marquette mi

Marquette, MI

Lat: 46° 32.588   Long: 087° 23.015

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: City
  • Monitors VHF: 16, 71
  • Charts: NOS 14963
  • Customs: Yes
  • 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) 228-0400
Hospital(906) 228-9440
Pharmacy(906) 226-1046


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Copper Harbor, MI 76 NW Thunder Bay, ON 159 NW
Munising, MI 34 E Rossport, ON 142 N
Sault Ste Marie, MI 140 E Michipicoten Hbr, ON 136 NE


Ths area along the Lake Superior coastline was once part of the traditional homelands of the Chippewa. It was known to French explorers and missionaries as early as 1668.

In 1844, iron ore deposits were discovered in the area, laying the foundation for the long-standing and prosperous mining industry. Marquette MI was incorporated in 1849. In time, it became a very important shipping harbor and railway hub. In addition to the iron ore business, manufacturing and shipping, Marquette MI has an excellent university and was ranked among the top 25 cities in the United States for retirement - quality of life is a very important consideration in this community.

There is an excellent harbor with facilities that a cruising sailor would be looking for.


The harbor of Marquette MI lies behind a .7 nm breakwater. The entrance is from the south. The breakwater is marked with 2 lights. The Outer Light (Fl WHITE), on the end of the seawall, is visible approximately 12 mi/10.4 nm offshore in good weather. It has a horn. The Inner Light (Fl RED) is located about 1/3 from the tip of the seawall, at the 'elbow' in the seawall. It is visible 5 mi/4.3 nm offshore. The principal marina (Cinder Pond Marina) is located on the north side of the harbor. The entrance to this marina is marked with Fl RED and Fl GREEN lights. The entrance is approached from the south west. There is a GREEN marker buoy about 160 yds/ 148 m southwest of the Fl RED light. Leave it on your port beam as you pass between them and then alter course to approximately 065° and make your entry.


Cinder Pond Marina   (906) 228-0469   VHF 71
Cinder Pond Marina is operated by the City of Marquette MI. There are 101 slips with 10 set aside for transients. This is a well-maintained marina with fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and pumpout station. Water, power and cable TV hook-ups are available. There are showers and laundry available. Other amenities include a playground, picnic areas with BBQ's and a ship's store. The downtown is very close, just up the hill.

Marquette Yacht Club   
MYC is located west of Cinder Pond Marina at the west end of the Coal Dock. There may be space for a transient sailor there but there are no amenities available for visitors.

There is a special anchorage area (charted) in the northeast corner of the harbor.


Bingham Boat Works is a full-service fibreglass shop that can carry out a complete range of hull and fibreglass repairs. They can also carry our some engine and mechanical work.

GT Welding and Prop Shop and Marine Machining can carry out prop repairs and replacements.

Marquette Food Co-Op is located right in the downtown area, close to the marina and can meet many of your provisioning needs. There are larger supermarkets on the outskirts of the city but they would necessitate taking a taxi.

Peninsula Bank, located downtown, has teller and ATM service.


Marquette General Hospital (906) 228-9440 is a full-service hospital located about 2 mi/3.5 km from the marina.

Walgreens (906) 226-1046 is located about 2 mi/3.5 km west of the marina.


Marquette MI will not disappoint a sailor out looking for either a relaxing drink or a nice meal. The Vierling Restaurant operates today from where it began over a century ago. A very good menu is accompanied by a fine wine list. The Vierling Restaurantwas one of the first micro-breweries licensed in Michigan. They serve hand-crafted beers brewed in small batches.

For a flavorful change, try Lagniappe Cajun Creole. They promise they cook with spices for flavor, not heat - really.

Elizabeth's Chop House downtown specializes in steaks - lots of them as well as seafood from Lake Superior. And a wine cellar with over 100 labels is sure to hold something satisfying to accompany your meal. They have a beautiful dining room and a deck that overlooks the harbor.

Donckers Restaurant is great for a light meal and definitely worth a visit to sample their Begian chocolate. Being in the same location for 99 years shows they are definitely doing something right.


Marquette MI is situated in an area of beautiful natural scenery. Parks abound, both inside and outside the city. Mattson Lower Harbor Park is adjacent to Cinder Pond Marina. This large park has lots of picnic area and is a favorite site for festivals and events throughout the year. There are music performances throughout the summer.

Outside of the city, to the north, lies Presque Isle Park, a large, beautiful park on a point that extends out into Lake Superior. Replete with biking and walking trails, it offers fabulous view of the lake.

Marquette Maritime Museum showcases Marquette's Great Lakes heritage and also manages the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse. On the campus of Northern Michigan University is the Superior Dome. This is the largest wooden domed stadium in the world! It also has the largest retractable artificial turf carpet in the world! Two museums of note are the Historical Museum with pioneer artifacts, mining and lumber displays and the highly-regarded Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, featuring a wide range of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children. This Marquette MI site will give you many other ideas on getting the most of your visit.

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