Windsor/Detroit Kayak Cove to the Ambassador Bridge

Detroit, Michigan

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This trip also combines great views of the Detroit and Windsor waterfront with a chance to explore the two island parks, Belle Isle and Peche Island (see Rte. 21). As you travel from Kayak Cove on the Detroit River, you will pass not only the two island parks, but several Windsor waterfront parks, including Coventry Gardens and the International Peace Fountain. The International Peace Fountain is a giant floating fountain located in the river near Coventry Gardens in Windsor. In summer the fountain pumps 15,000 gallons per minute and shoots streams of water 70 feet in the air, with pulsating jets and colored lights. I researched the route too late in the season to see it, but I have it on good authority that it is great fun for kayakers—almost as much fun as it was running through the sprinkler as a kid! Past the islands you paddle along the core of downtown Detroit, including the Renaissance Center, a group of tall modern buildings eighty-one stories high, covered with forty-two acres of glass.
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

by Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman (The Globe Pequot Press)

This trip also combines great views of the Detroit and Windsor waterfront with a chance to explore the two island parks, Belle Isle and Peche Island (see Rte. 21). As you travel from Kayak Cove on the Detroit River, you will pass not only the two island parks, but several Windsor waterfront parks, including Coventry Gardens and the International Peace Fountain. The International Peace Fountain is a giant floating fountain located in the river near Coventry Gardens in Windsor.

In summer the fountain pumps 15,000 gallons per minute and shoots streams of water 70 feet in the air, with pulsating jets and colored lights. I researched the route too late in the season to see it, but I have it on good authority that it is great fun for kayakers—almost as much fun as it was running through the sprinkler as a kid! Past the islands you paddle along the core of downtown Detroit, including the Renaissance Center, a group of tall modern buildings eighty-one stories high, covered with forty-two acres of glass.

©  Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Detroit
Distance: 9
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day trip
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: NOAA 14848, USGS: Belle Isle and Detroit
Driving Directions: Directions to Windsor/Detroit: Kayak Cove to the Ambassador Bridge

Recent Trail Reviews

6/21/2006
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I would definetly recommend finishing this trip at the ambassador bridge. I went around Bell Isle and then paddled back and it was very difficult going against the current. Peche Island was the highlight of the trip, it was a little slice of wilderness in the middle of the Detroit river. The crossing inbetween the two islands was a little intense but there was not to much traffic. A great day trip that is easy to get to for any one in the Metro Detroit area.



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