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

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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

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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.

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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

Thanks much for frequenting these Lake St. Clair Guide restaurant sponsors who helped bring the 2017 Lake St. Clair Restaurant Handbook to one easy place – Have a great season!

“Click on” each sponsor’s page for their latest weekly specials, happy hours, live entertainment, and more!

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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!

 

Lake St Clair Michigan Map

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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.

Boatyard Grille browns captains landing clinton river cruises club capri fins new baltimore island grill mayea lighthouse inn zefs little camilles new baltimore river rat harrison riverside grocery harsens sandbar puce river ontario belle the raft bar fair haven

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 incident we saw Sunday.

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!

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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:

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  • Marine accessories, engines, trailers, fishing gear, electronics, and 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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Lake St. Clair Bass & Muskie Fishing Reports

Lake St. Clair Bass & Muskie Fishing Reports

Any day is a good day for fishing!

I’ve been asked to announce the NEW! Lake St. Clair Bass & Muskie Fishing Reports blog (and any other species you are interested in – everyone loves Perch too!).

The new Lake St. Clair Bass & Muskie Fishing Reports is supported by fishermen for fishermen … keep it fun, read and share your tips, talk boats, find out about tournaments, and let everyone see some photos @ http://lscfishing.com

Lake St. Clair Fishing Report

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Cruising Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island 2015

Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island Yes, it was Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island yesterday …. Whether you approve or disapprove of the premise to this annual Lake St. Clair “Mardi Gras” style party, you have to admit it’s really exciting just to see all the boats and people surrounding one tiny little island.

aerial jobbie nooner june 2015According to Sergeant Don Berg of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Marine Division …. “For the most part, everyone behaved themselves.  However, there were some arrests.  One big problem that continues to happen year after year is people are just left behind to find a ride back and some people just plain forget where they left their boats.  The captain of the ship/boat is responsible for their passengers.”

Gull Island is located at the end of the South Channel which feeds Lake St. Clair.

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If you’ve never done this event, click the You Tube video below to experience a glimpse of what it’s like idling around Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island.

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Idling Around Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island – June 2015

 

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Lake St. Clair Poker Run 2015 for Michigan Special Olympics

Lake St. Clair Poker Run June 2015The Lake St. Clair Poker Run June 24, 2015 had a great day!  As always, the “Fun Run” is a very exciting event to help raise funds for Michigan Special Olympic athletes.  At 60 boats, this was a sold out event again!

In the last 19 years, the June Lake St. Clair Poker Run has raised $267,000 for the Michigan Special Olympic athletes…and another sizeable amount was certainly added to the total yesterday.  Our hosts for the event, Ann & Dennis Plegue “Lake St. Clair Water Warriors” & Wayne Schaldenbrand “Wertz Warriors”  did a great job organizing and we thank them again to be able to participate.

And also thanks to the staffs at MacRay Harbor, Brown’s Bar, the Tin Fish, and the North Channel Yacht Club!

Here’s a snippet of a beautiful boating day on Lake St. Clair ….

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Lake St. Clair Poker Run 2015

 

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Lake St. Clair Poker Run 2015 You Tube

Waiting in line for 60 boats to dock is not a “quiet” moment on the lake.

 

 

 

 

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Selfridge Launch Ramp Open

Selfridge Launch Ramp Now OpenSelfridge Launch Ramp Open!  On Saturday, June 13, the Selfridge Launch Ramp reopened to boaters.

According to Jerry at Angler’s Point Marina & Bait Shop just across the street, the Selfridge Launch Ramp opened the ramps and the old section of parking. The “new” section has yet to open.

The Selfridge Launch Ramp is a popular boat launch in May & June for Smallmouth bass fishermen.  This ramp provides direct access to Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay.

 

 

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Our Boating Weekend Got 1 Day Longer! Andy Frasco Band Live

This Weekend Just Got One Day Longer to Boat!

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Decker’s Landing on the North Channel

On Monday – June 15 @ 6:30pm – Decker’s Landing on the North Channel in Algonac/Clay Township will host LA’s world renowned Andy Frasco Band. The 5 piece band has opened up for Joe Walsh.

Will be a night of Party Blues with bar specials at Decker’s Landing.

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Be Careful Memorial Weekend …. Lake St. Clair Weeds are Low …. Water is High

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No Grassy Island this year on Bouvier Bay

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2014 Where Grassy Island Was Located

We’ve been out and about this past week and the Lake St. Clair navigational landmark “islands” of Phragmites and other reeds are very low, and sometimes are underwater yet.   Brown brown run aground!

Making our way through the St. Clair Flats, cutting across Fisher Bay from the Sni to the cut which dumps us out on the Middle Channel in front of Brown’s Restaurant was a little tricky yesterday.  The Phagmites in this area have been virtually killed off & burned (remember?)… a good thing!  However, there was a little debating on where the cut was, and choosing wisely is important even in a 16′ boat.

Lake St. Clair Cut from Fisher Bay

Cut from Fisher Bay to Middle Channel Near Browns Restaurant

Another hazard area is on Bouvier Bay, at Lake St. Clair’s north end near Munchies Bay swim area.  Forever there has been an island marked with tall Phragmites at the “marked entrance” to Bouvier Bridge Marina and the Raft Bar…. The island is gone!  You can see some dark water to the south of the markers, but I’m sure this year I’ll see some large boats run aground here.  Remember, Lake St. Clair does not have many “marked channels.”  If you see one…. you need to use it!

Brown’s Restaurant has a nice paint job this year!

Don’t forget to check our mobile friendly web directory for boat rentals & repair services, marinaswaterfront restaurants & communities, fishing services, and more to fully enjoy Lake St. Clair this season!

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Brown’s Restaurant on Harsen’s Island – Middle Channel

 

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Selfridge Launch Ramp Temporarily Closed

Selfridge Launch Ramp Closed

Selfridge Launch Ramp Temporarily Closed for Construction

The Selfridge Launch Ramp at the end of M59 on Lake St. Clair in Chesterfield Township is temporarily closed for construction.  Jerry Ferguson, the owner of Angler’s Point Marina/Bait across the street was told by the DNR they expect to have the ramp reopened by June 1st.

Also according to Jerry, you may still be able to launch your boat during the construction process, however, there is no parking available.  Click here for Map of Lake St. Clair DNR Launch Sites

The good news, Brandenburg Park, 5 minutes down the street has just finished their repaving project and is open to launch boats.  They charge $5 and have a large parking lot.  You may also launch at the Michigan DNR Sites of the Harley Ensign Ramp at the end of the Clinton River on South River Road and Lake St. Clair Metropark at the end of 16 Mile Road (Metropolitan Pkwy.) to have close access to fish Anchor Bay.

According to the Michigan DNR’s website: The Selfridge boat launch on Lake St Clair (Macomb County) will be closed starting Monday, May 18, for approximately two weeks for expansion of the site. Construction will include paving of the access site and of the maneuver and tie-down areas immediately in front of the ramp.  

This construction has been needed for many years due to heavy use of the boat launch. The site expansion will accommodate the larger cards, trucks and boats that have been introduced since the original boating access site design. Construction work also will include upgrades to improve storm-water management, traffic flows and universal accessibility. The Selfridge boating access site is expected to reopen by mid-June.”

Don’t forget to check our mobile friendly web directory for boat rentals & repair services, marinaswaterfront restaurants & communities, fishing services, and more to fully enjoy Lake St. Clair this season!

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Lake St. Clair Area Waterfront Restaurants’ 2015 Opening Dates

boat launch lake st. clairThe boat’s in the water and now you’re wondering where to get a bite to eat on Lake St. Clair?  Here are the Lake St. Clair Guide restaurant sponsors open now with dockage, and also the seasonal restaurants’ grand opening dates for us lake lovers!

If you need more individual restaurant details, click the direct link below to our service directory…..

Map of Lake St. Clair Area Restaurant Locations & More Details

ANCHOR BAY:

Fin’s Eatery – Open Year Round 4pm Monday-Thursday & 11am Fri/Sat & 10am Sunday (dock your boat at the New Baltimore city docks for free)

Harbor Grille Bistro @ MacRay Harbour – Open for Lunch & Dinner except Mondays

BOUVIER BAY:

Island Grill – Opens May 20 – Wednesday-Sunday for Lunch & Dinner

The Raft – Open Year Round 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner – The Tiki Bar Opens weekends only starting May 22

Sunset Bay – Open Year Round 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner – Outside Deck Seating

NORTH CHANNEL:

Decker’s Landing – Opens May 15 for Lunch & Dinner 7 Days a week

Brown’s Bar – Opening around May 20th for Lunch & Dinner 7 Days a week

Algonac Harbour Club Bar & Grille – Open Wednesday & Thursday 4pm; Friday-Sunday open @ noon (Live music Friday/Saturday & Wednesday after Memorial Day)

Club Capri – Open Year Round 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner

SOUTH CHANNEL:

Riverside Grocery – Open every day 8am – 6pm….except Monday

CLINTON RIVER:

Double D Bar – Open Year Round 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner

Captain’s Landing – Opened May 1st – 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner

CANADA:

Sandbar Waterfront Grill – Puce River, Ontario – Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner

Alternate Grounds Café & Bar @ Sarnia Bay Marina – St. Clair River – Open for Lunch & Dinner

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Lake St. Clair Area Restaurants

 

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Tin Fish on Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay Torn Down Today!

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Tin Fish Being Torn Down April 27, 2015

 

I can say with utmost certainty, the Tin Fish Restaurant location “in Fair Haven on Anchor Bay” will not be open for the 2015 boating season!  I confirmed with Ira Township offices in Fair Haven, that condominiums will be replacing this waterfront boating destination this summer.

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Tin Fish Restaurant on Anchor Bay

The building where the Tin Fish was located has had a few names throughout the years.  I’m only old enough to remember it was the Surf North, prior to it being the Tin Fish… and it was also owned by a family which renamed it Tryst during the 2012 season.  Before the Surf North, I have read it was the Anchor Bay Inn and was there in the 1940’s.  This piece of land with great views of Lake St. Clair has seen of lot of revelry, weddings, and special engagements.

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Anchor Bay View from the Docks at the Tin Fish

If anyone has some interesting information or photos of the Surf North or Anchor Bay Inn, it would be great to put together a historical summary to publish so we don’t forget all the fun times we’ve had, as well as our parents and grandparents over the years on that property.  Please email any information you’d like to share at lakestclairguide@yahoo.com

The good news!!!….We have lots of other waterfront restaurants and bars on Lake St. Clair!!!

Don’t forget to check our mobile friendly web directory too for boat rentals & repair services, marinas, waterfront communities, fishing services, and more to fully enjoy Lake St. Clair this season!

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Tin Fish Anchor Bay Fair Haven April 27, 2015

 

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Tin Fish on Anchor Bay Torn Down April 2015

 

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Walleye Tournament Lake St. Clair May 17

may walleye tournamentThe launch ramps around Lake St. Clair are open!! and, you are invited to the May Madness Lake St. Clair Walleye tournament hosted by Sportsmens Direct – Limited to the first 50 boats – May 17!  Sign up today here….

Tournament Date: May 17th 2015 

  • Registration $225 ($25 is going towards LSWC Ponds) 
  • Entry must be in by May 1st
  • Harley Ensign Memorial – Boating Access Site
  • 8 HOUR EVENT (7am to 3pm)
  • Weigh in is at 3:30 pm (6 Walleye Limit)
  • 50 boat field cap ( we will keep a wait list)
Boundaires will be Northern Tip Russel Island and the Northern most tip of Bell Isle. US and Canadian Waters. 

Payout (Based on a 50 boat field)
1st $2300 plus $2000 cash from Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler and RAM Trucks
2nd $1800
3rd $1600
4th $1300
5th $1000
6th $1000
7th $1000
8th Prize pack

Big Fish (Optional pot of $25 plus $250 from Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler and RAM Trucks)  
Youth Raffle will be drawn for all youths fishing in the event.

Captains Meeting May 16th 7PM at Sportsmen’s Direct
50/50 Raffle with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Fund
Door Prize Raffle

Click here for Rules and Entry Form

Don’t forget to check our mobile friendly web directory for boat rentals & repair services, marinaswaterfront restaurants & communities, fishing services, and more to fully enjoy Lake St. Clair this season!

 

 

 

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23rd Annual Earth Day Clean Up at Lake St. Clair Metropark is Saturday

lake st clair metropark boardwalk23rd Annual Earth Week clean up is this Saturday, April 18 – 9am-2pm at our Lake St. Clair Metropark.  Check in at the activity center – Phone:  586-463-4581

Enjoy a nice spring day with your family while helping our Lake St. Clair Metropark get ready for another great season!

Don’t forget to check our mobile friendly web directory for boat rentals & repair services, marinaswaterfront restaurants & communities, fishing services, and more to fully enjoy Lake St. Clair this season!

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Revised Bass Season Law for Catch & Release on Lake St. Clair

bass catch and release in michigan revised lawEffective immediately, the Michigan DNR has announced a revised bass season law that anglers may now “catch and release” bass in Michigan waters year round!  Catch & keep has not changed, and remains the 3rd Saturday in June.

As a reminder, the Canadian waters of Lake St. Clair do not allow catch & release at any time.  Bass season opens the 3rd Saturday in June for Canadian fishing on Lake St. Clair.

Don’t forget to check our mobile friendly web directory for boat rentals & repair services, marinaswaterfront restaurants & communities, fishing services, and more to fully enjoy Lake St. Clair this season!

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New Date for 2015 Sunsplash Festival on Lake St. Clair

2015 Sunsplash Festival will host classic carsDue to a scheduling conflict with the carnival company, the 2015 Sunsplash Festival date published in the 2015 Lake St. Clair Guide is now incorrect.  The new date is July 23-26, 2015.

The Sunsplash Festival date change also includes the Classic Car Show & CWA Watercross Racing.  The Classic Car show new date will be July 24, 2015; racing and demos will be held all weekend.

This annual festival is hosted by the Town of Lakeshore on the Belle River, on the Southern shore of Lake St. Clair.  Besides a weekend filled with activities for both adults and children, on Friday the 24th, the main street of town will shut down to host a classic car show with 500-700 cars on display throughout the day and evening.

Food, vendors, carnival, live music, watercross demos and racing can be enjoyed… and everything is a short walk from the Belle River Marina… make your boat well reservation early; slips sell out fast!

Don’t forget to check our mobile friendly web directory for boat rentals & repair services, marinaswaterfront restaurants & communities, fishing services, and more to fully enjoy Lake St. Clair this season!

 

 

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Zero Days to Launch on Lake St. Clair

The count down has ended and it’s launch day on Lake St. Clair – April fools?? Here are some aerial photos taken a couple of days ago….  The U.S. side of Lake St. Clair is mostly ice free except for the northern Bouvier Bay.

I touched base with several marinas around the lake and the basins and canals unfortunately still had ice….. looking forward to a quick thaw with warmer temperatures soon so we can get those boats uncovered and ready!

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Spring is here with GREAT news for Lake St. Clair boaters!

  spring is here logoGood news for our Lake St. Clair boating season!  The predicted forecast is for great weather…  and higher water again!

According to the Farmers Almanac, we will experience warmer than normal temps in April and May with near normal rainfall.   Our Summer will be hotter than normal, with near-normal rainfall, except for July where it is predicted to be above normal.  The hottest times will be in early June, mid to late July, and mid to late August.

As of today, Lake St. Clair water levels are 10″ above last year.  Ice jams are still causing forecast problems but the next month is forecasted to rise another 5 inches according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.lake st clair ice cover march 18 2015 a

And more good news, we are projected to peak around 6″ higher than last year in late summer… “2014″ was also 6″ higher than 2013…. A nice trend.    Record lake St. Clair water levels were in 1986, and were still 20″ higher than what is projected for 2015 so I think we will skip buying flood insurance again this year.

And as a side note, our lowest water level record in 1934 was almost 40 inches below what we will have this year…

Finally sounds like the perfect season is coming to Lake St. Clair.  Don’t get caught with your boat still on blocks in early June when the rest of us are in the water!

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Don’t forget to check our directory for boat rentals & repair services, marinaswaterfront restaurants & communities, fishing services, and more to fully enjoy Lake St. Clair this season!

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Inaugural “Paradise on the Ice” on Lake St. Clair

The inaugural “Paradise on the Ice” was held this past Sunday on Lake St. Clair!  A warm 40 degree day certainly made it easy to spend several hours on the ice meeting many other “boaters” who got their weekly fix of Lake St. Clair.

Bruce and Shari Brazen, who keep their boat at MacRay Harbor, originated the event and plan to host it again next year… same time, same place … Bouvier Bay, just off the Fair Haven launch ramp.  Mark your calendars!

The first arrivals to the Inaugural "Paradise on the Ice" Lake St. Clair

The first arrivals to the Inaugural “Paradise on the Ice” Lake St. Clair

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Eric Swensen set up and DJ’d for us all afternoon… Thanks!

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Bruce and Shari had burgers and deep fried ribs to share during the potlock of food

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Was funny to see a school bus come out on the ice

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40 degrees, but was still nice to warm up at a campfire

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A Winter Day of Fun on the Lake St. Clair Ice in 3 Minutes

Click on photo for a 3 minute video to see what it’s like for an afternoon on the Lake St. Clair ice….

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Winter Activities on Lake St. Clair

 

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A Lot Happening around Lake St. Clair Today

Sunday – January 25, 2015 – Harsen’s Island Ferry Closed Today!  Polar Plunge on Anchor Bay! Snowmobile Racing on northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay!

Coast Guard Cutters passing by The Harsen's Island Ferry route, cutting ice through the North and Middle Channels today

Coast Guard Cutters passing by The Harsen’s Island Ferry Route of open water, cutting ice through the North and Middle Channels today

Parking Lot of trucks growing this morning for a great day of racing on Lake St. Clair.

Parking Lot of trucks growing this morning for a great day of racing on Lake St. Clair.

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The Harsen’s Island Ferry will be closed all day Sunday – January 25, 2015, and according to the Clay Township Fire Department, probably through the evening.  Several Coast Guard ice cutters are in the area today cutting the South, North, and Middle Channels.  The build up of ice is causing the St. Clair River to significantly rise for potential flooding, and we’ve noticed at least a foot drop so far on northern Lake St. Clair.

In other happenings….. Trucks with snowmobile trailers emerged on the ice as early as 8am to get set up for a great day for racing.  Enter the ice at the Fair Haven DNR Launch Ramp or the Raft Bar on M29 on Bouvier Bay.  Stop by either from the ice or via road at the Sunset Bay Restaurant a mile past the launch ramp on M29 for great views & specials all day too …. and don’t forget the New Baltimore Lions Club Polar Plunge at 2pm on Anchor Bay … Beer tent & bands all afternoon!

Lots of Ice Fishermen way out near the Fair Haven Point

Lots of Ice Fishermen way out near the Fair Haven Point

 

 

 

 

 

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First Machines Out on Lake St. Clair Ice Today!

The first 4-wheeler ATV’s are now out on the Lake St. Clair ice.  Several local fishermen were out early this morning setting up their shanties on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay, using their ATV’s to pull out their rigs.

Ice appears to be completely covering all of Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay now.  We did witness a freighter heading up the Detroit River Wednesday, so the shipping lane on Lake St. Clair must still be open for local traffic yet.

It’s been an extremely cold week, and there is more to come this week!  We would expect to start seeing the snowmobilers fairly soon….. so catch all those fish by the Fair Haven DNR Launch ramp soon before you get pushed out by the trucks & snowmobile trailers!

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair's Bouvier Bay

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair's Bouvier Bay

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair's Bouvier Bay

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair's Bouvier Bay

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair's Anchor  Bay

January 10, 2015 Ice on Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay

 

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What a Beautiful Fish Caught Ice Fishing Today on Lake St. Clair

2015 01 06 ice fishing jeremy pumpkinseed sunfishJeremy and friends from Ohio were ice fishing near the Raft Bar today and pulled up this huge Pumpkinseed Sunfish.   What a beautiful fish…..2015 01 06 ice fishing jeremy ohio fish on ice

 

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2015 Calendar “Free” Lake St. Clair Guide Magazine Now Online!

Take a look through the 68 page, 15th Anniversary 2015 calendar edition to make the most of your boating, fishing, & snowmobile season on Lake St. Clair.  Deliveries of the 20,000 high quality “printed” magazine will be available to pick up at our Sponsor Locations by February 12th….. Copies go fast!

I hope you enjoy!  Thanks for reading!


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Perch Fishing is on…. New House Erected “ON” Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair Perch fishing is back on Bouvier Bay today….. Good luck to our anglers!

Stop by and see Brian at the Blue Water Bait & Tackle Shop at the Fair Haven Launch Ramp … Open all winter!

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Ice is Back on Lake St. Clair Today! … with an Eagle having Breakfast

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Eagle on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay having breakfast

We went from 5% ice on Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay in Fair Haven, MI yesterday to 100% this morning!  While standing in the bone chilling wind to take some photos, our local Eagle landed to have breakfast!

We have reservations from tourists coming from Ohio this Saturday who have calculated 3″ of ice for fishing by the Raft Bar / Bouvier Bridge Marina!

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Still Boating Lake St. Clair… Christmas Week!

Boating Lake St. Clair .... Christmas week!

Boating Lake St. Clair …. Christmas week!

One month ago we had ice fishermen beginning to emerge on northern Lake St. Clair’s Bouvier Bay.  We never thought anyone would be boating the week of Christmas!

With temperatures in the 40’s recently, there is only skim ice in the small bays and canals around homes.  This couple shot out of the Sunset Bay restaurant after watching our Lions win another big game!

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Last Call to Advertise in the 2015 Lake St. Clair Guide Magazine!

2015 lake st clair guideThe new FREE! 2015 magazine is almost complete and it is bigger and better than ever… and it’s the 15th Anniversary Edition!  I have one nice spot left @ $400 which includes you in the 20,000 print magazine to boaters, and also includes you for one year on the new website!  First come will get this last spot! Also!  The 2015 edition will be ready to be read online by January 1st! Contact Kim @ 586-202-3100 or email lakestclairguide@yahoo.com

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Lake St. Clair Loch Ness Monster Tree Pulled Out Today

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For the last several years, a giant tree has been caught up in the shallows of Bouvier Bay, adjacent to the Munchies Swimming area.  Humans and birds alike loved to relax on this natural chair and watch the boats go by.

Alas!  With the high water and our latest winds, the loch ness looking log decided to make a new home.  Normally, any debri coming into Bouvier Bay ends up in our boat wells… But, our neighbor ended up drawing the short straw today.

Luckily we have great neighbors who pooled $750 to pay a company to come in and remove this 50+ foot water logged tree, which obviously would have become a significant boating hazard if left to float about Lake St. Clair.

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The water logged tree was over 50 feet long

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