DeTour Village, MI
Lat: 45° 59.710 Long: 083° 53.934
DeTour Village MI is located on the west shore of DeTour Passage, a long-standing and well-used passage between Lakes Huron and Michigan and the North Channel or Lake Superior. Tourism is a key part of the economy in this pleasant village at the mouth of the St. Mary's River. With a full-service marina, miles of beaches and a relaxed pace, this is an excellent place for a cruising sailor to pause as they transit through the passage.
DeTour Passage is a major passageway for traffic so the approach is straightforward.
FROM THE SOUTH
You enter DeTour Passage between the DeTour Reef Light (Fl WHITE with horn and RACON [MoD]) on your port and the Fl RED "R2" buoy. Note: The DeTour Reef horn can be activated by keying your mike 5 times on Ch 79.)
Follow the clearly marked channel north to DeTour Village. You will see the DeTour Village watertower on your port. Just north of the village is the DeTour Harbor Marina, on your port.The entrance is at the south end of the breakwater and is marked with a Fl RED light.
FROM THE NORTH
Coming from the north, you may take either the channel between Gaffney Point and Pipe Island or between Pipe Island and Drummond Island.
Coming by way of Gaffney Point, you should have no problem if you keep to the channel. Watson's Reef, on your port, is well marked. Clearing the channel, the DeTour Harbor Marina will be on your port. The entrance is at the south end of the breakwater and is marked with a Fl RED light.
Coming south along Drummond Island, the channel is clear. Note the Fl GREEN "1" buoy on Pipe Island Shoal on your starboard. A course of approximately 217o will bring you to the DeTour Harbor Marina entrance. The entrance is at the south end of the breakwater and is marked with a Fl RED light.
MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES
DeTour Harbor Marina (906) 297-5947 VHF 9
DeTour Harbor Marina is operated by the State of Michigan. There are approximately 90 slips, most available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available at the docks. Restrooms, showers and laundry are also available. There are picnic areas and BBQ grills nearby.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's
Mertaugh Boat Works is a full-service marine repair facility.
Northern Canvas can carry out marine canvas and upholstery work.
There is a grocery store approximately 2 blocks from the marina.
There is a bank in the village with an ATM machine. There is also a private ATM at the local service station.
There is internet access at the public library.
There is a medical clinic (906-297-3204) in the village. The nearest hospital is Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital (906-635-4660) located in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, about 56mi/90km north.
The closest pharmacy is Arfstrom Pharmacy (906-494-3355), located in Cedarville MI, approximately 24mi/39km west.
PLACES TO EAT
There are several restaurants in DeTour Village MI. Try the Fogcutter Bar and Grill that overlooks the Passage. The Mainsail Saloon and Restaurant is a family dining establishment that is popular with locals and visiting sailors alike. DeTour Village Inn is a pub serving standard pub fare.
THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT
DeTour Village MI is a quiet place that makes a great stopover for cruising sailors transiting to and from Lake Huron. One place you might want to visit are the DeTour Botanical Gardens . It is located on the waterfront and is a great place to enjoy beautiful gardens - including 30 different varieties of roses. DeTour Passage Historical Museum has a number of displays of the nautical history of this area. The surrounding area, including beaches, makes for a nice opportunity to stretch your legs.
A quick look at this DeTour Village MI site will give you an idea of what's happening in the village.
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