This is something that could take weeks even months to do if you want to enjoy yourself.
The Michigan side and the Wisconsin side are in stark contrast to each other as has already been stated.
Michigan side = Natural Harbors, Large Sandy Dunes, and beaches.
Wisconsin side = Rocks, Large Rock Formations and Huge Bluffs; very pretty.
The Door Peninsula and Green Bay alone could take a week or two to explore.
Some of our Favorite Ports of Call;
Fayette Michigan in Upper Green Bay. A Ghost Town from the turn of the Century and left over from Iron Ore Smelting Factory. Very Interesting and a step back in time.
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Drop the Hook at Horse Shoe Island and or Nicolette Bay.
Egg Harbor, phone ahead for slip availability. Even with the new marina in the past two years it fills up.
Manitowoc; the Maritime Museum is worth the stop. Did you know that a dozen or so WWII Submarines were built in Manitowoc Wisconsin? They have a beautifully restored example of one, The USS Cobia Welcome to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum Website | Wisconsin Maritime Website
Milwaukee; Big city marina and surroundings with little city atmosphere.
Racine, Kenosha, Winthrop Harbor; all are excellent stop over’s.
Chicago; Go for the fun and enjoyment of the city, but be prepared for disappointment in the harbor system.
New Buffalo, Michigan City, St Joes; again, excellent stop over’s. All have something to offer.
South Haven; Wonderful Little port
Saugatuck; It is a fun place; beautiful scenery. The town is about three miles up the winding Kalamazoo River. Stick to the channel or you will be on the bottom fast. Lake Kalamazoo offers anchoring and they have a very convenient dinghy dock. The Lake is extremely shallow.
Holland; The main player is Eldean's Ship Yard right inside the channel to Starboard, Beautiful Full Service Marina with the finest amenities you will find anywhere on the Great Lakes.
Continuing North there is an overnight anchorage only to Port Sheldon/Pigeon Lake. Extreme caution must be used when entering in any type of swell.
Grand Haven, great stop
Muskegon, plenty of choices for marinas. The Lake itself has a bit of an industrial edge to it, but it has a lot to offer.
White Lake, beautiful area. Plenty of anchorage, Nice Municipal Marina about three mile up the inland lake.
Pentwater, Ludington, Portage Lake, Arcadia, Frankfort; you can’t go wrong with any of them in my opinion.
You are really now getting into the wilderness side of the Michigan Shoreline.
South Manitou Island, anchorage only
Beaver Island, nice place
And don’t forget everybody’s favorite, Charlevoix.
I could go on and on. There is sooo much the Lake has to offer. We have just scratched the surface.
Make sure the boat, captain and crew are well prepared for just about anything.
Stuff happens out there.