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The Island Loop Route

Location Experience a very unique paddle in southeast Michigan crossing four different water bodies, along the international border between Michigan and Ontario!
State(s)
Counties Huron, St. Clair
Type National Water Trails System
Length 10.20 Miles / 16.42 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Sailing
Boating, non-motorized: Tubing
Fishing
Heritage and History
Swimming
Swimming: Diving/Snorkeling
Swimming: Wading
Wildlife Observation
Agency City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description

This trail is part of the National Water Trails System
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The Island Loop Route water trail is the most popular blueway in St. Clair County. Begin at North River Road Park in Fort Gratiot Township. Get into the Black River easily by using the ADA (American Disabilities Act) accessible kayak launch. Head down river and then up the Black River Canal to the left, heading east. Enter Lake Huron after passing under the Taintor Gate and paddle to the right, or south. Glide past Lakeside Park and Lighthouse Park, then past the oldest Lighthouse in Michigan, the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. Continue on by paddling under the Blue Water Bridges and along the international border with Canada while in the St. Clair River. It is here that you will be drifting over rare Sturgeon spawning habitat!
Stick close to the Michigan border where the current is more manageable, but watch out for fishing lines and diving activities close to the seawall. While in the big river you will pass the Thomas Edison Museum and the Huron Lightship Museum.
Enter the mouth of the Black River to the west, heading upriver through the City of Port Huron. You will pass a community college, a fire station, parks, restaurants and homes. Head back to River Front Park where your trip began. You can also begin and end at the new Bakers Field Park in Port Huron Township. They also have an ADA accessible kayak launch! There are seven public water access points along this ten mile route.
The Taintor Gate at the end of the canal closes automatically (Continued...)

 

Visitor Information

Date Opens: 4/28 - Date Closes: 10/14

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset

ADA Kayak launches are taken out from late fall to early spring

Directions

Begin the Island Loop Route at North River Road Park launch, located at -82.458 43.017. The park is in Fort Gratiot Township on North River Road, just 0.3 miles west of Pine Grove Avenue in St. Clair County, Michigan.

 

Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Not Available

Secondary Surface: Water, moderate moving
Water, slow moving
Water, still
Grass or vegetation

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2015

Date Last Updated: ---

 

Contact Information

Public Contact:
Lori Eschenburg
Planner/GIS
St. Clair County
200 Grand River
Suite 202
Port Huron , MI 48060
(810) 989-6950
leschenburg@stclaircounty.org

Trail Management:
Mark Brochu
Director
St. Clair County
200 Grand River
Suite 107
Port Huron , MI 48060
(810) 989-6960
mbrochu@stclaircounty.org

 

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The Blueways of St. Clair, The Island Loop Route Website View/Download
St. Clair County’s Northeastern Watersheds; Advi Website View/Download
Northeastern Watersheds Management Plan Website View/Download
The Blueways of St. Clair Website- search database Website View/Download
Port Huron to Mackinac Race Website View/Download
Blue Water Fest Website View/Download
River Day Website View/Download
Black River Canoe and Kayak Race Website View/Download
The Great Lakes Maritime Center at Desmond Landing Website View/Download
Great Lakes Seaway and shipping Online, Vantage Po Website View/Download
Binational Public Advisory Council (BPAC), Friends Website View/Download
Michigan Sea Grant- Sturgeon spawning habitat Website View/Download
St. Clair County Master Recreation Plan Website View/Download
Water Quality Public Activities Website View/Download
Earth Fair Website View/Download

 

 

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