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Posted by LE on Friday, February 14, 2014
The Blueways are White
vintage 1976!
Get out there even though it is cold outside!  You will be rewarded with all nature has to offer.  An oldie but a goodie vintage 1976 smnowmobile!
Posted by LE on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Island Loop National Water Trail Dedication
2013 Paddle and Pour
Save the date of Saturday, May 10, 2014! We will be dedicating the first National Water Trail in Michigan at Bakers Field at 9:30 am in Port Huron Township.  After the dedication we will paddle part of the trail to the new launch in the City of Port Huron.  More activity details to more...
Posted by LE on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Icy Morning
Photo Credit: Lynn M. Smith
In early morning sub-zero temperatures, the only ones using the Blueways are the big ships.   And many species of Ducks!
Posted by LE on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Belle River Watershed Public Input Meeting January 28, 6:30 pm Southeast Michgan Conservation Club Hall 2402 Belle River Road, East China, MI  The discussion will focus on log jams. flooding and public access.  See the flyer for more details. Belle River Watershed meeting Flyer
Posted by LE on Thursday, November 21, 2013
Please check out this story in the Times Herald about our designation of the Island Loop Route as a National Water Trail. http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20131119/NEWS01/311190015
Posted by LE on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Island Loop Route is now a National Water Trail
A paddle event in the Black River in Port Huron
Island Loop Route Becomes First National Water Trail in Michigan Port Huron, Michigan – St. Clair County announced today the designation of the Island Loop Route to the National Water Trail System by the National Park Service. The designation is the result of the Blueways of St. Clair initiative, a joint project more...
Posted by LE on Friday, November 01, 2013
Please consider voting to improve a regional marina
Group Kayak in Port Austin
Port Austin Kayak offers kayak, bike and stand-up paddleboard rentals. I applied for a $250,000 grant to improve the Kayak Shop and Marina.  Please help me get the grant by voting at:  https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/132018   Two years ago I purchased a foreclosed, run down marina in Port Austin to run my kayak rental.  I more...
Posted by LE on Monday, October 14, 2013
Trail Towns meeting
The communities of Marine City and St. Clair have been chosen for a pilot project with the Trail Towns program.  Come and learn how to make your community more welcoming to people that walk, bike and paddle through your town.       We invite local business owners, community service groups, public officials, recreation groups more...
Posted by LE on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Under the Taintor Gate
The Taintor Gate over Gratiot Ave.
I went on a nice paddle the other day.  Beginning at North River Road Park, downriver to the Black River Canal then into Lake Huron.  A neat trip in three different water bodies!
Posted by LE on Friday, September 27, 2013
Dawn Adventure
taken by Bill Kauffman
A group of Stand Up Paddlers (SUP) got an EARLY start on Friday morning in the St. Clair River.  That just makes one dread the drive to work!
Posted by JW on Saturday, September 14, 2013
2nd annual BWSC paddle
Greetings fellow paddlers! We had a great time and good food last Sunday. Special thanks to everyone who showed up- we are all winners and take life at it's natural level. Windy conditions spanked our butts- made us work a little, huh? Hope to be there next year. JBadd
Posted by LE on Monday, September 09, 2013
Paddle and Pour 2013
Waiting for the start...
A great time was had by all on Sunday at the Paddle and Pour! Thanks to the Blue Water Social Club and the Roche Bar for the paddle, pot luck and band. The Northeast wind messed up the route, but made for a challenging paddle up stream in the Black River.  The more...
Posted by LE on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Paddling the Black River on Labor Day
Heading downriver on the Black
It was a great day to be on the river on Labor Day.  We went 4.6 miles down the Black River to the North River Road launch.  We did not see one power boat!  It is amazing how rural it looks because of the mature trees.  We glided by three different more...
Posted by LE on Thursday, August 15, 2013
Kayaking with a Freighter
The St. Clair River offers a variety of experiences for paddlers! This was a beautiful day in front of Marine City. Summer is not long enough!
Posted by LE on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Watch this lunchtime show by a wind surfer under the Blue Water Bridge between Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan.
Posted by LE on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Paddle the Pine
Heading upstream on the Pine River.
This week is perfect weather to get out on the water!  The Pine River in St. Clair is very welcoming to paddlers.  Use the free handicapped accessible kayak launch at the marina, and park at no cost.  If you arrive by water tie up to the floating dock off Clinton Ave.  It is more...
Posted by LE on Friday, August 02, 2013
Get in and experience our waterways
The beautiful Marine City waterfront!
The St. Clair River is rightfully called the 'Bluewater" River!  I recently paddled the St. Clair and the Belle River.  Both rivers are such a contrast, and equally interesting in their own right.  But I am still amazed every time I look at the blue-teal-azure-aqua waters of the St. Clair River. Check more...
Posted by LE on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Solo on the Black River
The Oxbow
I launched from North River Road Park on Sunday for a short afternoon paddle heading west up the river.  Not one motor boat passed me, and I saw four other kayakers, Plovers, Blue Herons and Turkey Vultures.  It was beautiful and calm. The Oxbow between the Elks Golf Course and Black River more...
Posted by JZ on Friday, July 26, 2013
The Norman Bridge paddle was really pretty but unfortunately the river was just too shallow to kayak through.  In many places rocks were covered by just a couple inches of water.  Lots of portaging and barely scraping the boats along.  Might be better during times with higher water (this was end more...
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