September 25, 2023
Caseville Harbor

Caseville Harbor During A Michigan Fall

The Fall in Michigan always seems incredibly short. Sometimes boats are still in the water as November rolls in. Will we the last one out of the water? It is kind of lonely to be one of the last ones out of your slip in the Fall in Caseville harbor. However, Caseville Harbor is one of the great places to stop and visit, especially if your driving on a fall color tour along M-25.

Caseville Harbor During a Michigan Fall

Mariners Cove Marina - Caseville Harbor in the Fall

Last year we were one of the diehards with ice beginning to form a weekend or two after we got our sailboat out and winterized for the season. This year with the schedule tight we decided to get on the hard at the end of September.

A lonely slip at seasons end. - Caseville Harbor in the Fall
A lonely slip

It was tough. It symbolically ended the opportunity to get out on Saginaw Bay and we knew that the summer was really over.

A Sailboat gets lifted out of the water - Caseville Harbor in the Fall
Taking a Good Old Boat out for the season

Here is Caseville Harbor the last weekend in September 2014. Fall in Michigan is the most under-appreciated and utilized times of the year. School is back in session and everyone is back to work. It’s almost like New Years’.

These images are from five years ago. The old fish house from the early 1900s, that used to sit on the canal to unload fish from the Bay Port Fish Company when the lake was low has been torn down.

Bay Port Fish Co. Ice House - Caseville Harbor in the Fall
The Old Bay Port Fish Co. Ice-house in 2014

When Labor Day passes folks have a new mindset. Yet the days are typically warm well into mid-October and the low sun casts long shadows even in mid-day.

A pontoon boats makes her way out in the late summer - Caseville Harbor in the Fall
One last run on warm September day.

Everyone looks for the current fall colors in Michigan. Yet the best color in Michigan’s Thumb typically starts in mid-October.

Fish nets on the Argo - Caseville Harbor in the Fall
Nets on Deck for Whitefish

Bay Port Fish Company typically gets there trap nets ready for one last run of whitefish.

Bay Port Fish Company Boat Named Argo - Caseville Harbor in the Fall
Caseville Harbor in the Fall The Bay Port Fish Company Boat Argo

Whitefish come back close to shore and we see net buoys a few hundred yards from the beach.

Huron Yacht Club - Caseville Harbor in the Fall

The sailors at the Huron County Yacht Club are days away from taking out their boats. Its a group effort and everyone participates stepping the masts and swinging the sailboats to their cradles for the winter.

Beach Toys all Stored during the  	current fall colors in Michigan
Beach toys racked for the season

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5 thoughts on “Caseville Harbor During A Michigan Fall

  1. Always a sad day when the boat comes out of the water! My family took theirs out last weekend too. It always reminds me that winter is around the corner. Beautiful pics!

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