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Lexington, MI

Lat: 43° 16.038   Long: 082° 31.385

 

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Village
  • Monitors VHF: 9, 16
  • Charts: NOS 14862
  • 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 Code810
Emergency911
Police(810) 359-8242
Hospital(810) 359-2605
Pharmacy(810)-359-5322

DISTANCES


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Mackinac City, MI 221 NW Tobermory, ON 140 NE
Port Austin, MI 57 N Bayfield, ON 41 NE
Port Huron, MI 17 S Port Franks, ON 28 E

DESCRIPTION


First settled in the 1830's, Lexington MI flourished as a shipping port. It was the first permanent European settlement on the west coast of Lake Huron, north of Port Huron. That success as a port came to a crashing halt in 1913 when the harbor was destroyed by the "Great Blow", the most severe storm to ever pummel the Great Lakes.

This weather system occurs every year on the Great Lakes. It was made famous by Gordon Lightfoot's reference to the "witch of november" in his great song Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald. It is the convergence, over warm lake water, of cold arctic air from the north and warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

With the harbor gone, Lexington fell into a long decline. In 1970, the State of Michigan constructed a new artificial harbor. Tourism grew as people from Detroit came north to enjoy the picturesque village and beautiful beaches. Today, Lexington continues to be a popular destination and stop-over for cruising sailors.

APPROACHES


The approaches to Lexington MI are clear from all directions. The harbor is formed by a long north/south breakwater overlapping a shorter east/west breakwater on the south side. The entrance is on the south side of the harbor, marked with a Fl RED light visible 6.25 nm offshore and a Fl GREEN light visible 5.8 nm. Stay in the center of the channel when entering as there is shoaling and sand bars on either side.

MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES


Lexington State Harbor   (810) 359-5600   VHF 9, 16
Lexington State Harbor has 108 slips for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are availableat the slips. Restrooms and showers are available. There are beaches to the north and south of the harbor.

Oldfords Marina   (810) 359-5410   
Oldfords Marina is located on the west (shore) side of the harbor. There are 71 slips with a few available for transient sailors. There is no fuel dock or pumpout station. There are restrooms, showers and a laundry facility. They have BBQ grills available for use.

Anchorage      
Anchorage is available at the east breakwall.

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's


There are no marine repair facilities in Lexington MI.

There is an IGA Supermarket in the village downtown, about .25 mi/.5 km away.

Eastern Michigan Bank is located downtown. It has counter service and ATMs.

MEDICAL SERVICES


Physicians Health Care Network Clinic (810) 359-2605) is a walk-in clinic located in Lexington MI.

Ehardt Pharmacy (810) 359-5322 is located in the village.

PLACES TO EAT


The Windjammer has a good reputation and is a popular dining place for visiting boaters. Steis' Village Inn is a casual bar/restaurant. There is also the Sweetwater Deli and Bar

THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT


Lexington is a delightful village to just wander around. Every Friday, there is a Music in the Park program. The Black River Art Show is on in July. August sees the Antique Show, the Thumb Folk Fest as well as the Fine Arts Street Fair. This Lexington MI page on Michigan's state tourism site will give you lots of ideas on how you can enjoy your visit here.

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