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An Update from Barker’s Island Marina on September 1, 2021:

The winds of change slowly creep in during the month of September. The breeze has faint puffs of cool air as it pushes around a handful of dead, fallen leaves on the ground. It’s the impending signal of  autumn to come. This month does offer some of the nicest boating of the season though; there is no sweltering heat, a few less biting black flies, and the hillside becomes a canvas of color as the leaves start to change.  If you can squeeze in the last few boat rides, we recommend you do so and enjoy this beautiful month!

For those of you who will be taking advantage of September boating: be sure to book your late haul-out early, because the late dates fill up. Enclosed are the forms you need for haul-out, winterization, and  winter storage. They can also be found online at These forms can be mailed, emailed (send to or faxed (715-392-7133).

With the change of temperatures come a change of business hours. 
Effective after Labor Day:
Fuel Dock: Everyday 8:00-4:30
Ship Store: Monday-Saturday 8:00-4:30, Sunday 8:00-12:00

The Fray in the Bay is back and it will be combined with the Big House Party! Please join us Saturday, September 11th on the water for the race and afterwards in the Big House (the indoor storage building). The after party will also feature a nautical swap meet where the proceeds will go to the Duluth Community Sailing Association. If there is any boat part or nautical item you are ready to part with, please consider donating it to this great cause. The race registration is at the Ship’s Store, it is $25 to register and meal tickets are $10 each. All are welcome to attend!

We expect more people to be mingling about the boat yard, prepping their boats for winter. Please be aware of hoses and cords running through the lot, which means coiling them after use. Be sure to secure  ladders and that they are put away after use. Let’s enjoy the nice weather while it lasts!

Happy Boating!


Megan Browne & all the crew at Barker’s