Cruising guide from Lake Erie to Lake Huron?
Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:09 PM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:40 PM
I've got to move a 37' sailboat (6 foot draft) from Lake Erie up the Detroit River to Lake Huron. Can anyone recommend a decent cruising guide covering this? I'm also eager to read any logs from those who've done this on a sailboat.
Any cruising guide that doesn't extoll the beauty of the grounds and beach at the Zug Island Yacht Club is not worth it's price. Where in Lake Erie to where on Lake Huron?
Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:56 PM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:54 PM
What is your draft? The Pool at the end of Baie Fine is a must if you can make it in.
The ground is ROCK you need to watch for shoals.
When in Killarney, Killarney Mountain lodge for breakfast and dinner, Herbert's Fish and Chips for lunch.
Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:21 AM
Thanks for the recommendations!
Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:31 AM
Posted 08 July 2012 - 04:46 PM
As you head west in Lake Erie, consider anchoring in School House Bay (on the east shore of Middle Bass). It's a quieter alternative to PIB, but it's relatively open.
Logs for the southern portion of the trip from Lake Erie. I like Jim Hebert's "Continuous Wave" website. He wrote a detailed log of his 1986 trip, when they hugged the east/Canadian shore of Lake Huron. Here:
I just returned from a week in the North Channel on my Bolger sharpie. You've been there and know what to expect. New developments for 2012?
New (very new), very nice docks in Meldrum Bay. New (2011) marina center, showers, laundry. Meldrum Bay Inn is still as great as ever, and the store in Meldrum is now open again. Blind River was nice, but relatively dead. Very few boats in the water (either cruising, or the locals who keep their boats in BR). If you clear back into US customs/immigration at Drummond Island, the outer fuel dock is a horrible, broken, jagged monster of rotten wood and metal spikes. It's unprotected from the north or from powerboat wakes and parts of the wall are only wooden piers (thus, impossible for fenders to protect your boat).
Water levels were a little over chart datum, but generally drop a bit over the summer.
Have a great time.
Bill, in Texas
Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:28 PM
Thanks for the great info- I'm starting to look forward to the first leg of the trip now.
Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:35 PM
Stop in at Jefferson Beach Marina for the night and you can leave in the morning and make Lake Huron easily by the next afternoon. There are harbors every 60 miles on both sides of the Lake.
Shouldn't he make it by afternoon the same day if leaving early enough?