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.

Grand Bend Sailing School

Contact: Ken Otte
Location Serving Grand Bend Area Grand Bend Ontario N0M 1T0 CanadaPhone: 519-854-5478

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It’s a special feeling when you cut the engine and all you can hear is the wind in the sails and the water lapping on the hull. A feeling of peacefulness and freedom overtakes you.

Share that special feeling with your family and friends aboard Hypnautica, a well equipped 36 foot sailing sloop in Grand Bend.

We offer a three hour sailing experience on Lake Huron for up to six people. Your Captain will make sure you have a safe and relaxed experience. We will provide life jackets and beverages.

Learn the basics, get some hands on experience or just relax and enjoy the sail. For those who want to go further we offer the Sail Canada Basic Cruising certification course and Marine Radio course.

About your Captain: RYA Yachtmaster and Sail Canada Basic Cruising Instructor Ken Otte has been sailing for over 20 years. Three of those years were living aboard and skippering charter vessels in the Caribbean. When it comes to sailing/cruising Grand Bend Sailing School can show you the ropes!

 

Local outfitters offer boat cruises on the lake including Blue Line Fishing Charters (519-318-1102), Copper Blues Fishing Charters (519-331-4144), Grand Bend Fishing Charters (519-852-3410), Maitland Valley Fishing Charters (519-319-3931), Port Franks Charters (519-521-8785), Sail Huron (519-878-4141), and Xtreme Water Sports (519-238-5816 / 519-319-4864). Pricing varies by the amount of time out on the lake, the size of your group, and the boat.

Rent single and tandem kayaks and stand-up paddleboards by the hour or up to two days from 360 Bikes ‘N Boards (519-524-7171) in Goderich. River Adventures Grand Bend (519-868-RAGB) rents electric and gas-powered inflatable dinghies, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and tandem kayaks by the hour. They also offer multiple, week-long, half-day camps for kids to learn about open water safety, navigating waterways using a variety of self-powered vessels (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards), and how to tie marine knots. Adult lessons include kayaking and paddleboarding. They even host a glow-in-the-dark group kayak along Parkhill Creek in Grand Bend. Westcoast Beach Store (416-836-8706) in Grand Bend offers daily standup paddleboard rentals and lessons. In Bayfield, head to the Marina Office (519-565-2233) beside the public washrooms, to rent a canoe or kayak. You can rent canoes, corcls (double-hulled, extremely buoyant, polyethylene boat), stand-up paddleboards, and single and double kayaks for use in Pinery Provincial Park (519-243-2220).

Grand Bend & Port Franks Fees

  • One-day launch pass: $25 per launch
  • Seasonal launch pass: $375
  • Seasonal Dockage (serviced; greater than or equal to 25 ft.): $79 per foot
  • Seasonal Dockage (serviced; less than 25 ft.): $1,896
  • Seasonal Dockage (unserviced): $1200
  • Transient Dockage (serviced): $2.30 per foot/day
  • Transient Dockage (unserviced): $1.90 per foot/day

Additional Dockage at Grand Bend Harbour

  • “Love Docks” Seasonal Dockage (serviced; greater than or equal to 25 ft.): $66 per foot
  • “Love Docks” Seasonal Dockage (serviced; less than 25 ft.): $1,680
  • Seasonal Dockage for Personal Water Craft: $600

Municipal MarinasGrand Bend
91 River Rd.,
May to Oct: 519-238-2000,
Oct to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
grandbendmarina@lambtonshores.ca,
Port Franks
7574 Biddulph St.,
May to Oct: 519-243-2354,
Oct to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
works@lambtonshores.ca,
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??

Private Marinas

Bayfield River Cottage Colony & Marina: 19 Fisherman's Rd. Wharf, Bayfield, 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, 1-888-770-1009

Yacht Clubs

Bayfield Yacht Club: bayfieldyachtclub.com, 647-667-9056

Grand Bend Yacht Club: gbyc.ca, 519-238-6676

Port Franks Yacht Club: portfranksyachtclub.ca, 519-333-8673