Lat: 44° 39.645 Long: 83° 16.966
The village of Harrisville MI was established in 1854. It sits at the eastern edge of the Huron National Forest - a nearly 1 millon acre wilderness reserve with countless lakes and wetlands and hundreds of miles of creeks, streams and rivers. As such, outdorr recreation activities play a major role in community life.
The harbor is officially designated as a Harbor of Refuge and has newly-upgraded facilities.
The approaches to Harrisville MI are clear with this warning. This part of the coastline shoals a good distance out. Whether you approach from the north or the south, stand off from the coast at least 2 and better 3 nm to avoid these shoals and the charted obstructions. Give Sturgeon Point to the north a wide berth.
You enter the harbor on the north side, through a gap between 2 breakwaters. The gap is marked with a Fl GREEN light (visible 6 mi/5.2 nm offshore) on the end of the east breakwall and a Fl RED light (visible 6.6 nm offshore) on the end of the north breakwall.
Once inside, the municipal marina is across the harbor, on your bow.
MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES
Harrisville Municipal Marina (989) 724-5712 VHF 9, 14, 16
The Harrisville MI marina has 94 slips for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available at slips. A new harbor building has restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is also a lounge, computers you can use and internet access. Complimentary bicycles are available and a complimentary shuttle service can be arranged. The harbormaster has a mechanic available on a 24/7 basis. There are picnic areas with BBQ grills, a children's playground and a beach you can enjoy.
It may be possible to anchor on the north side of the harbor. Contact the harbormaster at (989) 724-5712 if you have any questions.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's
As noted above, the harbormaster can arrange for a mechanic if needed.
HHG Harrisville Harbor Grocery is located about 3 blocks from the marina.
Huron Community Bank is about 2 blocks from the marina.
Alcona Health Center (989) 724-5655 is a walk-in clinic, located on US-23. St. Joseph's Hospital (800) 362-9404 is nearest full-service hospital. It is located about 30 mi/48 km south in East Tawas MI.
PLACES TO EAT
The Old Place Inn is a local favorite serving standard fare. Shotmakers Sports Bar & Grill is a popular pub. Check out The Flour Garden for a great breakfast.
THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT
Harrisville MI is another good location for excellent fishing. It is a quiet community with lots of small, interesting shops to explore as you wander around this pleasant community.
Mid-July, Harrisville holds an Antiques and Collectibles Show and a Wine and Food Festival. There are music festivals throughout the summer and a Summer Concert Series in the park overlooking the harbor.
The Harrisville MI site will give you ideas on getting the most of your visit.
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