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Welcome to Bowers Harbor Yacht Club

The vision of local developers Bernie Jackson and Gerry Kocis opened as Bowers Harbor Landing (“The Marina”) on January 1, 1990. Composed of 50 docking slips, the Marina is located in the northeast portion of Bowers Harbor on the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay, seven miles north of Traverse City on Old Mission Peninsula. All 50 slips (24 30-foot, 24 40-foot and 2 50-foot) are governed by long-term private leases and are fully-occupied, although transients are frequently accommodated when lessees are away on cruises. For availability of transient slips, please text our Harbormaster John Roth: 231.620.5277


Rich in history, the Marina occupies the site where in the winter of 1851-52, young S.E. Whittier Wait, just seventeen years of age, taught the first school in the Grand Traverse region aboard the schooner “Madeline”, moored to a dock whose pilings are still visible today, along the shore. When the Mormon “kingdom” on Beaver Island broke up in 1856, the inhabitants scattered throughout the region, and two of them, Nicholas Bower, after whom the Harbor is named, and Royal Tucker became the first settlers at Bowers Harbor. Mariners will recognize Tucker's name, as they round the eponymous point which forms the western border of the harbor.


Today the surrounding rolling hills are dotted with cherry orchards and vineyards, with more than a dozen wineries calling Old Mission Peninsula “home”. Ablaze with autumn colors, tourists flock to the area in late-September and October as farmers' roadside fruit stands overflow with nature's bounty. Winter brings cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing through gentle glades, and as temperatures warm, the flow of maple sap heralds the approach of another spectacular boating season.

                         Hours of Operation:


May 15th - June 15th, Weekends 10am-6pm

 June15th - Labor Day, 7 Days a Week, 9am-9pm

Labor Day - October 1st, Weekends 10am-6pm

Marina Phone 231.223.4137

Harbormaster 231.620.5277

Hail, Channel #16 - Switch & Answer, Channel #09

There is no public docking for restaurants, shopping nor for dropping off or picking up

passengers or crew

   Contact Harbormaster  (Text 231.620.5277) for Transient Slip Availability

Marina Amenities


  • Transient slips available

  • Deep-water slips

  • Floating docks

  • Water and electricity (30A & 50A service)

  • Pumpout: mobile holding tank pumpout service

  • Picnic areas with BBQ grills and firepit on the beach

  • Restrooms with showers, separate facilities for men and women

  • Dryer for towels, wet bathing suits etc

  • Ice available

  • Swimming is prohibited on Marina property

  • Chart House: an adjacent building that provides a comfortable atmosphere to read and relax and a covered picnic deck

  • Conveniently located near numerous restaurants that include: The Boat House Restaurant, Mission Table, and Jolly Pumpkin Brewery. The Peninsula Market grocery store is also nearby

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