fayette michigan


Fayette, MI

Lat: 45° 43.156   Long: 086° 40.114


Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: State Park
  • Monitors VHF: n/a
  • Charts: NOS 14908
  • Customs: No
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code906


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Gladstone, MI 25 NW Garden, MI 8 N
Escanaba, MI 20 W Manistique, MI 51 NE
Marinette, WI 56 SW Bailey's Harbor, WI 54 S


Sailing into Fayette Michigan is like sailing back into time. This village was founded in 1867 as a company town. Its purpose was to extract iron ore and smelt it for shipment south. The village prospered until it exhausted its supply of hardwood for the blast furnaces and the mining company closed in 1891. At one time, the harbor was stem to stern with sailing ships carrying the rough-smelted pig iron south.

Caught as if in a time warp, the village has been preserved by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a living historic site, offering a tantalizing window into the past.


Located on Big Bay de Noc, the approaches are clear. To the NW about 2 nm is Big Bay de Noc shoal which is charted. Fayette lies on Snail Shell harbor, an almost completely landlocked bay. The harbor entrance is marked with a Fl RED light and Bell. As you enter the wide mouth of the harbor, follow the high cliffs around to the wall where you can tie up.


There is no marina in Fayette Michigan. Transient sailors tie up along a 300 ft/92 m wall. On busy weekends, rafting is common. There is no fuel dock or pumpout station. Potable water is available. There are restrooms in the visitors center, available when it is open. There are no other services here.

While anchoring is permitted, the holding is quite weedy and very poor.


There are no service or provisioning facilities in Fayette Michigan.


There are no medical facilities in Fayette Michigan.


Sherry's Port Bar is a restaurant and bar located about .75 mi/1.2 km from the dock. Not only is it your best bet - its your only bet! However, it has a reputation for good meals and hearty breakfasts.


This is an isolated, beautiful wilderness area. By far, the greatest attraction is the reconstructed village of Fayette Michigan. Many buildings are open to visitors. There is a Visitors' Center and a Museum Store. There are about 5 mi/8 km of hiking trails in the park as well as a beach. There are picnic grounds with BBQ grills. If you are seeking a quiet, wilderness experience, you won't go wrong visiting Fayette.

This Fayette Michigan page will give you an idea of more things to do and see while visiting the area.

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