freighter under the blue water bridge on a sunny day
Blue Water Area

Blue Water Area: The Eastern Shores of Michigan

The Blue Water Area rests on Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, along Michigan's eastern shoreline.
Here, 140 miles of waterfront and 10 communities await your arrival with an array of things to do and places to explore. Visitors can brewery hop after cross-country skiing, or see historical sites after a professional hockey game.
 Scoot downtown for a bit of live theater. When you're ready to refuel, there's an abundance of restaurants to choose from that are sure to challenge your taste buds. the Blue Water region says it's time to play.
It's a shore thing!

Whether it's a day trip, a week's vacation or a conference or convention, when you discover Michigan's ThumbCoast, you Discover The Blue.

It's a shore thing!

Clay / Algonac

Clay Township and the city of Algonac share a border and a woven history of nautical lore. Boaters and paddling enthusiasts will enjoy their inland canals and deep channel waterways.

Marine City

Historically, Marine City was known as a ship building center of the Great Lakes. Today it has grown into a hot spot for antique buffs plus boasts two live theaters and a vibrant downtown.

St. Clair

St. Clair is serenity found. Its beautiful waterfront park features the longest freshwater boardwalk in the world and the picturesque town offers several music events and social activities.


Marysville's beach area and restored shoreline make it an ideal getaway for those who love the waterfront. Car shows, annual events, playgrounds and a splash pad keep the city park bustling.

Port Huron

Port Huron is known as the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes with unique sites to be explored. Many options to access the water make Port Huron a premier waterfront destination.
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walking under the blue water bridge in port huron at night.

Combine friendly hospitality, beach town charm, and a deep appreciation of the arts and you'll find Lexington, perched on the shores of Lake Huron.
Photo Courtesy @greshamhalsteadphoto

Port Sanilac

Port Sanilac is a quaint waterfront community nestled on Lake Huron. It's natural beauty caters many opportunities to escape urban living and revel along the shoreline.

Harbor Beach

With gorgeous views of Lake Huron and plenty of water access, Harbor Beach is a water lover's paradise. Its protected harbor is perfect for kayaking, boating, swimming and other water fun.

Port Austin

Embark on an adventure in Port Austin. Kayaking novice and experts alike enjoy the dynamic shoreline of Lake Huron which gives way to earthy rock formations, caves and stacks along the water.

M24 Roadside Park - Port Sanilac
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