Sailing and boating enthusiasts can find everything they need at the municipal Port Franks Marina, Grand Bend Harbour and Bayfield Marina, which are open from Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend. Boaters can take the “Safe Boater Get Certified Test” at either the Grand Bend or Port Franks marina office. There are also a number of private marinas in the area.

Since 2009, Grand Bend, Port Franks and Bayfield marinas have boasted Blue Flag status. Blue Flag marinas adhere to a code of conduct concerning environmental responsibility, clean water and established and well-practiced marina management.

Blue Line Fishing Charters

Contact: Fred Wondergem
Location 9863 Leonard St Grand Bend ON N0M 1T0 CanadaPhone: 519-318-1102

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Grand Bend’s ONLY Full Time Fishing Charter ! I do 75-100 fishing charters per season and have over 35 years of fishing experience on Lake Huron.

We offer Lake Huron Fishing Charters out of Grand Bend and Port Franks from April to October. We also do Corporate outings and Burials at Sea. Tax receipts provided upon request. We also offer Gift Certificates which are great for birthday, Christmas, or anniversary gifts !

On Lake Huron we target King (Chinook) Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow trout, Lake Trout, and Walleye (Pickerel).

Check us out on Facebook at Blue Line Fishing Charters in Grand Bend.

In 2017 we were featured on the Canadian Fishing Network. The video can be watched on our website from the “About Us” section

In 2019 we were also featured in an article in Outdoor Canada written by award winning writer Gord Pyzer. Check out his article “How To Win the Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby“.

At Blue Line Fishing Charters, we are focused on providing a professional fishing guide with the highest levels of customer satisfaction and fishing talent – We will do everything we can to put you on top of the fish, where trophy sized catches are a hook set away.

Your Guide, Captain Fred Wondergem is fully certified by Transport Canada with Med A3 (Small non-Pleasure Vessel Basic Safety) and SVOP (Small Commercial Vessel Operator Training Course).  Captain Fred has worked and fished in the Grand Bend and Port Franks area for 30 years.

What to expect: I supply all the fishing gear.  I set all the fishing lines out and we troll for salmon, trout, and pickerel.  We may be a short distance from shore in the spring or 10 miles out in July and August.  Salmon like 47-53 degrees so I use a temperature probe to find the proper temperatures.  Sit back, relax and wait for the fish to strike !
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Life Jacket Facts

Over 90% of people who drowned in recreational boating incidents were not wearing a lifejacket

Most people who drown never intended to be in the water

Many boaters who drown had considered themselves good swimmers

Most drowning happens unexpectedly when small boats capsize or someone falls overboard – leaving your lifejacket behind in the boat or event worse tucked under the bow.

PINERY PROVINCIAL PARK

Photo of Pinery's Canoe Rental by Janette Baillie Rent canoes, hydro bikes, paddleboats and single or double kayaks for use within in the park until Thanksgiving (second Monday in October). Rental building is near the Park Store, 519-243-2220.

GRAND BEND HARBOUR/MARINA (BLUE FLAG)

  • 91 River Road,
  • May to October: 519-238-2000,
  • October to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
  • [email protected],
  • Operates mid-April to mid-October, 8am-8pm, 7 days a week
  • Coordinates: 42 18 83 N / -81 46 09 W
  • Channel Depth: 6 feet
  • Dock Depth: 6 feet
  • Monitor – VHF Channel: 68
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Grand Bend Marina has 30 seasonal slips, 35 transient slips, mid-grade gas and diesel, public washrooms, pump out, electrical – 30 & 50 amp, internet, shuttle service, public boat launch, laundry facilities, showers, ice.

Fees: One-day launch pass $15.80, seasonal launch pass $238.75, serviced transient dock $2.30 per foot/day, unserviced transient dock north pier $1.90 per foot/day, personal service pumpout $13.55 (all prices +tax). Oil, marine toilet paper and AquaKem available for purchase.

The marina is walking distance to Grand Bend’s stores and restaurants. Two-hour paid parking is available on River Road. Free daytime and paid overnight boat trailer parking is available in the Ontario Street and Municipal Drive parking lots.

PORT FRANKS HARBOUR/MARINA (BLUE FLAG)

  • 7574 Biddulph Street,
  • May to October: 519-243-2354,
  • October to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
  • [email protected],
  • Operates mid-April to mid-October, 8am-8pm, 7 days a week
  • Coordinates: 43 14 75 N / 81 55 59 W
  • Channel Depth: 4 -10 feet
  • Dock Depth: 3 – 4 feet
  • Monitor – VHF Channel: 68
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Port Franks marina amenities include 70 seasonal slips, gas dock (diesel), public washrooms, pump out, electrical, internet, public boat launch, showers, ice, pavilion & picnic area, park, volleyball court.

Fees: One-day launch pass $15.80, seasonal launch pass $238.75, transient dock (serviced) $2.30 per foot/day, transient dock (unserviced) $1.90 per foot/day, kayak/canoe launch pass $5 per vehicle.

BAYFIELD HARBOUR/MARINA (BLUE FLAG)

  • 33 Long Hill Road
  • 519-565-2233
  • [email protected]
  • Coordinates: 43 34 5.3 N / 81 42 16 W
  • Channel Depth: 8-10 feet
  • Dock Depth: 9 feet
  • Monitor – VHF Channel 68 & 16

Bayfield Marina amenities include 20 transient slips, 60 seasonal slips, gas & diesel, washrooms & showers, pump out, electrical – 20, 30 & 50 amp, internet, public phone, shuttle service, public boat launch, picnic area & tables, ice. Canoe & kayak rentals.

PRIVATE MARINAS

  • Bayfield River Cottage Colony & Marina, 19 Fisherman’s Rd. Wharf, 519-565-2632
  • Harbour Lights Marina, 27 Chart House Hill, Bayfield, 519-565-5150
  • R&R Marina, 9346 Lake Rd., Kettle Point, 519-786-5604
  • Seven Winds Marina, 10009 Superior St., Port Franks, 519-243-2900
  • South Shore Marina, 1 Lakeshore Lane, 519-565-2110

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The Wexford Wreck

The Wexford wreck is a 250-foot steam freighter, located 11-kilometres northwest of Grand Bend (GPS: 43° 24? 3.6? N, 81° 53? 17.9988? W). Bound for the Port of Goderich in November 1913, The Wexford was one of eight ships lost with all hands in the worst storm in the Great Lakes recorded history and dubbed the “White Hurricane”. In 2013, a copper wreath created by Goderich blacksmith James Wallace was affixed permanently to the shipwreck’s bow to commemorate 100 years since the tragedy.

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