Recreation & Entertainment
The Blue Water area offersresidents and visitors breathtaking waterfront views and amenities. Many of our
greatest attractions revolve around our designation as the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes. Beautiful shorelines and riverwalks are plentiful. So whether you would love to sink your toes into the warm sand of our beautiful beaches, sink your put onto the greens of a gorgeous golf course, reel in the “catch of the day” from boat or shore, or enjoy a healthy jog, walk, or bike ride through a beautiful nature trail, ~ if it involves the great outdoors you will certainly enjoy calling the Blue Water area home.
New Blue Water YMCA... 2008
The Bluewater Area has a new state-of-the art 63,000 square foot facility which will house a 13,000 square foot aquatics area including competitive recreation pools & lazy river. The YMCA offers quality childcare and a variety of fun & fitness programs.
Municipal Recreational Facilities:
Over 1,500 acres are devoted to municipal recreational facilities including parks, ball and soccer fields, basketball courts, golf courses, picnic and play areas, wildlife sanctuaries, natural trails, fishing sites, marinas, skating arenas, boardwalks, swimming pools and campgrounds.
State Recreational Facilities:
• – 1,450 acres
• – 1,215 acres
• Port Huron State Game Area – 6,627 acres
• St. Clair Flats Wildlife Area – 10,300 acres
• Mini-game Area – St. Clair Township – 109 acres
• St. Johns Marsh Recreation Area – 2,477 acres
St. Clair County Recreational Facilities
These county operated parks offer trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and other non-motorized activities.
Recreational Harbors & Private Boating & Fishing Facilities
• 24 Marinas include private & public, as well as 11 state-operated launch sites. Boating is a major recreational activity for residents and guest of St. Clair County. Fishing is also very popular in Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, and Lake St. Clair among privately owned boats, as well as charter services.
The Blue Water Area offers:
24 Marina's, 18 golf courses, 6 public beaches, 2 State parks and numerous County parks.
For more information click on the Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau link below:
Special Bluewater Area Events
Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Sailboat Races Event Pictures
Considered one of the most challenging sail boat races in the world, the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat races typically draw 250 or more global sailing yachts and more than 3,000 seasoned sailors. Pre-race boat viewing and Mackinac festivities have become just as popular as the race itself drawing crowds of thousands to the Port Huron area.
Offshore Powerboat Races Event Pictures
Each summer, spectators jam the riverfront for the ear-pounding roar of the offshore boat races to watch powerboats soar over the St. Clair River at speeds up to 200 mph. The site of the St. Clair River in St. Clair, Michigan was chosen by the Blue Water Offshore Racing Association (BWORA) because of the favorable spectator’s viewing from both the water and the shoreline. The races have grown tremendously over the past several years boasting an ever increasing spectator count of several thousand people and in recent history garnering live TV coverage of each race. Live music of numerous bands mixed with offshore racing is all free and enjoyed by all ages!
Silver Stick Hockey Tournament Event Pictures
Not everything revolves around our waterways, for two weekends each January Port Huron becomes the center of "hockey universe' with teams from all across the United States and Ontario. The emphasis of the Silver Stick Hockey tournament is on kids which is well displayed during the annual opening ceremonies. The Silver Stick tournament is highly respected in the hockey community because it features some of the premiere teams in the U.S. and Canada. Several NHL players participated in the tournament in their younger years. Former Red Wings Dale McCourt, Dino Ciccarrelli, Shawn Burr, and Keith Primeau are just a few who came to Port Huron to compete as youngsters.
Just across the Border...
Just as our neighboring Canadian residents enjoy events hosted in our community such as the Port Huron to Mackinac Sailboat races, we equally enjoy the short trek across the Blue Water Bridges to partake in theirs, such as the annual Bayfest Music Concert.
The Blue Water Bridges make it convenient for us to share in border events and often within minutes you can find yourself enjoying the sites and sounds of Canada or vice versa for their residents.
One of the summer's biggest musical events occurs in our bordertown; Sarnia (CANADA). Thousands of Canadian and American guests join to watch unforgettable performances by hot artists on the shores of Sarnia Bay. For example the 2008 Sarnia Bayfest musical line up included top artists such as: Bon Jovi, Fergie, The Black Crowes, Rascal Flatts, and Big & Rich.
Things to see and do in St. Clair County...
• Golf/Fishing/ Boating/ Sailing/ Windsurfing/ Cycling
• Waterfront Dining ~ during the summer months many of our
waterfront eateries offer deck dining with lively local bands and entertainment
• Free riverfront musical performances
• Fishing ~ Annual Bluewater Salmon Stakes Tournament
• Attend one of numerous festivals & outdoor activities
• Enjoy a festival of color by observing the fall foliage while strolling down one of our many nature trails.
• Partake in an annual tradition of visiting one of our local "U- Pick" Apple Orchards!
• Ice Fishing/Sledding/Cross Country Skiing/Snowmobiling
• Hunting – 6,627 acres of State Game Area