Grand Marais MI

Grand Marais, MI

Lat: 46° 40.413   Long: 085° 58.985

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Village
  • Monitors VHF: 16
  • Charts: NOS 14962
  • 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 Code906
Police(906) 387-4444
Hospital(906) 293-8382


Harbor Distance (nm) Harbor Distance (nm)
Munising, MI 36 W Michipicoten Hbr, ON 89 NE
Marquette, MI 60 W Whitefish Pt, MI 46 E
Copper Hbr, MI 94 NW SSM, ON 83 E


The village of Grand Marais MI sits on the south side of Lake Superior, inside a shallow bay. (Don't confuse it with Grand Marais MN, on the northwest coast of Lake Superior.) It takes its name from the French word 'marais' which can mean either 'marsh' or 'harbor of refuge' - either of which can aptly apply to this shallow bay. In 1875, the US Lifesaving Service established a lifesaving station along this very lonely and often dangerous stretch of Lake Superior's coastline.

The village began as a trading post in the 1860's. In time, lumbering began in the area and by the turn of the century, Grand Marais was a booming lumbering town. However, the boom did not last and by 1911, it was over. The population collapsed and the village languished for many years.

In time, commercial fishing gained a foothold and tourism ermerged as a very viable industry as people from the south discovered the tremendous beauty of this area in all four seasons.


The approach to Grand Marais MI is clear and unobstructed. The harbor is entered via a 2,673 ft/815 m channel on a course of approximately 177° T, between two breackwaters. The westerly breakwater is marked by a Fl WHITE light, visible 7.4 nm offshore. The eastern breakwater is 1,337 ft/407 m with a Fl GREEN light, visible 5.72 nm.

Once inside the harbor, alter course to approximately 257° T and proceed to the municipal marina about .5 nm west.


Burt Township Marina   (906) 291-0016   VHF 16
Burt Township Marina has a breakwall with room for several boats to tie up alongside. Watch depths as depths can be uneven along the wall. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. There is water and power available. There are no restroom or shower facilities at the Marina but these can be found several blocks away at the municipal park.

There is an anchorage at the west end of the harbor.




Burt Township Medical Center (906) 293-8382 provides walk-in clinic services.

There is no pharmacy in Grand Marais MI


There are several good restaurants in Grand Marais MI. Breakwall Bakery & Cafe overlooks the bay and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Naturally, there is Lake Superior whitefish on the menu.) Lake Superior Brewing Co. is the home of which offers a full pub menu. Grand Marais Tavern and Restaurant offers traditional pub fare as well.


Grand Marais MI is about 10 nm east of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This national park extends for some 50 mi/80 km. In one 15 mi/24 km stretch, sandstone cliffs of ocher, tan, white, green, orange and black layers tower up to 200 ft/61 m above Lake Superior.

There are several interesting museums in and around Grand Marais MI including the Gitchee Gumee Agate & History Museum, the Lightkeeps House Museum and the uniquePickle Barrel House Museum. The Pickle Barrel House was once home to William Donahey who created the very successful Teenie Weenies comic strip which ran for over 50 years.

This Grand Marais MI information site will give you ideas of more things to do and see while visiting the area.

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