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Captain Dan Chimelak
Check Out New Fishing Tab, Weekly Reports on 

Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative has formed partnerships with two respected Lake St. Clair charter captains to create new fishing reports. Both installments are updated frequently and are being posted to the newly redesigned "Fishing" section on the website.


The first post is from our infamous fishing expect, Captain Dan Chimelak, co-owner of Lakeside Fishing Shop in St. Clair Shores. Dan's comprehensive "on-the-water" multi-specie fishing report is gleaned from fishing experiences reported by serious fishing enthusiasts all over Lake St. Clair. In addition to managing his fishing supply store, Dan owns and operates Four Seas Charter Service, where he targets walleye, perch & bass on his 25-foot tri-toon with a canvas enclosure.

Mr. Muskie Charters
Captain Kevin Backus


While Dan will be cover fishing for most of the 22 species that can be caught in Lake St. Clair, a second fishing expert will weigh in primarily on muskellunge and smallmouth bass. Renowned Muskie Charter Captain Kevin Backus of Mr. Muskie Charters will be generating those fishing reports. Backus began fishing on the waters of Lake St. Clair at an early age. His grandfather, the legendary muskie fisherman Homer LeBlanc, passed on the knowledge and skills required to be a legendary fisherman.


For more information on Mr. Muskie and Four Seas Charter services, visit the Business director on the website, then get out on Lake St. Clair and go fishin'!

Celebrate Lake St. Clair at MacRay Harbor on Saturday, June 8th  
Four organizations with a strong connection and dedication to Lake St. Clair are hosting a major celebration of the lake and its assets Saturday, June 8th, with activities to take place at MacRay Harbor on North River Road in Harrison Township. This year will feature kid's activities, boating educational displays, a nautical yard sale and an expanded list of events and activities. All are free and open to the public.


The celebration is hosted by Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative, Clinton River Watershed Council, MacRay Harbor, Galati Yacht Sales, and kicks off Saturday at noon with exhibitors featuring educational, informative and how-to presentations from noon to 4:00 p.m. at an exhibit area located on the south side of the MacRay Banquet and Events Facility. The exhibits will promote clean recreational boating practices, clean marina programs, marine safety statutes, local watercraft controls, administrative laws and the scientific research being done by the Sea Cadets through the Great Lakes system.


Also to be featured is a Harbor Grille Bistro Dinner Special featuring a Nacho & Taco Buffet. Capping off the evening will be a free concert featuring the Under Pressure Band from 7:00 to 10:00 pm in the MacRay parking lot behind the Banquet Center & Events Center.


For more information on Celebrate the Lake, visit  


An avid boater, Lan Lozon
is shown here with his crew
of real estate pro's
Want to Live Your Dream?
Live on the Lake!   
If you've ever dreamed of living on or near Lake St. Clair, you'll want to talk to Lan Lozon, owner of Land and Lake Realty  in Harrison Township, Michigan. Lan has been in the real estate business for 45 years and specializes in lake and waterfront properties on and around Lake St. Clair. Their mission is to provide exemplary real estate services to their clients. Lan himself is a boater and lifetime resident of the area who blends his knowledge of the market with professional expertise to guide clients to sound real estate decisions.


Now with two locations and seven licensed real estate professionals onboard, Land and Lake Realty, Inc. is a full-service Michigan real estate company that prides itself in offering exemplary service. Today, the firm uses state of the art realtor services to locate buyers and sellers. Included among those tools are Bing mapping, a Realtor Property Report, the RMLS (part of the Great Lakes Repository of multiple listings) and the comprehensive Listing Book for Buyers, which allows buyers to shop like agents.


Lan notes that more than half of his current listings are on the water. Give him a call at (586) 792-5253 or visit their website at   

Sprint & Splash Adds
Wet Fun to Competition    
If you are looking for a cool way to combine a little competition with a lot of wet fun, consider participating in the 2nd Annual Sprint and Splash event on Saturday, June 15, at Lake St. Clair Metropark. The event will kick-off at 8:00 a.m. with the 6 Mile Stand-Up Paddleboard Competition, and will conclude at noon.

The event features:
  • A 5K Family Friendly Fun Run & Walk
  • A Duathlon, which includes a 5K Run and a 2 Mile Kayak
  • A WPA Sanctioned 6 Mile Stand Up Paddle Boarding Competition
  • A 2 Mile Fun Recreational Stand Up Paddle Board Race

The Sprint and Splash event is a fundraiser for three non-profit groups: Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative, the Clinton River Watershed Council and Six Rivers Land Conversancy. Presenting sponsor for the event is Henry Ford Health Systems.


Sponsorship opportunities are still available for anyone interested in having a place in the "Beach Village". This level includes a 10' x 10' booth space in a designated area near the finish line where all participants and spectators will gather. Vendors may sell their items and pass out promotional materials. In addition, all sponsors will get their logo on the event website and on the participant T-Shirts.


Participants can register for the event online until June 12th at and can also register at Lake St. Clair Metropark on Friday, June 14th and from 6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. on the day of the event. For more information, email Amanda Priemer  

Lake St. Clair Metropark Breaks Ground for Storm Water Greenscape Project     
Storm water from a 4,200-car parking lot will no longer flow into the Black Creek once construction is completed on the $3.3 million Storm Water Greenscape Project at Lake St. Clair Metropark.


The project involves replacing part of the 42-acre parking lot built in 1950 with eco-friendly parking areas and vegetative swales that, along with the nearby wetlands, collect and filter rainfall as part of a natural storm water management system. The project will improve water quality by reducing the amount of untreated storm water flowing directly into Lake St. Clair. A key element of the design is redirecting the flow of storm water from the existing outlet at Black Creek to a new open-water outlet at the Point Rosa Marsh.


The design also improves vehicle and pedestrian safety by installing new parking areas close to the Nature Center, rerouting the perimeter park road, and separating the hike/bike trail from the park road. Two skating ponds and a sledding hill will be shaped into the new contours, and nearly 200 trees and 10 acres of native plants will be placed in green areas.


Two U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling $1.5 million help fund the project.

Construction is expected to begin on May 20. Heavy equipment will crumble up about one-half of the parking lot pavement; this material will remain in place and be reused as base for the new pavement. Dan's Excavating, Inc., of Shelby Township, is the general contractor.


For more information, contact Lake St. Clair Metropark at 586-463-4581.

This is National Safe Boating Week; U.S. Coast Guard reports Michigan boating fatalities down 18%      
This is National Safe Boating Week, which raises annual awareness of safe and responsible boating in Michigan. This year, the "Wear It Michigan" campaign, brought to you by the National Safe Boating Council, is encouraging boaters to practice safety while on the water. Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) always encourages safety and wearing a life jacket, which can reduce fatalities on our Michigan Waters. Education can reduce accidents on the water. In 2011, the US Coast Guard reported boating related fatalities were down 18% in Michigan, with 23 compared to 28 fatalities in 2010. A steady decline for the past few years shows Michigan boaters are responsible boaters.


"MBIA offers free boater's safety courses at our boat shows, encouraging new and seasoned boaters to learn the rules of the water for the safety of all before heading out on the water," said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. "We also send out boating safety information in the spring to those who request it from us, along with our Boat Michigan Annual Directory."


Recreational boaters are educated through many organizations and campaigns such as "Wear It Michigan" to ensure safe boating practices and encourage others on the water to do the same. What better time to refresh your memory on boating safety and laws than National Safe Boating Week this spring. Join MBIA with encouraging "Ready, Set, Wear It Michigan!" For more boating safety information visit MBIA's consumer site:            

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