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 Paddle Lake St. Clair with the Adventure League!  

 

We will be paddling on Lake St. Clair in St. Clair Shores this Wednesday July 23. We will paddle from the 9 Mile Road boat launch to the Edsel Ford Estate and return to the starting point. This will be quite different from our normal river kayak trips as there is no current on Lake St Clair. We will paddle near shore from the boat launch to the magnificent shoreline estate of Edsel Ford and into Ford's Cove. Lake St Clair is a gorgeous body of water that must be seen to appreciate.

 

Arrive at the boat launch at about 4:30 PM which should allow ample time to get unloaded and ready for a 5:00 PM paddle. This will be a modest 1 1/2 hour paddle but you will need to paddle all the way since there is no current. This week's guest guide, George, will lead the way with all kinds of interesting local lore.  Danielle will also be available to assist as guide.

 

The launch is operated by the City of St. Clair Shores and is located at the end of 9 Mile Road. Take 9 Mile Rd east to the end at Jefferson Ave and continue straight ahead at the light. Follow the road about a quarter mile to the end and turn left into a large parking lot. There is a guard shack at the northeast corner of the parking lot where you will be admitted to a short road to the ramp. Drop your kayak off at the left ramp and then return to the lot to park your car. Then you will walk back to the ramp where your kayak is waiting. There is a $10 fee for launching boats but kayaks are free. Be sure to not pay for use of the ramp.

 

As always weather conditions on the day of the paddle must be monitored. In addition to the possibility of storms, excessive winds can also make paddling unwise on this huge body of water. If there is a problem we will let you know by noon Wednesday.

 

There are no fees or permits for parking or use of the launch thanks to the City of St Clair Shores and there will be a $10 donation to the Six Rivers Land Conservancy for this paddle. Sorry there are no rental kayaks available for this paddle.

 

Jim Lloyd and Tom Gratch
Six Rivers Adventure League Leaders

 

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Join us for a real adventure of a paddle on Harsen's Island on Saturday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Harsen's Island is an island in Lake St Clair located at the northernmost point of the lake at Algonac. Due to the longer drive time and because access to the island is by ferry, we are making this a Saturday paddle.

We will launch from the DNR boat launch on the Island at Snooks Highway. Please plan your drive so you can get to the launch by 11:00 a.m..

Take M-29 around the northern shore of Lake St Clair to Algonac. Just as you approach Algonac, you will see a small sign directing you to the right for the ferry to Harsen's Island. There is a stop light in front of the ferry launch. Pull over into the right lane to get in line for the ferry. They will direct you onto the ferry and you will stay in your car for the ride across the North Channel. The attendant will collect $8 for the round trip ride from each car on the way across. The ferry is very well-operated and you will cross promptly.

Upon entering the Island, turn right on M-154 and follow the paved road as it wanders around the shore of the Island. The road will change names several times but just keep following the main road and stay on pavement. After 5 miles, you will come to a bridge over a small channel next to Browns Restaurant. Turn left immediately over the bridge into the DNR Snooks Highway Boat Launch.

We will be paddling Muscamoot Bay, which is a large very shallow bay at the foot of the St Clair Flats Wildlife Area with numerous outcroppings of rushes and grasses. This makes the area a fertile fish and wildlife habitat. This should be an easy paddle since the bay is well protected. As we return to the boat ramp, we will paddle across the island to take a look at the middle channel. After about a two hour paddle, we will have lunch on the island before heading home.

Assuming the weather is fine, please let us know if you will be coming. The restaurants can be busy on weekends and we will need to know the size of the group.

The Snooks Highway Launch is a DNR property and requires a recreation passport (or $10 entry fee). There will be a $10 donation to the Six Rivers Land Conservancy for this paddle.

 

 

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Six Rivers helped Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC ) acquire the new 538 acre Lost Lake Preserve in northern Oakland and southern Genesee counties.  Six Rivers holds a conservation easement on the preserve, which will be managed by SMLC.  An anonymous donor funded the acquisition.  The preserve can be seen between exit 106 and Baldwin Road on I-75.  It includes two lakes, wetlands, forest, remnant prairie and other habitat types.  The preserve will be opened to the public sometime in 2014 when access has been developed.

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 Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization made up of members, donors and volunteers who believe it is important to sustain the quality and character of the natural resources that sustain us. We recognize and understand the value of an inviting landscape and a strong and vibrant natural resource base in our communities; it makes them attractive and healthy places to live and attracts people and institutions that create prosperity.

Toward that end, our work is with landowners who, on a voluntary basis, choose to take steps to protect their land and the integrity of the natural resources on it. For the most part our work is with private landowners who share these values for our natural heritage and choose to act on them in measurable, permanent ways. Though we are not a government or regulatory agency, on occasion they may have a role in a project we are involved in.

We also recognize that the opposite is true—when natural resources are degraded, our prosperity suffers. Similarly, public health and infrastructure costs increase.  For example treating the drinking water we all require or the discharges into the lakes and streams that provide recreation, beauty and fisheries. Our work supports vibrant and healthy economies, communities and natural resources. We invite you to join us as we work to sustain the best qualities of our region.

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