port austin mi


Port Austin, MI

Lat: 44° 03.226   Long: 082° 59.638


Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: State Harbor
  • Monitors VHF: 9, 16, 68
  • Charts: NOS 14863
  • 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 Code989
Police(989) 738-5180
Hospital(989) 738-5222
Pharmacy(989) 269-6973


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Alpena, MI 70 NW Tobermory, ON 100 NE
East Tawa, MI 29 NW Kincardine, ON 67 E
Harbor Beach, MI 27 S Bayfield, ON 72 SE
Port Huron, MI 84 S Grand Bend, ON 80 SE


Port Austin MI is located right at the top of Michigan's 'thumb' and enjoys the best of both worlds with its location - magnificant sunrises and gorgeous sunsets. The construction in 1959 of the harbor of refuge transformed the small village into a popular port of call by cruising sailors. The village is home to some excellent restaurants and historical buildings


The approaches to Port Austin MI are clear offshore. As you approach within 3-4 nm, you will see the Port Austin Reef Light, a Fl WHITE visible 8 mi/7 nm offshore in good weather. To the north approximately 1 nm, is "C1", a GREEN buoy.

From the NORTH or WEST
Leave both the Port Austin Reef Light and buoy "C1" well to your port. The harbor entrance is marked with a Fl GREEN light situated on the end of the east breakwater. Passing it, on your starboard witll be a Fl RED light marking the end of the northwest breakwater. Passing between these will bring you into the well-protected harbor.

Ensure that you are .5 - 1 nm offshore and that you leave both the Port Austin Reef Light and the GREEN "C1" can buoy on your port. Once you have cleared the "C1" buoy, alter course to approximately 180°T and make directly for the harbor entrance. The entrance is marked with a Fl GREEN light situated on the end of the east breakwater. Passing it, on your starboard witll be a Fl RED light marking the end of the northwest breakwater. Passing between these will bring you into the well-protected harbor.

Do NOT attempt to enter the harbor at the southeast end of the east breakwater. Charted depths are in the 1 ft/.3 m range!


Port Austin State Dock   (989) 738-8712   VHF 9, 16
Port Austin State Dock is located at the south end of the harbor basin, immediately west of the mouth of Bird Creek. There are approximately 50 slips available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (dieseal and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power is available at each slip. There are restrooms and showers available. The grounds have BBQ grills and picnic areas. There is no internet service.

Chuck's Marine   (989) 738-2628   
Chuck's marine is located about .2 nm up Bird Creek, on the west side. There is no transient docking, fuel dock or pumpout station. However, they can carry out engine, mechanical and hull repairs.

Anchoring is an option in the harbor basin which is dredged to depths of 3-5 ft/ 1-1.5 m.


Chuck's Marine (See above)

Port Austin Foodliner can meet provisioning needs.

Port Austin State Bank is located downtown offering both teller and ATM services.


Huron Medical Center (989) 738-5222 serves Port Austin MI. It is a walk-in clinic.

Walgreens (989)-269-6973 is the closest pharmacy. It is located about 18 mi/29 km south in the community of Bad Axe, MI.


Port Austin MI has several fine restaurants. The Bank 1884 is located in a National Historic Site building. Menu items include prime rib and Norwegian salmon among other entrees, all supported with a fine wine list.

The Farm is owned and operated by an award-winning chef. It offers an excellent menu. Located about 5 mi/8 km from the harbor, the staff will arrange a ride to and from the marina.

Downtown, you will find Finan's with its old-fashioned soda fountain that harkens back to an earlier time. Also check out The Landing and The Stockpot.


Port Austin MI is a great place to relax. There are 4 parks within the village and a pleasant walk will allow you to see 3 national Historic Sites. There is an active community theatre company. For an evening on the water but not at the helm, there are evening cruises out to the Port Austin Reef.

There is also the Port Austin MI page on the Michigan tourism site that will give you some ideas on getting the most of your visit.

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