In this month's installment of our look back to the 1950’s, we visit the Western gateway to the North Channel. Cruisers from the lower Lakes, would mostly likely pass this way as they proceed to their favorite cruising grounds, and it is telling. The Great Lakes Cruising Club has, surely, come a long way, but so has Detour. It wasn’t lost on the State of Michigan how important this channel is to not only to freighter traffic, but small boat traffic. The upgraded marina is a far cry from the marina of 1950.
The year is 1952 and the Mackinac Bridge is still in the talking stages. GLCC members, who passed through the Straits of Mackinac on their way to the North Channel and beyond, had a very different view. En route, they probably visited one or more of these locations. Step back in time when the gateway to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was still by ferry. When the current marinas, future sites of GLCC Rendezvous, are yet to be built.