Michigan is one of the greatest places in the United States to visit, actually, it’s one of the greatest places to visit in the world. It’s beautiful, serene, calm, and fun if you really know where to look. One of the reasons that Michigan is such an amazing place to visit, is because of its famous boating and yachting history.
It’s not very surprising that Michigan would have such a rich history of boating and yachting, what with a body of water being near you at all times within at least six miles while your there. It’s even less surprising that the hobby of boating and yachting in this marvelous state has still been going on since it was first introduced and has even flourished and advanced in ways that never could have been predicted at the time.
Along with the fact there are bodies of water just waiting to be used by boating and yachting enthusiast’s, it also has some of the best weather for the fun activity, beating out a ton of other places located in the United States and the World. Though of course, the best weather is always going to go to Florida, based on my very biased opinion, Michigan will always hold a very dear boating and yachting activity within my life.
Anyways, Michigan has a ton of history and a ton of water and a ton of experience with boating and yachting. Again, unsurprisingly, people still partake in the activity, and have tons of fun doing it. So, as a visitor to the United States, a citizen looking for something new to do, or maybe an experienced yacht person yourself, you might be looking for the absolute best places to take your magnificent beauty of a ship to.
Michigan has dozens and dozens of places that can let you go out, maybe too many, you’ll definitely have a tough time deciding on which one you want to go visit. Maybe unluckily for you, depending on your perspective, you now have a ton of options to choose from for when you want to head out onto the water. Worry not though, we will filter this list into something a little more compressible in order for you to choose the absolute best body of water for your yachting needs. So, for your convenience and pleasure, here is a conveniently compiled list of all the best places to go out yachting in Michigan.
Spring Lake and Lake Michigan at Grand Haven
Spring Lake is one of the most historic on this list and is one of the most fun to visit. The reason though, that this is on the list is that it is one of the best in the state for yachting. The even better reason to visit is because of an amazing festival that this particular Lake hosts every year.
Annually, they host the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, which has a ton of ship tours, live music, water parades, regular parades, tons of amazing food, particularly seafood and barbecue. Now, they do this annual festival for the simple fact that Grand Haven has been named the official “Coast Guard City USA.” This is the place that coast guards are at their best and it is not surprising seeing that there is just so much dang water for them to work in.
Anyway, lastly, there is another annual event that is not quite as grand as the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, but it is still something that is definitely worth checking out. It is an annual classic and wooden boat show, this is something that allows those older vessels to show off why they were so amazing in the past and are still relevant today as beautiful ships.
Mullett Lake at Topinabee
Mullet lake is on this list because of a very amazing reason, and that reason can be found its very famous nickname. Mullet Lake is known as the lake that has room for everyone, everyone can get on this lake and still have plenty of room for them to have fun. I mean, there is so much room that a few dozen yachts can be on the lake and a few dozen kayakers in between them all, with still tons of room for them all to have plenty of leg room.
The next great thing to look forward to when you visit this lake is the fact that this lake can take you from one side of the state to the other within only a few hours, depending on how fast your yacht is and how busy the water way is. Another little note that is great is that Aloha State Park is connected to this lake, so after you go yachting, or before, you can have a really nice picnic there or play games with your kids or pets.
Gull Lake at Battle Creek
This amazing lake is so amazing because of the fact that it was one of the very first lakes discovered by tourists in Michigan. So, it has a natural history to it that everyone can appreciate, especially when you are out on the water in your amazing yacht. It’s also a really popular choice considering that it is pretty close to Chicago, which is one of the most famous cities in the United States, and even the world at large.
Something that may interest you especially about this particular lake is that the yacht club that frequents the lake loves to host fun sailboat races on the weekends. That would be amazing to go see, the speeding sailboats cruising along the water, it would be even better to join in on the fun yourself, but unfortunately today, were talking about sailboats.
This is also a very interesting place for scuba divers, as the crystal-clear lake is a temptation for many people because artifacts were placed at the bottom of it. When I say artifacts, I don’t mean crazy expensive archeological finds, I mean like an old swing set, phone booth, a few boats, a bit of railroad track, etc.
It would be a ton of fun to go out on the lake in your yacht and then get ready to go scuba diving, it would be so much fun. A fun day for a fun ship for a fun lake in a fun state, just tons of fun all around for everyone who wants to visit this amazing, historic, interesting lake for their yachting needs, that can’t really be outdone in any other place as of yet when it comes to the combination of scuba diving and yachting.
Grand Lake at Alpena
The Grand Lake at Alpena is a huge, enormous monster of a lake that everyone loves. It stretches seven and a half miles, and is a mile and a half wide, so plenty of room, and great for boat racing, or lazing about down the stream on your yacht. You need to be careful though, there are a ton of little islands that litter the water, so make sure you don’t run into any of them, or you may risk sinking, or capsizing in the middle of the water.
This lake as you can probably guess is also very historic, on the mainland there is a ton of museums and such that display tons of amazing wood boats of older times. So, make sure you take some time out of your very busy yachting schedule to go and look at those marvelous museums and learn a little more of how things where done with the water back in older times.
Lake Huron at Les Cheneaux Islands
Lake Huron is probably the best lake to go yachting with on this list. It is a ton of fun and really shouldn’t be missed out on. Lake Huron is really visited because of its road like water passageways that weave in and out between a multitude of 36 different islands, making it so much fun to traverse. The waves there as well are supremely calm and just amazing for anyone yachting.
A fun thing that Lake Huron does each August is host an amazing antique boating show, giving everyone the chance to see how amazing some ships where back all the way in colonial times. Now, something that you should be really careful about when you are head to this lake is that some of the passageways may be too small for your yacht to get through, you really don’t want to scratch the paint on your amazing yacht because you tried to fit it through a small channel.
If your giant yacht can’t fit through the passages and roads of the lake, than no worries at all, you can simply keep it in one of the larger areas of water, and simply admire the view from afar. That sounds so relaxing as you get to just stay on your yacht and not have to worry about moving it in any way.
Lake St. Clair at Detroit
Of course, we couldn’t end this list without talking about one of the best lakes in one of the greatest cities in the world. Lake St. Clair in Detroit is honestly a dream to go out on with your yacht.
The reason that this particular lake has this particular name is because at the time of its discovery, an explorer on August 12, 1679, the day which hosted the feast of Saint Claire of Assisi, named it in honor of the amazing festival. So, the historic relevance that it has is definitely up there with the other big lakes.
This lake is also famous for its bass, if you’re a big fisher like some of the other people in the world, then you are going to have a blast catching a monster of a fish on this lake while you relax on your amazing yacht.
Lastly, this lake is known to house a ton of large vessels with crane rigging, like a yacht for instance, as it is amazing for anyone who wants to come by and visit, which we definitely recommend you doing, it is going to be a blast what with all your relaxing and fun having that you can have on the water as you sail through the lake.
Lake Charlevoix at Boyne City
At one point in time, USA Today name Lake Charlevoix as the second most beautiful lake in the United States. It is extremely clear as to why they did so, it is just amazing and fun to go out onto this particular lake. One reviewer of the lake even said that its “where the gods swim.” Which is very dramatic to say the least, but so incredibly interesting and fun that you can’t help but remember it as you sail across it on your yacht.
There is also a very interesting boat parade that they do on the lake every year, which is a ton of fun for you take your yacht out on if you somehow get to be involved with it.
There you have it, an amazing list of all the absolute best places that you can take your amazing yacht to in Michigan, one of, if not the most famous state in the United States for lakes. You won’t have any trouble deciding what with the large selection that it has, but there can definitely be some problems when you can’t pick one amazing lake over the other.
So, for your convenience today we compressed it into only the best lakes to choose from, the cream for the crop as some would say. Hopefully this list makes your day easier, and helps you pick the astounding lake that you and your friends and family will soon be hanging out on.
Also, we hope that you learned some interesting facts about sailing, boating, yachting, and the history of sea travel, even for just a little bit here on this list. So, thank you for tuning in, we hope you have an amazing day sailing on the great lakes of Michigan, with your amazing yacht.