Bringing the family to the area and looking for some Other Things to do Around Lake St. Clair besides fishing? Macomb and St. Clair County which surround the lake and river have many things to do! Waterparks, playgrounds, golf, boardwalks, cute waterfront towns, antique shopping, and more.
To please everyone, here are some suggested “other things to do around Lake St. Clair!”
General Family Entertainment
Splashpads with Playgrounds for the Kids – There are three in the area….. Algonac‘s Clay Township there is a free splashpad with small playground, picnic tables, basketball hoops right on M29 next to the Clay Township Police Department. For a $5 entrance fee, there is Brandenburg Park in Chesterfield Township on Jefferson Avenue near 23 Mile Road. Nice park on Lake St. Clair with fishing pier, splashpad, playground, and picnic tables. The third option is Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township at the end of 16 Mile Road (Metropolitan Parkway). Pool, splashpad, picnic tables all on Lake St. Clair….daily boat dockage available for small fee. And, in New Baltimore, is a nice playground (no splashpad) with small beach and picnic tables; boat dockage available for free.
Bounce House – Plaza at the Pointe Shopping Center, 35268 23 Mile Rd, New Baltimore, MI 48047; Have a rain day? Indoor bounce house with free arcade games… even fun for the adults!http://www.bouncehouseonline.com
Bowling – The area has several bowling alleys… if you’re looking for a larger venue, New Baltimore/Chesterfield Township area has an alley with Country Bar, Mexican Restaurant with TV’s for sporting events, Poker Room, & Billiards …”Premier Lanes Entertainment Center” @ 33151 – 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield Twp.
Local Festivals, Fireworks, & Events – Many communities around Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River host events. In season, there are several events each week on the waterfront. Check out the Lake St. Clair Guide dates of local events.
Boardwalks & Fishing Piers along the water – Visit Algonac, New Baltimore, Chesterfield Twp., Lake St. Clair Metropark, Port Huron, and the city of St. Clair’s boardwalks & Piers for nice park settings and benches to watch the ships go by….take your poles and fish for walleye, salmon, and smallmouth bass. The City of St. Clair, New Baltimore, and Port Huron have several restaurants & shops within walking distance.
See the ocean freighters on the St. Clair River from around the world…Besides the boardwalks mentioned above, there are several restaurants on the St. Clair River with great viewing all on M29. Between Algonac & Marine City are AJ’s on the River and McRae’s Big River Grille. Heading another 15 minutes north you’ll come to the city of St. Clair where you have a great view at the Voyageur Restaurant… and a few more minutes north near Marysville is the River Crab (nice white tablecloth dining here, good for a romantic dinner, and also an outdoor dining area in season)… then the final stop on the river is Port Huron with several restaurants on the Black River with views of freighters passing and the Blue Water Bridge to Canada.
Dine at a Waterfront Restaurant – Lake St. Clair has several on the water restaurants where the boater’s come for fun. Some are open seasonally. You can check out several locations on a map on the Lake St. Clair & St. Clair River interactive restaurant MAP location page.
• Take a Boat Cruise for Dinner or Discovery. Clinton River Cruises offers many lunch & dinner cruises up the Clinton River into Lake St. Clair from Mt. Clemens starting at $32pp. For a fun kid day, take a trip on the Discovery Cruise boat out of the Lake St. Clair Metropark and learn about the lake and its inhabitants….. Or, take a romantic sunset cruise or fishing charter on Lake St. Clair.
Cider Mills & Family Fun in the Fall – About a 20-30 minute ride inland, Macomb County has many fruit orchards. In the fall, apples are in season and going to a cider mill is always a fun event. Check out Blake’s Cider Mill and pick up a fresh pie & enjoy a glass of apple cider while watching it being made.
Waterfront Towns You May Enjoy around Lake St. Clair & the St. Clair River
Take a drive along M29 to the North. M29 follows the northern Lake St. Clair waterfront from New Baltimore to Lake Huron (see red line on map at left). There are several small towns on the St. Clair River which feeds Lake St. Clair from Lake Huron with great views of ocean freighters passing.
Visit Harsen’s Island (via M29) Before you reach the St. Clair River, you’ll drive along the North Channel which connects to Lake St. Clair. About halfway between the town of Fair Haven & Algonac you’ll reach the access point to Harsen’s Island. There are no bridges to get to the island, but for $10 round trip you can take the car ferry there and drive around the island. There are two fun on the water places to go, Brown’s Bar….which is a big boater’s hang out on the Middle Channel and San Souci’s which is on the St. Clair River, where you are up close to 1000’ freighters from all over the world going by. Brown’s is “the” party place on the weekends. There is also a nice gift shop/boutique next to San Souci’s – The Waterfront Shoppe.
San Souci’s has great pizza and a good view of freighter traffic. The 3rd restaurant which you’ll pass quickly if you turn left coming off the ferry is the School House Inn… yes, an old school house… neat old inviting interior with very interesting menu items.. definitely a great place for the “foodies” who can appreciate a really scrumptious meal. Harsen’s Island is very rural and is most noted for duck hunting in the fall…. and, it’s fun to take a ferry ride!
New Baltimore (on M29)… on Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay… you can see their big brown water tower across the bay if you’re on the boat (which, by the way, will be torn down this year). They also have free public docks in front of that tower. Couple nice restaurants & bakeries, including Fin’s Eatery and Little Camilles. Several small boutique shops and a farmers market with entertainment Sunday from 10-1pm; childrens’ playground, beach and boardwalk.
Port Huron (on M29)… Several restaurants and shops on the waterfront across from Sarnia, Canada. Home of the world renown Port Huron to Mackinac Race for sailboats from around the world each July. Check out the events page in the Lake St. Clair Guide dates of local events.
Marine City (just off of M29) … on the St. Clair River waterfront. As you’re driving watch for the signs to the “downtown district” … you want to be right on the St. Clair River waterfront. Cute 4-5 block area with several restaurants and antique shops. Anita’s Restaurant has outside dining on the river. Use their address “341 S. Water Street” for your GPS to get you in the right area.
Go to Canada…. There are car ferrys to take you across the river in Algonac & Marine City. Passports are required. There isn’t a whole lot to do in these areas once you get across however, taking a car ferry is a pretty surreal feeling if you haven’t had the experience before. If you want some action, go over the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron (about 30 minute car drive from Lake St. Clair). There is a casino, golf, and restaurants in the city of Sarnia…. and two public marinas for transients.
Shopping – INTERACTIVE MAP OF THINGS TO DO
Antique Hunting – On M29 in Algonac and in Marine City on the St. Clair River are several large antique shops. A nice “inland” area to antique shop is in the town of Romeo. Downtown Romeo thrives with unique shops, restaurants, and galleries in a premier historic setting dating from the 1800’s and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and on the Michigan Register of Historic Sites. Fruit orchards surround the town & Romeo is the home of the Michigan Peach Festival each year over Labor Day weekend.
Shopping – Not far from Lake St. Clair are several shopping & mall areas. Newly opened in 2007, The Mall at Partridge Creek is an open-air regional shopping center in Clinton Township. Anchored by Nordstrom, Parisian and MJR Cinema 14; Partridge Creek is home to nearly 90 distinctive stores and restaurants. 17420 Hall Rd. (M59) Clinton Township, MI 48038… and there are numerous! stores & restaurants surrounding this all on M59….including Lakeside Mall, a two level indoor shopping experience with all your favorite stores in Sterling Heights. Waterside Marketplace @ 50411 Waterside Drive in Chesterfield Township, just off I-94 @ 23 Mile Road. Several stores here including Dick’s Sporting Goods if you need tackle; J.C. Penney, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, Best Buy, and more.
Other Sports Activities
Duck Hunting in the Fall – Yes, you may wake up to gun fire during the fall at some of the vacation house rentals around Lake St. Clair. With thousands of ducks migrating through Lake St. Clair each year, the area is big for duck hunting around the local islands, and Harsen’s and Walpole Island.
Putt Putt Golf – Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township. Chesterfield Twp. on 23 Mile Road: Worlds Finest Frozen Custard & Family Center has a putt putt, ice cream, and driving range; and C. J. Barrymore’s Sports @ 21750 Hall Road, Clinton Township has putt putt, driving range and lots more.
Sports Complex – C. J. Barrymore’s Sports @ 21750 Hall Road, Clinton Township – Go carts, batting cages, arcade, and lots more both indoor and outdoor for kids AND adults!
Biking – Bridge to Bay Map – A biking trail is being constructed from the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron on the St. Clair River to Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay … hence the name, bridge to bay! Some of this trail runs on the shoulder of M29, which actually can be a fairly busy road, so I would not recommend doing this with children.. However, if you’re a morning person, the traffic is fairly light in most areas; and, that would be a wonderful time for a bike ride to see the area. Harsen’s Island also has very light traffic and is a nice place for a bike ride where you’ll be on the waterfront with lots of bird watching in the area. Or, just take your bikes with you to some of the interesting waterfront towns noted above and ride the neighborhoods to see some of the terrifically restored and maintained historic homes, especially in Marine City & St. Clair. Very family friendly biking can be done on trails at the Lake St. Clair Metropark, which connects to many miles of safe riding trails.