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Irwin32 01-01-2006 08:16 PM

Great Lakes cruise
I am looking for info on must see ports and must not see ports on the Great Lakes. I know L Mich big time, so don''t need advice on ports there, but once into Huron, Erie, and Ontario, I would love some info. I am already scheduling 3 weeks in the North Channel and another week for Georgian Bay. From there it is on to Lake Ontario. A return trip is not in the plan, so I can let this cruise go to the end of Ontario''s season, which I am guessing is mid to late October. Wilson, NY is my final destination. Ports east of there are for future cruises.

sailortjk1 01-02-2006 06:27 AM

Great Lakes cruise
My family and I recently cruised Lake Huron from Port Huron through the Straights. We started our trip in Detroit and our final destination was Chicago. While on Huron, to save time and miles, we hugged the wetern shore line. We made three different stops as we made are way North.

The one harbor, of the handful that I would not pass again is Presque Isle.

Presque Isle is simply a beauty. Its one of the rare natural harbors on that shoreline. If you like natural beauty this is the one.

A short walk through large pines brings you to the original lighthouse which has tours.

It is very isolated. The only emenities are the boat house with showers, a ships store with groceries, and a very nice resturant.

If you like quite, this is the place.

It''s easy to imagine the old steamers dropping a hook in the bay to take on fresh supply of cordwood so they could continue on their way to ports like Chicago and Detriot.

Presque Isle is a destination that I plan on returning to some day.

It sound as if you will be exiting Georgian Bay to start your way South to the St. Claire River. That being the case you may not want to cross back and make a stop there. Besides, you''ll see more in the Channel and Georgian than at this harbor, but for us who did not make the Channel, it was a very nice layover.

Best of luck on your cruise and relocation to Lake Ontario. Will you be locking through the Welland? I hear that is quite an experience.

Again, Good luck and Fair Winds.

Sailor Tim

Irwin32 01-02-2006 01:19 PM

Great Lakes cruise
What have you heard about the Welland? I''m guessing that whatever problems it poses, it will be better than taking the Niagara River into Lake Ontario. Authorities really frown on people who try that. Seriously, I thought the Welland was the only way.

Thanks for your comments.

sailortjk1 01-02-2006 02:58 PM

Great Lakes cruise
The Welland is the only way, its a long drop going the other way.

Ive heard that it is very heavily congested with freighter and commercial traffic.

I''m sure you will be just fine.
You know the drill, ask the locals. They will give you all the info you will need to preppare yourself and your boat.

Pogo-2 01-02-2006 10:46 PM

Great Lakes cruise
Two other ports worth going to are Put in Bay off Sandusky, Ohio and Port Colborne, Ontario at the mouth of the Welland Canal. I''ve made the trip thru the canal every fall for the last 5 years, bringing a boat from lake ontario to lake erie on to Buffalo and then to Tonawanda which is the start of the erie canal. Freighter traffic varies, we''ve made the trip thru the canal(27 miles) in 4 hours and then again it took us 26 hours on another trip. You can''t tie up at anytime, unless the lock master tells you to. I have a lot of Info about the trip you want to take but it would clog up this site. Send me your E mail to and I''ll send you pics and all kinds of information and some options.

Valdare 01-26-2006 10:01 AM

Great Lakes cruise
Lake Erie is a great cursing ground. I suggest you put your post on the Lk. Erie and Lk,. Huron lists. You''ll get tons of information.

On the west coast of Lk Erie, must see stops:
Pelee Island, Canada
Put-in-bay South bass Island
Possibles: Kelly''s Island and
Catawba Island
Sandusky Bay- Home of Cedar Point
Huron, Ohio
Loraine, Ohio
This will put you just west of Cleveland.
there are others but this will get



Irwin32 01-27-2006 06:05 PM

Great Lakes cruise
Thanks much for the info, I added it to my cruise file.

Johnrb 01-31-2006 06:33 AM

Great Lakes cruise

Is this a Freudian slip: "<i>Lake Erie is a great <b>cursing ground</b>."</i>

Irwin32 01-31-2006 07:22 AM

Great Lakes cruise

Pogo-2 01-31-2006 06:25 PM

Great Lakes cruise
How''s the house deal going, this has been a great winter. Should have left the boat in the water and got a few more weeks of sailing. Al

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