Bright and early start- we passed the Manistique harbor light at 7 am. Cloudy, light south east wind- barely 10 knots. Showers are predicted for Wednesday, than a high pressure system building which should bring stable air for the next 4- 5 days. Perfect – we will be in Escanaba MI in ten hours. After a day off we are energized and ready to explore futher.
We are approaching the longest day of the year- sunrise is 5:54 and sets at 9:36. Great time to be on the water.
Today we motored south from Manistique (one of the most northern cities on the Lake Michigan Circle Tour), We set our course to a waypoint to enter into Green Bay (the bay not the city) The half way point for the day was to leave Lake Michigan and cross into the bay of Green Bay. The islands across the entrance to the bay are at the northern tip of the popular tourist area of Door County, Wisconsin.
In choosing our destination , we first inquired about the dockage at Fayette and were informed that the new docks were still under construction for this summer. The harbor reports provided through our membership in the Great Lakes Cruising club were very helpful in looking for possible overnight marinas. Escanaba was recommended -so we opted to cross the bay rather than heading toward South Washington Island.
The chain of islands that extends across the entrance into Green Bay made for an interesting crossing- we chose to enter south of Summer Island and Poverty Island- passing through Poverty Island Passage. Continued between Minneapolis Shoal and Corona Shoals then proceeded North at the buoys toward Escanaba via Little Bay De Noc. Who named these places??
There must have been a source of federal funding in recent years- as many of the marinas are like new- either expanded or remodeled. Its early in the season, so there is little boat traffic and each stay has been like a private yacht club!
Dave found an app that locates which slip we are in and did a screen print. This is the new dock. We found the photos in our chart book as well as GPS showed a marina that was much less developed. If you are traveling this way, you can expect new facilities if you have old chart books for reference.
To bring bikes or not? that is the question. Escanaba offers free bikes to check out. We needed milk and the IGA is across town so off we peddled. Backpack and baskets allowed us to stock up on few staples.
Settled into our slip, and were welcomed by Great Lakes Cruisers club harbor host –She walked by and saw that we were flying the club burgee.
What a friendly atmosphere.
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