I shot many of the photos shown from my 23rd floor apartment on the river. Some turned out quite well while some depended on the window washer's schedule. I have no excuse for the other shots.
The Port Detroit, Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal
River Air Races
Some charters benefit from great music entertainment.
The Detroit Princess also starred in its own episode on the TV network police show, Detroit 1-8-7, featuring a fictional murder scene during a Polish wedding in 2010.
√Rec Infinity and Ovation (586-778-7030 www.infinityandovation.com/) --
Veteran of the War of 1812, Niagara makes graceful passage through the great strait of Detroit, 199 years later. She was victor in Perry’s battle of Lake Erie, 1813. She reclaimed the title for the war’s bicentennial during the September 5-10, 2012 celebration Downtown.
How to use this Page:
This page describes tours and recreation offered by the Detroit River, Lake Saint Clair and related areas. It reviews the role the nearby waterways play in the life of Detroiters and visitors to the city. Both riverboats and cruise ships are featured among the many vessels that travel the critical strait. Please refer to the related maps when examining coastal areas. (This is a companion page to Page 14, Maritimes I a list of most of the 139 freighters that pass Motown to reach general ports of call throughout the Great Lakes. ENJOY THE MOTOR CITY AND HAVE A PLEASANT STAY!)
Other Boating Options on the River
The MacArthur Bridge links Belle Isle to Detroit a few miles east of the Ambassador with its own dramatic lighting. Here the river widens to 2 miles before entering Lake St. Clair a bit east of Belle Isle Park. Ships sail through the south channel and pleasure craft pass north through the MacArthur Bridge. Cruise ships and freighters bound for Lake Huron head north through the 430-square miles of Lake St. Clair before reaching the St. Clair River and the vast inland seas of the Great Lakes. For those living in Detroit, Lake St. Clair offers quick access and great fishing to charter boats and anglers.
Kayak & Sailboat Tours
Seahawk Sail: Lake St. Clair Sailing Tours. (www.Sailtime.com)
River & Lake Charter Fishing Boats.
St. Clair Charters: Lake St. Clair fishing charters. (www.captainfranksfishingcharters.com.) “The fee covers bait, tackle, fishing stories and Lake St. Clair charters…” (Captain Frank).
Curtis Custom Charters: Lake St. Clair charters. (Curtiscustomcharters.com.) Offers a variety of fishing. “We don’t fish for musky but we catch a lot of them.”
River Powerboat Races
(The Ambassador owners may also build a new span immediately adjacent to the existing span.)
√Rec Portofino Tours (734-281-6700 Portofinoontheriver.com) --
Sinbad Tugboat Cruise (415-781- 2555 www.sinbadsrestaurant.com )
The Sinbad Tugboat charters cruises for up to 29 guests for a 2-hour cruise of the Detroit Skyline, Windsor and Belle Isle. Food and beverages are served. The Sinbad departs from Sinbad's restaurant and marina on the lower east side (refer to East Town in this web site).
Coves, Canals, Coasts, Channels and Bays
River Visitors & Stewards
Blue = American; Red = British
American Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry with a squadron of 9 vessels met Robert Heriot Barclay with a squadron of 6 vessels at Put-in Bay in Lake Erie. Vessels on both sides included sloops, schooners and brigs. However, Barclay also had a corvette. After the bloody battle in which Perry transferred from the Lawrence to the Niagara while under fire, Barclay was severely wounded, losing one limb and disabling another. The Americans were victorious.
Though a smaller action compared to ones on the east coast the result prevented British control of the critical lower lakes and frontier areas. The British had been fortunate to win many land battles, but without ships for supplies and transport they had little left for further success.
The Battle of the Thames on October 5th was won by the Americans with superior land forces. Perry ferried 1,000 soldiers to Detroit unopposed after the battle and helped secure several strategic areas including Amhertsberg with his surviving ships. (Refer to Mystery History in Page 16, Detroit Weird and Wonderful for more details.)
Note: Canada was not an independent country during the war. It was still a British possession with many British loyalists.
The Sparkling East
The Clinton tours areas of the Detroit River including special points of interest like lighthouses and prominent Detroit landmarks. Tours are available from May through July and September through October (586-468-0312 DiscoveryCruises.org) More information pending.
Departures: The Clinton boards at Elizabeth Park in Detroit.
Freighter Taxi Service and Mail Delivery
Tug boats of all shapes and sizes compete in an annual international tug boat race on the river to the amusement of many each June.
Shore Excursion Options
(Independent of Grande Mariner program)
The Detroit River and Lake St. Clair