ontonagon mi


Ontonagon, MI

Lat: 46° 52.761   Long: 089° 19.824

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Village
  • Monitors VHF: 16, 68
  • Charts: NOS 14820
  • 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) 884-4901
Hospital(906) 884-8000
Pharmacy(906) 884-4229


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Bayfield, WI 70 W Duluth, MN 131 NW
Ashland, WI 75 W Grand Marais, MN 68 N
Copper Harbor, MI 82 NE Isle Royale, MI 69 NE
Marquette, MI 154 E Thunder Bay, ON 96 N


Ontonagon MI takes its name from the Ojibwa word for 'bowl' or 'bowl-shaped'. First settled in the 1830's, Ontonagon was a center for mineral exploration - especially for copper. By the late 1800's, Ontonagon had also become a lumbering center and the harbor served a votal role in getting both refined copper and timber shipped out. Copper is still refined here and the village has also become a year-round tourism center.

As with any community along this rugged coastline of Lake Superior, the scenery here is stunning and varied. Michigan's largest state park is nearby and the oldest remaining log village in the United States is not far away. The village sits at the mouth of the Ontonagon River, the largest river on the south shore of Lake Superior.


The approaches to Ontonagon MI are clear from all directions. The harbor lies at the mouth of the Ontonagon River. The entrance is protected by two long breakwaters. The East breakwater is about 2,300 ft/715 m long and marked with a ISO GREEN light visible 5.8 nm offshore. The West breakwater is approximately 2,560 ft/780 m long and marked with a Fl RED light visible 6.5 nm offshore. It also has a horn.

There is a shallow area to the west, right at the channel entrance. You may want to keep closer to the port side of the channel when entering.

The marina is in a basin on your starboard about .3 nm upriver after you clear the channel.


Ontonagon Municipal Marina   (906) 884-4225    VHF 16, 68
Ontonagon Marina has 38 slips with 7 set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available. There are restrooms and showers. A laundromat is available in the village. The grounds have picnic areas with BBQ grills. The village lies on the other side of the river, about a 1 mi/1.6 km walk.


There are no repair or maintenance facilities in Ontonagon MI

Pat's Foods is located about 1.7 mi/2.7 km from the marina. It can handle re-provisioning needs.

Citizens Bank is located in the village, about 1.5 mi/2.4 km away. Lake Superior Credit Union is about 3 blocks further on. They both have counter and ATM service.


Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital (906) 884-8000 is a 25-bed acute care facility. It is 2 mi/3.2 km from the marina.

The nearest pharmacy to the marina is Harbor Town Pharmacy (906) 884-4229, located in the center of the village 1 mi/1.6 km away.


Syl's Cafe is located in the center of the village. It serves a hearty breakfast starting fairly early and is popular for lunch as well. Roxey's is a popular local bar that is well-known for its burgers.


The Ontonagon County Historical Museum has a good disply of artifacts that illustrate the history of Ontonagon's mining, lumbering and marine industires. The Ontonagon Lighthouse was built in 1852. It is open for tours daily. The Ontonagon Theatre For The Performing Arts offers a variety of entertainment from local and visiting pergformers.

The Ontonagon MI tourism website will give you more ideas on how you can enjoy your time here.

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