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Boating & Docks

Houghton’s waterfront provides an incredible opportunity for boaters. With docking and launching facilities available, local day-use boaters, fishermen, and Lake Superior cruisers can spend a day on the water or tie up for an extended stop.

The boat launch west of the lift bridge is free for all to use. The City maintains a free parking lot for boat trailers which is located along under the lift bridge. There are several fishing piers along the waterfront for those who prefer to fish from shore.

A seasonal kayak/SUP launch is located in Bridgeview Park from May to October.

Transient cruisers and day-use boaters are welcome to use any broadside mooring along the waterfront at no charge.  Most broadside locations are relatively deep water and will generally accommodate sailboats. Following are those primary docking locations open to boaters:

  1. Any broadside along the long wood pier west of the lift bridge.
  2. West of the lift bridge near the boat launch
  3. Bridgeview Park
  4. East Houghton Park


For extended stays (up to 5 days) – please contact the Houghton Police Department and provide your name, phone number and hull number in case of emergency.

Yacht riding through canal in Houghton