The latest cruisers will be on display during the 10th annual Metro Boat Show at Lake St. Clair Metropark Sept. 12-15.

The latest cruisers will be on display during the 10th annual Metro Boat Show at Lake St. Clair Metropark Sept. 12-15.

Photo provided by the Michigan Boating Industries Association

Boats set to dock for Metro Boat Show

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 16, 2019


HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Metro Boat Show is coming back to Lake St. Clair Metropark Sept. 12-15. Organizers of the 10th annual event said that regardless of the recent high lake levels, the show will go on with more to see and do.

“High water levels have been a big story across the Great Lakes all summer,” said Michigan Boating Industries Association Executive Director and Show Manager Nicki Polan. “We are currently six weeks from show open, and (we) feel the levels will continue to decrease and will have minimal if any impact on the show come Sept. 12.”

Polan said that should any unexpected issues arise, organizers have a plan in place and will be ready to adjust.

She said this year’s show is expanding once again, keeping the main boardwalk on the water through the entire show. Because of its growing size, Polan said visitors will be offered free trolley service.

Boats are the big attraction at the Metro Boat Show, with boats potentially up to 60 feet long.

“We see more large cruisers, yachts and sailboats at this event because it’s easier for dealers to transport bigger boats by water,” Polan said. “The marina atmosphere with boats in the water and on land, entertainment including live music, beer tents and food trucks, make this a one-of-a-kind event that attracts boaters from all over the Great Lakes.”

New 2020 model introductions will be debuted at the show, and there will be plenty of end-of-the-season pricing on current inventory.

“This boat show is important to both buyers and sellers in this region. Fall in-water shows are known for high sales volume around the country, and Michigan is the third-largest marine market in the country,” said Pete Beauregard Jr., president of Colony Marine in St. Clair Shores and chair of the MBIA Boat Show Committee. “The show is a great time whether you’re in the market for a new boat, want to see what’s coming for next year, or just want to spend a great day near the water.”

The Metro Boat Show is produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association and sponsored by Huron-Clinton Metroparks and Great Lakes Scuttlebutt.

Boat show hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, promotions and contest information, visit Admission costs $10 for adults. Children 12 and younger enter free with an adult. Parking costs $10, or is free with a Metroparks permit.

General park information can be found at or by calling (800) 47-PARKS. Limited transient boating will be available.