Details for Whitefish Point

Whitefish Point

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 10 reviews

Address Whitefish Point, MI


After hours contact

Facility type

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

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Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

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Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Caution: As of 07/14/12, the sandbar in about 5 feet of water blocks about 70% of the entrance. Keep close to the east wall on entry and exit. Watch for rocks along the wall.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 5
Transient dockage: 11
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Caution: As of 07/14/12, the sandbar in about 5 feet of water blocks about 70% of the entrance. Keep close to the east wall on entry and exit. Watch for rocks along the wall.

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

Additional info: Slips 5-8 (on the right as you enter the basin) are for transients and were totally rebuilt in 2008 with 9 feet of water minimum. T he slips are wide and long - maybe 18 x 50. The dock fingers are in very good shape. There is also room to tie three large boats alongside the east wall.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2011-01-09)

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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

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Gas priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

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Disability access

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Yes - There is a pit toilet out by the access road.






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Reviews for Whitefish Point
Safe harbor but no services, 2017-06-06
Captain: , Bayfield, WI (340)

This is the only place to stop between Grand Marais and Sault Ste. Marie. There are no services or attendant, transient docks are free and are first come first serve. The second dock from the right has 15 or 20 amp electric if you have a pigtail. On entering, hug the starboard breakwall as close and as long as possible until you must turn at the next breakwall. We saw 11 feet along the breakwall and 12 in the harbor. No services and no town nearby, but is a good place to stop on the 75 miles or so between towns.

Essential safe harbor, 2016-08-27
Captain: , Fort Myers, FL (742)

For most trawlers and sailboats going to/from Sault Ste Marie, this is an important harbor because Little Lake Harbor, about halfway between Whitefish Point and Gran Marais on the southern shore, is unusable until the entrance is dredged again. There are no services or harbormaster at Whitefish Harbor, but it is secure and the views are fantastic. To avoid shoaling, hug the starboard breakwater until the right turn around the steel breakwater. We found 6 feet at the entrance (4.5 feet at LWD). The last four slips on the right as you enter the basin are reserved for transients. They are wide and long - at least 18 x 50. Dock fingers are in very good shape. There is also room to moor 3 large vessels against the east wall. Anchoring in the harbor would also be possible in a pinch.

It is an easy 1-mile walk to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, which will exceed your expectations. The museum, by the way, supports the work of the David Boyd research vessel - she occupies the slip nearest the transients. This 47-foot survey vessel is equipped with twin 692 Detroit Diesels and a Phantom S4 Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle capable of diving to depths of 1400 feet. The Boyd is also equipped with the latest side scan sonar and digital underwater imaging equipment. The crew are passionate about researching and documenting historic shipwrecks of Lake Superior.

Plenty of water, 2016-07-15
Captain: , looping (62)

We draw 5.5' and had no problems. Stay on very close to the wall on your port side.
This is very primitive. Great agate hunting on the point. Walk to the museum along the beach if the bugs get too bad on the road.

Wilderness feel, 2014-08-02
Captain: , Seattle (131)

We loved this place. Going in stay close to the starboard wall for the most water. We draw 5 ft. And had no problem. Basin is deeper. Plenty of transient space at high docks. Walk to lighthouse, Shipwreck Museum and reddish sugar sand beach about 1 mile. Only pit toilet and 15 amp power. Beautiful" the four stars are due to lack of amenities.

Difficult navigation but scenic, 2013-06-13
Captain: , Brisbane, Australia (399)

This is the only protected spot for boats with 4' or more of draft along almost 80 miles along the south shore of Lake Superior. We wanted to make it inside before the weather turned.
We carefully surveyed the channel before making our entry. At least 80% of then entry is shoal (June, 2013). We entered on the east side of the breakwater but did not hug it too closely because we saw boulders. We have 5' of draft.
Once inside we found dedicated tie ups for transients who can stay for up to seven days. Very scenic spot. I walked over to watch some commercial fishermen unload their cathc and they gave me a big whitefish. Thanks!
This site is primitive and there are no facilities except a primitive toilet. Not even a trash can. At nightfall the mosquitoes descended upon us and we were thankful our boat is fairly mosquito proof.

Close to Museum, 2012-08-23
Captain: , Bear DE (694)

We stayed there one night to get some sleep. This place is free of charge. Stay at the fingerdocks #5 and up. If you stay on the East of "David Boyd" (Reserch Vessel from the Museum) in Slip 5 you even have a 15Amp Poweroutlet. Only about a mile walk north to the Maritime Museum!

Safe Harbor with some needs, 2012-07-22
Captain: , Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA (46)

Don't stop here if you are the type of boater who needs "amenities" as there are no uniformed youth to help you tie up, no washroom or showers, no laundry and certainly no hottub. DO stop here if you appreciate a place of refuge along a still remote and distant shoreline. DO stop here if you respect working families who continue trying to make a living through commercial fishing on Lake Superior. They were there long before the yachty. And DO NOT enter / exit anywhere but to the far east side of the harbor mouth. As of 07/14/12 there is a sandbar block about 70% of the entrance which will bring anything with more than about four feet of draft to a very sudden stop. If you do get stuck, panic for the usual amount of time, then try forward and aft stout lines to the tightsheeting and, with windlass or winches, alternate between the two untill you wiggle off to deep water along the wall. Believe me -- it works!

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

This marina is not desirable except for protection. Usually there is only a couple of docks available at most as this is primarily a commercial fishing harbor. I have tied off to the wall but you better have good bumpers and bumper boards. The advantage is its free. At the wrong time of the year the blackflies can be very bad here. Pit toilets are the only service provided. Entrance to this marina is very tricky for boats with more that 3-4' drafts. When you enter hug the outer breakwall until you are about halfway down the wall and then head to port and enter the inner harbor.

Whitefish Point, 2011-03-09
Captain: , Macataw, MI (435)

This is mostly a commercial fishing harbor with no facilities and/or services but it is about a mile walk to the shipwreck museum and that alone is worth the effort. As you leave (Westbound) you can sail over the marker for the Edmund Fitzgerald. Bugs at night.

Nothing but scenery and a great museum, 2011-01-09
Captain: , Toronto, ON (1763)

Make sure you walk up the road and check out the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum about a 15 minute walk up the road at the old lighthouse. It is well worth an afternoon, the hiking around the dunes is awesome and the birding si fantastic.
There's also a museum at the lightstation and an interpretive centre at the Bird Observatory

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