The North Channel: The Great Lakes' best kept secret

Aug 5, 2014

  You don’t hear much about Lake Huron. It’s home to what is known as the North Channel. It's filled with hundreds of islands. It's like the Caribbean, but instead of sand and palm trees, you have rock and pine trees. So why does Lake Huron often get ignored when we talk about the Great Lakes the surround our state?

Roy Eaton joined us on Stateside to answer that very question. He's the weatherman and newscaster for the North Channel. His broadcast, Cruisers’ Net, airs every morning at 9 in the summer on VHF radio.

The North Channel is located at the northern side of Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world.

Eaton has sailed all the Great Lakes, Bermuda, Antigua, the Virgin Islands and the Florida Keys.  Yet he says Lake Huron’s North Channel is his favorite. The geography is what draws the eye and what lands the North Channel the top ratings of best places to boat in international boating magazines like Cruising World and Sailing.

If you want to discover the North Channel but don't have a boat, no worries. You can rent a boat, or charter a boat from some of the bays, like Gore Bay and Little Current, on Manitoulin Island.

*Listen to the full interview with Roy Eaton on Michigan Radio at 3:00 pm. Audio for this story will be added by 4:30 pm.