Island Loop Route, the

Managed By

St. Clair County, St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning Commission
in partnership with St. Clair County, Parks and Recreation Commission

Trail Overview

Begin at North River Road Park in Fort Gratiot Township.  Enter the water by using the American Disabities Act (ADA) Kayak launch.  Head downstream in the Black River 0.4 miles and turn east into the Black River Canal. Paddle 1.1 miles, passing under the Taintor Gate at the entrance to Lake Huron.  Turn right (south) in the lake and navigate under the Blue Water Bridges, into the St. Clair River.  Stick near the Michigan shoreline.  Avoid the center of the river, which is the International shipping channel.  Distance from the bridges to the mouth of the Black River is 2 miles. Turn right (west) into the Black River which is an easy paddle 4.7 miles upstream and back to the starting point.

Trail Length:


Trail Location

Experience a very unique paddle in southeast Michigan crossing four different water bodies, along the international border.

Open Dates

4/28 - 10/14

Hours of Operation

Sunrise to Sunset

Trail Mission Statement

The mission of the Island Loop Route is to provide a safe, unique and exciting recreational experience for residents and visitors of all abilities to enjoy as they navigate four distinct water bodies in St. Clair County.

Uses and Activities

  • Boating, motorized
  • Boating, nonmotorized: Canoeing
  • Boating, nonmotorized: Kayaking
  • Boating, nonmotorized: Sailing
  • Boating, nonmotorized: Tubing
  • Fishing
  • Heritage and History
  • Swimming
  • Swimming: Diving/Snorkeling
  • Swimming: Wading
  • Wildlife Observation

Water Trail & Surrounding Surfaces

  • Water, moderate moving
  • Water, slow moving
  • Water, still
  • Grass or vegetation
  • Sand
  • Soil

More Information

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Best Management Practices

This information was last updated on 11/18/2013 at 8:57 AM