Grand Traverse Bay
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Located on the 45th parallel, Grand Traverse
Bay is located off Lake Michigan in Northern Michigan. The sailing season
is from late May until early October.
The bay is 32 miles
(51 km) long and 10 miles (16 km) wide and is divided into two arms by the
Old Mission Peninsula. Traverse City is situated at the south end of the
bay where the Boardman River empties into the west arm. Cherry orchards
line the bay region, giving rise to Traverse City's claim to be the Cherry
Capital of the World.
Grand Traverse Bay is ideal for day
sailors. Prevalent winds are from the north and typically
range from 10-15 in the afternoons during summer. This leaves the early part of the day
for the fishermen and the afternoons for sailors. Water depths range from
over 300 feet in the West Bay to over 600 ft in East Bay. Almost all the
shoreline is soft sand. Power Island is the only obstruction in the bay and
is popular with boaters on the weekends who anchor, hike and picnic
Known for its cold, clear, shimmering blue
water and golden sand beaches, the Grand Traverse Bay region is a popular
vacation destination. Visitors are always welcome to come spend their money
but we don't encourage them to linger -- traffic is bad enough already. Click on the links
below for more information on the Grand Traverse area.
The following pictures give you a good idea of what it is
like sailing on gtb. We only have 8 jillion pictures, so it was hard
selecting a representative few.
any picture to see a larger view.