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Forfun1960



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:06 pm    Post subject: Truck/Trailer parking Michigan's Northern Inland Waterway Reply with quote

Want to visit Michigan Inland Waterway and explore Lake Huron. Looking for advice for parking truck and trailer for a week or two?
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gulfcoast john



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Want to visit Michigan Inland Waterway and explore Lake Huron. Looking for advice for parking truck and trailer for a week or two?
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Hi Donnie,

We have met and talked to dozens of experienced Loopers who declared that the Georgian Bay area of lower Lake Huron, and the Canadian Small Boat Inside Passage there were the very best parts of the 6,000 mile Loop.

We agree it is spectacular. We scouted the area by car and float plane in 2018. It is beautiful beyond words, but very rocky with unforgiving navigation. It took us 3 days just to hike the main trails on Beausoleil Island, which is most all national park. The Honey Harbor marina cottage we stayed at would have allowed rig storage, but had a ramp not adequate for a Tom Cat, though another ramp nearby would have worked.

Another option with 2 weeks could be to explore the Trent-Severn waterway 1-way if you could make 17 miles a day (now open). The Peterborough Lift Lock and Big Chute marine railway are really cool.

Most Loopers enter Trent Severn Lock #45 after entering at Trenton and some after doing the 1,000 mile detour Triangle Loop of historic New York and Canadian Canals like the Rideuau (which we circled last summer).

The downside is that both are in Canada, and both borders are still closed for who knows how long and whether one or both could close again with you on the wrong side.

We may cruise the western Erie Canal in NY starting at Pirates Cove marina past lock E-24 after July 4. That was our put in and take out last year and owner Paul has rig parking for a reasonable daily cost. I don’t recall the cost, but a 3 liter box of wine was $36 and E0 gas was $6/gal. Lock E-19 is down until estimated Aug 10 and Finger Lakes (Cayuga and Seneca) lock CS 2&3 down until Aug 3. But you can reach them by trailering to them directly.

I’m not sure what you mean by the “Michigan Inland Waterway”. Did you mean Green Bay? Boaters told us that there are marinas on the East and West sides of Lake Michigan (mostly West winds with a lot of fetch so you may want to stay West).

I hope Colby posts here, as he is local and has prior experience in the Asptole Islands (but that’s Lake Superior, and I’ve not heard of them referred to as an inside passage). His pic of his MFD showing 34 degrees for Lake Superior water in mid July is enough for us to know we will never go there!

Parking your rig is another matter.
We have found that calling a family owned marina near your take-out point works best. Find a marina on Active Captain, switch to satellite view to check for trailer parking, then call using their web site for more info. The answer may be that
‘Uncle John has a spot’
To “he died last week”
So be flexible!

I can only justify my total failure to answer your question as that no one else did either. We’ve never cruised Lake Michigan, but maybe one of these other options could work for you.

Get on the boat!
John

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Barry Rietz



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:26 pm    Post subject: State of Michigan Reply with quote

Donnie, You may want to obtain a copies of these two waterway travel guides to assist in planning your Michigan adventure!

http://www.michigandnr.com/Publications/PDFS/RecreationCamping/boating/harbor_guide_small.pdf

The Michigan Inland Waterway information is contained in this brochure that is produced and distributed by the State.

http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trail.asp?ait=cv&cid=133

Fresh water cruising is at its best in the Great Lakes region of our beautiful Country!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John, you have to get up to Isle Royal sometime. It is beautiful, and very remote. (Forget about cell or data service...) And as long as you don't go swimming, the water isn't all that cold. (I mean, it's liquid in the summer, rather than ice. Mr. Green ) (Just don't go this year, as it sounds like the Park is not opening this year...) I'm at a lost for what is meant by the Michingan Inland water way. Never heard that term before. I did cruise the North Shore, which I believe is the area west of the Georgian Bay waters. Places like the Benjamins, Little Current, the Pool, ... I think we would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't for the 6-8' green water we got into several days into our trip. We've seen so many places, that we just didn't find the wow factor that everyone talked about. In any case, we put in at a nice little marina in Spanish, Ontario, and were able to leave our rig parked there. We left early after finding out how seaworthy Midnight Flyer was, and spent a few days in Macinaw. The Apostle Islands in Lake Superior are very nice as well, and we may very well get back up there this summer sometime. (So many of our other plans have fizzled out with the pandemic restrictions and closures.) Likely going to head out west to Lake Powell later in August rather than east to the Erie Canal as we had originally planned. But everything is flexible right now... Colby
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Inland Waterway is a 40-mile long historic water route that begins north of Petoskey and with a series of rivers and lakes connects Conway, Oden, Alanson, Indian River, and Cheboygan to Lake Huron. A coastal route, part of the Huron Shores Blueways, connects the City of Cheboygan to Mackinaw City and the Straits of Mackinac.


It looks as if in fair weather you could make a "loop"


We have only been thru this area by RV. One thing we really enjoyed was St. Ignace auto show--it will be on Labor Day weekend. If you are near there and like hot rods and old cars--the place to go.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thataway wrote:
One thing we really enjoyed was St. Ignace auto show--it will be on Labor Day weekend.


Agree! We passed this show by happenstance in 1995. We were on our way west. At that time the cars parked in the ditches along highway 75 - for miles! I remember meeting a biker on his way there that had a V8 powered trike. Normally the show is end of June - postponed this year due to covid.

We also love Mackinaw - both the town and the island. The trip down the west coast of Lake Michigan is a beautiful drive as well.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:16 pm    Post subject: Truck/trailer parking northern Michigan inland waterway Reply with quote

Jan and Lee on the Tully B. Have been cruising this area for the past 6 years and know the area well having grown up in Northern Michigan. Please feel free to give us a call at 616-293-0070 and we will be happy to advise you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We toured the inland waterway last year. Very cool trip. We used the Cheboygan County Marina ramp at the mouth of the Cheboygan river. Good spot and would use again.

Check out http://www.c-brats.com/viewtopic.php?t=14210

The North Channel is an annual trip for us. Magnificent. You will need more than a week. Two minimum. Three is great. Launch at Spanish.

@thataway the inland waterway come close but does not poke through to Lake Michigan. No loop possible.
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