St. Clair Shores is getting ready to open up the harbor at Lac Sainte Clair for boaters.

St. Clair Shores is getting ready to open up the harbor at Lac Sainte Clair for boaters.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Harbors getting ready for boating season in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 15, 2019

 Boat slips at Lac Sainte Claire harbor, located behind City Hall, include water and electricity, plus dock boxes.

Boat slips at Lac Sainte Claire harbor, located behind City Hall, include water and electricity, plus dock boxes.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — April showers bring May flowers and, in many cases, boaters to Lake St. Clair.

The city-run harbors at Lac Sainte Clair and Blossom Heath will open for boaters to put their vessels in the water this month.

“We’re always making improvements to the harbors,” said Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman.

He said that many improvements have been made to the harbor at Blossom Heath Park, where there are now more slips with power and water available. While rental rates at that park are typically lower, that is not the case this year, he said.

Both Blossom Heath and Lac Sainte Clair harbors have amenities that boat owners can take advantage of throughout the season. New for 2019, boaters at Blossom Heath now can receive a family pass to the municipal pool with their rental, the same amenity that renters at Lac Sainte Clair have always enjoyed.

The harbors were scheduled to open up for boaters April 15. A 20-foot slip at Blossom Heath with no water or electricity costs $720 for the season. The slips in that size with water and electricity are already rented for the season. Thirty-foot slips cost $1,290.

At Lac Sainte Clair, a 24-foot slip costs $950, a 28-foot slip costs $1,290 and a 35-foot slip costs $1,845. Lac Sainte Clair boaters can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a dog run, bathrooms, dock boxes, and water and electricity at every slip. All prices are $100 more for nonresidents.

There is also a concession stand, an ice machine and a pump-out station available for additional costs.

Nick Damm, aquatics supervisor for Lac Sainte Clair harbor and pool, said that more and more people are coming in to rent boat slips every day.

“We are working on cleaning some of the boards, and in the next few weeks we’ll be ordering new boards to replace some of those that are broken and just to freshen up the place,” he said. “We will continue replacing our (electrical) pedestals and replacing dock boxes through the year.”

While there are still some boats and recreational vehicles in the pool parking lot through the end of the month, Damm said there was plenty of parking for those looking to start boating April 15.

Bowman said that the city didn’t increase any rates for the 2019 season. Park passes will be required to enter the resident-only parks beginning May 1. They cost $7 for an individual and $10 for a couple, or $5 and $7, respectively, for senior citizens.

Pool passes will cost $40 for a single adult, $35 for a child, $35 for a senior citizen and $90 for a family of four, with each additional child costing $25.

Registration for summer swim lessons and the swim team will begin the second week of May, Damm said, and the pool will open the May 25.

For more information, visit www.scsmi.net/328/Harbors-Boat-Wells or www.scsmi.net/799/Aquatics.

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