Harsens Island

Algonac, Michigan

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A little-known watery paradise that offers a variety of pleasant day trips for Detroit area kayakers. Harsens Island is the centerpiece of the St. Clair Flats, a fan-shaped pattern of islands, marshes, and channels that has formed where the St. Clair River empties into Lake St. Clair. With an intricate network of canals and inlets that are more important means of transportation than the local roads during the summer months, Harsens Island is sometimes referred to as “the Venice of the Midwest.” In many ways, the area is reminiscent of the fishing villages of the Eastern Seaboard or the bayous of the Mississippi Delta. Yet it is located less than an hour’s drive from downtown Detroit, via a five-minute car-ferry ride from the city of Algonac.
Paddling Michigan

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Paddling Michigan

by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

A little-known watery paradise that offers a variety of pleasant day trips for Detroit area kayakers. Harsens Island is the centerpiece of the St. Clair Flats, a fan-shaped pattern of islands, marshes, and channels that has formed where the St. Clair River empties into Lake St. Clair.

With an intricate network of canals and inlets that are more important means of transportation than the local roads during the summer months, Harsens Island is sometimes referred to as “the Venice of the Midwest.” In many ways, the area is reminiscent of the fishing villages of the Eastern Seaboard or the bayous of the Mississippi Delta. Yet it is located less than an hour’s drive from downtown Detroit, via a five-minute car-ferry ride from the city of Algonac.

©  Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Algonac
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Day trip
Local Contacts: St. Clair Flats Wildlife Area
Local Maps: USGS St. Clair Flats, Algonac
Driving Directions: Directions to Harsens Island

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