Here are a couple of places to view freighters in Michigan that offer the best up-close experience in the region.
Blue Water Bridge and Thomas Edison Park – Port Huron
Calcite Near Rodger’s City
The amazing point with this site may not be the closeness of the freighters but this busy port is also home to the largest carbonate mine in the world. The Calcite Quarry operation can easily be seen from space and has been active for over 85 years. The rocks are processed to create crushed aggregate, building and soil enhancers, lime, and additives to steel production. The quarry ships between over 9 million tons of calcite material each year.
The best views of freighters can be found at Harbor View Park.
Old Mackinac Lighthouse
The Soo Locks – Sault Ste. Marie
Marquette South Harbor
The South Harbor area is a short walk down the hill from downtown Marquette. We like to walk along the Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park or have a drink on the patio at the Iron Bay Restaurant. Admittedly seeing a freighter in the harbor is rare but does happen. A better option may be to head up Lakeshore drive to the docks near the entrance to Presque Isle Park. Here you can see the big freighters tied up and marvel how big they are. At this spot you may see offload operations of coal or the onboard loading of taconite from nearby mines.
- Great Lakes Ship Building in the 1800s
- The Huron Lightship
- Fort Gratiot Lightstation
- The Q
uestfor Buried Gold in Michigan’s Thumb
- Great Lakes Cruising History – Luxurious Times