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:
Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 2 p.m. 
Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. 

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

Channels, Islands, Bays and Reefs

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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:
Sunday July 9, 2017 at 10 a.m. 
Saturday July 15, 2017 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 30, 2017 at 4 p.m. 
Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 4 p.m. 
Friday, July 14, 2017 6 p.m. 

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:
Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 9 p.m. (Lake St. Clair) 
Friday, July 7, 2017 at 9 p.m. (Lake St. Clair) 
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9 p.m. (Lake Erie) 
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 9 p.m. (Lake Erie) 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 9 p.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:
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 6 p.m. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. 
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, August 13, 2017 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, July 29, 2017 at 6 p.m. 
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 6 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:
Thursday July 27, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. 
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2 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:
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. 
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.   

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

Michigan Mysteries

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mystery fishing-250pxSet sail on an adventure to solve some of the mysteries surrounding the Great Lakes; from mysterious disappearances to mythical beasts.

Cruise dates:
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. (Lake Erie)
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10 a.m. (Lake Erie) 
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6 p.m. (Lake Erie) 

Pricing: $25 adults/$15 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:
Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 5, 2017 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:
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6 p.m. 
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. 

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