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.

Wildlife & Wetlands of Lake St. Clair

Note: This is a 4 hour cruise.

Explore further into the Flats in this extended 4-hour tour to discover the variety of plants, animals and habitats that make one of the world’s largest fresh water deltas so unique and valuable.

Cruise dates:
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. 
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. 

Pricing: $30 adults/$20 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 fresh water delta — will be explored.

Cruise dates:
Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Friday, July 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10 a.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:
Sunday July 9, 2017 at 10 a.m. 
Saturday July 15, 2017 at 2 p.m.

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

Birds of the Wetlands

Note: This is a 4 hour cruise.

The Lake St. Clair wetlands provide food, shelter and nesting areas for many migratory birds. Some of these birds are species that are threatened or of special concern but they are thriving in these wetlands. Explore the St. Clair Flats as we search for these birds and learn about the research being done to help these populations of birds of the wetlands.

Cruise dates:
Friday June 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. 

Pricing: $30 adults/$20 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 28, 2017 at 4 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. 

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:
Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. (Lake St. Clair) 
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 4 p.m. (Lake St. Clair) 
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. (Lake Erie) 
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. (Lake Erie)
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10 a.m. (Lake Erie)

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, July 26, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6 p.m. 
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 6 p.m. 
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 6 p.m.  

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

Detroit River Revival

Come aboard and join the revival — the Detroit River Revival, that is! Dr. John Hartig, Manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, will be our guest cruise director and will share his insights on the incredible revival of the Detroit River, including its habitats, wildlife and fishery resources. Learn how this revival has been accomplished, who has contributed, and what’s in store for the future. This will be a great opportunity to celebrate the progress made as we visit Humbug Island and other gems of the “new” Detroit River.

Cruise dates:
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 6 p.m. 

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