When on the Bay I like to do quick periodic checks of forecasts, especially when enjoying a long dinghy day trip. Wind, wave heights and radar are all things to keep an eye on. Tired of going to the various websites I decided to compile everything I need onto one page so I can quickly access the information from my phone or tablet. Note that this is not a substitution for regular MAFOR updates, only suggestions and you will need cell/internet service to access these. It is always recommended to monitor Channel 16 for marine warnings from Canada Coast Guard.
After clicking a link and viewing the info, use your browser arrows rather than “X” to leave the link as that will take you back to my page so you can continue on to the next link. Note that in the off season, the Buoy data goes offline.
Forecasts and Buoy Readings
Environment Canada – this link will land on Lake Huron, click on Georgian Bay for updated forecast: https://weather.gc.ca/marine/region_e.html?mapID=10
National Data Buoy Centre (*see note below): https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/obs.shtml
There are buoys on the Great Lakes that have a code number you can text for immediate readings of wind/waves/water temp etc. The above link allows you to use the interactive map to locate whichever buoy you wish a reading from or to locate the correct text code. If you wish to use the text service, first add the phone number to your contact list – 705-710-8011 and then text the buoy code to it. Georgian Bay is as follows: For the South Buoy text 45143 and North is 45137, below is an example of the data you will receive back.
Western Islands: https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/western_island_georgian_bay
Christian Island: https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/georgian_bay_christian_island
Note: Storm Radar by the Weather Channel is also one of my favourite options – it is available as a free app on apple or android.
Water Levels – Great Lakes