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Old 09-30-2008
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Looking for comments on Michigan City and New Buffalo

Let me apologize for the double posting. I posted this under Lake Michigan and expected to see it come up on the Recent Postings listing. It didn't and, since I don't regularly look at the Lake Michigan threads, I wasn't sure how many other do either (given the thread and reply count). Thus, I'm reposting here in hopes more people see it who can respond.


Currently, we dock at ReefPoint in Racine. We're happy there, but are considering getting on the other side of the lake where it is easier to get to more picturesque surrounding harbors up the eastern coast of Michigan. As we live in the western burbs of Chicago, we can't get too far north in Michigan without making it too long of a car trip to get to the boat. Thus, Michigan City or New Buffalo probably would have to be the choices (if there are others that fit in the approx two hour drive range, let me know).

Anyone have any comments/information on Washington Park Marina or any New Buffalo Marinas? Any and all information would be appreciated, particularly in these areas:
- Condition of marina
- Amenities of the marina
- Safety of the surrounding area
- Access to restaurants/entertainment/activities in the surrounding area
- Cost
- Waiting lists (for a 40' slip)
- Water depth of marina and channels (We draw 6'). I know many years ago, New Buffalo has issues with a sand bar that caused some bottoming out at the entrance to the harbor

Anything else you might think I should know. We not looking to move next summer, but maybe shortly after that.
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Old 10-01-2008
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Just curious why you don't choose a harbor in between...like beautiful downtown Monroe Harbor? (I'm biased, of course). Really though, the parking is so easy (and included in the fee)...then you can cruise up either the WI or the MI coasts.

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