Cruises

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.