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6 Ways to Celebrate Michigan's Lake Effect in Metro Detroit

Posted on Thursday, March 16 2017 in Outdoors

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Most people are aware of and have even experienced "Pure Michigan's Lake Effect" at one or more of the five Great Lakes. However, many do not realize that Michigan also has over 11,000 lakes (and other inland bodies of water), a good portion of which are located in and around Detroit.

Do you live in or plan to visit metro Detroit this year? If so, check out these six ways you can celebrate the "Pure Michigan Lake Effect" in Southeast Michigan:

In The D:

  1. Visit the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
    Upon completion, the Detroit International RiverWalk will span a total of 5.5 miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just east of the Belle Isle Bridge, and will include the construction of a continuous path with plazas, pavilions and green spaces. With an expanded width, the RiverWalk better accommodates those walking, running, biking and fishing along the shore of the Detroit River.

  2. Check out the Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest Gold Cup Competition
    The 2016 UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest Gold Cup had the largest crowds in decades, and for 2017, Detroit RiverFront Events Inc. has every intention of running the event the same way August 26-27 in order for attendees to enjoy the experience of watching the fastest boats in the world.

  3. Paddle OABI
    Celebrating five years, "Once Around Belle Isle" (OABI) is known as the "ultimate test of stamina." Paddleboards, kayaks and surfskis race for 7 miles around the non-buoyed Belle Isle course through the international waters of the Detroit River. Not up to paddling? No problem! The event also features food trucks, craft beer, live music, a diverse vendor village and more.

    Belle Isle with Skyline
    Photo credit: Vito Palmisano

    Around The D:

  4. Tour Lake St. Clair
    There are many destinations Lake St. Clair area that appeal to all ages and a broad spectrum of interests. From boating to fishing to paddle sports to dining and nightlife, it should be no surprise that Lake St. Clair is known as the "heart of the Great Lakes" to those who have visited.

  5. Follow the "Circle the Lake Tour" Signs
    To better guide people visiting Lake St. Clair, the Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative and the Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Department created "Circle the Lake Tour" signs to direct visitors to attractions along the large lake's waterfront. The 52 signs not only entice visitors to come by the marina districts in both St. Clair Shores and Harrison Township, but they also show those who are already boating on the water the way to places of interest, all of which happen to be within walking distance of the shoreline.

  6. Attend Quake on the Lake
    Since 1999, "Quake on the Lake" has gained a reputation as "one of the premier summertime events in/around Oakland County." Split up into five different racing classes, North American Inboard Hydroplane owners and drivers with world-recording racing performances from the top teams in the business compete in this annual event on Pontiac Lake.

Freelance writer Danielle Alexander grew up living on a lake in metro Detroit and could not imagine her childhood spent any other way.

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