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Best Lake St. Clair Boating Destinations

August 2, 2011 8:48 AM

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Harsens Island

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Lake St. Clair has so much to offer in the way of summer fun. You have your choice of family friendly activities, taking in the party scene or just drift for a while and enjoy the solitude. Here are a few places to check out next time you are on or near the lake. By no means is this a comprehensive list, drop us a line and let us know your favorite destinations.
Riverside Grocery

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Riverside Grocery

7650 South Channel
Harsens Island, MI 48028
(810) 748-8805
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Those in the know flock to Riverside Grocery on Harsens Island for hand dipped ice cream, pizza and the famous knots. If you haven’t had a knot, they are similar to a bread stick, only much better. You can select from a number of knot varieties, everything from plain to the kitchen sink. Helpful hint, on busy days, it might be difficult to find dock space. Call to make sure they are open, hours vary.

Metro Beach

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Metro Beach

31300 Metropolitan Parkway
Harrison Twp, MI 48045-2801
(586) 463-4581
Metro Beach

Metro Beach is a great place to spend the day, or tie up for the weekend to save some gas money. This destination is especially popular early and late in the boating season, when the weather isn’t conducive to getting in the water.  Generally there are ample wells available for rent, as well as space on the seawall. Bring your grill, some beach chairs and settle in.  Day and overnight passes are available when you dock, and if you need to launch, Metro Beach offers facilities for you to splash your vessel as well.

Tin Fish Resort

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Tin Fish Resort

10069 Dixie Hwy.
Fair Haven, MI 48023
(586) 725-7888
Tin Fish Resort

During the summer, you can enjoy a civilized meal at Tin Fish, while basking in the beauty of Lake St. Clair. Some say this restaurant, with its multi-tiered deck, has the best views on the lake. If you want to kick it up a notch, check out the Wednesday night Tiki parties. These events include live music and a festive group of boaters kicking back by the water. Dockage is limited, so you may have to wait for a spot at peak times.

Harsens Island

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Harsens Island

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If you are exploring the lake by boat and haven’t done so before, take a cruise around Harsens Island. You will find an amazing array of architecture, from tiny cottages to stunning year-round homes. Chances are good you’ll pass a freighter along the way, always a sight to behold. Hungry? Brown’s is a popular spot for a burger and beer. For those of you who will be coming by car, you will need to take the ferry to the island. The ferry ride alone can be fun for kids and adults alike. Since you have wheels, you may want to grab a bite at the Schoolhouse Grille, located in an authentic two-room schoolhouse that the owners painstakingly renovated.

Rojo Restaurant

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Nautical Mile

Jefferson between 9 and 10 1/2 Mile Roads
St. Clair Shores, MI
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You can enjoy the nautical mile by boat, or by car. This area is home to many restaurants and bars, such as the Beach Grill, Fishbone’s, Rojo and more. The restaurant formerly known as Jack’s has been reopened as Brownie’s and is operated by the Andiamo Restaurant Group. Take a stroll down Jefferson and cool off with an ice cream at Mastro’s. Keep an eye out for the classic car shows during the summer.

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