Lat: 42° 36.652 Long: 082° 32.822
Known as the 'motorboat capital of the world', Algonac MI was home to the iconic Chris-Craft powerboat. First settled in 1805, Algonac sits at the south end of the St. Clair River, on the largest fresh-water delta in the world. Here, the St. Clair River divides with one channel flowing south to Lake St Clair and the other west to Anchor Bay. Much of Algonac's early growth was due to it's motorboat manufacturing. Today, it is in the center of an anglers paradise.
From the NORTH Coming south along the St Clair River, take the North Channel, bearing to starboard when you reach the GREEN/RED bifurcation buoy marked "R1". Follow the channel 1.8 nm, around Pointe Aux Chenes until you see the channel markers for the channel into Algonac Harbour. These are respectively an unlit GREEN and unlit RED buoy. Alter course to approximately 44°T and follow the channel into the harbor.
From the SOUTH Coming from the south, you have the option of taking either the St Clair Cutoff or the South Channel. These pass on either side of Seaway Island. They join at the S/E corner of Harsens Island and continue on as the South Channel
Continue up the South Channel, passing Russell Island on your port. Continue until you reach the GREEN/RED bifurcation buoy ("R1). Alter course to port and enter the North Channel. Resist the urge to cut close to the shoreline on the north side of Russell Island as the bottom shoals out quite a ways. Follow the channel 1.8 nm, around Pointe Aux Chenes until you see the channel markers for the channel into Algonac Harbour. These are respectively an unlit GREEN and unlit RED buoy. Alter course to approximately 44°T and follow the channel into the harbor.
From the WEST
MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES
Algonac Harbor Club (810) 794-0891 VHF 17
Algonac Harbour Club is the site of the original Chris-Craft plant. This is a large, deep 350 slip harbor with 100 available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. It is a full-service marina with service being provided on-site by Colony Marine - a large regional dealer with 4 locations on Lake St Clair. With about 2 dozen service technicians, they can carry out a full range of engine, mechanical, electrical, fibreglass and prop repairs. There is water and power to each slip. There are restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Other amenities include an on-site restaurant and lounge, heated swimming pool, recreation facilities and picnic areas with BBQ grills.
Along the North Channel, extending west from Algonac, there are a number of marinas. Many will have transient docking, fuel docks, pumpout stations and a variety of services.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's
Algonac Harbor Club (See above)
West Marine has a large chandlery about .25 mi/.5 km from the harbor.
Kroger supermarket can handle all reprovosioning needs. It is about .5 mi/1 km from the harbor.
Talmer Bank and Trust has both counter and ATM service. It is about 1 mi/1.6 km from the harbor. There is an ATM at the Algonac Harbor Club.
Algonac Medical Facility (810) 794-7645 is a clinic located about .5 mi/1 km from the harbor.
Rite-Aid Pharmacy (810) 794-4985 is about .5 mi/1 km west of the harbor.
PLACES TO EAT
The Harbor Club Bar & Grille is located right at the harbor. There is a lovely outdoor patio and and Tiki Bar where you can relax. There is live entertainment each Friday and Saturday evening.
Catch 22 Bistro is a popular restaurant located minutes from the harbor. They specialize in steaks, seafood and chops.
There are a number of other restaurants and pubs along the North Channel if you are cruising that way.
THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT
The Algonac/Clay Historical Society is dedicated to preserving Algonac's boatbuilding heritage. Downtown, you can enjoy a stroll along the 1,800 ft/555 m boardwalk. With specialty shops and restaurants across the street, it is a perfect place for freighter watching.
The Algonac visitors site will give you an idea of more things to do and see while visiting the area.
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