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Hello,

This is our first post. Can any of you offer input on our trip we are making from Marblehead, up the Detroit River to Lake St. Clair and then to Sarnia, Canada. Any areas we need to avoid, any great sites we need to see, great places to dock, restaurants and in issues we should be ready for entering Canada?

We plan to be traveling July 3-July 14. Any suggestions or input would be sincerely appreciated.
 

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Welcome to LSCN... lotsa information here from local skippers.
Navigation shouldn't be one of your worries if you've got a Chartplotter or know how to use charts. LSC is shallow in a lot of places, keep an eye on your position.

The St Clair River is deep, but it too has some dangerous shallows, well marked on your charts. The channels are notoriously steep sided and can go from 40' deep to 3' deep along the edges in just a few feet of travel. Fast current and standing waves can be vexing under the dual Bluewater Bridges at Port Huron... if you do not travel up into lake Huron, this will not be a problem for you, but if you do, most boaters choose to travel upstream there fairly close to the Canadian side for a smoother ride and less current.

In LSC, Metro Beach Park offers nice public docks for overnight stays but beyond being a nice park-like atmoshere, you'll have to catch a bus to get dinner or shop (free Harrison Twp Shuttle). Any number of local LSC Marinas offer transient slips (in may cases, not advertised). Mac Rays Harbor offers a great restaurant, a bar, a pool, and other amenities (it's a little to the north of the Clinton River). There's a number of places to stay in the St Clair Flats area... Sunset Marina, Idle Hour YC, to mention two on Harsen's Island, and Algonac's Harbor Club (pool, bar, restaraunt) Further upriver, the St Clair City docks are nice and downtown is a short walk away (several good restaurants). Port Huron on the USA side offers several options in City Docks, with one set right downtown, and another further inland. Sarnia Bay Marina in Canada has always been one of my favorites... very clean, lots nearby, shuttles into town and a casino. Brideview Marina in Sarnia, just upstream is very nice too.

I'm sure other skippers will chime in with more places to visit......
 

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QUOTE(werboating @ Jun 20 2009, 03:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello,

This is our first post. Can any of you offer input on our trip we are making from Marblehead, up the Detroit River to Lake St. Clair and then to Sarnia, Canada. Any areas we need to avoid, any great sites we need to see, great places to dock, restaurants and in issues we should be ready for entering Canada?

We plan to be traveling July 3-July 14. Any suggestions or input would be sincerely appreciated.

Capt. Ken thank you so much for the feedback. We are really looking forward to our trip and receiving feedback like you offered is exactly what we are looking for to help us make our trip the best it can be. Sharing your experience with us of the area is so much appreciated! As you said, I am sure others will chime in!
 

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Glad to help.... if you have any other questions, ask away..
There are a number of places I did not mention, mostly due to my being a mostly St Clair River and Northern LSC boater. I rarely get south of Metro Beach.

Down in what's called the Nuatical Mile in St Clair Shores along LSC, there are numerous marinas, restaraunts, bars, and things to do... as well as places to overnight. There are a buch of folks here that could tell you more about that area than I.

There's also a few places on the Canadian side worth considering... The Cove and Radlins to mention two... others can fill in the details.
 

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Welcome to LSCN werboating. Capn Ken makes some great points (of course)


The Harrison Twp shuttle number is 586 612 4454. They will pick you up anywhere in Harrison Twp.

The first thing I thought of when you posted this was the passage between Belle Isle and Detroit. All no wake and can take some time if you go that way. Also, part of it is very shallow in the middle grounds, but manageable. If stopping in Canada is an option for you, and you have the time check out Peche Island. Nothing on there but some walking and looking at the some of the historical markings and bridges within the island grounds. Very cool all the same.

That sounds like one heck of a boat trip either way. Maybe we'll catch you out in the bays sometime. Would be happy to have to out there and meet some great boaters.
 

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QUOTE(Convincor @ Jun 22 2009, 07:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Welcome to LSCN werboating. Capn Ken makes some great points (of course)


The Harrison Twp shuttle number is 586 612 4454. They will pick you up anywhere in Harrison Twp.

The first thing I thought of when you posted this was the passage between Belle Isle and Detroit. All no wake and can take some time if you go that way. Also, part of it is very shallow in the middle grounds, but manageable. If stopping in Canada is an option for you, and you have the time check out Peche Island. Nothing on there but some walking and looking at the some of the historical markings and bridges within the island grounds. Very cool all the same.

That sounds like one heck of a boat trip either way. Maybe we'll catch you out in the bays sometime. Would be happy to have to out there and meet some great boaters.


We hope to catch in the bays sometime too! Thank you for the feedback. It is much appreciated.
 

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Wow... thanks 'blorincz' for the chart!! I have been on boats for many years around here but have never seen that chart showing the no wake areas in the Detroit River. I have seen the one for St Clair River for many years and thought it would be nice to have one for each area.

I did not know that the 'no wake' area around Belle Isle extended below the Belle Isle Bridge!! Nor did I know about the 200' on the south side of Belle Isle!! (but I've been VERY generous with the 100' state rule, so I've never had an 'incident')

'werboatin'....When headed up to the St Clair River, make sure you get the no-wake chart. Unless you're sticking to the center of the shipping lanes, you might be affected by that. DEFINITELY, if you stray into the middle or north channel, reference one.

On the restaurants down near "Nautical Mile" (9 mile to 10 mile)... there is Jack's and the Beach Grill, both at Jefferson Beach Marina. They do also have guest slips there if you need an overnight. Jefferson Beach is about a mile north of "Gaukler Point" on the West side of the lake.

If you have time and are looking for a place to drop an anchor and have lunch on the boat, the bay by Gaukler Point called Ford's Cove is a good place (if you don't need a lot of draft - getting in and out is narrow and shallow). There is a good view of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford mansion and surrounding grounds.
 

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QUOTE(KMC @ Jun 23 2009, 10:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Wow... thanks 'blorincz' for the chart!! I have been on boats for many years around here but have never seen that chart showing the no wake areas in the Detroit River. I have seen the one for St Clair River for many years and thought it would be nice to have one for each area.

I did not know that the 'no wake' area around Belle Isle extended below the Belle Isle Bridge!! Nor did I know about the 200' on the south side of Belle Isle!! (but I've been VERY generous with the 100' state rule, so I've never had an 'incident')

'werboatin'....When headed up to the St Clair River, make sure you get the no-wake chart. Unless you're sticking to the center of the shipping lanes, you might be affected by that. DEFINITELY, if you stray into the middle or north channel, reference one.

On the restaurants down near "Nautical Mile" (9 mile to 10 mile)... there is Jack's and the Beach Grill, both at Jefferson Beach Marina. They do also have guest slips there if you need an overnight. Jefferson Beach is about a mile north of "Gaukler Point" on the West side of the lake.

If you have time and are looking for a place to drop an anchor and have lunch on the boat, the bay by Gaukler Point called Ford's Cove is a good place (if you don't need a lot of draft - getting in and out is narrow and shallow). There is a good view of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford mansion and surrounding grounds.

I will search the net for a no wave chart for Lake St. Clair. Thank you so much for your help.
 

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QUOTE(werboating @ Jun 20 2009, 03:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello,

This is our first post. Can any of you offer input on our trip we are making from Marblehead, up the Detroit River to Lake St. Clair and then to Sarnia, Canada. Any areas we need to avoid, any great sites we need to see, great places to dock, restaurants and in issues we should be ready for entering Canada?

We plan to be traveling July 3-July 14. Any suggestions or input would be sincerely appreciated.

Now that you've done your trip, can you share any good info for us? We are going from Middle Bass Island to Sarnia via jet ski in August. Plan to stay overnight in Windsor, Algonac, Sarnia, back to Windsor, Leamington, Pelee and home.
 
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