-- Submitted by Steve Stewart, Michigan Sea Grant Extension,
The history and beauty of Lake St. Clair and the lower Detroit River come to life in July and August during this year’s Summer Discovery Cruises, sponsored by Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension and the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority.
Open to the public, the two-hour guided boat tours highlight the artistic beauty, science, history, and natural features of these two important waterways. One feature of the Lake St. Clair cruise is the St. Clair Flatspart of largest freshwater delta in the world.
“The St. Clair Flats remains a mystery to most Michigan residents,” says program director Steve Stewart of Michigan Sea Grant Extension. “Yet this area is critically important to regional fishery and wildlife resources, offers a superb recreational environment, and is historically fascinating.”
Discovery Cruises on the lower Detroit River take visitors through the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and the unique Humbug Island and marsh complex, which also boasts a compelling history.
The cruises are ideal for all age groups and perfect for a family or group outing. Both locations will host multiple cruises with the following themes: Eagle’s Eye Nature Cruise (Detroit River); St. Clair Flats Nature Cruise (Lake St. Clair); River of Time History Cruise; Great Lakes Science Cruise for Teachers; Flowing Ideas Art Cruise; Fisheries Cruise; and a Steamboat Stories cruise.
The lower Detroit River Discovery Cruises depart from the Lake Erie Metropark marina and are scheduled for July 27-31, August 3-7 and August 10-14. The Lake St. Clair Discovery Cruises depart from the Metro Beach Metropark south marina and are scheduled for August 19-24. Cruise times at both locations are 10 am, 2 pm and 6 pm.
To learn more about each cruise, view the cruise schedule or download a registration form, please see: www.miseagrant.umich.edu/discovery