trancient boaters, and as we tied up we were given lots of info right away before we checked in. Like numbers to the bathhouse. Its nice to beable to relax and relieve one self after some time on the water. Employees were knowledgable of the area. A large park close for pet walking and bicycles for use if need to get into town. It's all uphill into town but downhill on the way back. Take the street past the museum its easier than negociating the walking ramp and tunnel on bikes.
Fuel is higher than others around .30 higher per gallon than Northport or St. Ignace,

great stop, 2013-07-22
Captain: , Longboat Key, FL (445)

Nice marina and great dockmaster. High docks with pilings so don't put fenders on until docked. 50 foot slips, laundry even supply the soap. Easy walk to town but no grocery nearby. Found good restaurant, Palette Bistro, short walk. Dog friendly with park adjacent. Bike trail to Harbor Springs and charlevoix adjacent to marina.

Great marina in a great town, 2012-08-28
Captain: , LeClaire, Iowa (449)

We left our boat here a week while we went back to Iowa. They did not give us a break for a longer stay, but we thought their regular rate (1.35 ft) was reasonable. Although the docks are high, the piers are wide with a wider area midway on dock C for boaters to congregate. Lovely new showers, restrooms and laundry. A first class facility in a park-like setting. A beautiful museum just across the street and the vibrant downntown a couple of blocks away. The Hertz car rental place picked us up, an added bonus.

Nice marina, nice town, 2012-08-17
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4188)

Good marina, pricing is consistent with Michigan DNR pricing. Docks are not floating, they are fixed and somewhat high for this year's water level. That gave us a challenge to get the dog off the boat as our trawler deck was several feet below the dock deck. Got a bad batch of water here. Taste it first !
Nearby park is a great place to let the dog run and play ball to get some exercise. Marina has landry in new building at the end of pier B. We were on Pier C which looked like it was new. Ended up here when Harbor Springs Marina was full. Has good WiFi here.

Great stores and marina, 2012-03-01
Captain: , Olcott, NY (2536)

Marina is nice and new docks are better.

West marine went out of their way to help us, really out of their way!

Wonderful library and shops downtown.

rough ride, 2011-09-10
Captain: , Devils Lake (92)

Nice marina fully equipped.Designers did some boneheaded features,jetty is not built right, docks are fixed not floating thus they have aluminum ladders that are barely useable because 2 out of 5 rungs are blocked by structural steel. Water in harbor is always moving constsantly rocking. Petoskey is a great town,City Park Grill is a must for great dining.

Petoskey is well worthwhile, 2011-08-14
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

Newly remodeled docks and shore facilities. Great downtown within an easy walk. West Marine a couple of blocks away, and a Wal-Mart if you need it by taxi. This is a great stop.

Good proximity to town, but high docks are uncomfortable, 2011-07-28
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

All small town boutique shopping and bistros are within walking distance. Ride bikes 10 miles to Harbor Springs or dingy 3 miles. Eat at White Caps or City Park Grill: excellent food reasonable prices. Large Ace/JC Penney in town. Marina basin is surgy in rough seas. Hemingway territory, museum near marina has info.

One of the Best Michigan Marinas, Petoskey, 2011-07-10
Captain: , Herrington Harbour, MD (680)

Juy, 2011
First class place, clean, good staff, deep water, wi-fi, near the terrific
town of Petsoskey. Great restaurants, art galleries, good shops and near a small grocery store, and 7/11.
Miss Joanie

WHAT A GREAT TOWN, 2010-12-03
Captain: , MONARCH. COLORADO (1156)


Good marina in a very central location, 2010-07-25
Captain: , Palm Coast (792)

Well maintained marina is centrally located to center of town only a block away. High docks with deep water. Not easy to get reservations in season.

Car rental is available if you want to use this marina as a base to explore area.

Petosky Marina, 2010-07-15
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Nice stop right off downtown with plenty of stores. While they are working on the breakwater, the harbor does have a lot of surge and I don't think the work on the breakwater will do anything to help.

Our Stay in Petosky, 2010-02-15
Captain: , Grand Rapids (30)

We spent the weekend in the Petoskey Marina and received very good service from the marina staff. They were very friendly and helpful and the town itself holds alot of good resturants and stores.

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