It's been requested numerous times that we should have information on the Harbors we visit during our Tournaments. This is what this web page is for.
Many of us who have been to these Ports have no problem getting to the Marina's and Boat Launches but for the many new members and folks who are branching out to other spots will find this page very helpful.
This is a work in progress and I'll post information as time allows but be assured that I'll have information posted before the event.
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As you travel South on
US31, turn right onto
Be careful when pulling
out of the launch to stay between the buoy markers out to the channel –
there are signs at the launch describing the safe route out to deeper
water. Once in the channel be
careful to stay there, pay attention to the red and green markers.
When you launch your
boat, follow the channel markers west down the river.
Most boats stay at the Ludington Municipal Marina (231) 843-9611, while some others stay at Harbor View. Both marinas are very nice while Harbor View is a bit more expensive to stay. Both marinas have fish cleaning stations.
To Boat Ramp: As you
come into Ludington on US10 West , turn left on Williams St. Turn right
onto Loomis and follow Loomis to the end to get to the Boat Ramp.
The map below shows differently but the boat ramp is still within
the breakwalls of the harbor and is completely protected.
They also have a few of the side streets closed due to construction but they do not interfere with the directions above. They are tearing down older buildings to build Condo's.
Most boats stay at the Municipal Marina and there are a few other private Marinas down river. The entire river is a "No Wake" zone so that makes it about a 10-15 minute ride from the Marina to the Pierheads.
Head West on 1st Street from US 31 and you'll end up at the boat ramp. There is a Shell Gas Station on the southeast corner of 31 and 1st street.
Weigh-In: Our Weigh In and Cookout is held at the picnic/park area directly next to the boat ramp. You can use the same parking lot for both places.
Insta Launch Campground is located about 3-4 miles north on US 31 from 1st street.
Where 115 and 31 connect (how you get here is up to you) travel north on 31 until you get to 115 and turn left (west) into Frankfort.
When you enter into Frankfort, turn left on 9th Street or a less congested route is turn left on 22 and then right on Main St. (1st road on the right) to the Boat Ramp. Information on the Frankfort Municipal Marina here.
(Above Map) Get off Exit #20 and head west into South Haven. Turn Right on Broadway.
(Below Map) Follow signs to Boat Launch in Black River Park. The Entrance has a automatic gate that opens when you deposit the entrance fee. The first automatic gate that takes Credit Cards.....
(Below Map) From the Boat Ramp, head west and follow the river to the lake. The Drawbridge has about 13 feet of clearance depending how high or low the level of the water. An Operator is on duty. The South Haven Municipal Marina is located down river. The North Municipal Marina is marked on the map. The South Municipal is directly across the river.
Enter into the town of Port Sanilac by either 46 or 25. Follow the signs to the DNR Boat Ramp. After launching your boat be sure to stay inside the channel markers. IIf your going to the Port Sanilac Municipal Marina from the boat ramp by boat, follow the channel markers to the harbor entrance and then to the marina. Do not cut directly across to the marina from the boat ramp. That way is very shallow water.
To get to Port Austin you simply follow 53 North into Port Austin. At the very end of 53 is a stoplight, continue on through the stoplight and the marina entrance is on your left. Fig: 1
Figure 3 shows the
chart from the
When leaving the harbor by boat the Port Austin Reef
Lighthouse is located approximetly 2 statute miles at a heading of 26*
YOUR HEADING WEST OF “0 DEGREES- magnetic”. IF
YOU END UP EAST OF THE LIGHTHOUSE YOU’LL BE SHALLOW WATER.
When returning to the
harbor, stay to the west of the lighthouse roughly 1 mile and then
southerly to the harbor entrance.
Notice the green can
(buoy) labeled “3” in between the harbor entrance and the lighthouse.
Keep that buoy on your right side going out and then your left side
coming into the harbor.
The green can “1” is a popular fishing spot.