Boating, Water Sports, and Rentals
Harbor Country is fortunate to have access to both the Galien River and Lake Michigan.
The shores of Harbor Country’s New Buffalo harbor area are the perfect place to get out on the water and waves. Public fishing sites, modern boat launches, and marinas are available in New Buffalo – launch your day out on the water! Several businesses that rents boats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes and other water sport. Paddle up a lazy river in a kayak or canoe, or learn to surf on the big lake. Harbor Country has recreational opportunities for novices and pros. Our outfitters provide lessons for all ages. Recognized by Outside magazine as a top destination for stand-up paddleboarding.
Fishing and Charters
The shores of Harbor Country’s New Buffalo harbor area, are the perfect place to try your luck for perch, or troll Lake Michigan for five species of sport fish aboard a charter boat with an experienced captain. There are public fishing sites, modern boat launches and marinas in New Buffalo, to accommodate any angler interest. If river fishing is your passion, the Galien River has public access for both small water-craft, and shore fishing.
Public Boat Launch at New Buffalo Beach – is located next to the Public Beach off Marquette Drive on the Galien River. The launch is approximately 3,500 feet from Lake Michigan waters. Accessibility to the launch is 24-hours/day during the boating season (May 1 to November). Launch fee includes parking in the adjacent large lot, reserved only for vehicles with trailers. Multiple ramps and piers are available. Season Launch Passes may be purchased from the City of New Buffalo. Ph.269-469-1500 or cityofnewbuffalo.org
Galien River Access – located on Red Arrow Hwy, just north of Kruger Road at the bridge in New Buffalo Township. The Galien River quietly winds its way from Galien to New Troy, through Warren Woods State Park and past Union Pier into Lake Michigan. This state-run access area can also be used to launch small fishing boats, kayaks, and canoes.
Galien River Fishing Platform – New Buffalo City Park has almost 600 feet of frontage along the Galien River. There is year round fishing from two platforms on the north shore. You can access the area from the parking lot or from the boat parking lot and walk through the picnic area. Note: The 450 foot long South Breakwater is private property and not accessible. The first 300 feet of the 1000 foot long North Breakwater is constructed of rubble mound and is extremely hazardous and not accessible.
Common Fish: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Largemouth Bass and Blue Gill are the primary catches in Lake Michigan and the inland waters.
Lake Michigan Depth Map
Michigan Fishing Licenses now required. Copies of the State Fishing Guide and Inland Trout and Salmon Guides are available at all license vendors around the state. Fishing licenses can be purchased online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at mdnr-elicense.com. Anglers can also visit a local license retailer or DNR Customer Service Center to purchase a fishing license in person. All 2017 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2018 and are good for all species.
PO BOX 371
New Buffalo, MI 49117 US