At one point Port Sanilac was known as “Bark Shanty” because the townspeople tanned bark on the beach in the 1840s. After citizens petitioned for a more dignified name, it was changed to Sanilac in honor of a great Wyandot chief.
The downtown is only a few blocks away offering groceries, a Post Office and the oldest hardware store in Michigan, Raymond Hardware, which was established in 1850 (810-622-9991). Activities in the area include taking a tour of the picturesque Port Sanilac Lighthouse (810-750-9236) and shipwreck diving.
The Waterway Guide Team has gained extensive boating knowledge over the years, and now we are sharing all of the tips, skills and tools we’ve picked up along the way!