Lake Ontario, The Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Green Bay, the St. Lawrence River, and Lake St. Clair.
Did you know that the Great Lakes region is the #1 boating destination in the U.S.?
The sheer size of this territory affords boaters a whole world of fun and a number of diverse places to explore on the water. In fact, the Great Lakes region includes nearly 11,000 miles of United States and Canada shoreline, and spans more than 94,000 square miles of water. The territory is comprised of six lakes: Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario, Lake Superior and Lake St. Clair. These lakes are surrounded by eight U.S. states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin), as well as Ontario and Québec. From pristine wilderness and crystal clear waters, to waterfront beaches in major cities, the Great Lakes truly offer something great for every kind of boater. Snag-A-Slip is a free, online boat slip reservation site where you can explore awesome marinas in the Great Lakes and rent boat slips easily. If you are charting your course or you want to see our marinas on a map, click the interactive map button above!
Lake Huron is the third-largest fresh water lake in the world, making it a top cruising destination for boaters and sailors around the globe.
The lake sits to the East of Lake Michigan and spans both U.S. and Canadian coastline. Lake Huron is known for its excellent cruising itineraries, including a trip through the Straits of Mackinac and into the North Channel, which is famous for its many small islands, hidden beaches, remote areas and the freshest of waters. Boaters planning a cruise in Lake Huron should stop in Tobermory, Ontario, a great harbor town, and take some time to enjoy the adjoining Georgian Bay.
Known for its deep waters and expansive coverage area, Lake Michigan affords boaters a variety of different experiences.
Lake Michigan is the second largest Great Lake by volume and the only Great Lake sheltered entirely by the U.S. Boaters looking for a city adventure will love a stop in Chicago and Michigan City, both of which are located on the southern tip of the lake. Cruisers looking for a beach experience will enjoy a trip from St. Joseph-Benton Harbor to Silver Lake Sand Dunes - but be sure to stop at Saugatuk, Grand Haven and Muskegon along the way!
Boating on Lake Erie brings some the best of U.S. and Canadian boating together.
Boaters and sailors looking for a big city experience and some rock 'n roll, can check out Cleveland. Looking for small town charm and beautiful islands? Be sure to plan a visit the quaint towns of Erieau and Leamington on the Canadian side of the lake. Party-goers will want to visit Put-In Bay, Ohio while amusement park seekers should visit Sandusky! Last, but not least, Lake Erie is a gateway to Lake Huron and the Detroit River.
Lake Ontario is home to some of world's greatest boating destinations, including the Trent-Severn Waterway and the 1,000 Islands regions.
Lake Ontario is the Eastern-most Great Lake and is surrounded on the north, west, and southwest by Ontario, and on the south and east by New York. From the historical destinations, to the national treasures, and the beautiful islands to the great harbor towns, boating on Lake Ontario is an experience of a lifetime.
Lake St. Clair is a beautiful body of sparkling fresh water located in the Great Lakes region.
Nestled between Lake Erie and Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair is home to over 430 square miles of water and 160 miles of stunning shoreline. There are additional islands and bays around the Lake that you can visit when cruising around. These must-sees include Strawberry Island, Gull Island, Cross Pointe Sandbar, Anchor Bay and Big Muscamoot Bay. The boating opportunities on Lake St. Clair are endless - and the Lake St. Clair marinas are ready to welcome you!
Lake Simcoe is located in Southern Ontario and serves as part of the Trent-Severn Waterway system that links Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay in Lake Huron.
Just an hour so from the Greater Toronto area, Lake Simcoe is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike who enjoy its pristine waters and charming beaches. Boaters and sailors will enjoy the lively lake community, which hosts plenty of regattas and poker runs throughout the summer. Adventurers and historians will want to plan a trip to Georgina Island, home to the Chippewas, to learn about the tribe's history and walk the preserved nature paths.
There's No Shortage of Fun in Green Bay
120 miles long, Green Bay is an amazing getaway for both the outdoor enthusiast and the city-lover in you. Beautiful botanical gardens, sanctuaries and parks make up a large portion of the natural spaces around Green Bay laced with gorgeous walking trails. Famous cities line the Bays shoreline, including the city of Green Bay where you will find great places to eat, explore and more!
Boat in Beautiful St. Lawrence - Home to the World Famous Thousand Islands
One of the longest rivers in North America and the outflow for the entire Great Lakes system, the St. Lawrence River is an essential waterway flowing between the US and Canada. 744 miles in length, the St. Lawrence is also home to the stunning Thousand Island region. This picturesque watershed is a gorgeous destination enjoyed by boaters of many nations.
Did you know that Canadians consider the Georgian Bay the 6th Great Lake? Neither did we!
Be it the Bay’s size, or its reputation, this boating region stands on its own. You can spend a whole summer exploring the Georgian Bay, and you won’t even scratch the surface. Home to some of the best fresh water cruising in the world, boaters and sailors alike flock to the Georgian Bay to explore all of its vast offerings. Stroll through charming waterfront towns, eat oysters in Beausoleil, cruise around the 30,000 islands, view stunning wildlife, swim in crystal clear waters and much more. This is one for the bucket list, friends!