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I have sent this to the Cruising Board but with no response, so my apologies to those who have read it there. I hope to make my way from Lake Erie to the North Channel this summer and wonder if anyone who has travelled on the Detroit and St. Claire Rivers could comment on the ease of travelling on those rivers. Is current a problem when heading upstream? What is the average current on the rivers? Are there some spots that are particularly bad? I assume that the rivers are very heavily travelled by commercial Great Lakes shipping, and that this poses a serious danger to us little guys. Do those of you who travel on those rivers regularly have suggestions as to how to ease that danger? Obviously, keeping a sharp lookout is important, but are there other things that you guys suggest that might ease this danger a bit?
I''m grateful for anything suggestions or ideas that might make the voyage a bit safer and easier.
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Peter K.
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This is a reply I received on the same question. I think I have a more detailed reply at home. I will check tonight.


If you have enough crew to go round the clock, can make it from Cleveland to
the N/C in about 48 hours, give or take.

If you spent 10-12 hrs/day, takes about a week.

Takes 2 days to get to Metro Beach, another day to Port Huron, then another
3 days up the Mi side to Rogers or Mac City and then a day across.

Another 12-14 hr day from "Tub" to ? (forgot name, about 70 miles South and
past the Nuke Plant on the Canadian side), than another long day back to
Port Huron.

Stay well off shore and go straight in on the Canadian side, especially
around Pt Clarke.


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