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Michigan safe-anchor areas

I have heard that the state of Michigan has established, or is establishing, a series of safe-anchorage sites on the Great Lakes surrounding it. From what I understand, these spots are supposedly places where boats on the Lakes can anchor for the night or take refuge in during bad weather. They are supposedly free of charge, but also have no amenities in them. Does anyone know where additional information on these can be found? Thanks for your help.

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My husband & I live in Northern Lower Michigan and cruise Northern Lake Huron. I have not heard of this. But we use the Richardson''s cruising guides for both Lakes Huron and Michigan. These are very helpful in locating anchorages. There are refuge harbors like Hammonds Bay in Lake Huron, but they charge you a daily rate for a dock. Not much room to anchor within the breakwall. If you anchor within the harbor of Mackinac Island, you need good holding tackle. Also if you dingy into the dinghy dock at the state dock, you need to register it with the harbormaster and they will charge you for docking your dinghy there.

I would be interested in this information if you find out anymore.

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I would love to hear the answer to this as well. I have read about them in several places but never seen a list of where they actually are. Probably along side the mythical INS call in video phone stations that are supposed to be at public marinas.

It is not listed anywhere that I can find on the Greatlakes seaway information site.
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