Grand Bend » Be A Boater

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

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.

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Grand Bend Sailing School

Ken is a Sail Canada certified Basic Cruising Instructor and avid sailor. He acquired his RYA Yacht Masters Offshore Certificate of Competency in the Solent in England.

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Southwest Marine & Powersports

Contact Southwest Marine & Powersports for all your Marine and Powersports needs in South Huron, Bluewater, London & Kitchener.

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Xtreme Water Sports

For more than 15 years, Xtreme Watersports has provided fun in the Bend! Top quality seadoos and waverunners, jet boat charter service, flyboarding and 20-foot water trampoline. Full-licensed.

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Municipal MarinasGrand Bend
91 River Rd.,
May to Oct: 519-238-2000,
Oct to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
[email protected],
Port Franks
7574 Biddulph St.,
May to Oct: 519-243-2354,
Oct to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
[email protected],
Bayfield
OperationalApril - October
8am-8pm daily
April - October
8am-8pm daily
April - October
Coordinates43°18’83”N
81°46’09”W
43°14’75”N
81°55’59”W
43°34’53”N
81°42’16”W
Channel Depth6ft4 - 10ft8 - 10ft
Dock Depth6ft3 - 4ft9ft
VHF Channel686868
Seasonal Slips307060
Transient Slips35020
Gas & Diesel???
Washrooms / Showers???
Pump Out???
Electrical30 & 50 amp20, 30 & 50 amp
WiFi???
Public Boat Launch???
Laundry Facilities?
AmenitiesPicnic area, Oil, Marine toilet paper, AquaKemPavilion, Picnic area, Volleyball CourtPublic phone, Shuttle, Picnic area, Canoe & Kayak rentals
Ice???
Visa, M/C, Debit, Cash??

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.

RENTALS

Photo of Pinery's Canoe Rental by Janette Baillie Several private outfitters offer boat cruises out on the lake including Xtreme Water Sports (519-238-5816 or 519-319-4864), Blue Line Fishing (519-318-1102) and Grand Bend Fishing Charters (519-852-3410). Pricing varies by the amount of time you would like to cruise.

Canoes, hydro bikes, paddleboats and single or double kayaks available for rent and use within Pinery Provincial Park Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend (519-243-2220). Canoes, tandem kayaks, standup paddleboards or kayaks and dinghy available for rent from River Adventures Grand Bend (519-868-RAGB) for use on the river or lake.

GRAND BEND HARBOUR/MARINA (BLUE FLAG)

 

Fees: One-day launch pass $25 (includes parking), seasonal launch pass $300, serviced transient dock $2.30 per foot/day, unserviced transient dock north pier $1.90 per foot/day, personal service pumpout $14.10 (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)

Fees: One-day launch pass $25, seasonal launch pass $300, 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)


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

YACHT CLUBS

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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The Linda Hindman Wreck

Retired steamboat tug, the Linda Hindman, was scuttled in 1973 to create a break wall in an effort to protect the shoreline against high water and erosion. Since that time, the stern was visible sitting in about 11 feet of water just offshore near Pioneer Park, Bayfield. With the return of high water beginning around 2018, the stern is no longer visible. The site has become an artificial habitat for marine life.