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Discover the Nautical Mile

Posted on Monday, July 29 2013 in Outdoors

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The Nautical Mile — which spans Jefferson Avenue between 9 Mile and 10 Mile Roads in St. Clair Shores — is the hub of metro Detroit boating.

This mile-long stretch along Lake St. Clair is home to seven major marinas with more than 2,700 slips serving everything from small runabouts to expansive cruising yachts.

But you don’t have to own a boat to enjoy all the area has to offer.

With its host of destination restaurants, unique shops, events and more, the Nautical Mile offers year-round fun for the entire family, including the Venetian Festival and the Poinsettia Ball.

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The Ovation Yacht

Boating, sailing, skiing, racing, fishing, jet skiing and swimming are among the many summer activities, while in cooler temperatures the frozen lake plays host to ice fishermen, ice boat racers, snowmobilers and countless other winter sports.

If you don’t have a boat but want to get on the water, dine and cruise aboard the Infinity & Ovation Yacht Charters, where you’ll have food that as renowned as the service and the views of the lake.

When the sun goes down, take in an evening concert at Whaby Park. Or check out the nautical nightlife in the clubs and restaurants that line the Mile, including Fishbone’s, Pegasus Taverna, Brownie’s on the Lake, Mike’s on the Water, Pat O’Brien’s, Rojo and Tin Fish Restaurant.

By water, you can reach the Nautical Mile from anywhere on the Great Lakes. By land, it’s close to I-94, I-75 and I-696.

Lake St. Clair Metropark is just a few miles to the north, and a tour of the Detroit River, courtesy of Diamond Jack’s River Tours or the Detroit Princess Riverboat, is only about a 15-minute drive to the south.

So find a place to stay in the heart of it all and then start planning your nautical getaway.

What’s your favorite spot along the Nautical Mile?

By: Lori Bremerkamp