This two-lobed bay, separated into East and West Bays by Old Mission Peninsula, is 32 miles long and up to 620 feet deep in places—making it one of the deepest, cleanest freshwater bays on the planet! Traverse City is your headquarters for fun on Grand Traverse Bay.

Just 3.5 miles offshore from Bowers Harbor Marina on Old Mission Peninsula, Power Island is a world away. Day trip to it or reserve a rustic campsite.

Day cruise or overnight on a Traverse City Tall Ship: the schooner Manitou or the sailing yacht Scout.

Play beach volleyball at West End Beach; rent a kayak or paddle board at Clinch Park.

See the bay from the Nauti-Cat, the largest commercial sailing catamaran on the Great Lakes.

Up, up and away with Traverse Bay Parasailing or Grand Traverse Parasail.

Dive Grand Traverse Bay with a dive guide from Scuba North.

Boat to dinner on the bay at any or all of these fab restaurants: Apache Trout Grill; West End Tavern; Boathouse Restaurant, Mission Table.

Charter a yacht or learn to sail at the Great Lakes Sailing Co.

Stroll the grounds of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy where the teaching ship the State of Michigan is docked.

Slip your boat at Clinch Marina in Traverse City, Suttons Bay Marina in Suttons Bay or the Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor in Elk Rapids.

Photo(s) by David Weidner