Ship watching has become a popular activity in Port City. Bulk freighters navigate the harbor mouth and river channel during the shipping season delivering coal and other products to the industries around Manistee Lake. The channel is a narrow funnel of water and it is quite impressive watching the captain navigate through it.

Take a look at a video of the massive Manitowoc Great Lakes Freighter navigating through the narrow channel.  Click here ——> Manitowoc Ship.


So this is how you plan your next ship watching adventure.

  1. Go to MarineTraffic.com
  2. Search Manistee in the search bar located in the upper right corner.
  3. Click on the “expected arrivals” tab under the google map.
  4. Find the expected time of arrival and ship that’s coming in.
  5. Head downtown and watch the magic!


To learn how the big freighters pilot there way through the Manistee River Channel, click here.