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  • Bonus Paddle - Harsen's Island 8/30/14

Due to popular request, we are having an encore of the Harsen's Island paddle on Saturday August 30. We will start at 10:00 AM in order to get off the lake as the afternoon powerboaters get revved up. Please let us know by phone or email if you'll be attending!

Harsen's Island in Lake St Clair is located at the northernmost point of the lake at Algonac.  

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 which make it such 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, I suggest we have lunch on the island before heading home.

Details:

We will launch from the DNR boat launch on the Island at Snooks Highway. Plan your drive so you can get to the launch by 10:00 AM. Access to the island includes a ferry cost of $8.00 cash.

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. This is a well oiled machine and you will cross very promptly.

Upon entering the Island, turn right on route 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.

The Snooks Highway Launch is a DNR property and requires a recreation passport on your license plate for its use. If you have any problem with the directions call me on 248-881-9977. If planning on attending, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can watch for you to arrive.

 Jim Lloyd
Six Rivers Adventure League

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