Birds, Boats, and Booze

Note: This is a 4-hour cruise.

Many things drew people to the St. Clair River Delta Flats area. The abundant wetlands brought duck hunters and fishing, wood boats and passenger steamers brought tourism and recreation, and Prohibition brought rum runners and speakeasies to the region. Spend a little more time in “the flats” with us as we cruise farther up the South Channel and share a little of the past including stories of the big hotels, Tashmoo Park, Chris Craft boat building, and more.

Cruise dates:
Sunday, July 1, 2018, at 10 a.m. 
Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. 

Pricing: $30 adults/$20 under 18 yrs.

Lake St. Clair Fisheries

This is not a fishing cruise, but it definitely is a “fishy” cruise! Learn firsthand about the fish that are found in Lake St. Clair, many of which are available for hands-on examination during the cruise. We will be joined by a Michigan DNR Fisheries Biologist and perhaps rendezvous with their research vessel while out on the lake to observe fish tagging, measuring, and other research operations.

Cruise dates:
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 10 a.m. 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 10 a.m. 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Lighthouses of Lake St. Clair

Note: This is a 3-hour cruise.

Join a representative from the Save Our South Channel Lights organization to learn the history of the two lighthouses built on Lake St. Clair in 1855 to guide vessels through the treacherous St. Clair Flats. Learn about navigating the Great Lakes then and now and discover what is being done to preserve these historic landmarks.

Cruise dates:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Monday, July 2, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

The Nature of Lake St. Clair

Take an educational cruise on Lake St. Clair to discover the rich variety of aquatic life that makes Lake St. Clair so special. Plants, animals, and habitats — including one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas — will be explored.

Cruise dates:
Monday, July 2, 2018 at 2 p.m.  
Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Channels, Islands, Bays, and Reefs

St. Clair River delta

Note: This is a 4-hour cruise.

The St. Clair River Delta is one of the largest freshwater deltas in the world, and its many islands, bays, and channels create a truly unique feature of the Great Lakes basin. Join us as we travel up into the Middle Channel of the delta past Harsens and Dickinson Islands, and then down the North Channel, to learn about the incredible natural resources and cultural history of this fascinating area.

Cruise dates:
Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 2 p.m. 

Pricing: $30 adults/$20 under 18 yrs.

The History of Lake St. Clair

We cruise Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair Flats in search of the geologic past of the St. Clair River Delta and tell the human stories that shaped the history of this unique area.

Cruise dates:
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 4 p.m. 
Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 4 p.m.  

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Research and Restoration

CommonTern_2966bwith babyA great number of scientific research and conservation efforts are taking place on Lake St. Clair and in its wetlands, ranging from fish to birds and invasive species to water quality. Join us on this cruise to observe Lake St. Clair marsh restoration, learn about the HEART lab (Huron to Erie Alliance for Research and Training) and its activities, and travel out to the Old South Channel Range Lights to see how restoration of the lighthouses has created an ideal nesting island for the threatened Common Tern.

Cruise dates:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. 
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 4 p.m. 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Journey Through the Straits Downbound

Note: This is a 5-hour cruise.

Park your car at Riverside Marina in Detroit and board the E/V Clinton for a fantastic five-hour voyage from the upper reaches of the Detroit River to Lake Erie. As the Clinton travels in the wake of both the early Great Lakes voyageurs and present-day sailors, we’ll explore the Straits of Detroit from several perspectives.

Our cruise begins just south of Peche Isle, the first island in the straits and the site of Chief Pontiac’s summer camp. We will pass by the old French ribbon farms, Cadillac’s landing, the Detroit Riverwalk, and then under the Ambassador Bridge. Then we pass the J.W. Westcott mail boat and the old Bob-Lo boats on the way to the industrial heartland featuring impressive steel mills. Finally we enter the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, with its beautiful islands and abundant wildlife. We take a shuttle bus back to Riverside Marina where you pick up your car to complete your Journey Through the Straits!

Cruise dates:
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. 
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Pricing: $35 adults/$25 under 18 yrs.

200 Years Around Lake St. Clair

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Celebrate Macomb County’s Bicentennial as we look back at what life was like around Lake St. Clair 200 years ago. From the first people of the region to the European fur traders, explorers, and settlers, we will learn how the natural history of Lake St. Clair influenced the human history and use of this magnificent lake.

Cruise dates:

Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6 p.m. 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Shipping Out

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Sign on for a voyage into the world of Great Lakes shipping! As the E/V Clinton heads toward the shipping channels across Lake St. Clair or the lower Detroit River, you will learn about lakers and salties, legendary sailors, and shipwrecks. With some luck, you might even get up close and personal to a thousand-footer or two along the way. Wear your Old Spice!

Cruise dates:
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 6 p.m. (Lake St. Clair) 
Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. (Lake Erie) 
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 6 p.m. (Lake Erie) 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Shipwrecks!


See how the latest technology in shipwreck identification is used to discover wrecks as we investigate the remains of a sunken mystery ship. Along the way we’ll explore historic shipwrecks and the lighthouses built to help prevent them. Bring along your diving bell as we delve into the realm of underwater archaeology.

Cruise dates:
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 2 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Lake Erie)
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. (Lake Erie)

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Night Watch

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Join the crew of the E/V Clinton on a late evening cruise and learn about navigating under the stars using charts, lights, and the heavens themselves. The cruise will take us through the history of navigation, from the discovery of latitude and longitude to today’s Loran and GPS systems. As darkness descends, we will set sail for lighthouses, search the heavens for constellations and use the North Star to help guide us to our home port.

Cruise dates:
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9 p.m. (Lake St. Clair) 
Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 9 p.m. (Lake St. Clair) 
Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 9 p.m. (Lake Erie) 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 9 p.m. (Lake Erie) 
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 9 p.m. (Lake Erie) 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Great Lakes Science for Kids


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GLEPLearn about the ecology of Lake St. Clair or Lake Erie, by using the tools a Great Lakes Scientist uses to determine water quality by studying the plants and animals of the lakes. Try your hand at using a plankton net, bottom dredge, water testing kit, underwater camera, and binoculars to discover the exciting nature of the lake and become a Great Lakes Scientist!

Cruise dates:
Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Lake St. Clair) 
Monday, July 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Lake Erie)
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Lake Erie)

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Wind, Waves, and Weather


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The Great Lakes influence our weather, and the weather can have a great influence on the Great Lakes (ever hear of the Great Storm of 1913?). Join NOAA National Weather Service meteorologists on a cruise that explores the “why?” behind the wind, waves, and weather around us. Learn how to be safe the next time weather threatens, what some of the old sailor sayings like “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” really mean, why we don’t have hurricanes in the Great Lakes, what kind of wave a “seiche” is, and much more! We ship out rain or shine!

Cruise dates:

Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Lake Erie) 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

River of Time

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River of TimeCruising among the lower Detroit River Islands, we search the human stories that shaped the history of her waters. From Native Americans and early European explorers to military forts, massive engineering projects, and stories of yesterday, this cruise is a time travel experience — without the jet lag!

Cruise dates:
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 2 p.m. 
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 6 p.m. 
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Bob-Lo Island History Cruise

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BobloJoin this fascinating tour around Bob-Lo Island — Detroit’s island playground of the 20th century. Cruise participants will explore the critical role the island played in the lives of Native Americans and Canadians, French coureurs de bois, British military, Detroit’s upper class and the millions of people who escaped to Bob-Lo’s amusement park for a one-day holiday for nearly 100 years. Share island anecdotes and illustrations from Summer Dreams — The Story of Bob-Lo Island, recognized by the Library of Michigan as a Notable Book of 2009. Feel free to bring along your own Bob-Lo stories and souvenirs as we cruise back in time to the “Greatest Spot On Earth.”

Cruise dates:
Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 6 p.m. 
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. 
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Warfare on the Waterfront

Warfare on the WaterfrontThe War of 1812, World War II, and even the American Civil War have all shaped the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. Long after the end of hostilities, remnants of this military presence can still be found. Join an Interpreter for an in-depth look at these conflicts, their sites and stories, and see how they impacted the region and the world.

Cruise dates:
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. 
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Eagle’s Eye Nature Cruises

bald eagleTake a naturalist’s tour of the lower Detroit River to discover the rich variety of plant and animal life living here in this area, now a part of the International Wildlife Refuge. The river is host to a wide variety of habitats, from submerged plant beds and shoals to coastal marshes. And yes, we know where the Bald Eagle nests are!

Cruise dates:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. 
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 2 p.m. 
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 6 p.m.  

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Shipwreck at Sugar

Just under the waves off a crumbling Sugar Island dock lie the remains of a vessel sunk in 1945. Travel with us to the wreck site to learn about the S.S. Seabreeze, the story of how it got there, and the circumstances surrounding its mysterious sinking.

Cruise dates:
Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 6 p.m.   

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.

Journey Through the Straits Upbound

R/V Clinton in the Metropark ChannelNote: This is a 5-hour cruise.

Park your car at the Lake Erie Metropark marina (east end of Lee Road) and board the E/V Clinton for a fantastic five-hour voyage from the northwestern corner of Lake Erie to the northernmost reaches of the Detroit River. As the Clinton travels in the wake of both the early Great Lakes voyageurs and present day sailors, we’ll explore the Straits of Detroit from several perspectives.

Our cruise begins just south of Celeron Island, the boundary between Lake Erie and the Detroit River. We will travel upriver through the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, with its beautiful islands and abundant wildlife. Farther north we will pass the industrial heartland featuring impressive steel mills, and then cruise by the old Bob-Lo boats on the way past the J.W. Westcott mail boat and then under the Ambassador Bridge. We’ll also pass Cadillac’s landing, the old French ribbon farms, and dock at Riverside Marina near Peche Isle, the northernmost island in the straits and the site of Chief Pontiac’s summer camp.

We take a shuttle bus back to Lake Erie Metropark marina where you pick up your car to complete your Journey Through the Straits!

Cruise dates:
Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 10 a.m. 

Pricing: $35 adults/$25 under 18 yrs.

Big River Meander

Big River Meander

Note: This is a 4-hour cruise.

Enjoy an extended four-hour cruise to explore the natural and cultural history of the Lower Detroit River and its islands. Our journey around the north end of Grosse Ile and into Canadian waters will provide ample opportunities to view manmade structures such as the swing bridges, navigation lights, and passing ships, as well as observe bird life, discuss aquatic ecology, and explain why the Detroit River is not really a river at all. Along the way, we’ll meet up with Mama Juda and find out who put the “Fight” into Fighting Island. This one has it all.

Cruise dates:
Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Pricing: $30 adults/$20 under 18 yrs.

Whiskey River

whiskey-riverDuring National Prohibition, the Detroit River was better known as the “Whiskey River” due to the incredible amount of illegal hootch that crossed over it from Canada. Let’s revisit the bad old days when rumrunners ruled and dry laws were meant to be broken. We’ll look at the lower river through the eyes of a bootlegger and spin a few yarns sure to put your truth meter on alert.

Cruise dates:
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 10 a.m. 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 under 18 yrs.