A: The National Ocean and Atmosphere Administration has created a document, Beach Closures and Human Health, which educates the public on why there are beach closures, some of the causes of beach and water pollution, and ways to stay safe at the beach. To view this document click here or visit the websites of Macomb County’s Public Health Department or NOAA.gov for more information on water and beach pollution. You can also visit the Lake St. Clair Metropark website to find out if the beach is closed.
A: Macomb County is filled with recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. The county is home to two Huron-Clinton Metroparks—Lake St. Clair and Stony Creek. Both parks have bike paths, sand volleyball, basketball courts, picnic facilities, and golf. The county-wide trail way system is another fun and safe way to spend time outdoors. Walk down the Macomb Orchard Trail and view the beautiful fall colors or bike from Lake St. Clair Metropark to Dodge Park along the Freedom Trail. If you’re looking for water recreation, Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River are both wonderful places to boat, fish, or swim. Visit TourLakeStClair.com or view the County’s trail way Master Plan for more information.
A: Michigan Sea Grant provides information on the difference between harmful algae blooms and muck. If muck or algae is accumulating on your shoreline read the Michigan Sea Grant document to learn about its causes and potential health risks. You can also visit the websites of Macomb County Health Department or Michigan Sea Grant for more information.
A: There are many launch sites along the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair to launch your boat. Lake St. Clair Metropark has an excellent public launch site. There are also many marinas along the lake such as MacRays, Belle Maker Harbor, and Jefferson Beach where you can launch and store your boat. If you just want to kayak for the day, Walter & Mary Burke Park in New Baltimore or Heritage Park in Utica are both great locations. Visit TourLakeStClair.com or click on the Coastal Paddling Trail Map for a complete list of locations.
A: Lake St. Clair Metropark and the Pier at Walter & Mary Burke Park in New Baltimore are both great public access spots to go fishing. Miller Marina/Blossom Heath also allows fishing off the pier and provides boat rental. For information on these sites and more visit TourLakeStClair.com. Click on the fishing tab for a weekly blog about the best spots to fish on Lake St. Clair!