Lake St Clair Landmarks deedsphotos

Lake St. Clair Sunset  deedsphoto
Lake St. Clair Sunset deedsphoto

"Force Majeure" in BYC North Channel Race October 14,2015

Ruby My Dear and Twisters, BYC North Channel Race 2014
Ruby My Dear and Twisters, BYC North Channel Race 2014 | Source
The Future of Lake St. Clair???
The Future of Lake St. Clair???

Lake St. Clair, Jewel of the Great Lakes

Lake St. Clair, Detroiters like to say, is the smallest of the Great Lakes. It's a boundary between the U.S. and Canada and a link between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. It's a shallow lake about 25 miles across at its widest point and is bisected by a dredged channel which allows the passage of ore boats and access to the upper Great Lakes by world freighters. It's a paradise for sailors, power boatsmen, duck hunters, swimmers and fishermen for perch, walleye, muskie and other fresh water species.

Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair Light

Lake St. Clair Light on the freighter channel boundary between the U.S. and Canada
Lake St. Clair Light on the freighter channel boundary between the U.S. and Canada | Source

Great Lakes Levels Rising

Great Lakes water levels rise after decade of drops

Scientists cite cold and wet weather

BY SHERI McWHIRTER • TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE • July 26, 2009

TRAVERSE CITY -- Water levels in the Great Lakes are rising after receding for a decade.

Great Lakes water levels fell in recent years, a trend that hammered the maritime industry and even fed conspiracy theories about plots to drain the inland seas that make up nearly one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water.

The three biggest lakes -- Superior, Huron and Michigan -- have risen steadily since fall 2007, when for a couple of months, Superior's levels were the lowest on record and the others nearly so.

Erie, the shallowest of the lakes, actually exceeded its long-term average in June. So did Lake Ontario, although its level is determined more by artificial structures than nature.

"It's important to remember lake levels naturally change over time. We appear to be on the natural upswing. It's part of nature," said Andy Knott, executive director at the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay.

Trouble with lake levels

The lakes follow cycles, rising and falling over time. Scientists say it's a natural process with environmental benefits, such as replenishing coastal wetlands.

But extreme ups or downs wreak havoc for people. During the mid-1980s, levels got so high that houses, businesses and even sections of roads were swept away along Lake Michigan's southeastern shoreline.

Then a sudden, deep drop-off began in the late 1990s:

• Cargo ships had to substantially lighten their loads.

• Marina operators were unable to lease slips.

• Dredging to deepen boat passageways released pollutants that had been buried for years under layers of sediment.

Scientists attribute the rebound primarily to wetter, colder weather the past couple of years. But if grim computer modeling proves accurate, global warming will cause the lakes to recede up to 3 feet this century.

"Climate projections say the lakes will go up and down around a decreasing average," said Don Scavia, director of the University of Michigan's Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. "The lows will be lower than in the past and the highs will be lower than in the past."

Water trends

Records extending to the mid-1800s document a series of larger rises and dips at about 30-year intervals, said Craig Stow, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.

So the drop in the 1990s wasn't unexpected, but its suddenness and severity caught many off guard.

Drought and warming temperatures didn't help as winter ice caps, crucial for limiting evaporation, formed in ever smaller areas.

Since fall 2007, rain and snow have picked up and winters have been colder. The lakes had substantial ice cover during the past winter, meteorologists say.

At the end of June, Lakes Huron and Michigan -- which hydrologically are one lake -- were 10 inches higher than the previous year. Erie had risen 5 inches; Superior was near the same level, and Ontario was an inch lower.

Ontario and Erie were 5 inches above their long-term averages, while the others were within 6 inches of theirs.



8-4-08 Great Lakes Levels Near Normal After Rains, Snow

Lake St. Clair is up 10 inches from last year and down just 2 inches from its normal for July.

Lake St. Clair and Detroit River

Lake St. Clair

HackerCraft, Lake St. Clair
HackerCraft, Lake St. Clair | Source
John Wonsowicz with Lake St. Clair muskie about to be released.
John Wonsowicz with Lake St. Clair muskie about to be released. | Source

A Photo Tour of Lake St. Clair from the Detroit River to the Clinton River

I took most of the pictures in this Hub in the fall of 2005 while helping my good friend Chuck Middleton sail his Beneteau 37 Parallax from Detroit Yacht Club 20 miles up Lake St. Clair to the Clinton River in Mt.Clemens to put her away for the winter. These kinds of trips can be boring so I brought my camera and recorded the landmarks as we sailed up the lake. A few of the pictures were taken on other occasions. I took all the pictures except for the aerial view of Crescent Sail Club

I took the last eight pictures of houses along Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms and Shores and the photo of Night Heron from my car as I drove along Lake Shore.

I have added a link below to Mervue Publications and three excellent historical books on Lake St. Clair by my sailing friend and fellow lover of Lake St. Clair, Mike Dixon.

Chuck

Detroit Skyline with Belle Isle Bridge in Foreground

Detroit from Belle Isle
Detroit from Belle Isle

Detroit 7-24-13

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Detroit Yacht Club--Gar Wood was Commodore; Bill Lapworth Learned to Sail Here;

Detroit Yacht Club

Detroit Edison Electric Power Plant

The Roostertail--Gold Cup Racing Headquarters

Edison Boat Club and Detroit Edison Power Plant

Edison Boat Club and Detroit Edison Power Plant

Bayview Yacht Club

Bayview Yacht Club and Detroit Edison Power Plant

Detroit Skyline, GM World Headquarters on Left

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Source

Windmill Point House, Grosse Pointe Park

Windmill Point Houses, Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park Houses

Grosse Pointe Park Houses

Grosse Pointe Park House

Grosse Pointe Park Houses

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The Only Modern House on the Lake in Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe City Park and Marina

Grosse Pointe Club

Grosse Pointe Club and War Memorial

Grosse Pointe War Memorial

Grosse Pointe Club (The Little Club)

Grosse Pointe Farms Houses

Grosse Pointe Farms House

Grosse Pointe Farms House

Crescent Sail Yacht Club, Henry B. Joy Boathouse designed by Albert Kahn and built C. 1908

Henry Joy's Party Room Adjacent to Boathouse, designed by Albert Kahn, built c. 1908, deedsphoto
Henry Joy's Party Room Adjacent to Boathouse, designed by Albert Kahn, built c. 1908, deedsphoto
Crescent Sail YC, Mid-1930s Photo by A.F. Edwards, Jr.
Crescent Sail YC, Mid-1930s Photo by A.F. Edwards, Jr.

Thistle Start--CSYC Sunday Race in Front of Joy Boathouse ralph deeds photo

Assault II, International Etchells, GLYC Fall Series c. 1979 deedsphoto
Assault II, International Etchells, GLYC Fall Series c. 1979 deedsphoto

Crescent Sail Yacht Club October 2004

Crescent Sail Yacht Club

Crescent Sail Yacht Club-Henry B. Joy Boathouse and Club Room, designed by Albert Kahn

Henry Joy/Albert Kahn Boathouse and NY 32 Night Heron

Crescent Sail Yacht Club-Henry B. Joy Boathouse and Club Room designed by Albert Kahn

Crescent Sail Yacht Club Harbor Enlargement Project 2005-06

Crescent Sail Yacht Club Harbor Enlargement Project 2005

Grosse Pointe Farms Pier-New Club House and Harbor Improvement Project 2005

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club | Source
Pilot 35 Albacore, BYC Long Distance Race 2005 in front of Grosse Pointe YC,  deedsphoto
Pilot 35 Albacore, BYC Long Distance Race 2005 in front of Grosse Pointe YC, deedsphoto

Grosse Pointe Shores House

Grosse Pointe Shores Houses

Grosse Pointe Shores House

Grosse Pointe Shores McMansion

Grosse Pointe Shores House

Edsel Ford Mansion, Gaukler Point, Grosse Pointe Shores

Edsel Ford Mansion, Gaukler Point, Grosse Pointe Shores

Edsel Ford Mansion, Gaukler Point, Grosse Pointe Shores

Shore Club Apartment Tower at 9-mile Road

Grosse Point Yacht Club view from north

Condominiums on Clinton River

North Star Sail Club on Clinton River

An undated photo of the rear range lighthouse and the lightkeeper's house, which was demolished in the early 20th century. Save Our South Channel Lights hopes t

Grosse Pointe Shores Municipal Building (Looks like an Albert Kahn design.)

Express 27 Air Force Detroit NOOD 2010
Express 27 Air Force Detroit NOOD 2010

NY 32 Night Heron and Great Lakes Ore Boat on Lake St. Clair deedsphoto

Goose Hunting Blind on Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms

John J. Boland, 1000-foot Great Lakes Ore Boat

I am informed that the dimensions of the John J. Boland are as follows:  Length 680 feet; Beam 78 feet; Draft 45 feet; Capacity 33,800 tons
I am informed that the dimensions of the John J. Boland are as follows: Length 680 feet; Beam 78 feet; Draft 45 feet; Capacity 33,800 tons

Summer Squall Approaches Crescent Sail Club

Albacore Pilot 35 Sloop, GPYC Bluenose Regatta 2009 deedsphoto
Albacore Pilot 35 Sloop, GPYC Bluenose Regatta 2009 deedsphoto
Express 27 Air Force GPYC Bluenose 2009 deedsphoto
Express 27 Air Force GPYC Bluenose 2009 deedsphoto
Jade, Cal 9.2 GPYC Bluenose 2009 deedsphoto
Jade, Cal 9.2 GPYC Bluenose 2009 deedsphoto
Express 27 Mika heads for finish. GPYC Bluenose Regatta 2009 deedsphoto
Express 27 Mika heads for finish. GPYC Bluenose Regatta 2009 deedsphoto
Grosse Pointe Sail Club Tues. Evening Race deedsphoto
Grosse Pointe Sail Club Tues. Evening Race deedsphoto
Pilot 35 Sloop BYC Long Distance Race, deedsphoto
Pilot 35 Sloop BYC Long Distance Race, deedsphoto
Crescent sloop, Mania, GPYC Bluenose Regatta 2009 deedsphoto
Crescent sloop, Mania, GPYC Bluenose Regatta 2009 deedsphoto
Courtesan, start of GPYC Bluenose 2009 deedsphoto
Courtesan, start of GPYC Bluenose 2009 deedsphoto
Islander 36 Marksman GPYC Bluenose 2009 deedsphoto
Islander 36 Marksman GPYC Bluenose 2009 deedsphoto

Lake St. Clair "Pure Michigan" Spoof

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sarahd 10 years ago

you should add a map with locations marked


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Ralph Deeds 10 years ago Author

Thanks for the suggestion.


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Kam 9 years ago

Sweet pictures


Paul Lady 8 years ago

Interesting ride! pjl


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JessicaR1211 7 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

Those are some nice pictures! Nice hub!


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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Thanks!


Debbie Weatherston 6 years ago

You should be in PR for Michigan - Southeast - Metro Detroit is a beautiful area to live in, sail in. Great photos.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your kind comment, Debbie.


Peter 5 years ago

Great shots. Makes me long for summer and getting out on the lakes. A lot of great landmarks/ history we have.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

You have some very excellent and interesting photos here. Learned some new things here too.

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