A visit to Fayette State Park

(or what I did on my summer vacation)

By Kevin Novak

For those of you who have never been to Fayette, it is a charming destination in the upper peninsula of Michigan, located on the Garden Peninsula on the shores of the Big Bay De Noc. It has a natural harbor known as Snail Shell Harbor because of its shape. Unfortunately no tour boats are currently visiting Fayette on a regular basis from Door County and it is a fairly long drive around the Upper Peninsula to get there by car and image003it takes the better part of a day to travel there by sailboat from the cruising grounds of Door County. However this is a destination for boaters looking for an experience that is not typically available on the great lakes. For those of you who have been to Fayette in the past, it has changed much in the last 15 years and is worthy of another visit.

When Fayette first became a cruising destination, many of the buildings were undergoing stabilization to prevent further deterioration from the years of neglect. Now the Park is undergoing image001restoration efforts to return the surviving structures to the period when Fayette was a bustling iron smelting town. Years of research has uncovered a wealth of historical information about the site. This information has been added to the many placards that are located around the site and has been used to construct an accurate scale model of the site when it was in operation. This model accompanied by an audio track describing the site is on display in the visitor’s center. Fayette is intended to be more of a historical site or museum than a tourist attraction. The site documents the early days of the industrial revolution and the struggles of immigrant’s as they arrived on the shores of America with little more than what they could carry with them. It also has many examples of the crafts and basic skills needed to make do with what was available.


Everyone is invited! Great opportunity for anyone with a boat who doesn't race !

Hello Anchorage sailors,

Our "KENOSHA CRUISE"  will be August 23rd.  (Southport Marina could not do it on the 16th)
We have slips reserved - the rate is $45 for the 1st 30ft then $1.25/ foot after that.
Southport reports minimum depth now at 7' 6"
You can also tie up at the Kenosha Yacht Club

We will meet on the harbor house patio at 10am.
We will assign start times beginning around 10:30 or what ever works
 No PHRF cert necessary  just for fun!

  • Start from Waukegan around 10:30am
  • Upon arrival we will meet for a picnic-same as last year (picnic tables at yacht club or on the dock)
  • Bring something easy to pass
  • Around 6 or 7pm will go to Boat House Pub for diner
  • Sunday Morning Breakfast at Kenosha Yacht Club
  • Chase each other home!
It will help with slip assignments if anyone going would email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know your going.
(Boat name and length)

Last minute boats are welcome too.
George and Janet