suttons bay mi

Suttons Bay, MI

Lat: 44° 58.538   Long: 085° 38.745

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Village
  • Monitors VHF: 16
  • Charts: NOS 14913
  • 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 Code231
Police(231) 256-8800
Hospital(231) 271-6511
Pharmacy(231) 271-3881


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Traverse City, MI 18 S Northport, MI 12 N
Elk Rapids, MI 15 E S Manitou Is, MI 48 W
Charlevoix, MI 30 NE Washington Is, WI 83 NW
Mackinaw City, MI 74 NE Manistique, MI 75 N


The delightful, picturesque village of Suttons Bay MI is located about ½ way down the west shoreline of Grand Traverse Bay at the head of Suttons Bay. The roots of the community go back to the mid-19th century. Lumbermen were the first to come, supplying fuel for wood-burning steamboats. The village grew with the arrival of the railroads and construction of a lumber mill. The surrounding area – Leelanau County – is the largest cherry growing region in the United States. Vineyards abound as well. Today, tourism is the foundation of the local economy and Suttons Bay MI works hard to make visitors feel very welcome


The approach to Suttons Bay MI is straightforward. As you come south down Traverse Bay, watch for Omena Point on your starboard. It is marked with a RED buoy – N2. To your port and slightly ahead will be the Mission Point light – a Fl WHITE light. Once you are about .5 nm south of Omena Pt buoy, alter course to approximately 225T. This course will bring you down Suttons Bay.

Suttons Bay MI is situated at the head of the Bay, on your starboard side. The entrance to the municipal marina is marked with a Q RED and a Q GREEN light, both visible approximately 4.8 nm.


Suttons Bay Village Marina   (231) 271-6703   VHF 16, 68

Suttons Bay Village Marina has some 170 slips with about 3 dozen set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only). Diesel fuel is available in the village but you will have to get it back to your boat. There is a pumpout station. Water and power hook-ups are available at each slip. There are restrooms and showers at the marina building. There is a beach and a childrens play area as well as picnic areas and BBQ grills. Internet access is available at the visitors center.


There is excellent anchoring immediately north and south of the harbor entrance.


There are no repair or maintenance facilities in Suttons Bay MI.

Hansen Foods carries a large selection of groceries including over 1,200 wines! (This is wine country, after all.) They offer a shuttle service for sailors at the marina.

Fifth Third bank has a branch with counter and ATM service a few minutes walk from the marina.


Leelanau Urgent Care (231) 271-6511 is located at the south end of Suttons Bay MI.

The Prescription Shop (231-271-3881 pharmacy is located about 3 blocks from the marina.


As you would well expect in a village that relies heavily on tourism, there are a number of good dining options in Suttons Bay MI. Boone's Prime Time Pub specializes in steaks from locally sourced suppliers. Martha's Leelanau Table is a European-style seving breakfast, lunch and dinner. For coffee lovers, it has an expresso bar. North Country Grill & Pub serves fresh seafood and a selection of steaks and prime rib. 45th Parallel Cafe and Candy World (yes, it really is pretty much on the 45th parallel) serves light snacks and over 40 flavors of home-made fudge. That alone could be worth the trip!


Suttons Bay MI has a very good selection of specialty and antique shops to explore. When you have exhausted this, relax on a cruise of the bay aboard the Inland Seas Education Association's 70 foot tall ship schooner Inland Seas.

There are walking trails to explore the immediate area. Further afield, there are several wineries where you can enjoy a tour of the facilities - and savour some of their excellent product.

The Suttons Bay MI tourism site will give you many more ideas on how you can enjoy your time here.

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