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Rogers City, MI

Lat: 45° 25.380   Long: 083° 48.535

 

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: City
  • Monitors VHF: 9, 16
  • Charts: NOS 14864 14880
  • 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
Emergency911
Police(989) 734-2330
Hospital(989) 734-7545
Pharmacy(989) 734-4701

DISTANCES


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Presque Isle, MI 18 SE South Baymouth, ON 78 E
Alpena, MI 41 SE Port Elgin, ON 133 SE
Detour Village, MI 41 N Collingwood, ON 196 E
Chicago, IL 332 W Bayfield, ON 164 SE

DESCRIPTION


Rogers City MI was established in 1872. Unlike many other communities whose economy was based on lumbering, Rogers City made its mark as home to the largest limestone quarry in the world. Its port is one of the largest shipping ports on the Great Lakes. It is intically connected to the steel industry to the south as limestone is a key constituent ingredient. The city cherishes its marine heritage and has an excellent, well-protected harbor.

APPROACHES


The approaches to Rogers City MI are clear from all directions. Keep offshore about 1-2 nm until you are in the vicinity of Rogers City. There is a light tower on the end of the north seawall at the entrance to the harbor with a Fl RED light. It will be visible approximately 6.7 mi/5.9 nm in good weather. On the south seawall, there is a Fl GREEN light, also visible about 6.7 mi/5.9 nm offshore. Following them in, you will pick up the lighted channel buoys that will lead you right in to Rogers City Marina. The channel is oriented on a NE - SW line. A course of 204oT will bring you right down the channel.

Once inside the outer harbor, turn to port and follow the seawall for about 100 yds/60 m until you see the entrance to the inner harbor on your starboard.

MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES


Rogers City Marina   (989) 734-3808   VHF 9, 16
This is an excellent harbor with 126 slips. There are 34 set aside for transients. Additional space is available on the wall. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available dockside. The marina building has restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is a community information board where you can find directions and information on local marine repair facilities. The marina is within 2-3 blocks of the downtown and for re-provisioning runs, a courtesy car is available. The marina also has courtesy bicycles available for those who would like to explore a bit further afield. Internet service is not available at the marina but you can get on-line at the public library, about 4 blocks from the marina.

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's


Rogers City Marina (See above; staff can direct you to local services)

There are 2 grocery stores in Rogers City. Rygwelski's IGA is the closest to the harbor.

There are several banks in Rogers City. Huron National Bank is the closest to the marina.

MEDICAL SERVICES


Rogers City Rehabilitation Hospital (989) 734-7545 is a full-service hospital located across town from the marina.

McLean Pharmacy (989) 734-4701 is located downtown, a few blocks from the marina.

PLACES TO EAT


There are several options for a cruising sailor. The Lighthouse Restaurant is located downtown. (Any restaurant with a favourite menu item called "The Italian Freighter" I suspect knows how to cater to hearty appetites!)

The Painted Lady Cafe is only a few blocks from the marina. It also displays art, antiques and gifts.

Scill's Grill is located right downtown as well.

Although not restaurants, you shouldn't visit Rogers City without stepping into Nowicki's Sausage Shoppe. It set a Guiness record for the longest sausage (8,773 ft/2,674 m)! Over 4 generations, it has built an outstanding reputation for the variety and quality of their sausages. Plath's Meat Market is another local favorite that successfully markets its smoked pork across the entire United States.

THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT


Rogers City is blessed with a beautiful natural environment. Lakeside Park is immediately south of the marina. There are beaches, hiking and walking trails, picnic and BBQ areas. Another nearby park is PH Hoeft Park, accesible by bike trails.

Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum is a new maritime museum that illustrates Rogers City's strong connection to the maritime world of a Great Lakes shipping port. In July/August, there is the Nautical City Festival, a large, week-long community celebration and party. The Salmon Festival brings in fishermen from all over.

Harbor View is located at the Port of Calcite, the major industrial port of Rogers City MI, just south of the community. Here, visitors can watch ships from all over the lakes taking on tens of thousands of tons of limestone needed to feed our hungry steel mills. To get an idea of what is happening when you visit, this Rogers City MI tourism and visitor's site will give you some ideas on getting the most of your visit.


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