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Vacation in Traverse Bay ???
I might suggest Suttons Bay on the West Arm as your starting point. It''s less busy than Traverse City proper and puts you within 2 to 4 hours of Traverse, Bowers Harbor and Northport. You''ll have the easiest time getting a transient (visitor) slip at Suttons so that you can get organized and supplied for your cruise. Beyond the West Arm, you could sail around the top of Mission Penninsula and down the East Arm to Elk Rapids, but it''s a haul, about 40 miles or more from Northport. For that same distance or somewhat less, you could exit the top of Grand Traverse Bay and head east past Powers Island, into Little Traverse Bay to Charlevoix, a wonderful destination and our home port. Once there, you have access to Lake Charlevoix via Round Lake, or you can proceed 12 to 15 miles further to Petsokey or Harbor Springs.
Except for Bowers Harbor which is private but does have an occasional nightly slip, the other ports have public marinas that are first come/first serve. Bowers, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs also have good protected anchorages.
The State of Michigan publishes a guide to harbors for the entire Great Lakes. Check to see if the Michigan Waterways Commission os on the web or look under the Michigan DNR. The guide shows harbor layouts, list facilities, phone numbers, etc.
However you decide to do it, you really can''t go wrong as the whoe region is great for sailing. Hopefully your plans will become reality.