Everyone needs a favorite spot close to home. A place that makes them feel peaceful, relaxed, and happy. I actually have several that are anywhere from about two minutes to 20 minutes from my house. Places I go just because I enjoy being there.
My favorite spot is the boardwalk in St. Clair. It is the world’s longest freshwater boardwalk and overlooks the St. Clair River, the world’s busiest shipping channel. More freighters go down the St. Clair River than the Panama and Suez canals combined. The water is a beautiful blue, and across the river is Canada.
I love the boardwalk in both summer and winter. The summer months you can view freighters, boaters, kayaks, jet skiers, kids jumping off the boardwalk into the river, and the beautiful park it is located in. Winter is also special, with freighters moving though the frigid waters amongst ice floats, Christmas garland strung on the rail, and the snow covered walkway and park.
My second favorite spot is the Thomas Edison Parkway. This is where you will find a walkway along the St. Clair River and Lake Huron where they meet under the Blue Water Bridge. A perfect viewing spot for freighters and boaters traveling along the channel. If you are feeling energetic you can walk from the International Flag Plaza just north of the Blue Water Bridge south into Pine Grove Park where the Huron Lightship Museum is located.
In addition to those two favorites I also enjoy Lighthouse Beach. The beach is located on Lake Huron and offers views of the Blue Water Bridge and the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Michigan.
Fort Gratiot County Park is also located on Lake Huron and includes a path through a small wooded area, a boardwalk lets you walk out onto the beach close to the pavilions without actually walking in the sand, and of course the beach itself. You will also find the 1971 Tunnel Explosion Memorial in this park, a construction accident that claimed the lives of 22 men.
Kettelwell Pond in Fort Gratiot is a great spot for viewing birds, turtles and other wildlife. The pond has a paved walkway all the way around it with benches placed periodically for sitting back and enjoying nature. This is a peaceful place good for a leisurely stroll, but is also popular with people who enjoy jogging the path.
These are only my favorite spots here in the Blue Water area. There are so many, too many, to go into detail on. You may also find me on the river walks in Marine City or Algonac, at Chrysler Beach in Marysville, Lakeside Beach in Port Huron, or Desmond Landing in Port Huron, So much water, so many relaxing spots.
I hope each of you has, or finds, a spot to relax. Somewhere that is peaceful, relaxing, and makes you feel happy.