THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE NORTH CHANNEL
Hundreds of uninhabited islands, anchorages, and beaches,
here’s one of the best freshwater cruising grounds in the world
LAKE HURON’S NORTH CHANNEL is only about 250 miles from major cities like Detroit and Toronto, but his sparsely populated area, with hundreds of miles of coastline, narrow passages, and protected harbors, is known as one of the most beautiful and challenging cruising grounds in North America. Northern Michigan native Marty Richardson and her husband Jerry have been investigating the North Channel for years. Since retiring in 2007, they’ve logged some 20,000 nautical miles, and named their 52-foot trawler Monarch because, like the butterfly, it travels from Ontario and Northern Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico. They recently completed their second circumnavigation
of the Eastern United States along the Great Loop.
Exclusively for BoatU.S. members, Richardson has put
together an Insider’s Guide To The North Channel, which reveals
some of their favorite boating destinations in this remote paradise,
and the cruising hideaways they love the most. You’ll find specific
recommendations ranging from the locations of the best anchor-
ages (and tips on how to get into them safely), including beautiful
Covered Portage, almost completely enclosed, and partly bounded
by 100-foot rock cliffs; how to enter the fjord-like passage of Baie
Fine, which leads to an oval-shaped gunkhole known as The Pool;
recommendations on Tobermory, the freshwater scuba capital of the
world, with its clear water and dozens of shipwrecks; to not-to-miss
experiences, such as eating popcorn in front of the fireplace at the
historic Killarney Mountain Lodge. Whether you’re planning a trip
to the North Channel, or just daydreaming about it, Richardson will
make sure you know where to stop and pick the wild blueberries.
CHARTERS, located on the
north side of Manitoulin
Island, offers sail and
To download a detailed personal
cruising guide to the North
Channel by Marty Richardson,
visit this feature online.
Sunset over the North Channel.
Below left to right; The Chip Wagon
in Killarney. Strawberry Island
Light. Freshwater fishing.