Sharing a border and a woven history of nautical lore, Clay Township and the City of Algonac unite to welcome visitors to their naturally diverse area.  Their plethora of waterways and untamed surroundings make these communities a destination for sportspersons, paddlers and nature lovers.  Clay encompasses hundreds of out islands teaming with game species, song bird and aquatic wildlife and includes charming Harsens Island which is accessible by ferry from Algonac.  Algonac embraces its nautical contributions, being the birthplace of Chris Craft Boats and the former home of Gar Wood. Situated on the St. Clair River, it has earned the nickname of “The Pickerel Capital of the World.”

Take advantage of the free boat launch and the Algonac Harbor Club, one of the largest deep water marinas accessible by the Great Lakes.  While in downtown Algonac, stroll along 1,800 feet of boardwalk and visit the Algonac-Clay Historical Museum which boasts local history with models of pleasure boats built right in town. There is also ferry access to Walpole Island, Canada.

Enjoy a day of freighter watching from the land or cast your line from a boat.  Algonac State Park rests here on the banks of the St. Clair River. If your passion is the outdoors, this area will suit you well. Come, spend some time in Clay and Algonac and discover the up north atmosphere without the up north commute.
Highlights of a trip to Clay and Algonac include:

  • Visiting the Algonac-Clay Historical Museums where you will find pleasure boats built in Algonac on display
  • Visiting St. John’s Marsh, which offers a 3,000 acre wildlife sanctuary
  • A ferry boat ride to Harsens Island to dine, shop and relax
  • Spectacular freighter-watching view along the 1,800 foot boardwalk on St. Clair River
  • World-class fishing, as Algonac is known as “The Pickerel Capital of the World”

Annual festivals and special events include:

  • Harsens Island Tashmoo Days
  • Harsens Island Roots Music Festival
  • Harsens Island Lions Turkey Shoot
  • Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show “Where It All Began”
  • Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament and Festival
  • Algonac Antique Boat Parade
  • Algonac Rotary Art Fair

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Exploring by land trail or waterway is a great way to discover Michigan’s thumb region! There are hundreds of hiking trails and water ways to travel along and the Discover the Blue shoreline communities are taking part in a regional initiative to make these more user –friendly. Through the Trail Towns initiative, communities are working together to support and provide physical amenities such as accessible kayak launches, informative signage, maps and restrooms for bicyclists and paddlers. In addition, local businesses are supporting these recreational amenities by providing pertinent goods and services such as kayak and bike rentals, gear and discounts on overnight accommodations and restaurants.

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