Wetlands and Wildife of Lake St. Clair

Wetlands and Wildife of Lake St. Clair

Note: This is a 4-hour cruise. Explore further into the Flats in this extended 4-hour tour to discover the variety of plants, animals, and habitats that make one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas so unique and valuable. Lake St. Clair Friday, July 12,...
Lake St. Clair Fisheries

Lake St. Clair Fisheries

This is not a fishing cruise, but it definitely is a “fishy” cruise! Learn firsthand about the fish that are found in Lake St. Clair, many of which are available for hands-on examination during the cruise. We will be joined by a Michigan DNR Fisheries...
Lighthouses of Lake St. Clair

Lighthouses of Lake St. Clair

Note: This is a 3-hour cruise. Join a representative from the Save Our South Channel Lights organization to learn the history of the two lighthouses built on Lake St. Clair in 1855 to guide vessels through the treacherous St. Clair Flats. Learn about navigating the...
The Nature of Lake St. Clair

The Nature of Lake St. Clair

Take an educational cruise on Lake St. Clair to discover the rich variety of aquatic life that makes Lake St. Clair so special. Plants, animals, and habitats — including one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas — will be explored. Lake St. Clair Wednesday,...
Channels, Islands, Bays, and Reefs

Channels, Islands, Bays, and Reefs

Note: This is a 4-hour cruise. The St. Clair River Delta is one of the largest freshwater deltas in the world, and its many islands, bays, and channels create a truly unique feature of the Great Lakes basin. Join us as we travel up into the Middle Channel of the delta...
The History of Lake St. Clair

The History of Lake St. Clair

We cruise Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair Flats in search of the geologic past of the St. Clair River Delta and tell the human stories that shaped the history of this unique area. Lake St. Clair Friday, July 05, 2019 at 6 pm, 2.5 hoursSaturday, July 06, 2019 at 4 pm,...
Research and Restoration

Research and Restoration

A great number of scientific research and conservation efforts are taking place on Lake St. Clair and in its wetlands, ranging from fish to birds and invasive species to water quality. Join us on this cruise to observe Lake St. Clair marsh restoration, learn about the...
Journey Through the Straits Downbound

Journey Through the Straits Downbound

Note: This is a 5-hour cruise. Park your car at Riverside Marina in Detroit and board the E/V Clinton for a fantastic five-hour voyage from the upper reaches of the Detroit River to Lake Erie. As the Clinton travels in the wake of both the early Great Lakes voyageurs...
Birds, Boats, and Booze

Birds, Boats, and Booze

Note: This is a 4-hour cruise. Many things drew people to the St. Clair River Delta Flats area. The abundant wetlands brought duck hunters and fishing, wood boats and passenger steamers brought tourism and recreation, and Prohibition brought rum runners and...
Shipping Out

Shipping Out

Sign on for a voyage into the world of Great Lakes shipping! As the E/V Clinton heads toward the shipping channels across Lake St. Clair or the lower Detroit River, you will learn about lakers and salties, legendary sailors, and shipwrecks. With some luck, you might...
Shipwrecks!

Shipwrecks!

See how the latest technology in shipwreck identification is used to discover wrecks as we investigate the remains of a sunken mystery ship. Along the way we’ll explore historic shipwrecks and the lighthouses built to help prevent them. Bring along your diving...
Night Watch

Night Watch

Join the crew of the E/V Clinton on a late evening cruise and learn about navigating under the stars using charts, lights, and the heavens themselves. The cruise will take us through the history of navigation, from the discovery of latitude and longitude to...
Great Lakes Science for Kids

Great Lakes Science for Kids

Learn about the ecology of Lake St. Clair or Lake Erie, by using the tools a Great Lakes Scientist uses to determine water quality by studying the plants and animals of the lakes. Try your hand at using a plankton net, bottom dredge, water testing kit, underwater...
Wind, Waves, and Weather

Wind, Waves, and Weather

The Great Lakes influence our weather, and the weather can have a great influence on the Great Lakes (ever hear of the Great Storm of 1913?). Join NOAA National Weather Service meteorologists on a cruise that explores the “why?” behind the wind, waves, and...
River of Time

River of Time

Cruising among the lower Detroit River Islands, we search the human stories that shaped the history of her waters. From Native Americans and early European explorers to military forts, massive engineering projects, and stories of yesterday, this cruise is a time...
Bob-Lo Island History Cruise

Bob-Lo Island History Cruise

Join this fascinating tour around Bob-Lo Island — Detroit’s island playground of the 20th century. Cruise participants will explore the critical role the island played in the lives of Native Americans and Canadians, French coureurs de bois, British military, Detroit’s...
Warfare on the Waterfront

Warfare on the Waterfront

The War of 1812, World War II, and even the American Civil War have all shaped the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. Long after the end of hostilities, remnants of this military presence can still be found. Join an Interpreter for an in-depth look at these...
Eagle’s Eye Nature Cruises

Eagle’s Eye Nature Cruises

Take a naturalist’s tour of the lower Detroit River to discover the rich variety of plant and animal life living here in this area, now a part of the International Wildlife Refuge. The river is host to a wide variety of habitats, from submerged plant beds and...
Shipwreck at Sugar

Shipwreck at Sugar

Just under the waves off a crumbling Sugar Island dock lie the remains of a vessel sunk in 1945. Travel with us to the wreck site to learn about the S.S. Seabreeze, the story of how it got there, and the circumstances surrounding its mysterious sinking. Lake Erie...
Journey Through the Straits Upbound

Journey Through the Straits Upbound

Note: This is a 5-6 hour cruise. Park your car at the Lake Erie Metropark marina (east end of Lee Road) and board the E/V Clinton for a fantastic five-hour voyage from the northwestern corner of Lake Erie to the northernmost reaches of the Detroit River. As the...
Big River Meander

Big River Meander

Note: This is a 4-hour cruise. Enjoy an extended four-hour cruise to explore the natural and cultural history of the Lower Detroit River and its islands. Our journey around the north end of Grosse Ile and into Canadian waters will provide ample opportunities to view...
Whiskey River

Whiskey River

During National Prohibition, the Detroit River was better known as the “Whiskey River” due to the incredible amount of illegal hootch that crossed over it from Canada. Let’s revisit the bad old days when rumrunners ruled and dry laws were meant to be...