Best Boating Spots on the Great Lakes

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 7/1/2019
It took a while, but we’ve finally made it to boating season in Michigan!

This is our favorite time of the year! There’s nothing better than putting your swimsuit on, getting on the boat with your family and friends, and hitting the many bodies of water Michigan has to offer.

The Great Lakes are the largest inland freshwater lake systems in the world, stretching all the way from the Midwest to Canada. If you’re trying to find the perfect body of water to anchor your boat, it can get a little overwhelming – but we can help!


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All five of the lakes are excellent bodies of water for all types of boaters. Whether you’re sailing away on your sailboat or racing your friends on jet skis; boating on The Great Lakes has it all.
To make your decision easier, we dove into each of the five lakes and explored what they have to offer boaters:

1.    Lake Erie: The shallowest and southernmost of the Great Lakes, the warmer waters allow all boaters to enjoy the lake.  There is an ample fish supply, making it an ideal spot for both commercial and recreational fishing. Interested in watersports? Lake Erie has you covered! If you love sailing or windsurfing - the winds can be very strong!

2.    Lake Huron: This is one of the busier lakes because of how easily accessible it is from the Detroit metro area and Windsor, Canada. Lake Huron is great for many different types of boaters, water sports, swimming, and camping on the coasts.

3.    Lake Ontario: The easternmost of the lakes, Lake Ontario is the doorway to the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic Ocean. With hundreds of marinas and fuel docks, Lake Ontario is known for its boating. While boating here, stop by one of the many beautiful white sandy beaches on the southeastern coast of the lake!

4.    Lake Michigan: Stretching all the way to the windy city of Chicago, Lake Michigan is one of the most popular lakes. If you get to its furthest southwestern point, you will arrive at Navy pier and can boat right into the city! High winds can be a major plus for some, making perfect conditions for windsurfing, parasailing, and even surfing.

5.    Lake Superior: They don’t call this lake “superior” for nothing! With breathtaking views, sunsets, and shorelines; Lake Superior is perfect for a weekend getaway to northern Michigan! The largest of all the lakes, it’s also one of the coldest lakes. Because of the longer chilly weather, the lake has the shortest boating season but still has a lot to offer. Some famous parks to visit along its shores include Painted Rocks National Lakeshore - offering numerous sandstone cliffs. Isle Royale National Park is a great location for campers and hikers forming its own little island.

Protect Your Boat Before Hitting the Water with Boat Dock Bumpers from Alumi-Span Docks!


Before you even get out on the water, it’s important to review our guide for dock safety upgrades to make sure you and your family have the safest summer possible!

To keep your boat protected, we’ve got you covered with all the accessories you might need, from boat dock bumpers, side stringers, stairs and ladders, outdoor lighting, and more. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you upgrade!
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