The North Channel
July 10, 2010
The St. Clair River connects Lakes Huron and St. Clair with the mouth opening onto Lake St. Clair. The North Channel branches off to the west of St.Clair River at Algonac, MI emptying into Anchor Bay. Anchor Bay is a bay off of Lake St. Clair. The channel and bay is not deep enough for lake freighters but the area is a very popular boating spot enjoyed by both Canadians and Americans. Land on both sides of the North Channel and the North Channel itself it on the US side of the International border however Canadians boat in this area on a very regular basis. Closer to shore it is quite common to see smaller Canadian fishing boats. There are a few marinas on the North Channel for fuel and docking. Two have restaurants with outdoor seating to enjoy watching the boats while eating. Canadians must have an I-68 or Nexus card in order to land by boat and you must report to US customs prior to leaving your boat. You cannot land by boat in the US using your passport! Canadians can call 1-810-985-9541 (Port Huron, MI) or 1-313-393-3942 (Detroit, MI) ahead of arrival or when you arrive with their boat number, identification information and location. Upon returning to Canada you must be docked at an approved marina before calling 1-888-226-7277 to report your return entry into Canada.