Grosse Pointes offer one of the most picturesque waterfronts
in the country. The entire eastern border of each of the
five Grosse Pointes is Lake St. Clair, our international
waterway. This lovely fresh water lake provides activities
of all types and for all ages.
Private marinas dot the shore in each of the Grosse
Pointes. Each of the Grosse Pointes has a private park for
residents only. These outstanding facilities offer marinas
for boats of all sizes, both power and sail. There are also
racks for small day sailboats, canoes and kayaks. While
there are no public docks in the Grosse Pointes, there are
private harbors that will make arrangements for you to
arrive by boat if advance arrangements are made. If you are
a member of a private club, the manager of your club may
email or call the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, the Grosse
Pointe Club or Crescent Sail Club and ask if they extend
reciprocal privileges to visiting mariners. It’s worth the
call! There are also non-private marinas that are just a
short distance away. One of these includes the State of
Michigan’s only urban state park with a harbor, Milliken
Park. Reservations for this harbor may be made online: [Click
Here!] Other commercial harbors in the area include
Jefferson Beach Marina and Miller Marina.
All of the residents’ only parks have swimming pools for
residents and their guests. They range in size from
Olympic-sized to baby pools. There are no public pools in
the Grosse Pointes.
Want to enjoy some of the prettiest scenery in the
country? Cruise down Lake Shore Drive or Windmill Pointe
Drive and take a look at Lake St. Clair in the background.
Most of Grosse Pointe Farms runs along the lake and it is a
gorgeous drive. Since it is a residential area, the speed
limit is only 35 miles per hour and “Sunday drivers” will be
found every day of the week going much slower. Look for
sailboats gliding by, kayakers, swimmers, international
freighters and Canadian geese. Everyone loves Lake St.
There are plenty of reasons to ride your bike on the
paved sidewalks along the lakefront. Bikers share the
sidewalks with pedestrians but they all get along! They’re
there for the same reason… to enjoy the natural beauty of
the Grosse Pointes. Pointers are working to get bike routes
designated on certain streets throughout the community. That
would be a fun thing!
The Grosse Pointes, located on the Eastern Shore of Lake
St. Clair, boast five residents-only marinas within the City
Parks. Each marina provides a wonderful ambiance within the
park with unlimited views of the lake. There are also two
private yacht clubs, as well. The private yacht clubs are
the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and Crescent Sail Club. The
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club continues to be selected as the
“Number One Yacht Club in North America”. Crescent Sail sits
in a strategic location in Grosse Pointe Farms and prides
itself on its newly updated facility and its sailing
program. Various overnight destinations may be reached in
only a few hours, including international marinas. Nearby
ports of call include one of the state of Michigan’s only
waterfront marina, Milliken Park. Docking facilities are
also close to dining and entertainment districts. Two of the
five Great Lakes, Lake Erie and Lake Huron can be accessed
through the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers and, of course,
Lake St. Clair.
Some may prefer just to sail out and feel
the breeze. Many boaters spend the day anchoring out and
swimming off the stern. Water temperatures in the summer are
in the 70 degree range. Evenings offer light offshore winds
which are ideal for reaching out and reaching in back into
the harbor. The sunset in mid-summer is not until 10 pm!
That’s ideal for packing a picnic dinner and enjoying the
carefree, fresh water venue. Marine services are also close
by. The “Nautical Mile” is just to the North in St. Clair
Shores (aka Boat City) and has additional services.
Weekday evenings have sail racing for all sized boats and
skill levels, from main and jib to weekend Detroit River
Yachting Association (DRYA) sponsored events. Don’t forget
the Bayview Yacht Club’s Port Huron to Mackinac Island Race
in July. Sailors are always looking for additional crew so
try to sign on and ride on up. Truly an unforgettable
The Grosse Pointe Power Squadron and the US
Coast Guard Auxiliary have classes on boating safety and
seamanship throughout the year to provide a maximum boating
experience. So let’s go sailing and have fun out there!