Lake St. Clair --> Maumee River (OH)

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  1. ja308601

    ja308601 Member

    70
    Jan 1, 2019
    Toledo, Ohio
    2007 290 DA
    Kohler 5kw, Raymarine Hybrid Touch
    5.0L Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    It looks like we're finally going to be able to bring our new-to-us 2007 290 DA home this weekend. We had a shakedown cruise last weekend and everything went well, so hopefully we'll manage the 85ish miles well enough. We'll be departing from Harrison Township.

    I am interested in hearing from those of you who have made a similar run and/or who have experience with the Detroit River. I have Navionics and on board GPS and will (hopefully) have enough extra eyes to spot floating debris. I plan to stay south of Belle Isle on the way down and I know to stay well clear of Peche Island.

    I would appreciate any tips or advice.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Congrats! My only advice would be to ensure you have a nice, wide weather window. Don't push it. Make sure you can relax and enjoy the take-home cruise.
     
  3. ja308601

    ja308601 Member

    70
    Jan 1, 2019
    Toledo, Ohio
    2007 290 DA
    Kohler 5kw, Raymarine Hybrid Touch
    5.0L Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    Thanks! It's been a long off season and the weather (particularly the rain lately) has delayed our club and others from being able to safely put floating docks on the river. The forecast right now looks favorable and I am sure we will have to go slow with all of the floating debris.
     
  4. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I'd say that the shallows off of LSC Metropark are more dangerous than Peche. Stay in the well-marked shipping channel and Peche won't be an issue.

    After that you're good until you turn into the channel between Fighting and Grassy islands. Then you'll go into the "highway" of the downbound Livingstone Channel, then the lake.

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  5. ja308601

    ja308601 Member

    70
    Jan 1, 2019
    Toledo, Ohio
    2007 290 DA
    Kohler 5kw, Raymarine Hybrid Touch
    5.0L Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    Thanks for the heads-up. We're starting out south of LSC Metropark so that area shouldn't be an issue.
     
  6. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Ah, like the Beacon Cove area etc? Yep - only one known danger to speak of until you get to the bottom of the lake, but again the shipping channel is very well-marked.

    Locals reported a dead-head directly 3/4th's of a mile out of the Beacon Cove channel a few weeks ago. I placed a marker on ActiveCaptain. I haven't heard if it's gone or not, so keep a lookout.
     
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  7. ja308601

    ja308601 Member

    70
    Jan 1, 2019
    Toledo, Ohio
    2007 290 DA
    Kohler 5kw, Raymarine Hybrid Touch
    5.0L Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    Yes, right near Beacon Cove and thanks. I'll definitely keep an eye out for the obstacle. That's pretty directly in our path.
     
  8. ja308601

    ja308601 Member

    70
    Jan 1, 2019
    Toledo, Ohio
    2007 290 DA
    Kohler 5kw, Raymarine Hybrid Touch
    5.0L Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    The weather looks pretty solid for tomorrow. Very excited to bring this boat home and it should be a great trip.
     
  9. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    785
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp ea., 9.9 hp Mercury
    I left out of Beacon a few weeks ago when I brought mine to its new home at MacRay. I heard about the tree just outside of Beacon that Roller mentioned but never did see it. My first trip down the river was in 2017 and it's a pretty easy run and marked pretty well. I don't think you'll have a problem. Good luck and have a great season.
     
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  10. ja308601

    ja308601 Member

    70
    Jan 1, 2019
    Toledo, Ohio
    2007 290 DA
    Kohler 5kw, Raymarine Hybrid Touch
    5.0L Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    Well it was a chilly but uneventful trip down to Lake Erie. The Maumee River is a high-running mess right now but we managed to get the boat safely docked. Here's hoping the weather normalizes so we can get back to regular boating.
     
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  11. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I'm glad you had a good run!

    Apparently, I gave poor advice about Peche Island not being a threat. This guy decided to prove me very, very wrong:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. ja308601

    ja308601 Member

    70
    Jan 1, 2019
    Toledo, Ohio
    2007 290 DA
    Kohler 5kw, Raymarine Hybrid Touch
    5.0L Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    Wow! Yeah, I read somewhere that it is sneaky shallow around Peche Island but when we came through it was very easy to stay in the channel and run between Peche and Belle Isle. It was a great trip and the crew loved the Detroit River--particularly zooming down the Livingstone Channel with the current.
     
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  13. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    The channel always seemed easy to stay in for me, but I guess I over-estimate the average boater! lol

    Yeah, the Livingstone Channel is awesome! I can't tell you how many times I've wish that it continued all the way to Put-In Bay. I forgot to warn you about a real danger about the Livingstone: deer! They like to swim across the channel, eat some leaves and swim back. It's quite an experience to have to take quick evasive action to avoid hitting a deer with your boat...
     
  14. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Holy smokes...is that recent? I wonder if waves put it up on the beach like that or if it was driven there? Scary stuff...
     
  15. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Apparently the salvage operation is underway right now.
     
  16. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    592
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Glad you're home safe - I can't imagine the debris field in the river with all of this rain.
     
  17. ja308601

    ja308601 Member

    70
    Jan 1, 2019
    Toledo, Ohio
    2007 290 DA
    Kohler 5kw, Raymarine Hybrid Touch
    5.0L Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    It was really bad in both the bay and the Maumee. We had to come up the river very slowly. The debris has improved slightly over the past week though.
     

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