First Ice Appears on Lake St. Clair Today!

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First ice has arrived today for Lake St. Clair!  As usual, the northern end of Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay has ice early in the season.  A week before Thanksgiving however is most unusual.  Fishermen normally have their first try at fishing around Christmas week.

Keep up with Lake St. Clair’s ice progress using our LIVE Webcam overlooking the Bouvier Bay all winter season at www.lakestclairguide.com/LIVE

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Lake St. Clair Christmas “Party” Shopping Events November 2018

Lake St. Clair Shopping

NOVEMBER!  Starting this week we have three Lake St. Clair early Christmas “Party” shopping events offering discounts, free adult beverages & hors d’oeuvres…. November 15, 18th, and 30th.

November 15 Thursday – Ladies Night Out – Downtown New Baltimore

Lake St. Clair Christmas "Party" Shopping

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November 18 – Sunday – Waterfront Shoppe on Harsen’s Island

Lake St. Clair Christmas "Party" Shopping

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November 30 – Friday – Stuck in Seaweed

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Local Undiscovered “Up North” – Just outside of Detroit

Northern Lake St. Clair Cities

Just outside of Detroit is our local “up north!” 

Dine & drink at several casual Eateries … Christmas shop at Unique Boutiques & Gift Stores … Enjoy lake activities or Scuba Lessons … Stay for a long weekend at one of the year round Vacation Rentals.

Northern Lake St. Clair

You’ll be welcomed by friendly locals while exploring the rural M-29 trail around Michigan’s northern Lake St. Clair’s  “farm end.”

Unique Shopping

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Stuck in Seaweed – Fair Haven

Hey girls & guys too! What a nice day it is winding around beautiful Northern Lake St. Clair and finding that one-of-a-kind item for your special person!

Starting just outside the entrance to St. Clair County, several hours can be spent perusing nautical and casual home decor, boutiques with original clothing for your holiday parties, old fashioned candy, jewelry, gifts, a large consignment shop, and Michigan made products at frequented New Baltimore stores of Belle Soeur, Biggby Coffee, Celtic Sisters,  Dittos, On the Bay Customs, and Willy & Babbish.

Next stop under 10 minutes north, located in Fair Haven is the popular “Stuck in Seaweed” – a beautifully designed boutique and home store geared toward Lake Living, with the latest clothing styles and many unique gift & jewelry items.

Five minutes up the street hop the car Ferry to Harsen’s Island and visit the Waterfront Shoppe right on the St. Clair River.  New owner Katherine has many more gift ideas, home decor, books, “penny candy” for the kids, and island clothing.  Off the ferry and back onto M-29, the next stop 5 minutes north – See the huge freighters on the St. Clair River and check out the antiques & flea Market at Algonac Antique Mall where another couple hours can be spent looking at 1000’s of items.

Northern Lake St. Clair Shopping

Dining around Northern Lake St. Clair

On the edge leading into St. Clair County’s M-29 trail is Macomb County waterfront town of New Baltimore – Lake St. Clair’s up and coming entertainment district. A few blocks of bars, dining, including Fin’s and Little Camille’s … with new properties coming (Wooden Valve) this fall and more for the 2019 summer!

As you head only minutes north, the three “St. Clair County” communities surrounding Lake St. Clair of Fair Haven , Clay Township and Harsen’s Island are very proud of having zero fast food or chain restaurants! The many local M-29 lake eateries and bars such as a former “train stop” in the old days (Zef’s Lighthouse) are unique, comfortable, AND affordable, just like you’d expect at a frequented “up north” place…. and if you do have a “Big Mac attack” there are a few fast food chains when you reach the town of Algonac at the St. Clair River.

Frequented fall & winter dining by the locals along this northern Lake St. Clair corridor are “best breakfast” at Buck’s Diner, the “Raft Burger” at the Raft Bar, “attention foodies” Schoolhouse Grille on Harsen’s Island, and Club Capri for home made daily meals & fresh bread paired with a variety of craft beers, nice wines, & bourbons.

Northern Lake St. Clair Restaurants

Vacation rentals around Lake St. Clair  

Homes range from 3 persons to 12+; from cottage to a former Bed & Breakfast with 5 bedrooms & 5 bathrooms. Want a full lodge style atmosphere with personal chef? We have that too. Start a new tradition and rent a lake house for the holiday family get-together!

Click here for LIVE Webcam overlooking Bouvier Bay & Northern Anchor Bay

Lake St. Clair Up North Vacation Rentals

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Fishing & Duck Hunting

Anglers from around the Midwest come into town through November to get deep into the last of the Muskie fishing as these monster fish build their weight for the winter.  Click here for the many DNR BOAT LAUNCH ramps around Lake St. Clair.   Duck Hunting  takes place around the many Lake St. Clair islands, Fair Haven/Clay Township’s St. John’s Marsh, and Harsen’s Island. Waking up to gunfire at dawn is not alarming, but typical around northern Lake St. Clair as 1000’s of beautiful birds make their annual stop here.

Northern Lake St. Clair Fishing Duck Hunting

Winter Wonderland 

In a “normal Michigan weather winter” the first ice on Lake St. Clair’s northern Bouvier Bay begins at Christmas.  Ice fisherman sitting on buckets and in dozens of shanties head out for Perch, Sunfish, Bluegill, and Pike.

Early to mid-January the BIG fun begins on the ice!  Each weekend pro and amateur snowmobile, motorcycle, and ATV racing begins on Fair Haven’s Bouvier Bay.  Several of the vacation homes are walking distance – or a short snowmobile ride – to these ice activities; Similar to Northern Michigan’s “Tip Up Town” but every weekend and a lot closer!

Late January the New Baltimore Lions Club puts on a great festival – Winter Fest January 25-27, 2019, – which includes 100’s of costumed participants walking into the icy waters of Lake St. Clair for charity, chili cook off, live music, and family entertainment.

Lake St. Clair Up North

Other Fall/Winter Options include:

SCUBA LESSONS!  Be prepared in advance for your winter vacation!  Get certified at Anchor Bay Scuba – Classes & Pool located on M-29 in Fair Haven.  Or join them on one of their trips over the winter.

Take a drive / bike ride around Harsen’s Island – a peaceful back to nature ride.  Hop onto the car ferry and travel the “South Channel” Drive route where you will see large bays where 1000’s of birds are stopping by as they head south – and if you travel to the end of the road – you’ll see the historical lighthouses outside of Gull Island.  Freighter traffic will also be visible on the St. Clair River until around mid-January.

Late Night Entertainment?  Zef’s Lighthouse in Fair Haven and Club Capri in Clay Township offer DJ and Live Bands each Friday & Saturday night year round.

Bonfires  Several vacation rental houses are equipped with bonfire pits for your group to enjoy the evening waterfront with marshmallows in hand.

Check out latest events at www.lakestclairguide.com ONLINE CALENDAR!!

Northern Lake St. Clair offers a beautiful quiet “up north” atmosphere.  Come for the day or spend the weekend!  Under an hour drive from the “western suburbs of Detroit” and under 100 miles from the border of OHIO!

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BOAT the BLUE this Friday & Saturday – Port Huron Int’l Classic Boat Show

A record 190+ classic & antique boats will be on display at BOAT the BLUE this weekend!  The “premier North American” free show of the season will feature boats from around the U.S. and Canada.  Many fantastic classics will be on display including the 62′ Trumpy Yacht “Angelus” motored here from Florida, a 1941 – 44′ Chris Craft Cruiser from Lake Erie, along with a number of Lyman’s making their way by water from Ohio.

BOAT the BLUE Classic Port HuronAlong with these many beautiful boats, Miss America VIII and Miss America X, Gar Wood’s famous race boats will be on display Saturday, along with several car clubs will have their vehicles at BOAT the BLUE from Rolls Royce to Packard.

BOAT the BLUE Classic Port Huron

  • The in-water and land BOAT the BLUE free show is Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Cruiser “open house” is on Friday & Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., there will be FREE boat rides along with many special events for children.
  • A vendor area featuring boat related art, crafts, parts, as well as food & drink will also be available.

BOAT the BLUE Classic Port HuronMore information can be found at Boat the Blue

 

LOCATION:  Black River Marina, between 7th & 10th Streets, downtown Port Huron,
Michigan.  Free parking is available at the St. Clair Community College along with street parking downtown Port Huron.

 

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Metro Boat Show this Thursday – Sunday Lake St. Clair Metropark

metro boat show 2018100’s of boats from almost 100 brands ranging 10′-56′.  Metro Boat Show end of season deals + 2019 model introductions!  Power – Sail – Fishing!  Local marinas & services!  Hosted by Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township, the annual Lake St. Clair “Metro Boat Show” runs from September 13-16 and is presented by Michigan Boating Industries.

  • 1/2 mile of Metro Boat Show displays with everything you’ll need to enjoy Lake St. Clair!
  • Daily give-a-ways, local bands, food trucks, adult & kid’s zones.

Tickets: Adults: $10 / Children 12 & Under FREE with an adult
Police, Fireman and Active Military Personnel FREE with identification

(Lake St. Clair Metropark Parking $10 / or Free with seasonal Pass)

Thursday & Friday Noon – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

metro boat showMetro Boat Show Exhibitor Map and learn much more about the daily events here at MBIA Lake St. Clair Metro Boat Show 2018

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Not too late to enter your boat in official count – Guinness World Record Attempt Raft Off 2018 – Saturday August 11

NOT REGISTERED YET?  Will be a great story to tell your grandkids someday! – EASY TO DO HERE!

How will the 2018 Lake St. Clair Raft Off GUINNESS record attempt be counted?

  • 2:00 p.m. – ONLY THE Matching REGISTRATION #’s with Official RAFT OFF FLAG will be counted by “on-site” GUINNESS Judge.
  • 2:00 p.m. – Drone photo will verify record number of boats tied together at one time.  (Please do not untie your vessel to ensure verification – and if second drone photo needed)

GET YOUR FLAG by registering early and look for one of dozens of volunteers wearing yellow visors carrying yellow packs walking the line (OR TONIGHT, stop by Brownies on the Lake in St. Clair Shores and pick up flag along with “Rally Gear” for your crew.)

$5 donation to help with associated costs from Guinness / equipment / volunteers/ safety packages, etc.

Details to know:

  • Arrive early and already be registered – supply registration # to volunteer & get your FLAG
  • Look for YELLOW BALLOONS marking the ends of lines to tie up
  • Place Registered FLAG low on boat stern so volunteer can easily pick up
  • Encourage other Raft Off vessels to register if they were unaware
  • 2pm one minute hold – one person must be on each vessel
  • 2pm please sound horn to signify READY FOR COUNT!
  • Any delays will be texted to pre-registered captains
  • By 4pm (estimate) all Flags/Registrations will be verified and announcement will be made

If you don’t wish to register, no problem!  Please take part as always!  Help make it a fun and safe day for everyone at this extraordinary annual event.

Learn more at https://raftoff2018.com/ and to order “Rally Gear” that you may pick up tonight at Brownies on the Lake in St. Clair Shores.

GUINNESS 2018 LAKE ST. CLAIR RAFT OFF ATTEMPT

August 2017 Raft Off on Lake St. Clair’s Little Muscamoot Bay.

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Wertz Warriors 2018 July Fun Run for Michigan Special Olympics on Lake St. Clair

Wertz Warriors 19th annual FUN RUN was held recently with a record turnout.  Over 60 boats carrying 340 passengers raised over $30,000 for Michigan Special Olympics on a picture perfect Lake St. Clair day.

Many thanks to the Wertz Warrior’s organizers who planned a great Fun Run starting from Lake St. Clair Metropark, to Detroit, St. Clair Shores, Harsens Island then ending at the North Channel Yacht Club.

Photos below (in no particular order) of many participants and a few other interesting sites that day….

The Boblo boat …. “SS Ste. Claire” that burned down July 6 moored on the Detroit River

BAD timing – A large group of kayaks were just entering the Detroit River as our 60+ boats were heading out of Detroit.

Quite a variety of boat sizes for the event

In the distance looking at the shipping channel, the Tall Ship “Denis Sullivan” was passing through, returning to its home port of Milwaukee.

Winning poker hand for the Wertz Warrior Fun Run July 2018?

Join in Wertz Warrior next event

Looking for other events in August?  Check our updated list here.

Thanks again to the Wertz Warriors hosts Andre Ducoffre, TJ Grunwald, and Mike Davis; and thanks Dan & Sherri for the fun day on your boat!  Had a blast with our group that day!

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Parade of Lights – August 4 – Clinton River

The annual Parade of Lights, sponsored by Markley Marine is coming soon!  Get your group together for a great night for a good cause.

All decorated boats must be registered in advance to compete for Parade of Lights prizes of over $2000.

Guests may watch by boat, Bumpers Landing & the Crews Inn Restaurants on the Clinton River, and the DNR Launch Ramp at the end of the Clinton River.

Parade of Lights Clinton River Markley 2018

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Walker’s Marina Back to Selling Beer & Wine – Harsen’s Island – Muscamoot Bay

walker's beer muscamootAfter waiting almost 3 months for a transfer of license to new owner Rob O’Shea, Walker’s Marina (formerly Walker’s Landing) again will be selling beer starting today (July 21) and wine starting next week!  Walker’s carries a variety of beer including Domestic, Canadian, Craft, Cider and the new seltzer’s.

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Bridge connecting the South Channel to the Maybury Hwy.

Walker’s Marina / fuel stop located on the Maybury Hwy. (which connects the South Channel to Muscamoot Bay) also sells hand dipped ice cream, snacks, and carry out food items.

Click image to see full “2018 Restaurant Handbook” for Lake St. Clair!

Click here for listing of other Lake St. Clair area fuel stops and places to eat by boat!

Walkers Facebook for latest updates

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2018 Bassmaster Magazine Ranks Lake St. Clair Top Lake in the Country

bassmaster lake st. clair 1Bassmaster Magazine has released the 2018 rankings for the 100 Best Bass Lakes in America.  Lake St. Clair has moved from #2 to #1 in the Northeast Division and from last year’s #9 to #4 in the nation today.

Lake St. Clair may be at #4 in the nation for the top bass lakes, however, is certainly the #1 lake in the country for “all species” fishing which also includes Muskie, Walleye, Pike, Sturgeon, and Salmon!

The Bassmaster Magazine “Northeast Division” comprises the top bass lakes from Kentucky to New York, where Lake St. Clair has been ranked #1 for 2018.

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Need something new for the Kids to do yet this summer? Check out North Star Sail Club Harrison Twp. MI

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Youth Regatta held June 29 – Approximately 50 boats participated in the day’s event.

There is still time to sign up your kids – or yourself – for a new adventure on Lake St. Clair.  The North Star Sail Club offers sailing classes as a group or individually all season long.  Children 8 years old and up will make new friends while learning a fun sport.

Safe, supervised sailing with Certified U.S. Sailing Instructors.

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Youth Learn to Sail – Next Session July 23-August 3 at $445 + $50 boat use fee.

north star sail club clinton river Adult Learn to Sail – Sessions available on your schedule @ $375 for 3-4 sessions and Private Lesson Sessions are available on your schedule @ $225/person for a 2-hour session.  … see below for more opportunities to get involved with sailing.

North Star Sail Club is dedicated and run by sailors to keep sailing fun and affordable for all ages…. and!  Junior Sailing Program is open to all – no membership required.

More things happening around Lake St. Clair?  Events, things to do & places to go.

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Bass, Brews, & BBQ Festival / FLW Tour at Lake St. Clair Metropark this Weekend

bass brews bbq 2018 flw tour lake st. clairThe national professional fishermen of the 2018 FLW Tour at Lake St. Clair presented by Mercury starts Thursday with fun-filled public events Friday June 29-Sunday at Lake St. Clair Metropark.  Here is the general schedule:

Thursday – Sunday  FLW Tournament:  6:30 a.m. Anglers depart Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township, MI

Friday/Saturday/Sunday:  12:00 noon opens the BBQ & other food vendors / Beer Tent / Music

Weigh- In Thursday/Friday @ 3:15

Weigh-In Saturday/Sunday @ 4:00

Up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division will be awarded on Sunday.

The Bass, Brews, & BBQ Festival portion runs from Friday June 29 – July 1 and allows guests to arrive before the weigh in and enjoy:

  • Craft beer
  • Live music
  • BBQ and other delicious food
  • Tours aboard the “Pride of Michigan,” an 81-foot former US Navy training vessel
  • Tours of the DIA Away (a fully furnished, vibrantly designed 53′ double-expandable trailer that provides a rich educational program beyond the museum’s walls)
  • Metroparks Interpretive Exhibit
  • Vendors displaying their offerings
  • Family fun and more!

bass brews bbq 2018 flw tour lake st. clairThe Bass, Brews, & BBQ Festival / 2018 FLW Tour Event on Lake St. Clair is open to the public and there is no cost for admission. Festival hours are Friday from Noon – 6 pm, Saturday from Noon -7 and Sunday from Noon- 6 pm. The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Make Macomb Your Home, Detroit Sports Commission, Huron-Clinton Metroparks and NASH FM 93.1 Detroit to bring us this terrific festival.

Complete details along with vendors attending the event can be found at http://living.macombgov.org/living-thingstodo-BassBrewsBBQ

 

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Read more about the FLW and this event here

Click to view many waterfront properties with boat dockage

Click here for MANY MORE upcoming Lake St. Clair events updated online

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Tastefest Kicks off Fishfly Festival Tuesday – June 19

While listening to DJ music, stroll the many area restaurants serving their best dishes!

The annual Tastefest is located in the big tent downtown New Baltimore.  The Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival begins Wednesday June 20.

TICKETS FOR TASTEFEST ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

ADULTS $30.00 / CHILDREN 6 – 16 $15.00 / 5 AND UNDER FREE

The 5-8 p.m. Tuesday – June 19 Event Includes:
Samples of food from local Eatery’s
Beer, Wine, Lemonade, Water and Entertainment

Participating Restaurants:
Texas Road House
Biggby Coffee #307 ~ New Baltimore
Washington Street Wine House
Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches
Marco’s Pizza
Twisted Rooster
The Village of East Harbor
Little Camille’s by the Bay
Cloverleaf Pizza ~ Chesterfield
Davis-Vandenbossche Insurance
Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers ~ New Baltimore
Trini’s Mexican Carryout
Big Boy’s 23 & 94
Daddy’s Donuts
Olga’s Kitchen ~ Chesterfield

Entertainment provided by:
Brian Bagozzi


Event Sponsors:
AFLAC ~ Wendy Downing
MEDStar Ambulance Service
Macomb Community College
MGM Dumpsters
Flagstar Bank
Macomb County Commissioner ~ Phil Kraft
Michigan Tri-County Physical Therapy
Insurance Warehouse
Accounting Associates ~ New Baltimore
State Rep. Pamela Hornberger
Anchorville Travel ~ Downtown Anchorville

Ticket Sponsors:
Michael Passmore ~ Edward Jones

2018 Event Judges:
President Chris Dilbert ~ Village of New Haven
Mayor John Dupray ~ City of New Baltimore
Police Chief Fred Riebel ~ City of New Baltimore
Police Chief Bradley Kersten ~ Township of Chesterfield
Judge William Hackel III ~ 42-2 District Court 

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Shore Thing Market – Citgo Finishes 145′ Boardwalk for Boat Fuel

A beautiful 145′ cement boardwalk with extra long marine fuel hoses has now been completed at Shore Thing Market on the Swan Creek, just off northern Anchor/Bouvier Bays. Wacky Wednesday is back! Shore prices all day with any inside purchase* – Double Bonus!! Rachel the dock girl is back! And Terrific Tuesdays is back for an extra day of shore price savings.

As promised, the new management of Shore Thing Market have made many improvements, including the coldest beer cave on the lake.

Shore Thing Market is located on M29 in Fair Haven at 8751 Dixie Hwy. and is open 7  days year round.

Check their Facebook page here for latest promotions.

*not including lottery and newspaper

Fuel map below, along with maps to other services around Lake St. Clair located in the FREE 2018 Lake St. Clair Guide magazine pages 22-23 or use the interactive map to find a location near you.

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Bridge Heights Around Lake St. Clair

May 28, 2018 – Probably the most traveled Lake St. Clair waterway with a fixed bridge is between the Middle Channel and Little Muscamoot Bay.  Yesterday we measured “approximately” a height of 64″ from the water to the underside of this bridge.

bridge height lake st. clair snooks hwy.

With the high water, there is less than a 64″ bridge height right now.

The Lake St. Clair bridge located on the “Snooks Highway” is just off the Middle Channel, the location of Brown’s Bar.

Another bridge we frequently use with a 16′ fishing boat is at Decker’s Landing along Anchor Bay Drive.  This bridge requires your sitting on the floor of your boat to get under…. easier to go around behind Decker’s Landing and exit onto the North Channel by the DNR Launch.

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Bridge behind Decker’s Landing off the North Channel

Maps of various Lake St. Clair routes – and shortcuts – can be found in the 2018 Lake St. Clair Guide magazine.  Pick up the FREE magazine at over 150 locations or order your copy online for a small postage & handling fee.

Map example of the St. Clair Flats found in the 2018 edition of the Lake St. Clair Guide magazine

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Events Around Lake St. Clair – MAY / JUNE Calendar is Updated

May 19, 2018:   The Lake St. Clair area events calendar is now updated!  Boating season will be in full swing shortly with our area restaurants all open.  Visit the events calendar for Festivals, free concerts, waterfront antique boat and car shows, and much more!

CLICK HERE for link to latest events on Lake St. Clair!

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2018 Lake St. Clair Restaurant Handbook is HERE!

May 12, 2018:  By the end of this coming week, all of our regular seasonal restaurants & bars around Lake St. Clair will be open again for the boating season.  Use our easy to navigate 2018 Lake St. Clair Restaurant Handbook for all the important info you’ll need to enjoy the many waterfront eateries where boaters go!

Click on each sponsor page of the Lake St. Clair Guide Restaurant Handbook to go direct to their “social media” for the latest updates on entertainment, specials, and closures due to foul weather.

Click on image to read 2018 Lake St. Clair Restaurant Handbook….

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Lake St. Clair “SPRING” Restaurant Handbook – Coming Soon!

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Coming May 12!

Updated seasonal Lake St. Clair restaurant hours & reopening dates of favorite eateries, bars, & food stops around the waterfront coming soon.  Also, the Club Capri has reopened & is as good as always after four months repair/remodel due to a water line break which caused significant damage… click image below for more info!

Located on M29 in Clay Township – Come by BOAT or CAR!

Stop back and check out the updated Lake St. Clair Restaurant Handbook Spring Edition coming out May 12 …. ALL you need to know in ONE place!

 

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May 3, 2018 Lake St. Clair Area Fishing Report

According to May 3, 2018 Michigan DNR, below is the area fishing report for Lake St. Clair, Detroit River, and the St. Clair River:

Lake St. Clair:  Smallmouth bass fishing improved off the Mile Roads, in front of Selfridge, and along the shoreline between the Harley Ensign launch and Metro Beach in eight to 12 feet.  The shoreline between the 9-Mile launch and Masonic Park was also producing a good number of fish.  Anglers also picked up a couple walleye.  Largemouth bass are in the shallows and the canals.  Sizable pike and undersize musky were caught by many.  Perch fishing was slow.  Crappie and sunfish cruising the marinas and back channels were hitting on small jigs, minnows and crawlers.  Water clarity had improved quite a bit. 

St. Clair River:  Has been on fire for walleye with the better action in the lower river.  

Detroit River:  A couple anglers managed to catch a limit of walleye at the mouth of the river in 20 feet with a chartreuse jig tipped with a minnow.    

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2018 Fishing Season Begins on Lake St. Clair!

bass fishing lake st. clairMICHIGAN DNR Fishing Report APRIL 26, 2018:  Saturday April 28 is the Walleye, Pike, and Muskellunge opener on the Lower Peninsula inland waters. 

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report April 26:  Water clarity has started to improve near the channels but still remains cloudy in the bays.  Overall bite for walleye was slow with most fish still stacked up in the river. Yellow perch, bluegills and rock bass were caught in the canals and marinas.  Large and smallmouth bass are beginning to show up in about 10 feet.  Try small crank baits or tube baits.  

Detroit River Fishing Report April 26:  Walleye fishing picked up and some were getting limit catches when vertical jigging with dark colored plastics tipped with minnows.  Those trolling were also bringing in a few fish.  Most were fishing down near the mouth.

St. Clair River Fishing Report April 26Had good walleye fishing.  Most were vertical jigging plastics tipped with minnows.  Boats could be seen near the Algonac State Park. Those trolling bombers caught steelhead and coho.  Anglers continue to fish the wall in Port Huron for walleye and salmon.  Shore fishing was in full swing on Harsens Island with anglers targeting the panfish and perch coming into the canals.  


Lake St. Clair area Vacation Fishing Rentals are filling up fast!  Don’t miss out …..

Visit http://www.stclairrental.info/

for many waterfront options with dockage.

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Former “Sunset Bay” Property to Reopen – Vacation Rental / Waterfront Restaurant / Marina

Great news for Lake St. Clair things to do & places to stay!  After a year on hiatus, the former Sunset Bay property on northern Lake St. Clair has been purchased by the Kip Plagen’s family, lifetime local residents. The new property of Plagen’s Pier Marina – Sunset “VIEW” Vacation Rental – and Waterfront Restaurant / Tiki Bar will be managed by this third generation of marina owners, Kyle Plagens.

Sunset View VACATION RENTAL – The waterfront property boasts a beautiful sunset view! The vacation rental, which was open for three seasons, will now be open again year round for fishermen and families to visit beginning late April. The rental can accommodate up to six guests with boat wells available next door at the marina. Vacation rental information and online booking calendar can be found at http://www.stclairrental.info/sunset-view-on-lake-st-clair/

RESTAURANT – The Plagen’s family plan to lease out the restaurant as soon as possible and hope to be open for the boating season. Potential “restauranteurs” are being interviewed now, but if interested, send them an email at plagenspiermarina@yahoo.com

MARINA – The marina has 45 boat wells which are now being offered for seasonal rental. The marina also has a large fenced storage area which is available year round for boat / trailer / RV storage. The protected marina area behind the restaurant will see some additional landscaping this season and freshening up! Contact Kyle for dockage at plagenspiermarina@yahoo.com.

The property has been renamed “Plagen’s Pier” and is located in Clay Township at 7479 Dyke Road (M29) on northern Anchor / Bouvier Bay.

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Ice Jams on St. Clair River Cause Flood Warnings this Weekend

ice jams algonac michigan st. clair riverSaturday – January 6:  According to the National Weather Service, lower St. Clair County is under a flood warning until Sunday January 7.

The St. Clair flood warning is caused from ice jams, as pictured here in Algonac, MI.  Nice picture opportunity if you are in the area!

Potential areas affected according to the National Weather Service:

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NEW 2018! Lake St. Clair Guide is HERE!

Enjoy reading the new 2018 Lake St. Clair Guide online!  Print copies will be distributed to our sponsors (thank you again!) beginning late January.

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Click – DID YOU KNOW?  We now have a LIVE webcam overseeing all the ice activities on northern Lake St. Clair!  Almost 100 shanty’s are on the ice and we saw our first snowmobile Friday!… many fun activities coming soon!!

DID YOU KNOW?  You can now read ALL 18 editions of the Lake St. Clair Guide magazine which started in 2001.  See the humble beginnings with limited software and before digital photo technology  (Had to print photos back then and scan!)

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Lake St. Clair Live Webcam

Webcam overlooking northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay and northern Anchor Bay.

At left of screen in distance is New Baltimore… middle of screen is Fair Haven Point… to the right is the Fair Haven launch ramp bay and the channel leading into Bouvier Bridge Marina & the Raft Bar.

Watch our beautiful sunsets – storms travel across the water – keep up with the ice fishermen & snowmobilers coming!

Click here for LIVE Webcam

 

Santa came early to the Lake St. Clair Guide – Will work on better positioning and lenses as the need requires… IT’S A GOOD START! ENJOY!!!

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Lake St. Clair’s Metro Boat Show Starts Today!

Bigger & Better Again!  Capping off our season of boating, the annual Metro Boat Show runs Thursday through Sunday at Lake St. Clair Metropark – Harrison Twp.  Featuring new and used boats, the latest in equipment and accessories, along with food, live music, family entertainment, and adult beverages.

Come by boat or car!  Dockage along seawall when entering the park for a small daily fee.

Featuring: Show goers will be impressed with 115 slips filled with hundreds of boats as well as 11,000 more square feet of land space than in 2016. Boats will on display to see and purchase from 10 to 56 feet in length for all interests and for all budgets. Catch great end-of-season steals and sneak peaks at the 2018 new models being introduced!

See the latest engineering, design, materials and colors of all types and sizes: sleek yachts, sailboats, runabouts, personal watercrafts, pontoons, fishing boats, ski boats, inflatables, cabin and used boats including paddleboats and bowriders.

Also featured will be the latest services, accessories, engines, trailers, electronics, fishing gear, dockage, marinas and more.

One-stop-shopping: Provides for on-site financing, insurance, slip rental, brokerage, vacation planning, charter trips, maintenance and most all other types of extras needed by boaters.

Feature Attractions include: The XPOGO Stunt Team Extreme Pogo Stick Shows—as seen on America’s Got Talent, a variety of food trucks, yard games including Hook & Ring Toss, Cornhole & Giant Jenga; Live Music will be playing at the Tiki Bar and the newest addition, the North Bar, with new bands added to the line-up; Michigan craft brews; Kids Zone and much more! Full list of features on metroboatshow.net.

HIGHLIGHTS & ENTERTAINMENT schedule

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE at the two bars:  The Tiki Bar and the Nauti-Bar

Hours: Thursday & Friday: Noon 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. 6 p.m.

Admission: Adults $10, Children 12 and under are free with an adult. Special promotion information is available online at www.metroboatshow.net.

Parking: Located at Lake St. Clair Metropark – $10 daily or free with seasonal pass.

For More Info: Go to www.metroboatshow.net, or call the MBIA at 800.932.2628.

Sponsored by: Great Lakes Scuttlebutt the official publication of the Metro Boat Show, Genesis Cadillac and McLaren Macomb.

 

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Bassmasters Arriving & Rank Lake St. Clair Top 10 in U.S. for Bass

108 Pro-Elite’s start rolling in today for official practice around Lake St. Clair Monday-Wednesday.  The tournament to win the $100,000 first prize begins Thursday August 24 and ends Sunday August 27…. AND MORE BIG NEWS! Lake St. Clair has been voted in the top 10 again in the 6th annual Bassmaster Rankings for Best Bass Lake in the U.S.

August 10, 2017:  Lake St. Clair #9 overall in U.S. and #2 for the northeastern region!

The tournament is an exciting fun family event!  Watch their colorful boats come back to the beach, check out their vehicles, get autographs, and watch the weigh-ins at Lake St. Clair Metropark starting at 3:15 pm daily in Harrison Township.  You can also watch the weigh-ins live at https://www.bassmaster.com/video/bassmaster-elite-lake-st-clair-weigh

If you’re an early bird, witness the 100 boats pre-dawn launch & timed start at Lake St. Clair Metropark daily.

The tournament is far reaching and allows these professionals to fish Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario waters of Lake St. Clair, Detroit & St. Clair Rivers, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and all rivers, creeks and canals connected to these waters.

These professionals must bring in alive their 5 largest bass caught each day.  The 4-day combined weight total is the winner.  Current year to date angler rankings as of today can be viewed at ….

Also, while at Lake St. Clair Metropark with the family, first take part in the annual Voyageur Encampment Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm.   Discover the rich history of the Voyageurs during the Great Lakes Fur Trade Era.  Art, culture and lifestyle demonstrations, games, art and craft projects, storytelling, music, song and dance and more.

Bass, Brews, and BBQ Festival takes place during event Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Click here for full schedule

Check out more Lake St. Clair events here for August!

 

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St. Clair River Closed this Sunday – August 20 – 12pm-8pm

The entire St. Clair River will be closed from Port Huron’s Lighthouse Beach just north of the Blue Water Bridge to Marysville Sunday August 20, 2017 for the annual “Float Down.”

According to the U.S. Coast Guard…. “After 1,500 Michigan residents were blown over to Canada while floating down the St. Clair River last year, the U.S. Coast Guard has decided to officially prohibit boat traffic during this year’s Port Huron Float Down.

Both the U.S. and Canadian coast guards said Friday that the St. Clair River will be closed to boat and other aquatic motor sport vessel traffic between noon and 8 p.m. on Aug. 20.

All traffic requesting to enter the so-called “safety zone” must receive prior approval from a Guard patrol commander via VHF frequency 21A.

The Coast Guard also plans to require minors under 18 years old to wear life jackets during the 2017 Float Down – a typically unregulated, unsanctioned event.”

A fun event to watch in a variety of public spaces along the St. Clair RiverRead more about what this event is all about here in the current 2017 Lake St. Clair Guide magazine article

Want to see more events around Lake St. Clair this month?  Click here for calendar.

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Corn Roast AND Pet Adoption at New Baltimore Farmer’s Market This Sunday

 No not a Michigan Corn Dog but close! This Sunday’s New Baltimore Farmers Market is extra special with the free 4th Annual Corn Roast and NEW! Pet Adoption party!  See bottom of page for the 65+ vendors with a variety of displays.

Dogs are an appreciative passenger on many Lake St. Clair boats!

New Baltimore Farmers Market is held each Sunday on the waterfront downtown – 5096 Washington Street – 10am-1pm

Come by car or by boat!

PARTICIPANTS: August 20th Corn Roast & Summer Fun Day with Pet Adoption Event include……

Chesterfield Township Library
Macomb Daily

MacDonald Public Library: Friends of the Library

LIVE Music: Bernadette Kathryn & Coast Guard Auxiliary

Two Crafty Friends
Thomas Graf
Christina Bourlier: Jewelry
Bonnies Royal Oils
Terris Stained Glass & More
Quintessential Body Company
Pink Kiss Purses
Abnormal Arts
Mystical Woodlands
LAB Designs
Kathleen Banas: Author
Great Vibe Creations
G & H Crafts
Honey Help
Massage with Stacey
Fairy House Designs
Jewelry by Diane
Divine Crystal
Yarn of a Different Color
Weiss Market
Peg Darnell
 Pasta e Pasta
Munchie Cakes
Simply Gourmet Fresh
Gold Int’l Bakery & Deli
Eds Apiary
MI Little Sweettooth
Sanne Tea
SharKar Farm
Rotarius
Jims Backyard
Give & Grow
Dancing Meadows
Gaier Farms
Buck & Dinks BBQ Bus
RETAIL ROW
Young Living: Mayer
  Wildtree: Natalie
  Usborne Books: Kristy
  Tupperware
Thirty One
 Tastefully Simple
  Scentsy: Brenton
  Plexus

Origami Owl

Norwex: Miller
 LulaRoe
 Agnes & Dora
 Avon

Rada Cutlery

 
PET  ADOPTION EVENT
RESCUES:
1.       LuvUm All
2.       Rejoyceful
3.       DAWG
4.       Wonderland Rabbit Rescue
PET VENDORS:
1.       Lucy Lou’s Doggie Boutique
2.       Doggie Dannas/Paracord Charities
3.       BRAND: A New Beginning
4.       Toastee Pups
5.       Classic Pet Supply
6.       Doggie Denim

Check out all the Lake St. Clair events happening this month here!

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Bridge Height Clearance Low for Raft Off with Lake St. Clair’s High Water

bridge height snooks hwy.

Boaters depend on a few Lake St. Clair bridges for adequate height clearance to save a lot of time.   On the day of our high water peak July 20, we measured roughly 66″ from the water to the underside of the bridge on the Snooks Hwy.  This channel connects the Raft Off’s Little Muscamoot Bay providing easy access to Brown’s Bar and the Middle Channel after a day on the water.

When the 66″ bridge height was measured, it was a calm day … wind and other variables could have made it worse… many biminis and antennas have been lost at that bridge, so take care this weekend if traveling through this channel to the Raft Off.

Another popular bridge height:  We also measured 37″ at the bridge behind Decker’s Landing, frequently used by fishermen to access the North Channel from Bouvier Bay.

Bridge behind Decker’s Landing connecting the North Channel to Bouvier Bay was 37″

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Two 2017 St. Clair River Boat Traffic Closures in August

2017 st. clair river closedIn front of the City of St. Clair, there will be intermittent St. Clair River vessel traffic closures on Saturday July 29 and all afternoon CLOSURE Sunday July 30 during the St. Clair Riverfest Offshore Races.  If you’re traveling through on Saturday, you may call the Coast Guard Channel 16 to request passage during the practice races.

The St. Clair River is also shut down from about noon – 8pm during the annual “Float Down” on Sunday August 20.   This closure is from the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron to Marysville.

Visit our calendar of events below for more details and links.

Click to see details on weekly August 2017 events

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August Lake St. Clair Waterfront Events Calendar Updated!

The August 2017 Lake St. Clair calendar of events is packed!  Art, Concerts, Raft Off, Air Show at Selfridge, Offshore Racing, Festivals, and much more!

Either by boat or car, the Lake St. Clair area with its surrounding waterfront communities plan many events – both on the U.S. shore and Canadian!  Events also include areas of the northern Detroit River and St. Clair River.

Visit our August 2017 calendar below for event dates, links, and directions.

Lake St. Clair August 2017 Events Calendar

Click to see full calendar

Please note on calendar!  There are two weekends where the St. Clair River will be CLOSED TO ALL BOATING TRAFFIC!  Once for the offshore racing and then again for the annual “Float Down”.

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Water Warriors 2017 – 450 Mile PWC Ride & Events Start Saturday!

In it’s 27th year, the Water Warriors begin their 450 mile PWC journey this weekend to raise funds and awareness for Michigan Special Olympics.  The actual ride begins in Mackinaw City Monday morning and ends Friday July 28th at the Algonac Harbour Club on Lake St. Clair’s North Channel, with stops at every major port.

Follow the Water Warriors 2017 team journey on their Facebook Page here – and please stop by and join in the festivities in any of these ports – starting this Saturday July 22 – to support our Michigan Special Olympics athletes.  See full itinerary below to meet up with these special participants!

 

 

 

 

 

The next major Water Warriors event is Saturday, August 5, the annual Kayak Ride around Harsens Island.

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Festival Underway in Algonac – Lion’s Club Annual Pickerel Tournament 2017

The 79th annual Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament is underway!

And! you can still register to win the Whopper Prize for the biggest Pickerel (Walleye as some call them).  Besides the fishing, the Lion’s Club hosts a huge midway with A LOT of rides for all ages, food trucks, live music, beer tent along the waterfront, contests, and much more!

We stopped by this morning to see part of the Pickerel “Run/Walk”, along with the “Kayak Poker Paddle”, and the start of the “Kid’s Fishing Derby”.  There are many events planned, below is the full schedule.

Saturday July 1, 2017  
Sponsor – Ed Minnich’s Boats & Bait
Noon to 11:00 p.m. – Midway open – Wrist Bands will be sold by the Carnival
Noon to 6:00 p.m. – Bingo at the river front tent
Noon to 2:00 p.m. –  Live Entertainment, Harper Midwest Kind Band – Main Stage
Sponsor – Cargill Ind. & Dean Transportation
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Kids Hot Dog Eating Contest – Free entry – Main Stage
Sponsor – Johnnie Legas
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Algonac’s Got Talent – Main Stage
4:00 p.m. – Antique Boat Parade on the river (Algonac Boardwalk)
Sponsor – Algonac/Clay Historical Society
5:00 to 6:00 p.m – Live Entertainment, Blue Blaze – Main Stage
5:00 p.m. – Queen Court voting ends
6:00 p.m. – Crowning of the Pickerel Queen – Main Stage
6:30 p.m. – Kids Pie Eating Contest – Free entry – Main Stage
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. –  Live Entertainment, Ryan Day – Main Stage
8:00 to 10:00 p.m. –  Live Entertainment, Spectrum – Main Stage
7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – Beer Tent – River front – The Meldrum Brothers Band
10:00 p.m. – Daily Fishing prizes – Fishing Headquarters
11:00 p.m. – Midway Closes

Sunday July 2, 2017
7:00 a.m. – Bike Tour registration – Algonac Lions Hall, 1905 Mill St.
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Parade registration – Algonac Lions Hall, 1905 Mill St.
Noon to Midnight – Midway open – Wrist Bands will be sold by the Carnival
Noon to 6:00 p.m. – Bingo at the river front tent
2:00 p.m. – Pickerel Tournament Parade
Sponsor – Talmer Bank & Trust
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Live Entertainment, Algonac High School Drum Line – Main Stage
4:00 to 5:30 p.m. – Live Entertainment, Family Tradition – Main Stage
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Live Entertainment, Phoenix Rising – Main Stage
7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – Beer Tent – Blender Band – River front
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Live Entertainment, Second Day Story, Main Stage
10:00 p.m. – Fireworks on the river front
10:00 p.m. – Daily Fishing prizes – Fishing Headquarters
10:30 p.m. to Midnight – Live Entertainment – DJ Street Dance, Main Stage
Midnight – Midway Closes

Monday July 3, 2017
Noon to 11:00 p.m. – Midway open – Wrist Bands will be sold by the Carnival
Noon to 1:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Paul Schonk, Main Stage
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Blue Light Special, Main Stage
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Broken, Main Stage
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Raven and the Crows, Main Stage
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Dog Fish, Main Stage
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Band of Lovers, Main Stage
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Kids Watermelon eating contest – free entry – Main Stage
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Luminus, Main Stage
8:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Rock Star, Main Stage
7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. –  Beer Tent – Blender Band – River front
10:00 p.m. – Rain date for fireworks
10:00 p.m. – Daily Fishing prizes – Fishing Headquarters

Tuesday July 4, 2017
Noon – Honoring All Military – Main Stage
Noon – Midway opens – Wrist Bands will be sold by the Carnival
Noon to 6:00 p.m. – Bingo at the river front tent
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Denny Dwyer, Main Stage
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Toxic Candy (Unplugged), Main Stage
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Billy James and Friends, Main Stage
4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Live entertainment, Butterhair, Main Stage
6:00 p.m. – Awards & drawing for the Boat Raffle, Whopper Prize
6:00 p.m. – Midway and Pickerel Tournament Close

algonac lions pickerel tournament

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New Baltimore to Celebrate 150th Birthday with Big Party

Dinner – July 23 – “Limited tickets” are available for a huge “Street Dinner” to celebrate New Baltimore’s 150th Birthday!  A good old fashioned picnic will be served with ribs, chicken, smoked brisket, and much more catered by local restaurants and businesses.

new baltimore street dinner 2017

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Jobbie Nooner 2017 Video & Photo Review

Jobbie Nooner 2017 morning started out with heavy rains, however, the sun arrived early afternoon!  About 500 boats still came out and anchored around Gull Island, and several hundred more cruised around throughout the day.

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Cleats & Ladders! New Baltimore Makes Improvements to Docks for Boaters

If you have docked your boat in New Baltimore, you might have noticed something missing…. forward dock cleats.  Good news! The New Baltimore Dept. of Public Works installed additional cleats to all the docks this week.

Also good news for waverunners and dinghys…. Tim Novak, the new Director of Parks & Recreation informed me ladders have now been installed!  Thank you!

16 Free Public Docks are available for daily use at the base of downtown New Baltimore.  Stop by with your boat!  Nice playground for the kids, shopping for mom, and nice dining and bar options for all!

 

 

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Annual Anchor Bay Tastefest Kicks Off Fishfly Festival in New Baltimore

Tuesday, June 20 – 5:00-8pm – the Anchor Bay Tastefest is the annual lead in to the Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival (June 21-25) on Lake St. Clair’s beautiful waterfront city of downtown New Baltimore.

The event brings in hundreds of visitors to sample and ultimately pick the best “restaurant’s signature sample plate” provided that evening by many Anchor Bay Tastefest restaurants who surprise us each year with many interesting choices.

Besides the unlimited sampling of wonderful foods and musical entertainment, the ticket price of $30 adults / $15 children also includes beer, wine, lemonade, and water. You may pick up tickets at the gate, or you can purchase in advance as shown below.

Proceeds from the Anchor Bay Tastefest are distributed to the Anchor Bay Community Foundation toward college scholarships and also supports the local Chamber of Commerce for future events.

Restaurants participating this year include:  Texas Road House The Village of East Harbor,  Del Taco ~Chesterfield, Biggby Coffee,  Zuccaro Banquets & Catering, Washington Street Wine House,  Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches, Little Camille’s By The Bay, Achatz Handmade Pie Company, Noodles & Company, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Bayside Dimitri’s Family Dining, Haven’s Galley Bar & Grill, Big Boy, Marco’s Pizza, Zef’s Lighthouse Tavern, Weiss Meats

Entertainment provided by:
Brian Bagozzi

TICKETS ARE ON SALE HERE!
Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce
51180 Bedford St, New Baltimore
Little Camille’s By The Bay
51083 Washington St. New Baltimore
The Attic Finds
8832 Dixie Hwy, Fair Haven
On the Bay Customs
51034 Washington St. New Baltimore
5/3 Bank ~ Fair Haven
8920 Dixie Hwy, Fair Haven
SERVPRO of Mt. Clemens / New Baltimore
28149 Kehrig St, Chesterfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10th Year – Sunday Farmer’s Market – New Baltimore’s Waterfront Kicks off Tomorrow

New Baltimore Farmers MarketIt’s here ~ the OPENING DAY CELEBRATION of the 10th Annual Season of the New Baltimore Farmers Market Sunday June 4 … Come by boat! to the free public docks or by car to this charming strolling village on the shore of Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay.

Stop and shop with dozens of weekly market vendors while listening to live music (see below for tomorrow’s vendor list).  Participate in the Annual Opening Day Market Bag Giveaway, the Kick-off of the Dahlia Challenge, a Kids Planting Activity, along with many other great features including the “Buy Nearby Guy!”

Shop the market, then stroll the many unique downtown New Baltimore boutiques… Enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch at Little Camille’s or Fin’s Restaurant and indulge in the Sunday Bloody Mary Bar. 

 

Vendors for Sunday June 4:

  • MI Little Sweet Tooth
  • Mystical Woodlands
  • Gold Int’l Bakery
  • Yarn of Different Color
  • Pasta E Pasta
  • ROTARIUS
  • Classic Pet Supply
  • MacDonald Public Library
  • Jillys Garden
  • LittleVictory
  • Massage with Stacey
  • Usborne Books
  • Kids Planting Activity
  • NBFM: Dahlia Challenge
  • Bag Giveaway
  • Great Vibe
  • Simply Gourmet
  • Bonnies Royal Oils
  • K & T Cake Pops
  • Peg Darnell Reflexology
  • Tastefully Simple
  • SHARKAR
  • Bernadette MUSIC
  • CORN HOLE
  • NB Parks & Rec
  • Mexi Deli with Vehicle
  • Decorating Station
  • Someday Cakes
  • Chesterfield Twp Library
  • Munchie Cakes
  • Give and Grow
  • Ed’s Apiary with Vehicle
  • Thomas Graf with Truck
  • Young Living
  • SNAP jewelry
  • Avon
  • LuLaRoe
  • Plexus
  • Paparazzi
  • Max & Madelaine
  • Thirty One
  • Scentsy

The New Baltimore Farmers Market is a community driven project whose purpose is to provide a link to local foods, farmers, and artisans, with supportive access to fresh foods for all consumers, while educating, sharing and encouraging the health and economic benefits of local foods, entrepreneurship, and activities with partnerships and volunteers from the Macomb/ St. Clair County areas.

The Sunday markets will be held from June 4 through October 22 (closed for Fishfly Festival June 25) with many special events as shown below:

Want to participate?  Contact Debra Williams –  marketmanager@newbaltimorefarmersmarket.com / 586-215-7484

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2017 Lake St. Clair Restaurant Handbook

Updated November 1st – DON’T FORGET… with Fall here, our “seasonal” eateries may have shortened hours, or may not be open with inclement weather.  Click on each page below for their latest news!

 

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Ice Update Sunday January 8, 2017 Lake St. Clair Bouvier Bay

BRRR… what a difference a few days will make.  On Tuesday, two Ira Twp. Rescue Air boats were in this same location… see photos below … telling guys to get off the ice.  At 10 degrees and a 5mph wind, the sun is out – along with a lot of guys fishing this morning.

Ice Update Sunday January 8, 2017 Lake St. Clair Bouvier Bay Photos:

JANUARY 2 Guys out fishing on the edge:

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Ice Update – Hunters – Fishermen, & Kayaker! on Lake St. Clair Bouvier Bay Fair Haven – January 2, 2017

We have several guys out on this nice 40 degree day ice fishing on Bouvier Bay near the Raft Bar – Fair Haven launch ramp area. …. and just saw a kayaker!!    We can hear a lot of gunfire in the distance with the duck hunters.  A LOT going on!

 

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2017 Lake St. Clair Guide Magazine Now Online!

2017 Lake St. Clair Guide is Online

Click to Read Online Magazine

The all new 2017 Lake St. Clair Guide magazine is here!  With only 90 days to launch, it is never too early to start planning your boating season!

Thanks again to the many sponsors who are the reason the 20,000 print magazines are FREE!  Please frequent these great businesses… and thanks for reading…. hope you enjoy the 2017 Lake St. Clair Guide edition!!

The new 84-page “print” edition will be delivered to sponsor locations between January 25-February 8.   You may also PRE-Order and have a copy mailed to you by February 1st for $5.95 which covers postage and handling.

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Early Start to Ice Fishing Season on Lake St. Clair

My rule of thumb for a “normal” winter is that ice fishing usually starts the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  Good news!  It is well underway on Bouvier Bay and many canals around the lake.  Here are a few aerial photos taken by our friend Peter Dugdale yesterday of the popular ice fishing areas around Lake St. Clair.

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Antique Boat Racing Engine Show & Swap Meet October 15, 2016

antique-motor-club-logo-wolverinechapterSaturday, October 15, one of, if not the largest collection of antique boat racing engines will be on display at the 11th Annual Byron, MI Swap Meet.  Along with the featured collection of 185 outboard racing motors and Chris Craft experimentals, there will be a flea market and swap meet.

 

11th Annual Byron Swap Meet

October 15, 2016

* Co-hosted by Wolverine & Great Lakes Chapters *

Residence of Elaine & Mark Suter at 4368 Braden Road, Byron, MI 48418. Use this address with your GPS or on the internet to get a map or driving directions. (Byron Michigan is 1 to 1 1/2 hours west from the shores of Lake St. Clair)


* Situated in two heated pole barns and on the adjacent grounds.

* Multiple porta-johns will be provided.

* Sit-down lunch of Sloppy-Joes, baked beans, coleslaw, peaches with lemon curd, potato chips, beverage & dessert available for a $6 donation.

* Featuring Mark’s collection of 185 outboard racing motors and 12 racing boats and Elaine’s collection of “micro” motors (less than 2 HP) and other selected non-racing motors of significant historical interest… many new items since last year.

* Huge flea market so clean out your basement & garage and bring those unwanted items to sell; find those needed winter projects.

* Protected & vented outdoor test tank available for running motors.

* Mark’s shop will be open for those that want to work on problem motors… tap the attending “experts” for help in getting your problem motor running.

* Large outboard show motor display with Peoples’ Choice awards from the Wolverine Chapter this year in 10 categories + 2 Best of Show… so bring your best motors & stands (limit 2 motors per person in the competition).

* This meet will be huge… there is plenty of room inside if the weather is inclement but we have ordered great weather for this meet… you just can’t afford to miss this one!

* No dogs allowed at this meet.

http://www.aomci.org/events/

Mark Suter
sutermh@gmail.com
989-634-8822

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Michigan’s Tallest Flag to be Raised this Saturday on Lake St. Clair

 

11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, the New Baltimore Lions Club would like to invite all to come, by car or BOAT! to the formal dedication of Michigan’s Tallest Flag.

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The program will last 1hr and 15 minutes and will include a Coast Guard fly-over at noon with refreshments to follow.   The Flagpole is located at the foot of Lake St. Clair in the Walter & Mary Burke Park, downtown New Baltimore.  City, area townships, and county dignitaries will be in attendance, along with New Baltimore VFW Post 7573 Color Guard, Anchor Bay High School ROTC and area Boy Scouts, NB Interfaith Choir, and Michigan Chamber Chorale group.

Come early and bring lawn chairs.   The music program will start at 10:30 with photo opportunities immediately following the ceremony at 12:15pm.

After almost a year of fundraising, $107,000 was raised through the very hard work of the New Baltimore Lion’s Club to replace the old water tower torn down last year and create a wonderful new boater’s landmark …. Congratulations on making history at Lake St. Clair!

Here are a few photos of the process to get us to this point.

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For more than 67 years (1948-2015) the 150 foot New Baltimore water tower stood not far from this flagpole, helping boaters find their way home day or night and stood as a land marker for the Greater Macomb County and the Anchor Bay Area.

Along with the hundreds of donations big and small, the New Baltimore Lions Club donated this new landmark to show the civic and national pride that will mark the Gateway to the Bay for many years to come.

A towering height of 160 feet, using nearly 80 tons of concrete in a foundation 7 feet in diameter by 30 feet deep, the pole marks the highest ever constructed at this time in Michigan. The three lights shine at 23,000 luminaries each and a red solar navigational light at the top allows the 30×60 foot flag flying above you to be seen at night and be visible for several miles.

This Project was completed at a cost of $107,000, no city, county or state tax dollars were used. This flagpole was purchased and installed by Flagpoles ETC. out of Holly, Michigan. Flagpole foundation was installed by Toledo Caisson Corporation.    

Thanks again Ron Earle for all your efforts in spearheading this fantastic landmark for us all.

 

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Just in time for the best season to hunt Muskie!

“Catching More Muskie and Great Northern Pike with a Legend’s Rules of Fishing” by Robert Brunner Sr.

Freshwater Hall of Fame fisherman, “Muskie Bob” Brunner is a 92 year old living legend around Lake St. Clair, Michigan.  Bob knows more about Muskie and Great Northern Pike fishing than anyone in the world today.  65 Pages of “direct to the point” info you need, including “Lake St. Clair Hot Spots”, along with color photos of Bob’s favorite lures for only $24.95 + postage.

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Running a successful Lake St. Clair charter business for decades, and fishing 100’s of lakes around the world, Bob shares his experience to help you catch more Muskie by understanding every aspect of fishing for these fresh water predators so you too will become an expert!

Are you ready to make that big catch you’ll remember the rest of your life?

“Muskie Bob” details strategies with:

    • Live Bait
    • Buck Tails, Body & Crank Baits
    • Rattle, Spoons, and Spinner Baits
    • Trolling, Casting, & Jigging Tactics
    • Presentation – Rods – Reels & More!

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And, for only $4 more, compliment your book purchase with the 2 Sided 17×20″ Lake St. Clair Map which highlights several more fishing areas, and includes 80+ photos of visual landmarks around the lake, GPS for fuel, bait, DNR launch ramps, no wake zones, restaurants, marinas, and more!

 

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Tallest Flag in Michigan Becoming a Reality in New Baltimore

Lake St. Clair’s tallest flag in Michigan is now becoming a reality thanks to the hard work of the New Baltimore Lions Club.  The flag will become a new boating landmark replacing a water tower torn down in 2015.  This tallest flag in Michigan is being installed at the edge of Lake St. Clair in New Baltimore’s Walter and Mary Burke Park.

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Yesterday afternoon, the flag installation team began digging the 30 foot deep x 6 foot diameter hole for the base.  The steel insert above will be installed, and cement will be poured to fill the hole.  After a week of cement cure, the flag pole will be erected.   The plan is for a gala dedication of the flag early October… will let you know!

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$102,929 has been raised through numerous generous people around the lake, and from around the country, to pay for the installation, electrical work, extra flag, and the first year maintenance contract.   Special thanks to the chairman leading this effort, Ron Earle.

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Fall Update – Lake St. Clair Restaurant Handbook – Seasonal Restaurant Hours

open-year-round-2As the weather starts to change, so do the seasonal restaurant hours around Lake St. Clair.  Although we have many eateries open year-round to enjoy the waterfront, several will be closing in the next few weeks, along with having a limited weekly schedule.

fall-hoursHere is the latest update so we can press the boating season as long as possible!  Fall is the most beautiful season on Lake St. Clair!  Take your boat and watch some football on these crisp clear days!

If you’re traveling a long distance… phone to double check to make sure your destination is open if the weather is questionable!

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Restaurant Interactive Map

Click on each page below to be directed to Facebook for latest updates.

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Gold Cup 2016 100th Anniversary Photo Recap August 28

web cover KIM_0516The final day of watching the Gold Cup 2016 100th Anniversary was a very hot and mostly sunny day.  Boats raced continuously with no major incidents.  Lots of fans and a great time.  Here’s a few photos to share some of the excitement throughout the day…

Top 4 finishers for the Gold Cup 2016 weekend (from right to left ABOVE PHOTO) are J. Michael Kelly, Jimmy Shane, Jeff Bernard, and Brian Perkins.

There was a tornado warning for Monroe County during the afternoon, which is the south end of the Detroit River.  Luckily the bad weather stayed away.

 

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Vintage Racer – Miss US

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Vintage Racer the “Gale V” on the right with Miss US following.

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This little girl just scored an autograph from 2nd place finisher, Jimmy Shane.

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Fun to walk around the pits, which anyone could have done for an extra $20

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Only one minor incident we saw Sunday.

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Several foods stands set up behind the Grandstand seating.

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Family Friendly Day with other things to do for the kids

Family Friendly Day with other things to do for the kids

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Behind the scenes “Communications Guys” are watching the weather as a Tornado Warning was issued for the southern end of the Detroit River.

Tornado warning in the southern Detroit River... never came our way luckily!

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Nice pants!

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Seeing several “roostertails” from the “Roostertail” event on the north end of the course.

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The “Roostertail” event club

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If you haven’t attended the Gold Cup yet, you should check it out for next year! As you may have noticed, there were several boats anchored at the north end of the course for great viewing too.

 

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Gold Cup “Hydrofest” Detroit – Unlimited Boat Race Weekend

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Come down to the northern end of the Detroit River this weekend for the 100th anniversary of premier hydroplane racing in Detroit. The UAW-GM Sponsored Gold Cup “Hydrofest” runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – August 26-28.

FREE Friday today includes free admission to the grandstands and the cold pits during practice runs starting at 1pm.

On Saturday and Sunday the UAW-GM’s sponsorship has ensured that all general admission parks will remain free at Erma Henderson Park, Memorial Annex Park and Owen Park.  Or, you may purchase tickets for the Grandstands and other VIP areas (below for details & links).

There are several vintage race boats on display and will be on the water in between races Saturday & Sunday.  The owners  are very talkative and love to show off these beautiful boats…. we were able to sit inside the cockpit of Miss US from 1957!  KIM_0313 cockpit

And, something fun to do in between races, there will also be a CAR SHOW at Waterworks Park on Saturday & Sunday.

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IPHONE & ANDROID APP named:  ” H1 Unlimited 2016 ”  Get the free app for up-to-date schedule & race results.

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TICKETS: On site or online – Parking is not free ($15-$25) so car pool!

Grandstands – General Seating

Weekend Saturday & Sunday – $50.00

Saturday – $25.00

Sunday – $35.00

And several other VIP seating options are available.

Box office is located at a trailer next to the Gregory Boat Company at 9666 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit.

Hours:  Friday 9:00 am to 7pm

Saturday 7:30 am to end of show

Sunday 7:00 am to 1pm

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SCHEDULE OF RACING:

Friday August 26

1:00-2:00 Unlimited testing

2:00-2:30 Formula 2 testing

2:30-3:00 Grand Prix testing

3:00-4:00 Unlimited testing

4:00-4:15 Formula 2 testing

4:15-4:30 Grand Prix testing

4:30-4:50 Unlimited Vintage

5:00-7:00 Unlimited Qualifying

 

Saturday August 27

8:30-9:30 Unlimited testing

8:30-9:00 Formula 2 Drivers meeting Piston Park

10:00-10:30 Formula 2 testing or heat

10:30-11:00 GP testing

11:00-11:50 Lunch/Autograph session

12:00-12:15 Unlimited 1A

12:20-12:35 Unlimited 1B

12:50-1:00 GP 1A

1:05-1:15 GP 1B

1:20-1:30 GP 1C

1:45-2:15 Formula 2 heat

2:30-2:50 Unlimited Vintage

3:00-3:10 GP 2A

3:15-3:30 GP 2B

3:35-3:50 GP 2C

4:00-4:15 Unlimited 2A

4:20-4:35 Unlimited 2B

 

Sunday August 28

8:30-9:30 Unlimited testing

8:30-8:45 Formula 2 Drivers Meeting Piston Park

8:45-9:00 GP Drivers Meeting Piston Park

9:35-10:00 Formula 2 heat

10:10-10:25 GP 3A

10:30-10:45 GP3B

10:45-11:00 GP 3C

11:00-12:00 Lunch/Autograph session

12:00-12:45 Opening Ceremonies

12:55-1:10 Unlimited 3A

1:15-1:30 Unlimited 3B

1:40-1:55 GP Consolation

2:00-2:30 Formula 2 Final

2:40-2:55 Unlimited 4A

3:00-3:15 Unlimited 4B

3:30-3:45 Grand Prix Final

3:45-4:10 Unlimited Vintage

4:20-4:45 Unlimited Final

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Raft Off 2016 Photo Review – August 13

 

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Aerial video of Raft Off 2016 Lake St. Clair

Although it rained a few times, the weather was hot and the water was warm for the annual Raft Off in Lake St. Clair’s Muscamoot Bay yesterday.

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Emergency area set up at DNR Launch across from Brown's Bar on Harsens Island

Emergency area set up at DNR Launch across from Brown’s Bar on Harsens Island

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The mass exodus which takes hours

The mass exodus which takes hours

See you at next year’s Raft Off!

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Lots of boating season left!  Check our calendar for the next events around Lake St. Clair!

 

 

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Port Huron to Mackinac “Boat Night” Party 2016 Recap

port huron boat night cover 1 KIM_0197With 200+ sailboats on display just off the St. Clair River, the “Boat Night” party takes place before the “Port Huron to Mackinac” Race.  Located on the Black River near the mouth of Lake Huron is the annual 3-day Bluewater Festival celebrating this race event.

During Friday night’s “Boat Night”, even with many beautiful huge sailboats rafted off along the waterfront the night before the race, the powerboats were as big a part of the constant entertainment for us to watch.  Boats come from all over the great lakes for this event… even this power boat from Wisconsin!

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A quick view along the Black River as boats pass us by…. we look at them, and they look at us!

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New boutique hotel coming for 2017 in to the old Michigan National Bank along the Black River.

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Human “mannequin” contest … gets bigger every year!

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Carnival on the St. Clair River waterfront

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1/2 Mile Long Boardwalk where over 200 sailboats are rafted off for the evening.

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Several blocks of food, live music, shopping, and entertainment

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Bars & restaurants along the waterfront to “boat watch”

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July 2016 Lake St. Clair Area Events Calendar Updated!

There have been some changes to the Lake St. Clair Guide Magazine 2016 printed calendar… a couple cancellations… but many new additions!  Go direct to updated events page here.

Come by boat or car!!

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Go direct to updated events page here! Thanks and enjoy July on the water!

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The Boating Weekend Just Got Longer for the Summer!

Starting June 27, 2016, Decker’s Landing has added live music each & every Monday on the Patio from 4-8pm with $10 Bucket Specials and new menu!  We all know that Monday is usually the best boating weather of the week!

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Click to check out the full “Restaurant Handbook” for Lake St. Clair!

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June 2016 Events Calendar Around Lake St. Clair

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Lots of events around Lake St. Clair and the surrounding waterways of the St. Clair River & Detroit River starting this weekend!  June updated calendar now online!

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Art Shows along the waterfront

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Festivals around the Waterfront

and… Don’t forget the FREE city docks in downtown New Baltimore when looking for something new to do.  Two great bar / restaurants a block away, Sunday Farmer’s Market 8am-1pm, great shops … and girls!  Just across from the Farmer’s Market, stop by the brand new waterfront boutique of Willy & Babbish open 10am-3pm.

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Willy & Babbish Boutique moves to new waterfront Plaza… steps from New Baltimore docks. Shop several stores in the downtown district along Washington Street.

Like our facebook page to keep up on the latest news, and calendar of events updates for the surrounding Lake St. Clair waterfront area.

Check out the new Boater’s Handbook below to Lake St. Clair area restaurants for a quick reference for this season’s entertainment, happy hours, specials planned, and more!

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Click to view handbook – Mobile Friendly!

 

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Aquapalooza 2016 on Lake St. Clair Officially Cancelled

Pete Beauregard, president of Colony Marine, and the lead sponsor confirmed today Aquapalooza on Lake St. Clair is officially cancelled for 2016. “We are in the planning stages of making a move and changing the venue up so it will be easier to control.” Where will it be in 2017?

Macomb County and local township officials are still supporting the event for the future and Mr. Beauregard felt they were 90% secure for a new location for 2017… which will still be on Lake St. Clair in Macomb County waters. An announcement for the new host should happen before this summer ends.

Aquapalooza is an “on the water” celebration with live music over a 2-day period. The event was created by Sea Ray Boats and is held in over 100 locations in the U.S.    Lake St. Clair’s weekend celebration last July drew over 20,000 people on over 2,000 boats just on day one! With the higher water and huge turnout, several safety issues and garbage disposal problems were noted and will be addressed with the new location.

Not to worry, the Lake St. Clair area hosts many events each season! Stay up-to-date with the Lake St. Clair Guide EVENTS Calendar and our Facebook page for the latest news and updates.

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The Boaters’ Restaurant Handbook – Thanks again Lake St. Clair Guide Magazine Sponsors!

2017 Edition Coming May 17!…. it’s here!!  Click to go to new 2017 edition

 

What’s new?  Who’s new? See our favorite eateries have for the 2016 boating season around Lake St. Clair! Happy hours, entertainment, food specials, and more!

All in one place!  The sponsors of the Lake St. Clair Guide have helped put together an easy to reference handbook covering all the important details you need to know for our summer boating season on where to have breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and favorite cocktails …. Try someone new this year!  Scroll through for reminders of great places you’ve enjoyed in year’s past.

Click each page for their social connection for weekly events & specials! 

Thanks again to the following Lake St. Clair Guide sponsors who help bring you the magazine for FREE!

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SCROLL DOWN for individual restaurants – click to go to their Facebook page for the latest info!

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DNR Lake St. Clair Boat Launch Status – March 31, 2016

According to the Michigan DNR today….

Lake St. Clair:  All the DNR boat launch sites are open. Heavy rain and high winds have kept the lake turbid.  Good perch and sunfish reports continue to come from the canals and marinas.   

St. Clair River Boat Launch:  The recent heavy rainfall and high winds have resulted in muddy conditions. The North Channel and the Marine City boat ramp access sites will have the docks in and be open for launching on Friday, April 1. 

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Michigan’s Tallest Flag to be Lake St. Clair Landmark – Update

Record Height Flagpole for New Baltimore Waterfront ComingUpdate – $21,000 raised for Michigan’s Tallest Flag to be new Lake St. Clair Landmark … need to reach $33,000 to place the order for a Memorial Day dedication.

As you may recall from a previous post and article in the 2016 Lake St. Clair Guide, we lost the brown water tower, a long time landmark at the foot of New Baltimore on Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay.

The New Baltimore Lions Club has a fund raiser to replace the tower with a 160′ flag pole and the flag will be 30′ X 60′.  To kick off the fund raiser, the Lions Club dedicated $10,000.    They are also going to other community groups to gain support.

The goal is to have this new “landmark” flag for us boaters dedicated on Memorial day in May.     Any and all donations to help will be appreciated.  The goal is $65,000.   All extra money will go to providing extra back-up flag replacements.

Easy!  To donate with credit card, here is a direct link for the fundraiser:

www.gofundme.com/cdewkktg

Checks will be accepted payable to the New Baltimore Lions Cub, PO Box 394, New Baltimore, MI 48047

Thanks from the Lake St. Clair boating community to the New Baltimore Lions Club!

Landmark New Baltimore Tower on Lake St. Clair Removed

New Baltimore Landmark Brown Tower Torn Down in 2015

 

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Lake St. Clair DNR Launch – March 11, 2016 Dock Status

Lake St. Clair DNR Launch - Dock StatusThe Michigan DNR has begun installing docks at the launch ramps.  Below is the latest summary from our favorite tackle shops in key areas as to the Lake St. Clair DNR Launch – Dock Status:

Blue Water Bait – Fair Haven DNR There’s still a bit of ice to go.  No ramps in yet up here.

 

Sportmen’s Direct – Harrison Township  – There is one dock in at the Clinton River Spillway Ramp. The DNR will be doing some dragging this month at that ramp and then the rest will be going in.  Harley Ensign has all the docks in and is ready to go.

 

Angler’s Point – Across from Selfridge DNR Docks were put in March 8

 

There is some shore ice and bergs floating on the lake so caution is needed.

Feel free to add comments below of other “Lake St. Clair DNR Launch – Dock Status” thanks!

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2016 Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tournament Schedule

2016 Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tournament ScheduleWant to join a 2016 Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tournament?  Here is the latest schedule of registered events from the Michigan DNR.

According to the Michigan DNR, “All bass fishing tournaments held in 2016 and thereafter shall be registered online using the Department’s Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System at the following website: www.mcgi.state.mi.us/fishingtournaments/. “

Tournament directors shall verify all tournament participants and provide a unique registration receipt to all participating anglers.  Tournament directors shall report tournament results to the Department by December 31, annually.

Enjoy the season!  Remember catch & release is allowed in Michigan waters year round.  2016 Lake St. Clair Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tournament Schedule:

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New Ice on Lake St. Clair’s Northern Anchor Bay Today – February 11, 2016

We have brand new Ice on Lake St. Clair’s northern Anchor Bay & Bouvier Bay today – February 11, 2016.

The ice inside the grassy island leading into the Raft Bar and Bouvier Bridge Marina survived the warm temperatures this past week.

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No need to park a vehicle on the Lake St. Clair ice….

EXTRA “on-shore” PARKING:  Just past the Fair Haven launch ramp (toward Algonac) – The Raft Bar offers parking at $3.00.  If you bring your receipt into the bar, you will receive $1.50 off your food or drink purchase.

You may also park for FREE another 1/4 mile down from the Raft Bar at the Sunset Bay Restaurant.  Their Tiki Bar is open for the ice fishermen & snowmobiler’s too!  The owners ask that you stop in and enjoy the warmth and have a cocktail or lunch.

 

 

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Lake St. Clair Ice 2016 – Update Friday February 5

facebook_0025 facebook _0026 facebook ice_0027 facebook ice_0032 facebook shanty lost KIM_0014Lake St. Clair Ice Update February 5, 2016 – The warm weather has unfortunately caused most of our ice to melt.  According to Brian at Blue Water Bait @ the Fair Haven Launch Ramp Thursday February 4, it was still about 4″ thick on northern Bouvier Bay.

No racing this weekend, but with the new cold snap and low southwest winds predicted, there will probably be a lot of fishermen out.

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Lake St. Clair Ice 2016 – Update Saturday January 30

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Northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay ice is still holding.  There are close to 100 shanties out at 9:00 a.m. today and a few brave souls riding their ATVs.  The water on Anchor Bay is completely open.

Driving around Lake St. Clair yesterday, only Mitchell’s Bay, Ontario had more ice with shanties out nearly one mile perch fishing.

One week ago, the ice was roughly 8″ thick in the channel next to the small grassy island leading into the Raft Bar.

EXTRA “on-shore” PARKING:  Just passed the Fair Haven launch ramp (toward Algonac) – The Raft Bar offers parking at $3.00.  If you bring your receipt into the bar, you will receive $1.50 off your food or drink purchase.

You may also park for FREE another 1/4 mile down from the Raft Bar at the Sunset Bay Restaurant.  Their Tiki Bar is open for the ice fishermen & snowmobiler’s too!  The owners ask that you stop in and enjoy the warmth and have a cocktail or lunch.

January 23rd, the ice was about 8" thick on Bouvier Bay

January 23rd, the ice was about 8″ thick on Bouvier Bay

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Winterfest 2016 Downtown New Baltimore

post polar bear DSC_0063Winterfest 2016 Downtown New Baltimore is this weekend, January 29-31!  Live music, festival tent, chili cook off, polar bear plunge & more!

post Polar Bear Plunge 063Starting Friday at 7:30 p.m., there will be live music & contests until 11:30 p.m.  Saturday big fun starts off with the annual fishing tournament, Free kid’s party at noon, huge chili cookoff at 6pm, and DJ until 11pm.  Sunday events include a pancake breakfast, several demonstrations, live music, and ends with the annual Polar Bear Plunge for charity.winterfest 2016

The Winterfest 2016 weekend is sponsored by the New Baltimore Lions.  Come on down and enjoy the big warm festival tent and all the waterfront festivities!

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Lake St. Clair Ice Update Tuesday January 26, 2016

The ice on Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay has deteriorated and only remains along the fringe of the Northern Shore of Lake St. Clair around Fair Haven.  There is no ice along the New Baltimore waterfront today.   Bouvier Bay remains covered past the Fair Haven point.

There were still several shanties and ATVs on the ice on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay today.  On Saturday, January 23, 2016, there was at least 10″ thick ice in the channel leading into the Raft Bar / Bouvier Bridge Marina.

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Lake St. Clair Ice Conditions 2016

Lake St. Clair Ice Conditions 2016

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Only a few ATV’s and snowmobiles have ventured out as of Friday, January 22, 2016

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Fair Haven Point which divides Northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay & Anchor Bay

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Many are still fishing the channel leading into the Raft Bar and Bouvier Bridge Marina

The first vehicles are coming out onto the ice today, after a very solid week of bitter cold.  Not saying the Lake St. Clair ice conditions are safe yet, however, there are pick up trucks now parked on the ice just off of the Fair Haven Launch ramp on Bouvier Bay.

Anchor Bay is completely frozen over and the fishermen have slowly been moving out onto the deeper water.

Should be a fun weekend on the ice!  Stop by the Raft Bar & Sunset Bay Restaurant on Bouvier Bay to see the activities!

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Ice Conditions on Lake St. Clair – January 5, 2016

We have ice on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay today.  It is passed the Fair Haven point and is slowly creeping across Anchor Bay.

Ice is important to us wintertime lake lovers…. ice fishermen should be out in a few days…. hopefully the snowmobile racing will be on time by the end of the month.

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Ice conditions on Lake St. Clair January 5, 2016 – First ice of the season

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Record Height Flagpole for New Baltimore Waterfront Coming

Record Height Flagpole for New Baltimore Waterfront ComingRecord Height Flagpole for New Baltimore Waterfront Coming this summer for a new boating landmark!

As many boaters now realize, the water tower landmark for the town of New Baltimore was torn down July 2015.

Because of its significance to the boating community, the New Baltimore Lions’ Club has offered $10,000 toward a new flag & pole to be erected at the foot of the Walter & Mary Burke waterfront park, where the new free city docks are located.

The new flagpole will be 150′ tall … the same height as the original water tower!  This will be the tallest flag in Michigan!  The actual flag will be around 40′ x 60′.

The New Baltimore Lions Club is asking for our support.  $65,000 is needed to purchase and install this new record height flagpole.  As mentioned above, the Lions are donating $10,000.   If only half of the Lake St. Clair Guide readers donate at least $5.00 by April, the flag will be dedicated on Memorial day.

Easy!  To donate with credit card, here is a direct link for the fundraiser:

www.gofundme.com/cdewkktg

Checks will be accepted payable to the New Baltimore Lions Cub, PO Box 394, New Baltimore, MI 48047

Thanks from the Lake St. Clair boating community to the New Baltimore Lions Club!

 

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Fall is Here & Some Lake St. Clair Restaurants with Dockage are Winding Down… But not All!

Some Lake St. Clair Restaurants with Dockage are Winding Down

Some Lake St. Clair Restaurants with Dockage are Winding Down

First day of fall and the weather is perfect for boating; however, some Lake St. Clair restaurants with dockage are winding down for the season.  No worries, there are still many Lake St. Clair restaurants open YEAR ROUND with docks… so we can boat until the ice starts flowing!!

Click here for sponsor’s web & Facebook links to see more details on end of the season parties.

Here are the Lake St. Clair Guide 2015 sponsor restaurants’ updated fall hours and closing dates as of today:

Algonac Harbour Grill on the North Channel – Halloween Party October 3; Open Friday 4pm, Saturday & Sunday at noon until October 4th.  Closed October 5.

Alternate Grounds Café, Bar, & Grill @ Sarnia Bay St. Clair River – Closed for the season.  Open April 16, 2016

Browns on Harsens Island’s Middle Channel – Halloween Party October 3 – Closed October 4th

Captains Landing on the Clinton River – Open 7 days still for lunch & dinner.  Starting October 4-31st, open Friday thru Sunday.  Halloween dinner cruise the 30th for $45 + tax per person 6:30-10pm. Closed November 1st.

Club Capri just off the North Channel – Open Year Round – Halloween Party October 30

Deckers Landing on the North Channel – Open Wednesday thru Sunday weather permitting.  Halloween Party October 17.  Final day and eat all the food up party for $5 on October 18.

Click here for sponsor’s web & Facebook links to see more details on end of the season parties.

Double D Grill on the Clinton River – Open Year Round

Fin’s Eatery Anchor Bay – Open Year Round

Island Grill Bouvier Bay – Closed September 28 – only open Fri 5pm/Saturday & Sunday this weekend

Harbor Bistro Grille Anchor Bay @ MacRay Harbor –  Bistro closed on Mondays. Open 6 days from  Tuesday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Fri/Sat 11am-11pm;  Sunday 3pm-8pm

MacRay Harbor Banquet Center Anchor Bay Sunday brunch all year 10:30-3pm; Thanksgiving Buffet noon-6pm (order in advance Turkey dinners to go by November 20); Brunch with Santa December 6, 13, 20

Raft Bar Bouvier Bay – Open Year Round

Riverside Grocery on Harsens Island’s South Channel – Grocery only for snacks, ice cream, exotic coffee drinks, beer, wine, liquor open Tuesday – Saturday until the 2nd week of October 8am – 6pm; Sunday noon – 6pm, closed Monday.  Fuel dock open until mid-December or later if weather is good.  Give us a call if in doubt at 810-748-8805.

Sandbar Puce River Lake St. Clair Ontario – Currently open 7 days a week at 11:30AM.  As of October 12th we will begin our fall / winter hours, closed Mondays, open Tuesday/Wednesday at 4PM – Thursday to Sunday at 11:30AM

Sunset Bay Bouvier Bay – Open Year Round
Click here for sponsor’s web & Facebook links to see more details on end of the season parties.
Map of Waterfront Restaurants…… click here
Some Lake St. Clair Restaurants with Dockage are Winding Down

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2015 Boating & Outdoor Festival at Lake St. Clair Metropark this Weekend!

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Highlights to the 2015 Boating & Outdoor Festival include:

On Display:

  • All varieties of boats up to 57′ in length including PWCs, inflatables, pontoons, sailboats2015 Boating & Outdoor Festival
  • Marine accessories, engines, trailers, lots of boating accessories, fishing gear, electronics, and much more
  • Sneak peeks of new model introductions

Entertainment Includes:

  • Mac and The Big Cheese Comedy Cooking Show, the “Abbott & Costello” of comedy 2015 boat show MacAndBigCheese2-640x330cooking for boating and outdoor cuisine.  Mac and The Big Cheese perform Thurs/Friday 3 & 6pm; Sat. 2 & 5pm/Sunday 1 & 4pm
  • Live Island Music at the Tiki Bar with Michigan Craft Brews & wines in the Beer Tents (and no worries!  TV’s with our football games)
  • Boat Demos
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  • Kids Zone with face painting, bounce house, Pirate Jake, and more

The 2015 Boating & Outdoor Festival at Lake St. Clair Metropark is located at our picturesque waterfront park at 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township, MI.

Come by boat or car!

Hours:  September 17-20; Thursday/Friday Noon – 7:30pm; Saturday 11am-7:30pm (with free pizza party following with show admission); and Sunday 11am-6pm.

Admission: $10 for adults, children 12 and under free with an adult.

For more information, current promotions and contest information, visit BoatingandOutdoorFest.com.  

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Bassmasters at Lake St. Clair Again 2015

Bassmasters at Lake St. Clair Again 2015

The Pro Elite Bassmasters are at Lake St. Clair Again, this weekend August 28-30, 2015.  With the Bassmaster Elite Series regular season schedule coming to a close, many anglers are still fighting for crucial points in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings.

It is again an honor that Lake St. Clair has been chosen to be part of their annual circuit.  It is very exciting to witness the 100 boats in the basin taking off each morning at 6:20 a.m. from Lake St. Clair Metropark. Weigh-ins each afternoon will begin at 3:15 p.m. each day, with pros competing for a first-place prize of $100,000!

And new this year, an onsite festival will take place from noon-8pm each day (6pm Sunday), Bass, Brew, & BBQ!   Click for More Details about the Bass Brew & BBQ

Here are a few photos from Thursday… great event for kids to get some autographs!

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2015 Lake St. Clair Raft Off Review

Raft Off 2015

Aerial Short Video taken by helicopter pilot & local Lake St. Clair Boater Jim Gall and his daughter Amber Garrison

The 2015 Lake St. Clair Raft Off was certainly huge again!

Originally 11 years ago, the annual event was started as a competition for the world record of the most boats tied up together at one time.  The Lake Norman Raft-Up in North Carolina had held the original record of over 1,453 boats in 2004.  According to organizers in the past, the Lake St. Clair Raft Off had beaten this record.

Today, we don’t know of anyone officially “counting” the boats at the 2015 Lake St. Clair Raft Off, but who cares!  What a great day of interesting boats and getting together with friends. Feel free to count the boats in the aerials below and let me know how many of us were there!

Click above to watch the short aerial video taken by local Lake St. Clair boater Jim Gall piloting his helicopter with his daughter Amber Garrison.

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Aerial Photos Jim Gall / Amber Garrison

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Aerial Photos Jim Gall / Amber Garrison

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Aerial Photos Jim Gall / Amber Garrison

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Aerial Photos Jim Gall / Amber Garrison

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At around 6pm, the mass exodus began with boats idling out from Muscamoot Bay into Lake St. Clair.  It was quite an experience with several boaters getting a little impatient and passing other boats quite close.  Luckily, we had a low wind and no rain day so the only waves were caused by the 1000’s of boats parading out simultaneously…. glad I was in a friend’s bigger boat!

Don’t forget to check LakeStClairGuide.com for more events this month and services for you and your boat to enjoy the season!

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Made in Michigan Antique Outboard Motor Show Detroit

Fully restored 1914 Waterman outboard motor. Photo courtesy of Grosse Ile Historical Society

Fully restored 1914 Waterman outboard motor. Photo courtesy of Grosse Ile Historical Society

New 1st Time FREE Event! Saturday – August 1, 2015 / 11am-4pm /  Belle Isle – Dossin Maritime Museum. The Great Lakes Chapter Antique Outboard Motor Club is hosting a one-time special event this weekend. A celebration and display of historical “Made in Michigan” Antique Outboard Motor Show in Detroit where the outboard motor was born.

There were over 30 types of outboard motors produced in Michigan. The first ever being the “Waterman”, produced in 1904 in Detroit.   Join us for this historic reunion of those Michigan Made Motors where it all started!

DISPLAY-SELL-SWAP-TRADE related items.

Registration required for Vendors or Sellers to plan for space.  CONTACT: Charlie Schmidt (586)463-4456 or cschmidth@aol.com

Belle Isle, Detroit, 100 Strand Drive, Detroit, MI 48207

Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Any and all CLASSIC outboards are invited to participate in this landmark event in the middle of the Detroit River.  Those collectors who display any classic outboard motor (bring your own stand) will receive a beautiful special commemorative award. Displaying an outboard is free! Attending is free!

The Great Lakes Chapter Antique Outboard Motor Club members will be on hand to answer any questions.

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First time to the Dossin Museum? Besides sitting waterfront on the world’s busiest commercial shipping channel, you have a fantastic view of downtown Detroit and a close up seat to watch the lake freighters from around the world pass you by.   Inside the museum (Free admission) are many interesting displays for the young and old, including the famous Miss Pepsi Hydroplane.

 

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Landmark New Baltimore Tower on Lake St. Clair Removed

Landmark New Baltimore Tower on Lake St. Clair Removed

This past Monday, July 6, 2015, the red landmark New Baltimore tower on Lake St. Clair was removed.  The tower, which was approximately 65 years old, had become too expensive to maintain.  The tower was located in New Baltimore’s Walter and Mary Burke Park, at the foot of the new city docks, and helped boaters navigate on Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay for decades.

Looking at the photos here, you can still use the red building as a close landmark, which you can see from several miles away on the water.  Also, the black water tank can be seen at least a mile from shore to guide you to the new free city docks.

The New Baltimore Lions Club has offered $10,000 to erect an American Flag in its spot as a landmark replacement.  No decisions have been made at this time.

Landmark New Baltimore Tower on Lake St. Clair RemovedInterested in a map with more photos of “on shore Lake St. Clair visual landmarks”  you can see by water to help you find your way? Read more about getting your map here…..

 

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