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Lake St. Clair

With 32 miles of beautiful Lake St. Clair coastline, Macomb County offers access to great ports of call, rivers to navigate, waterside restaurants to discover, anchorages to drop a hook, fantastic places to swim and amazing places to fish! 

Lake St. Clair is truly the heart of the Great Lakes. It has more than 430 square miles of fresh water and 160 miles of shoreline. The average depth is 10 feet, with a maximum depth of only 21 feet. The lake is one of the best freshwater fisheries in North America and also one of the busiest recreational waterways in the Midwest.

 
 
 

Angling

“St. Clair is the greatest small-mouth bass fishery on the planet.”
-Kevin VanDam, Bassmaster pro 

For decades, Lake St. Clair has been renowned as a world-class fishing destination thanks to its unique geographic proximity within the Great Lakes basin. The swift flowing St. Clair River brings clean, cold and nutrient-rich water into the lake, where it is channeled in a wide delta consisting of the North, South and Middle Channels, plus the main shipping channel. These nutrients spawn bait fish which, in turn, spawn bigger fish – fish big enough to catch the attention of anglers worldwide.

If high adventure and big fish are what you seek, look no further than Lake St. Clair. Whether you are looking to snag muskellunge, small-mouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, giant channel catfish, pike or large-mouth bass, Lake St. Clair has it all!

 

Fishing Charters

Renting a fishing charter is the ideal choice for anglers looking to maximize their success in a short amount of time. Let these experienced captains lead you to the most popular fishing hot spots!

 

Pleasure Cruises

From dinner cruise ships to chartered yachts, there are several options available for cruising Lake St. Clair in style. You can find everything from educational tours and live entertainment to strolling dinners and private events. 

 

Kayak, Jet Ski and Standup Paddleboard Rentals

Lake St. Clair is the perfect spot for watersports! You don’t need to own your own equipment to get in on the fun and excitement. Renting is the best way to enjoy a hassle-free day on the lake.

 

 

Walkable Downtowns

Downtown New Baltimore

Positioned along the northwest shore of Lake St. Clair, downtown New Baltimore is a bustling hub of activity and one of Macomb County’s finest historic and walkable downtowns. The streets are lined with restaurants and shops, offering unique dining and shopping experiences. Travelers are welcomed by car, bike, boat or foot to enjoy wonderful attractions, including a newly expanded waterfront park. Walter and Mary Burke Park features a fishing pier, public beach, paddleboat rentals, transient marina, playscapes, sheltered and open picnic areas and much more.

 

The Nautical Mile, St. Clair Shores

With a bevy of waterfront restaurants, unique shops and full-service marinas, the Nautical Mile District in St. Clair Shores is sure to delight both boaters and land lovers alike. Supported by the Nautical Mile Merchants Association, this area features several popular events and festivals each year. The mile-long stretch along Jefferson Avenue between 9 Mile and 10 Mile is also a thriving nightlife destination where you can find over a dozen signature restaurants as well as live musical entertainment and dancing. With seven major marinas, more than 2,700 slips and more than 30 marine supply stores, the Nautical Mile perfectly caters to the boating lifestyle.