Discover The Blue: Michigan's Thumbcoast Visitors Guide

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Disc ver Blue the MICHIGAN’S THUMBCOAST

OFFICIAL VisitorsGuide
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TABLE OF CONTENTS COMMUNITES Clay | Algonac 3 - 4 Marine City 5 - 6 St. Clair 7 - 8 Marysville 9 - 10 Port Huron 11 - 12 Lexington 13 - 14 Port Sanilac 15 - 16 Harbor Beach 17 - 18 Port Austin 19 - 20 RECREATION Beaches 21 - 22 Water Trails | Water Excursions 23 - 24 Fishing | Harbors 25 - 26 Hiking | Biking | Birding Trails 27 - 28 Golfing 29 - 30 THINGS TO DO Lighthouses 31 - 32 Freighter | Ship Watching 33 - 34 Historical Tour 35 - 36 Performing | Visual Arts 37 - 38 Boutiques 39 - 40 Unique Eats 41 - 42 Beer | Wine | Spirits 43 - 44 Accommodations 45 - 46 State Park Campgrounds 47 Events 48 PORT AUSTIN HARBOR BEACH PORT SANILAC ST. CLAIR PORT HURON MARYSVILLE LEXINGTON CLAY | ALGONAC MARINE CITY Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 500 Thomas Edison Parkway, Suite 200 Port Huron, MI 48060 (810)987-8687 | (800) 852-4242 bluewater.org Marci Fogal, President Terra Damchuk, Director of Sales Katie Stepp, Marketing Manager Janice Winn, Office Manger 2 WEBSITE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGITAL MAP It’s a ShoreThing! Clay | Algonac 3 - 4 Harsens Island 5 - 6 Marine City 7 - 8 St. Clair 9 - 10 Marysville 11 - 12 Port Huron 13 - 14 Blue Water Bridges 15 - 16 Lexington 17 - 18 Port Sanilac 19 - 20 Harbor Beach 21 - 22 Port Austin 23 - 24 Beaches 25 - 26 Water Trails | Water Excursions 27 - 28 Thumbcoast Map 29 - 30 Fishing | Harbors 31 - 32 Hiking | Biking | Birding Trails 33 - 34 Golfing 35 - 36 Lighthouses 37 - 38 Freighter | Ship Watching 39 - 40 Historical Tour 41 - 42 Performing | Visual Arts 43 - 44 Shopping 45 - 46 Unique Eats 47 - 48 Beer | Wine | Spirits 49 - 50 Accommodations 51 - 52 State Park Campgrounds 53 Events 54 Blue the Disc ver MICHIGAN’S THUMBCOAST BLUEWATER.ORG COVER PHOTO: FORT GRATIOT LIGHT BY TRUE COLORS CREATIVE BACK COVER PHOTO: LAKESIDE BEACH BY T. SHAW PHOTOGRAPHY

Water Wonderland

Clay Township and Algonac border the St. Clair River at the southern end of the Thumbcoast region. When visiting Harsens Island, use the ferry in Algonac to transport your car or bike across the channel. There is also a ferry service that goes from Algonac to Canada via the Walpole Algonac Ferry Ltd.

Stroll along the 1,800-foot Algonac boardwalk, fish from the shore, picnic in the waterfront park and enjoy fun outdoor concerts in the warmer months. Learn all about the local history of Chris Craft Boats and Gar Wood at the museum and the important role they played here and explore one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas.

Annual events held here are the Pickerel Tournament and Festival, Algonac Antique and Classic Boat Show, Algonac Art Fair and the Scarecrow Festival.

Featured photos starting top left, Pickerel Tournament Parade, Cabana Blue Lakefront Sports Bar & Grill, Christopher Smith & Gar Wood statue, Pearl Beach Pier, Algonac Boardwalk, Walpole Island Ferry
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Island Time

Harsens Island is a must-see destination accessible only by water. Board a car ferry from mainland Algonac and cross the St. Clair River to the island, about a quarter of a mile across. Most of the land is a managed waterfowl and wildlife sanctuary with plenty to do such as boat rentals, water trails, a sunken shipwreck, restaurants and souvenirs.

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Featured photos starting top, sunken freighter, iceberg eagle, airplane view, island aerial, car ferry aerial, flying waterfowl and deer reflections are all by Harsens Island Photography. Other photos, roadside artist and Harsens Island Schoolhouse Grille
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Shop, Dine & Play

Marine City is a popular visitor getaway noted for its unique boutiques, eateries and award-winning theatre performances. While visiting, spend the day at one of the many wonderful waterfront parks watching freighters and sunbathing at the beach. Take advantage of the wonderful amenities in Marine City that are walkable along the St. Clair River.

Historically, Marine City was known as a ship building center of the Great Lakes. Because of this, many captains, sailors and shipbuilders settled here and the homes reflect this grand architecture. Take a self -guided tour of these historic locations found on our Thumbcoast Heritage Tour.

Annual events here are the Summer Splash Bash, Merrytime Christmas and the Fire, Ice and Spice winter festival.

Featured photos starting top left, Peche Island Rear Range Light, Inn on Water Street courtesy bicycles photo by Noel Thompson, Nautical Mile Park, The Sweet Tooth of Marine City, Marine City Beach, Inn on Water Street Balcony photo by Noel Thompson, Riverbank Theatre performance
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Boardwalk Charm

St. Clair’s boardwalk at Palmer Park is a relaxing place to unwind and have a picnic in the shade while watching freighters pass by. This historic city of tree-lined streets has an outdoor entertainment area with firepits, cozy seating, shopping and restaurants including a brewery and wine house. A short walk over the drawbridge from the boardwalk is the St. Clair Boat Harbor with a dockside campground, boat launch and kayak rentals. Paddle the slow-moving Pine River as it meanders around the city golf course on a scenic 8.4-mile trip. If you plan to arrive by boat, use the free day-dock or reserve an overnight boat slip and take advantage of the harbor shuttle to golfing, the museum and the River Crab restaurant.

St. Clair hosts a spectacular art fair, Rockin’ in the Plaza concerts, the St. Clair River Classic offshore powerboat races and Santa Parade.

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Featured photos starting top left, Palmer Park Boardwalk, St. Clair drawbridge, St. Clair Inn sculptures, Rotary Centennial Park, Riverview Plaza fountain, Rockin’ in the Plaza free concert

Living Shoreline

Marysville’s living shoreline native plants give a natural, lush feel along the connecting waterfront trail system, the 54-mile Bridge to Bay Trail. The shoreline also provides an eco-friendly environment for fish, birds and aquatic plants. Along the waterfront is a dog-friendly beach, playground, concessions and restrooms. Parking is easy and convenient for a quick dip to cool off on a hot summer day. The city boat launch and fish cleaning station are also next to the beach and just north of here is a free, public kayak launch with access to the St. Clair River.

Across from the beach shoreline area is an expansive city park with shaded picnic areas, a splash pad, universally accessible playground, fitness areas and sport courts.

Popular annual events in Marysville are their outdoor concerts at Marysville Park, Summerfest and Hot Wheels Weekend.

Featured photos starting top left, living shoreline along the St. Clair River, Marysville City Park concert, Junction Buoy restaurant, cycling the Bridge to Bay Trail, Chrysler Beach fishing pier.
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Maritime Experience

The maritime charm of waterways, drawbridges, boat tours and sky-lined masts at the yacht club are part of the unforgettable experience in Downtown Port Huron. There’s an abundance of things to do within a 3-mile radius whether you arrive by boat, car or train.

The growing downtown district has been attracting new and exciting shops, restaurants and events. Take a sight-seeing tour by water on the Huron Lady II, by land on the Blue Water Transit or Port Huron Museum trollies. Walkable from downtown, hear a live narrative about ships at the Great Lakes Maritime Center and take a stroll on the Blue Water River Walk to see art sculptures, freshwater reefs and wetlands.

Take a short drive along the water from downtown north to the Huron Lightship Museum, Thomas Edison Depot and beaches. While there, climb Michigan’s oldest working lighthouse for an incredible panoramic view of the Blue Water Bridges, Canada and Lake Huron.

Annual events are the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Sailboat Race, SandFest, Art Hop, Prowlers & Silver Stick Hockey and events at the Blue Water Convention Center and McMorran Place.

Featured photos starting from the top left, CityFloats barge bar, downtown aerial photo by T. Shaw Photography, trail riding photo by Friends of the St. Clair River, Sturgeon Festival at Lighthouse Beach, McMorran Plaza Beer Garden photo by J. Freed, Blue Water Trolley
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Beach Getaway

Discover the charming beach village of Lexington and the panoramic views of southern Lake Huron on a relaxing getaway. Enjoy the close proximity of vacation amenities such as golfing, wine tastings at a vineyard, brewery, shopping and live entertainment at the Lexington Theatre.

Lexington’s waterfront park, next to the state harbor, has a large beach area for swimming or sand volleyball. Boaters staying overnight love the waterfront restaurant and walkability to the town. Take a walk along the long break wall to see breathtaking views of the sunrise or watch a kite surfer harnessing the wind.

Lexington is known for its Music in the Park series, Thumbfest, the Lexington Fine Arts Street Fair, Bach Festival and Christmas Horse Parade.

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Featured photos starting top left, boutique shopping, Lexington break wall, Lexington State Harbor photo by True Colors Creative, Tierney Park photo by True Colors Creative, Sweetwater Gourmet Deli & Bar, Memorial Day Parade

Waterfront Village

This historic waterfront village is a popular spot for fishing, sailing and scuba diving in Lake Huron. The Sanilac Shores

Underwater Preserve contains 163 square miles of shipwrecks with 16 wrecks lying above 120 feet. This is also a fantastic spot to book a charter for a memorable day of fishing with friends and family.

The Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum has 15 buildings to explore. Take a walk through their nature trail and the 1870’s Loop-Harrison Mansion, train depot, blacksmith shop and more. Onsite you’ll find the Barn Theatre, where you can watch a fun summer play.

Visitor favorites are the Huron Shores Golf Course, the eclectic Alli Bar and tours of the Port Sanilac Lighthouse in the summer.

Popular events are the Independence Day Fireworks, Blues Festival, Civil War Days and Haunted Village.

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Featured photos starting top left, Port Sanilac Lighthouse, Lavender Shores Farm photo by True Colors Creative, Port Sanilac fish cleaning station, Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum, Port Sanilac Marina photo by Uri’s Waterfront Dining & Spirits, Lake Huron Roadside Park.

Sunrise Pier

The breathtaking glow of the sunrise at Trescott Pier is worth the trip to Harbor Beach. Take a walk down the 1,015-foot pier and see the off-shore lighthouse, bring your fishing gear to shore fish and have a picnic. In the summer months, enjoy a scenic boat ride to the historic Harbor Beach Lighthouse and explore inside.

Take a self-guided walking tour of 22 historical points of interest through their charming downtown area. On the tour you will see the Frank Murphy Museum, Grice House and beautiful art murals on the side of the Harbor Beach Community Theatre.

Paddle the shallow water shipwrecks and see the lighthouse on a rented kayak or paddleboard from Harbor Beach Kayak. You can rent bikes from them and explore the main street or the Harbor View Trail while visiting.

Annual events are the Maritime Festival, Music at the Beach, Harvest Festival Chili Cook-off and the Lighted Truck Parade.

Featured photos starting top left, Lake Huron sailing, shallow shipwreck photo by Harbor Beach Kayak, Harbor Beach Maritime Festival sandcastle,Trescott Pier, Harbor Beach Visitor Center, Harbor Beach Kayak & Bike Rentals at Trescott Pier.
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Picturesque Point

Port Austin, at the tip of Michigan’s Thumbcoast, has unforgettable sunrises and sunsets. The expansive beaches and paddling adventures are just a few of the fun reasons to visit every summer. Among the popular destinations for paddle enthusiasts are Turnip Rock, sea caves, an off-shore lighthouse and the Broken Rocks Trail.

Port Crescent State Park is home to a Dark Sky Preserve including a birds of prey observation deck. Climb the sandy dunes and sunbathe while overlooking Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay.

In the summer, the farmers market and the Village Green pop-up shops are must-see shopping experiences. This friendly, walkable village has paddle sport and bike rentals at Port Austin Kayak and an outdoor beer garden. Nearby communities for day-tripping are Grindstone City, Caseville and Port Hope where the Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse is located.

Port Austin hosts many annual events including Porch Fest, Lady’s Slipper Festival and the Winter Carnival.

Featured photos starting top left, paddling Turnip Rock photo by Jake Vorkapich, PAK’s Beer Garden, Veterans Waterfront Park, canoeing near Port Crescent State Park photo by Jon Janssen, Porch Fest.
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140 Miles of Shoreline

Marine City Beach

102 Pearl St., Marine City Swimming beach on the St. Clair River with views of passing freighters. Barrier-free access, restrooms, picnic area and playground. No entry fee.

Marysville – Chrysler Beach

1660 River Rd., Marysville

Swimming beach on the St. Clair River with views of passing freighters. Handicap accessible, dogfriendly on a leash, playground, concessions, boat launch, fishing pier and restrooms. No entry fee.

Lighthouse Beach

2900 Conger St., Port Huron Swimming beach on Lake Huron. Stronger currents with views of passing freighters. ADA beach access mat, restrooms, picnic area and playground. Entry fee.

Lakeside Beach

3870 Gratiot Ave., Port Huron Swimming beach on Lake Huron. ADA beach access mat, splash pad, sand volleyball, concessions, restrooms, picnic area and playground. Entry fee.

Fort Gratiot County Beach

3325 Metcalf Rd., Fort Gratiot Swimming beach on Lake Huron. ADA rolling beach chair available. Restrooms, picnic pavilions, playground and walking trails. No entry fee.

Lakeport State Park Day Use Area

6910 Lakeshore Rd., Fort Gratiot

Swimming beach on Lake Huron. Picnic areas, restrooms, lookout deck and large grassy areas. DNR Recreation Passport required.

Tierney Park – Lexington Beach

7411 Huron Ave., Lexington Swimming beach on Lake Huron. Picnic areas, sand volleyball, state harbor access, playground and restrooms. No entry fee.

Lincoln Park – Trescott Pier

1 Trescott St., Harbor Beach

Swimming beach on Lake Huron. Pier with lighthouse views, picnic areas, playground, shallow water shipwrecks and restrooms. No entry fee.

Bird Creek Park and Beach

150 Farrar St., Port Austin Swimming beach on Lake Huron. Splash pad, boardwalk, covered picnic areas, fishing pier, sand volleyball and restrooms. No entry fee.

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Featured photos starting top left, Lincoln Memorial Park in Harbor Beach, Lakeport State Park Day Use Area, Lake Huron beach photo by Terra Damchuk, Lakeside Beach in Port Huron, Port Austin beach, Bird Creek Park in Port Austin

For the Love of Water

Water Trails

Discover paddle routes from unique rock formations and islands to urban areas and marshes. Scan the QR code and explore additional trails.

The Island Loop Route - National Water Trail is a 10 mile loop considered an intermediate - advanced trail in Port Huron.

Turnip Rock – Point aux Barques is a 7 mile round trip advanced trail between Grindstone City and Port Austin.

Krispin Blueway is a 14 mile beginner – intermediate trail through Harsens Island.

Pine River Paddle is a 8.4 mile easy round trip paddle for beginners in St. Clair.

Water Excursions

Take a guided cruise or rent a boat, kayak or paddle board and explore the beautiful blue waterways at your own pace. See all the possible excursions in the Thumbcoast when you scan the code!

Huron Lady II – 102 Huron Ave., Port Huron, (810) 984-1500

A popular 1 ½ hour narrated cruise of the St. Clair River and Lake Huron leaving from Downtown Port Huron.

Port Austin Kayak – 119 E. Spring St., Port Austin, (989) 550 -6651

Paddle sport rentals to explore Turnip Rock, the reef light or the Broken Rocks Trail in Lake Huron.

Jay’s Marine Boat Rental – 207 Water St., Port Huron, (810) 294-0294

Motorized boat rentals for a self -guided tour, fishing or visiting one of the area beaches.

Featured photos starting top left, Turnip Rock sea caves by Daisy Roux Mitten Adventures, sailing Lake Huron, kayaking in Harbor Beach, windsurfing in Lexington, Huron Lady Cruise dock, kayaking with a freighter in the St. Clair River, Port Huron kayaking in Lake Huron, scuba diving at the Blue Water Bridge
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Port & Starboard

St. Clair Boat Harbor

42.8194° N, 82.4885° W

902 S. Second St., St. Clair

(810) 329-4125, VHF Channel 9

Located in the Pine River with access to the St. Clair River. Walkable to downtown dining and shopping. Fuel, pump out, onsite campground, fish cleaning station, boat launch, shuttle service, day-use and transient docking.

Desmond Marine

42.9732° N, 82.4221° W

207 Water St., Port Huron

(810) 982-3990, VHF Channel 9

Located in the Black River with access to the St. Clair River. Walkable to downtown dining and shopping. Fuel, pump out, fish cleaning station, marine repair, parts, transient and day-use docking.

River Street Marina

42.9797° N, 82.4312° W

525 River St., Port Huron

(810) 984-9746, VHF Channel 9

Located in the Black River with access to the St. Clair River. Walkable to downtown dining and shopping. Fuel, pump out and transient docking.

Lexington State Harbor

43.2685° N, 82.5256° W

7411 Huron Ave., Lexington

(810) 359-5600, VHF Channel 9

Located in Lake Huron. Walkable to downtown dining and shopping. Fuel, pump out, fish cleaning station, boat launch, day-use and transient docking.

Port Sanilac Harbor

43.4314° N, 82.5389° W

7376 Main St., Port Sanilac (810) 622-9610, VHF Channel 9

Located in Lake Huron. Walkable to dining and shopping. Fuel, pump out, playground, dog run, boat launch, fish cleaning station, laundry, long term parking, day-use and transient docking.

Harbor Beach Marina

43.8557° N, 82.6486° W

1 Ritchie Dr., Harbor Beach (989) 479-9707, VHF Channel 9

Located in Lake Huron. Walkable to dining and shopping. Fuel, pump out, bicycle rental, playground, dog run, boat launch, fish cleaning station, laundry, long term parking, day-use and transient docking.

Port Austin State Harbor

44.0468° N, 82.9947° W

8774 Lake St., Port Austin (989) 738-8712 or 738-8663, VHF Channel 9

Located in Lake Huron. Walkable to dining and shopping. Fuel, pump out, dog run, boat launch, laundry, long term parking, day-use and transient docking.

HARBORS FISHING

Featured photos starting top left, Black River Canal in Port Huron photo by Andrew Jowett, shore fishing in Port Huron photo by Will, Black River Port Huron, Hook One Charters in Marine City, St. Clair Boat Harbor, climbing a sailboat in Port Huron by Andrew Jowett
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Breath of Fresh Air

Great Lake-to-Lake Trail

Route #1 of a 275 mile trail from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan with the start/end at Lighthouse Beach in Port Huron.

Bridge to Bay Trail

A diverse trail system of boardwalks, riverwalks, rail trails and bike paths that extends along 50 miles of shoreline. Experience picturesque views, charming towns, freighter watching and the blue waters of Lake Huron, the St Clair River and Lake St Clair.

Wadhams to Avoca Trail

This 12 mile trail utilizes a converted historic rail line. It’s perfect in any season for biking, hiking or horseback riding.

Blue Water River Walk

This shoreline walkway in Port Huron has scenic views of passing freighters, art sculptures, fishing piers and freshwater reefs. The walk also includes Wetlands County Park, an urban wetland wildlife refuge park.

Blue Water Birding Trail

Discover 18 viewing locations to see a variety of bird species in St. Clair County from forests to marshlands.

The Great Lakes Way Trail

Interconnected set of 156 miles of blueways and 160 miles of greenways from the southern part of Lake Huron to Lake Erie.

Discover more trails when you scan the code

Featured photos starting top left, Columbus County Park photo by Glen Robertson, Birdwatching at Lighthouse Beach in Port Huron, Great Lake-to-Lake trail at Lighthouse Beach, Wadhams to Avoca Trail trestle bridge, Bridge to Bay Trail in Algonac.
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Straight Down the Middle

Golden Hawk

9861 Meisner Rd., Casco (586) 727-4681

Premier 18 hole course with a level terrain, featuring strategic bunkering and water hazards along scenic tree-lined fairways.

Marysville Golf Course

2080 River Rd., Marysville (810) 364-4653

18 hole course on a beautiful setting along the St. Clair River.

Solitude Links

5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball (810) 982-3673

Award-winning 18 hole course with rolling terrain, peninsulas, woods and lakes.

Leaning Tree Golf Course

7860 Smiths Creek Rd., Wales Twp. (810) 367-3528

18 hole course with terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level.

Belle River Golf Course

12564 Belle River Rd., Memphis (810) 392-2121

18 hole course tucked away in a scenic wooded area with the calming Belle River flowing through.

Black River Country Club

3300 Country Club Dr., Port Huron (810) 982-5251

18 hole course with rolling terrain and mature trees enjoyable for golfers of all abilities.

Lakeview Hills Country Club & Resort

6560 E. Peck Rd., Lexington (810) 359-7333

36 hole pristine golf course with a full-service clubhouse near Lake Huron.

Huron Shores Golf Club

1441 N. Lakeshore Rd., Port Sanilac (810) 622-9961

18 hole course with scenic views of Lake Huron from the course or clubhouse.

Bird Creek Golf Club

7850 North Van Dyke, Port Austin (989) 738-4653

18 hole course with gently rolling terrain winding through tree-lined fairways.

Explore more courses, driving ranges, miniature golf and indoor golf simulator when you scan the code.

Featured photos starting top left, aerial photo by Marysville Golf Course, Lakeview Hills Country Club & Resort, driving range by Andrew Jowett, Pine Shores Golf Course in St. Clair, Solitude Links Golf Course in Kimball
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Guiding Beacons

Colony Tower Light

6503 Dyke Rd., Clay Twp.

Built in 1925, this 136-foot tower had a navigation beacon from 1925 -1937 before being extinguished. In 2017, a beacon was installed once again making it an unofficial light.

St. Clair Flats South Channel Lights

9200 S. Channel Dr., Harsens Island

The St. Clair Flats Front and Rear Range Lights are located offshore in Lake St. Clair, they are viewable from land on a clear day.

Peche Island Rear Range Light

301 S. Water St., Marine City

This rear range light was originally located on Peche Island, Ontario in 1908. It was decommissioned and moved to Marine City to its current location in 1982.

Huron Lightship

800 Prospect Place, Port Huron (810) 984-9768

Take an inside tour in the summer months of the last operating lightship on the Great Lakes.

Fort Gratiot Light

2800 Omar St., Port Huron (810) 982-0891

Michigan’s oldest lighthouse still in operation. Take a climb to the top and see panoramic views of southern Lake Huron, Canada and the Blue Water Bridges.

Port Sanilac Lighthouse

81 S. Lake St., Port Sanilac

This privately owned 1886 lighthouse has tours in the summer months through the Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum.

Harbor Beach Lighthouse

1 Trescott St., Harbor Beach

Built in 1877, this light is located offshore but viewable from the Trescott Pier. Boat tours are offered in the summer months.

Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse

7320 Lighthouse Rd., Port Hope

Walk the grounds of the lighthouse and the Keeper’s Museum of the 1857 light remotely operated by the Coast Guard.

Port Austin Reef Light

8774 Lake St., Port Austin

This light is located offshore 1½ miles. The light is viewable from the break -wall next to the harbor. Boat tours are available in the summer months.

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Featured photos starting top left to right, Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse, Harbor Beach Lighthouse, atop the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.

Captivating Views

Watching Great Lake freighters and other ships navigate Lake Huron and the narrow St. Clair River is a visitor favorite. Here are some of the top shoreline vantage points to see freighters, ice floes and ice breakers. Scan the code to discover more locations and links to the live 24/7 cameras to watch anytime from anywhere.

Thomas Edison Park - International Flag Plaza

2200 Thomas Edison Parkway, Port Huron

These two locations are just north and south of the Blue Water Bridge crossing to Canada. This is the narrowest point of the St. Clair River so it will be the closest vantage point for viewing.

Marysville Living Shoreline

1660 River Rd., Marysville

This living shoreline area has a beach, walking path and pier with unobstructed views of passing ships.

St. Clair Boardwalk

201 N. Riverside Ave., St. Clair

St. Clair has the longest freshwater boardwalk in the world offering expansive views of the St. Clair River. Enjoy the shady and sunny areas of Palmer Park at the boardwalk.

Lighthouse Park

301 S. Water St., Marine City

Enjoy the fantastic views from all eight walkable waterfront parks along Water Street from Bridge to Pearl streets.

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Featured photos starting top left, Harsens Island by Harsens Island Photography, Thomas Edison Park in Port Huron, Marine City Boardwalk photo by Sharon Marone, St. Clair Boardwalk photo by Lori Hannon, International Flag Plaza in Port Huron.

Journey to the Past

Explore the rich heritage of past generations, maritime lore, boat history and more. Each community is excited to share their story with you and give you a tour of interesting artifacts and historic buildings. Scan the code below for a complete list of historical points of interest with a printable PDF guide and digital map.

Port Huron Museum

1116 Sixth St., Port Huron (810) 982-0891

The museum has 4 locations, the Carnegie Center, Thomas Edison Depot Museum, Huron Lightship and the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.

St. Clair County Historical Village & Farm Museum

8345 County Park Dr., Goodells (810) 325-1737

The village is at the Goodells County Park. It has five historic buildings, a farm exhibit, splash pad and butterfly garden.

Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum

228 S. Ridge St., Port Sanilac (810) 622-9946

The village has a nature trail and 15 historic buildings to explore including the 1872 Loop-Harrison Mansion.

Featured photos starting top left, Historical Village at Goodells County Park, Fort Gratiot U.S. Army Military Post Hospital Museum, Port Huron Museum Trolley Tour, Huron Lightship Museum in Port Huron photo by True Colors Creative, Murphy Museum in Harbor Beach, Lester House in Marine City, Nasr Natural Science Museum in Port Huron, Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum, Thomas Edison Depot Museum in Port Huron, Knowlton Museum’s Top Secret – License to Spy Exhibit in Port Huron
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Expressions of Art

Celebrate creativity expressed through art in collaborative ways. In our region, there are many ways to appreciate art from sculptures and murals to award-winning theatre performances.

Riverbank Theatre

358 S. Water St., Marine City (810) 278-1749

Boutique live theatre in a historic building with tiered seating and award-winning performances.

The Boardwalk Theatre

208 Jay St., St. Clair (810) 278-1749

New 350-seat facility producing Broadway style musicals and year round entertainment.

Enter Stage Right at The Citadel

609 Huron Ave., Port Huron (810) 334-6415

Community-based theatre company performing throughout the year.

Mariner

430 S. Water St., Marine City (810) 765-5155

The historic 1927 theatre is home to an art gallery with exhibitions and special event performances.

St. Clair Art Association

201 N. Riverside Ave., St. Clair (810) 329-9576

Visit their gallery featuring local artists or take a hands-on art workshop.

Foundry

1219 Military St., Port Huron (810) 204-0663

Channel your inner artist at their studio with classes in pottery, stained glass, photography, videography and sound stage.

McMorran

Place

Sports & Entertainment Center

701 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron (810) 985-6166

From live theatre and bands to an outdoor beer garden and ice arena, there’s lots to see.

PERFORMING

Greater Port Austin Art & Placemaking

portaustinart.com

Community led art initiatives including the barn art project, sculptures and a partnership with the DIA Inside | Out collection.

VISUAL

Featured photos starting top left, Enter Stage Right in Port Huron, Lexington Village Theatre photo by T. Dalton Photography, Barn Theatre in Port Sanilac, Secret Sky barn art project in Port Austin photo by Catie Newell of Alibi Studio, McMorran Place Arena in Port Huron photo by Jesse Sheldon, Mosaic Fish in St. Clair, Grandfather Teachings at the Blue Water River Walk in Port Huron
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Shop Small - Shop Local

Support locally owned businesses and fall in love with the warm, inviting atmospheres and uniquely decorated shops. Explore over 100 stores from home goods and bicycles to fashion boutiques and antiques when you scan the QR code below. Listed below are the larger, walkable shopping districts along the coast.

Marine City

Shop the walkable, waterfront “Nautical Mile” of unique boutiques, antiques and artisan market along South Water Street and Broadway Street.

St. Clair Riverview Plaza

This is no ordinary shopping plaza. Explore the local artisan market, nautical art and fashion boutiques with waterfront views. The courtyard park hosts free live music throughout the warmer months for an entertaining shopping experience.

Downtown Port Huron

Historic Military Street and Huron Avenue and the surrounding blocks have been attracting new businesses with interesting shopping. You’ll find Michigan -made products, maritime views and strolling entertainment from the new McMorran Plaza Park Beer Garden to the Military Street Pocket Park. Shop at the new Wrigley Hall entertainment complex opening in 2023.

Fort Gratiot

Birchwood Mall has attracted a lot of wonderful small businesses to their directory. Shop indoors and out of the weather for a variety of stores with unique gifts.

Lexington

Lexington has a fun-loving beach vibe in the summer and a warm, hometown holiday feel in the winter. You’ll love this walkable village with a view of Lake Huron and the wonderful boutiques.

SHOPS

FARM MARKETS

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Featured photos starting top left to right, Patrick & James Menswear in Port Huron, Weekends in Port Huron, Tru Blue Boutique in St. Clair, Downtown Lexington, MC Marketplace in Marine City, Vantage Point Farmers Market Port Huron.

Savory to Sweet

Awaken all your senses and experience the unique flavors of our local restaurants and their culinary creations. Dine waterfront with panoramic views of passing freighters, on a barge in the water, with sand in your toes or farm -to-table. Whether you’re a foodie who likes to try new dishes or you’re more selective, you’ll find a place that has what you crave. Scan the code to see all the small-business restaurants including coffee houses and delectable dessert options.

Featured photos starting at the top, Marine City Fish Company, Anita's in Marine City, Casey’s in Port Huron, Kate’s Downtown in Port Huron, Sweetwater in Lexington, River Crab in St. Clair, Freighters Eatery & Taproom in Port Huron
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Wet Your Whistle

Sip cocktails from a barge in Port Huron while watching freighters, enjoy a craft beer at Port Austin’s beer garden or a glass of wine with friends at a grape plantation near Lexington. Scan the code for more info on the Wet Your Whistle Challenge and see the digital map for your self -guided tour of Thumbcoast breweries, wineries, distilleries and tap rooms. The tour will take you through charming small towns and beach villages with panoramic views of the St. Clair River, Lake Huron and rural Michigan.

~ Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

“Here’s to many more toasts and unforgettable adventures”
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Featured photos starting top left to right, Andy’s Wine Bar Port Huron, Mannina’s Wine House in St. Clair, Belle River Winery in Columbus, Shipwreck Distillery in Caseville photo by Heather Bearden, Wings Etc. in Port Huron, Great Lakes Pedal & Pour
ALGONAC - CLAY Colony Motel 6077 Pointe Tremble Rd., Pearl Beach (810) 794-5974 Waterfront, Pet-friendly MARINE CITY Inn on Water Street 560 S. Water St., Marine City (810) 676-5173 Water View, Pet-friendly SAINT CLAIR Super 8 by Wyndham 1484 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville (810) 364-7500 Indoor Pool Blue Water Inn 1337 River Rd., St. Clair (810) 329-2261 Waterfront, Outdoor Pool, Pet-friendly, Restaurant On-site St. Clair Inn 500 N. Riverside Ave., St. Clair (810) 289-6209 Waterfront, Outdoor Pool, Restaurants On-site Clair Inn 70 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville (810) 364-8400 Pet-friendly MARYSVILLE PORT HURON Baymont Inn & Suites 1611 Range Rd., Port Huron (810) 364-8000 Indoor Pool, Pet-friendly Best Western 2822 Water St., Port Huron (810) 987-1600 Water View, Indoor Pool, Pet-friendly S C A N F O R M O R E L O D G I N G O P T I O N S

CityFlats Hotel 800 Military St., Port Huron (810) 432-0010

Waterfront, Restaurants On-site

Comfort Inn 1720 Hancock St., Port Huron (810) 987-5999

Indoor Pool Days Inn 2908 Pine Grove Ave., Port Huron (810) 984-1522

Pet-friendly

DoubleTree by Hilton 800 Harker St., Port Huron (810) 984-8000

Waterfront, Indoor Pool, Restaurant On-site

Fairfield Inn by Marriott 1635 Yeager St., Port Huron (810) 982-8500

Indoor Pool

Hampton Inn 1655 Yeager St., Port Huron (810) 966-9000

Indoor Pool

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 2021 Water St., Port Huron (810) 662-3400

Water View, Indoor Pool

Quality Inn & Suites 1700 Yeager St., Port Huron (810) 982-5500

Indoor Pool, Pet-friendly

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The Great Outdoors

Algonac State Park

8732 River Rd., Marine City

(810) 765-5605

1,550-acre park open all year with views of freighters traveling along the St. Clair River. Amenities include a archery range and rare habitats.

Lakeport State Park

7605 Lakeshore Rd., Lakeport (810) 327-6224

Located along the shores of Lake Huron. Amenities include an expansive beach, day -use area, access to the Bridge to Bay Trail and a camp store.

Port Crescent State Park

1775 Port Austin Rd., Port Austin (989) 738-8663

Located on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Amenities include a 3 mile sandy beach, dark sky preserve, birds of prey observation deck, the Pinnebog River and cross-country ski trails.

Sleeper State Park

6573 State Park Rd., Caseville

(989) 856-4411

Watch the sunrise and sunset at this 723 -acre park of wetlands, forested dunes and a half mile sandy shoreline along Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.

Scan the QR code to see all the campground and RV parks in Michigan’s Thumbcoast. DNR camp reservations are at Midnrreservations.com

Featured photos starting top left, Lakeport State Park Day-Use Area, Desmond Marine in Port Huron, Lakeport State Park DayUse Area Lake Huron overlook, SandFest event in Port Huron, aerial photo of campsites by Algonac State Park, birds of prey observation deck at Port Crescent State Park, Port Crescent State Park dunes and beach area, St. Clair Classic offshore powerboat races.

2023 Events

On average we will feature 400+ events on our website. Our event page is always being updated, for a real-time view, scan the QR code or visit BLUEWATER.ORG

Jan. 5 – 29 International Silver Stick Hockey Tournaments, Port Huron

Jan. 27 – 28 Chilly Fest, Port Huron

Feb. 3 – 5 Port Huron Boat Show

Feb. 11 Fire, Ice & Spice, Marine City

March 9 – 12 MARVAC Port Huron RV & Camping Show

March 11 Official Port Huron Pub Crawl

March 21 – 25 NJCAA DII Women’s Basketball Championship, Port Huron

April 28 – 29 Earth Fair, Goodells

May 6 Can2Can Fishing Tournament, Harbor Beach

May 12 Spring Art Hop, Port Huron

June 2 – 3 Miss Michigan USA & Miss Michigan Teen USA, Port Huron

June 3 Sturgeon Festival, Port Huron

June 9 – 11 Art on the River, Port Huron

June 10 Truck Convoy, Lighted Parade & Food Truck Fest, Harbor Beach

June 24 Antique & Classic Boat Show, Algonac

June 24 Summer Splash Bash, Marine City

June 24 Porch Fest, Port Austin

July 4 Fireworks, St. Clair

July 4 Fireworks, Port Austin

July 5 – 9 Maritime Festival, Harbor Beach

July 12 – 15 Blue Water Fest, Port Huron

July 13 Fireworks, Port Huron

July 15 Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race, Port Huron

July 17 – 22 St. Clair County 4H Fair, Goodells

July 27 – 30 St. Clair River Classic Offshore Powerboat Races, St. Clair

July 28 – 30 Yale Bologna Festival

July 29 Mainstreet Memories Car Show, Port Huron

Aug. 4 – 6 Blue Water SandFest, Port Huron

Aug. 5 – 6 Fine Arts Street Fair, Lexington

Aug. 11 – 20 Cheeseburger Festival, Caseville

Aug. 11 – 13 Antique Yard Sale Trail, M29/M25

Aug. 19 Antique Boat Show & Vintage Festival, Port Sanilac

Aug. 19 – 20 St. Clair Art Fair & Jazz Festival

Sept. 2 Thumbfest, Lexington

Sept. 2 – 3 Algonac Art Fair

Sept. 8 – 9 Boat the Blue Antique & Classic Boat Show, Port Huron

Sept. 9 MI New Favorite Snack Competition, Port Huron

Sept. 16 Harvest Fest & Chili Cook-off, Harbor Beach

Oct. 7 Pumpkin Palooza, Marine City

Oct. 13 Fall Art Hop, Port Huron

Nov. 24 Santa Parade, Port Huron

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