Ports O'Call

We can offer you or you group private charters to not only numerous Door County sights and ports but also to other ports, islands, lighthouses or even across the Bay or Lake itself. All our Captains hold a US Coast Guard Masters License and have the capability to run charters just about anywhere in the Great Lakes. We have been to most of the ports in northern Lake Michigan and some ports in Lake Huron including the inland waterway. The photos below show you some examples for a private charter or come up with your own custom cruise and we will be happy to take you there.

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Chambers Island

Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour cruise along the scenic coastline to Pebble Beach, Little Sister Bay, Eagle Harbor, Nicolet Bay, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and Horseshoe Island. Along the way you will see multi-million dollar homes on the bluffs and as we cruise along the State Park's natural coastline you will be amazed at the size of the large caves in the towering limestone cliffs. Continuing on to the Lighthouse enjoy views of the Strawberry Islands, Chambers Island and Fish Creek in the distance. On clear days you will see why the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse was so important with views to Sturgeon Bay to the south and to Deaths Door at the tip of the Peninsula to the north. This would include most of our Lighthouse and Islands Cruise route with the addition of going around Chambers Island to see the lighthouse there. Cruise time of 2½ to 3 hours.


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Fayette Historic State Park
Ghost Town of Upper Michigan

This once bustling industrial community manufactured charcoal pig iron between 1867 and 1891. The town had a foundry with blast furnaces, hotel, school house, shops, and numerous residences. Sailing schooners were in and out of this beautiful harbor transporting goods and passengers and departing with their holds full of pig iron for ports all over Lake Michigan. Now all that remains is a ghost town with many of the buildings restored so you can step back in time as you take a walking tour through this historic village. For more information on Fayette Historic State Park go to Michigan DNR/Fayette Historic State Park . Cruise time or 6 to 8 hours including two hours or more touring Fayette.

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Escanaba, MI
Overnighter Trip

Bring an overnight bag and enjoy a 2 to 3 hour ride up the middle of Green Bay to Escanaba and its beautiful waterfront parks. There are numerous hotels available including the historic Hotel Ludington and restaurant, which is in the National Register of Historic Places and within walking distance. If you want some late night action the Island Resort and Casino will pick you up right at the dock in their van and take you to their hotel and casino for the night and bring you back the next morning. If you prefer to stay in town there are numerous restaurants, shops, and bars within walking distance. We are very familiar with the lodging and dining facilities in Escanaba and can assist you in determining what is best for you or your group. This trip leaves from Sister Bay and Gills Rock mid-afternoon and departs from Escanaba the next morning at 10 AM (EST) (9 AM CST). Call for details on dates and pricing.

Poverty Island Lighthouse

Out Islands Adventure Cruise
8 Islands, 5-6 Lighthouses

This cruise offers breathtaking waterways, towering limestone cliffs, and remote Islands. Included is Rock Island, Wisconsin's northernmost Island in Lake Michigan, home to the Pottawatomie Lighthouse the oldest Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. We will also see remote St. Martin and Poverty Islands and their Lighthouses in Upper Michigan. You will learn about the legend of the Poverty Island gold and pass by the sites of numerous shipwrecks that we will discuss. An optional trip out to Minneapolis Shoal Lighthouse can be arranged. Cruise time 6 to 8 hours.

Minneapolis Shoal Lighthouse St. Martin Island Lighthouse

Door County Lighthouse Combination

We can take you to any and all lighthouses in Door County or a combination of the ones you want to see. We can also combine other nearby lighthouses in Upper Michigan or farther down and across the Bay of Green Bay. These lighthouses are spread over a large geographical distance and are on both sides of the Peninsula.

Create Your Own Charter

The above are samples of some private charters available. We can custom design a trip for you and/or your group.

Option 1: Pick a location or route and charter the boat yourself. You then can bring whoever you want to help pay for that trip.

Option 2: Pick a location or route and we will advertise the trip on our Facebook page and at our Kiosk to get more people to share the cost. If between you and us we get enough people to make the trip affordable for everyone then the trip is a go. If we do not, there is no charge to you for trying.

All cruises are subject to weather especially the all day cruises to Upper Michigan. We will only run those cruises during periods of good weather.
We have several routes to suggest including a cruise up the rugged West Side of Washington Island seeing the towering cliffs at Dennys Bluff and Boyers Bluff, site of the highest Light on Lake Michigan. Continuing into Washington Harbor you will see the site of the historic shipwreck Louisiana which sank in the great storm of 1913 and beautiful Schoolhouse Beach with views of Saint Martin island, Michigan and Rock island. Other private charters can continue on to the Saint Martin and Poverty island Lighthouses in Upper Michigan.

Door County Ports O' Call, Baileys Harbor, (Home Port), Little Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Chambers Island, Horseshoe Island, Ephraim, Sister Bay, Ellison Bay, Gills Rock, (Home Port), Plum Island, Pilot Island, Northport, North Bay, Washington Island, Detroit Harbor, Jackson Harbor, Rock Island

Michigan Ports O' Call, Green Bay Waters, Menominee, Cedar River, Escanaba, Fayette, St. Martin Island

Lake Michigan, Ludington, Manistee, Portage Lake, Arcadia, Frankfort, Leland, Charlevoix, Boyne City via Lake Charlevoix, East Jordan via Lake Charlevoix, Beaver Island, Bay Harbor, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Northport, Suttons Bay, Traverse City, Elk Rapids

Lake Huron, St. Ignace, Mackinac City, Mackinac Island, Cheboygan, Indian River, (Inland Waterway)

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