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tomandchris 11-16-2015 06:58 PM

North Channel, Lake Huron
I know we have some NC sailors on this site. My question is about timing. We keep talking about a few weeks in the NC, but stuff keeps getting in the way. We have a possible window from the last week of August to the middle of September next year. We know that is not enough time to do it justice, but it would let us know if we want to do more. I would think that possibly we would move the boat to Mackinaw City and start from there rather than home port in Grand Traverse Bay.

So the big question: Weather at that late date. We have been on Mac Island in late August and mid Sept and have had both mid 30's at night to absolutely beautiful weather. Living in northern Michigan we always wait for the weather change as we know it can happen in the next 10 minutes.

Those of you familiar with the NC, what do you think about those three weeks?

MikeOReilly 11-16-2015 07:24 PM

Re: North Channel, Lake Huron
Weather is usually very nice in September, although the nights will feel a bit chilly, depending on how tolerant you are to cold. It's a great time b/c there are no more bugs, and the anchorages are not very busy. The further you get into Fall the more likely are storm events, so you should plan for a few ugly days in your three weeks, but when I sailed the NC we usually didn't pull our boat until mid-October. And some hardy folk would go even longer than that.

You can check out Environment Canada's website for various places and pull up actual historic data to see what previous years were like. Here's a page for Gore Bay:

Daily Data Report for September 2015

tomandchris 11-16-2015 08:48 PM

Re: North Channel, Lake Huron
Thanks Mike.

kenr74 11-16-2015 08:53 PM

Re: North Channel, Lake Huron
We were there the last week of August last year. Weather ranged from way too much wind to none with fog. There were more than enough nice days to enjoy ourselves immensely. We were prepared for crowds, but had the Benjamins almost to ourselves. Bugs were no problem, and we gorged ourselves on blueberries. We can't wait to return, and I would not hesitate to go in that time frame again.

tomandchris 11-17-2015 02:03 PM

Re: North Channel, Lake Huron
Thanks Ken, also very positive.

Northeric 11-23-2015 03:30 PM

Re: North Channel, Lake Huron
The North Channel has been my home waters for the last 8 seasons and I usually sail into October. September can be very nice and I had my last swim on the 27th on a beautiful hot weekend. Most of the transient boats leave after Labour Day so you have your pick of anchorages. The evenings can be a little cool so you bring an extra blanket and some warmer clothes just in case.

Northeric 11-23-2015 04:12 PM

Re: North Channel, Lake Huron
Here's handy link for the channel weather.

Wind, waves & weather forecast North Channel Buoy - Windfinder

Guyfromthenorth 11-27-2015 09:24 AM

Re: North Channel, Lake Huron
The weather will most likely be excellent. We sailed the northshore and the north channel all summer and found the time in August\Sept the best. No mosquitoes\blackflies (although the "tiny" version of horseflies were holding out on some islands, full attack!) and the weather was fairly stable. My last big sail of the season was done the last week of August\first week of Sept to Great Duck Island to visit some ship wrecks. With the way fall went this year I bet I could have left our boat in until first week of November lol.

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