DESTINATION: Rogers City Marina
Published: Friday, July 31, 2020
Nestled on the shores of Lake Huron, Rogers City is known across Northeast Michigan as the Nautical City. Located 46 nautical miles south of the Mackinac Bridge, Rogers City’s small town atmosphere is truly like no other. Built upon the shipping industry of the Calcite Quarry, boating has been part of Rogers City’s history from its very beginning. Today, hundreds of boaters pass through the Rogers City Marina each summer to see all that Rogers City has to offer.
The Rogers City Marina is a beautiful place to dock your boat for a night, week, month, or even a full season. The marina was established in the early 1950’s, but it is far from old fashioned. Many updated amenities greet visitors when they visit this exceptionally clean facility, including bathrooms with full showers that are cleaned throughout the day, every day. You will find both diesel and gasoline (rec 90) fuel on sight and two updated pump out machines available for use at a low cost.
Suitable for boats from 10 to 110 feet and with 148 slips available, the Rogers City Marina is one of the cleanest, friendliest facilities anywhere on the Great Lakes, with full service hookups and fast, dependable Wi-Fi. A modern fish cleaning station is equipped with cutting boards, clean water to spray your fish, and a garbage disposal to take care of any unwanted fish pieces.
Tucked in the midst of prime fishing waters, you’ll be sure to need the cleaning station! The marina offers abundant opportunities for the novice and the professional fisherman alike, with a growing and diverse fishery featuring chinook and Atlantic salmon, lake trout, steelhead, and many other species. There are many nearby rivers and small lakes to explore and even a fishing platform in the marina itself!
If you’re not into the fishing scene and just want to have fun or relax, there are plenty of opportunities for that, too. Rogers City’s downtown is unique and thriving with many one-of-a-kind shops and knick-knack stores. Find cafes, ice cream shops, family restaurants, delis, pizza places, and so much more. Well-known meat markets with wide varieties of polish sausages and smoked delicacies are sure to offer you some mouth-watering options.
Rogers City also hosts a summer concert series that is held in the local band shell in the lovely park adjacent to the marina. These near-weekly musical events offer listening enjoyment from folk music to new pop covers. Around town, there are many fun activities for families to do together, including two historic maritime museums and the opportunity to take tours of the shipwrecks nearby where the beautiful, clear waters offer easy viewing. An eleven mile, paved bike trail through the natural areas and beaches of Rogers City leads out to the historic 40-Mile Pointe Lighthouse. There are also many scenic areas and parks with exotic and protected plants and animals, including many interesting species that can be found at Thompson Harbor State Park, a large, natural area with plenty of hiking trails.
To reserve a spot at this ideal marina, simply give them a call. Daily rates are based on the overall footage of your vessel and they offer an amazing deal of “Stay for two nights, get the third one free!”
Rogers City Marina offers a monthly rate of $13.00 USD per foot of the boat, a half season (13 weeks) rate of $33.80 USD per foot, and a full season price of $52.00 USD per foot. Seasonal slip holders or those who purchase 500 or more gallons of fuel will also find fuel discounts available.
While you are out on Lake Huron, Rogers City is a must stop place if you enjoy living the
simple life. “We hope to see you soon!” ~ Wayne Saile, Harbormaster, Rogers City Marina
This article first appeared in the Summer Issue (Jul/Aug) 2020 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.