Port Sanilac is nestled in the natural beauty of Michigan’s East Ports region and perched on the edge of Lake Huron. The combination of these two landscapes come together to offer a wide variety of outdoor activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Everything from relaxing in the sun on the beach, to bird watching, to biking, and kayaking, and swimming, and boating, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Port Sanilac.
Fun Things To Do In Port Sanilac
This page is here to provide an overview of the many types of fun activities that are available to participate in, in and around Port Sanilac.
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Golfing in Port Sanilac
The Huron Shores Golf Club & Restaurants’ golf course is challenging and the restaurant is superb. They are located just 3 miles north of our Village of Port Sanilac, Michigan on M-25. The 18-hole regulation course is uniquely challenging with its rolling hills, water hazards, and tight fairways, yet “kind” to the beginner just learning the game.
Following is a video providing a bit more information:
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Boating in Port Sanilac Harbor
Port Sanilac is home to two marinas and public dockage. Port Sanilac Harbor of Refuge is a full service public dockage facility. Offering amenities including: water, electricity (30 and 50 amp), restrooms, showers, gasoline, diesel, pump out, ice, fish cleaning station, boat launch, hoist, long-term parking, public phone, courtesy vehicle, dog run, day-use dockage, playground/park, grills/picnic tables, laundry, car rental, marine repairs, marine supplies and weekend security. The Port Sanilac public docks are a premier destination for boaters on Lake Huron. The Port Sanilac Harbor Commission are gracious hosts to each of the boaters who visit Port Sanilac.
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Fishing In Port Sanilac
Port Sanilac is a popular fishing destination. Perch are widely available, as well as salmon and walleye.
The DNR boat launch offers a convenient place to take off from. It also features a public fish cleaning station, complete with stainless steel cleaning stations and a “guts grinder”.
Parking is available on-site.
For the little kids and boatless, there is always fishing off of the break wall. You can catch perch, salmon, walleye, & lake trout.
Port Sanilac is fast becoming the number one fishing destination for perch in the state. From late June through mid-August the perch abound and fishermen can’t get enough of them. The rest of the year we have everything from perch off the break wall for the most novice of fishers to salmon and walleye for the big game fishermen with large boats. Stop by our local bait shop before you set your lines for the latest news on what’s biting today. Please visit us here.
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As evidenced by the number of sailboats docked to the left… Port Sanilac is the place to be if sailing is one of your love’s.
Sailing is a wonderful summer activity you and your family can enjoy. It is a unique sport that can change your life by opening up a new world of fun and adventure. Let your journey begin here in Port Sanilac, Michigan.
A lot of other ports are busy, congested, and stressful. We offer a peaceful and quiet setting in which to sail, while the beautiful Georgian Bay, North Channel, and other beautiful cruising waters are only hours away.
We have a great harbor with easy access to Lake Huron, within a reasonable drive or sail from the Detroit area, and drive from the Flint area.
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Ship Wreck Diving In Port Sanilac
Following is a map of shipwrecks in Port Sanilac or nearby waters:
Port Sanilac is home to the Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve. This marine museum is home to a number of historical shipwrecks, including the Regina, a 250 foot steel package freighter that sank in the a fierce gale in 1913. The vessel was discovered in 1986. Diving charters are available from Port Sanilac Harbor.
Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve offers some of the most exciting shipwreck diving in Michigan within a 163 square mile area in Lake Huron.
The Regina and some of it’s cargo rests in 80 feet of water, with the ship rising 25 feet from the bottom.
Following is a video of an actual dive to the Ship Wreck Regina In Port Sanilac waters:
The Captain and Crew of the Adventure I, a 27” ChrisCraft Commander, specialize in introducing divers to Shipwrecks in the Underwater Preserves of Michigan. From Port Sanilac, Harbor Beach, Port Austin and Grindstone City we explore the Sanilac Shores and Thumb Area Bottomland Underwater Preserves. Only a 90-minute drive from Detroit and a short boat ride to some of Michigan’s best wreck diving. The vessel is inspected by Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources and is certified for six passengers. The feisty Captain John is Coast Guard Licensed. Snacks, beverages and engaging stories provided for a morning, afternoon or full day of adventure and fun. For more information please contact us at 248.615.3483 or here.
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Kayak or Paddle Board the stunning shores of Lake Huron. Port Austin Kayak is now launching from the Port Sanilac harbor. Visit the harbor master’s office for details. We also offer paddle boards. Kayaking Lake Huron is the perfect way to spend the day with your family.
The Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trail is a nonprofit citizen’s organization working with the Huron County Parks to establish and maintain a Water Trail along Michigan’s Lake Huron’s shoreline. It is dependent on public support for its existence and growth. The Water Trail, which is best utilized via sea kayaks by people who have had proper sea kayaking instruction, consists of camp sites and rest areas spaced out along the shore. The Mission of The Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trail is to develop, maintain, and promote a water trail that highlights natural, cultural, and historical attributes to drive tourism, economic development, and recreational opportunities in Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties. Find out more about Heritage Trail here.
You can also enjoy Kite Boarding & Standup Paddle Boarding:
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Beaches at Port Sanilac
There are two public beaches in Port Sanilac. The Village beach can be found North of the downtown area, tucked in behind the Lutheran Church. This beach features a small public park with picnic facilities.
The second beach is adjacent to the DNR boat launch. Located on the North side of the northern harbor break wall this beach offers a spacious beach and plenty of parking.
Both beaches offer a wonderful place for families to spend the afternoon in the sun and water.
Also, Walker Road beach, south of town, offers a beautiful natural setting and convenient kayak launch site for the heritage Water Trail, however parking is limited to the lucky few.
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Swimming at Port Sanilac
Take advantage of the sand beaches on beautiful Lake Huron, one of our nation’s five Great Lakes. We have three public accesses to the beach: 1) adjacent to the harbor, 2) 3/4 mile north, 3) a couple miles south.
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Check out the newest additions to our outdoor recreation options. Located behind the fire station, we offer use of professional tennis and basketball courts on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Dining Choices In Port Sanilac
Blue Water Sports Bar & Grill
There are plenty of eateries in and around Port Sanilac.
To find out what cuisines are available, please visit our Local Business Directory, and click on the category “Restaurants”.
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Shopping In Port Sanilac
From groceries, to hardware, to gifts, Port Sanilac has it, and most of it within walking distance. Stroll around downtown and pick out a few treasures.
Port Sanilac offers a wide variety of shops to soothe your shopping itch. Stop in and meet with the owners of our local shops to learn about what’s going on in Port Sanilac as you browse through their unique and varied wares.
Following are some of the local shops:
Amber Lane Gifts and Crafts
2450 Lakeshore Rd. (M-25), Applegate
167 S. Ridge St. (M-25), Port Sanilac
Blue Water General Store
7303 Main St. (M-46), Port Sanilac
Country Courtyards Pet Supplies
6385 E. Sanilac Rd. (M-46), Port Sanilac
Creations By Karen
15 S. Ridge St. (M-25), Port Sanilac
East Ports Exchange & Candy Shop
7. S. Ridge St. (M-25), Port Sanilac
2440 N. Lakeshore Rd. (M-25), Carsonville
The Gray Cottage Antiques
7170 Main St. (M-46), Port Sanilac
Gull Cottage Antiques
2096 S. Lakeshore Rd. (M-25), Applegate
Harbor Light Gallery & Gift Shop
111 S. Ridge St. (M-25), Port Sanilac
Memories of Ireland Gift Shop
1015 N. Lakeshore Rd. (M-25), Port Sanilac
Port Sanilac Bait and Sporting Goods
7305 Main St. (M-46), Port Sanilac
Port Sanilac Marina
7365 Cedar St., Port Sanilac
Raymond True Value Hardware
29 S. Ridge St. (M-25), Port Sanilac
19 S. Ridge St. (M-25), Port Sanilac
Village Pottery Studio & Gallery
215 S. Ridge St. (M-25), Port Sanilac
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Farmers’ Market In Port Sanilac
Although this fun thing to do could have fit nicely within the “shopping” topic above we are very proud to offer this experience to our community and to our visitors.
One of the joys of small-town life is the sense of community. Shopping at the Port Sanilac Farmers’ Market lets you experience that feeling of closeness. You can meet the farmers who grow and make the food you eat, say hello to your neighbors out doing their weekly shopping for wholesome foods grown or made right here in the Thumb, and while you’re here pick up a little something special from one of our local artisans.
Celebrate the wonderful diversity available in Sanilac, Huron, and Tuscola County. The Port Sanilac Farmers’ Market is a strict producers market. This means that all goods must be made or grown here. No vegetables or finished products can be trucked in. This guarantees that the items you buy at the market are truly local.
Open Friday’s 2:00-7:00 pm
Mid May to End of October
Located at the The Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum.
Market Manager: Jennifer Powell
Life today can seem too fast paced. We miss the days when we sat on the porch and chatted with the neighbors in the evenings. An afternoon at the market gives you an opportunity to slow down a bit and savor some interaction with your neighbors, or maybe even make new friends! One thing’s for certain, a few trips to the market will help you ‘put a face on your food.’ When you get to know the local folks who grow what you eat and learn about their farming practices, you can feel more secure about the safety of your food. So stop by the market to see what’s in store for you.
Vendors interested in participating in the market should contact Jennifer Powell for more information. Vendors must be within Sanilac, Huron, or Tuscola County and all merchandise must be produced within the county. No “trucking” allowed. The Port Sanilac Farmers’ Market does not allow resale items – no antique or flea market vendors. Please download the Vendor Market Rules and Registration form for more information.
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