HARBOR BEACH AT A GLANCE:
Harbor Beach is the world's largest man-made fresh water harbor. Its picturesque lighthouse built in the 19th century is the focal point for the breathtaking natural beauty of the harbor, located on the sunrise side of the Upper Thumb.
The city's Maritime Festival has made a big splash among area events, and is primed and ready to make an even bigger one this year. With shipwreck presentation, plenty of children's activities and professional watercraft races, there's sure to be something for everyone.
Originally founded in 1836 as Sand Beach, the town's livelihood always has revolved around the lake in this community. It's also home to some large industrial leaders as well as a U.S. Coast Guard station.
One of Michigan's most famous statemen, the late Frank Murphy was a native of Harbor Beach. His birthplace, now a museum along Huron Avenue, is set up to tell the world about one of our former U.S. Supreme Court justices, ambassadors and governors.
As you drive downtown, you'll want to take a closer look at the Community House, which is decorated with a two-story mural depicting the history of Harbor Beach. With a gymnasium, meeting rooms and a movie theater, the Community House is the center of many events in Harbor Beach.
With the world's largest fresh water harbor, Harbor Beach offers some of the best salmon and trout fishing in Lake Huron. It also offers excellent fishing for yellow perch, walleye, brown trout and steelhead.
The Harbor Beach Marina makes launching a boat easy. The marina features more than 100 boat slips and six boat ramps. The site has six launch ramps, restrooms and shower facilities, a fish-cleaning station, diesel and gasoline fuel and pump-out facilities.
A 1,200 foot fishing pier is adjacent to the marina for those who want to cast from shore or watch the sun rise.
Near the marina, campers will find North Park, with 188 full-service campsites, as well as restrooms and showers.
Besides good boating facilities that have been in use for some time, there is a Department of Natural Resources boat launch facility. Charter boats are available, as well as accommodations.
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