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.

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.

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.

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.