Ten years ago my friend, Chrissy, and I paddled Peche Island, smack dab in the middle of the St. Clair River between Windsor and Detroit.

Peche Island. Click image to see full size.

We couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day….yes it was very HOT! but we had a nice wind coming off Lake St. Clair. There is a tiny little launch spot called “Kayak Cove” off River Rd, just west of the swimming area on Lake St. Clair. You really have to look for the spot…we passed it twice. LOL!

If you’ve never heard of Peche Island I think you’ll find the stories interesting. It has a colorful history, from Native Treaties to being a hide-out used by booze runners during prohibition. It’s said that the island was cursed by one of the original settlers. The ruins of the Hiram Walker Estate sit waiting to be explored. Read about the history of Peche Island.

Chrissy and I were prepared for pretty much everything but it didn’t occur to us that we might need to secure our yaks to a tree. All of our adventures have been to isolated places so it didn’t occur to us to bring a lock and cable. We didn’t explore the inner island because we wanted to make sure we had a way home. LOL However, we were able to paddle much of the interior water ways.

We explored around for about four hours and decided it was time to head back. By the time we had everything packed and secured we were pooped, sweaty and in need of a swim. OMG…the water of Lake St. Clair is beautiful. We are not often spoiled with a nice soft sandy bottom…though the swimming area there only goes as deep as your waist. We were refreshed and ready for the drive home.

Outside of Leamington we realized we had made a wrong turn but we were heading in the right direction so what the heck. Best wrong turn ever! Crossing a small bridge over a marsh we saw so many White Egrets and Blue Herons flying above. Unbelievable! According to the map we were at the south edge of Hillman Marsh. Check out these pics:

This really was the highlight of our trip. Peche Island was relaxing and fun because it was someplace different but we were both a little disappointed with the birding. Hillman Marsh is definitely going on our list of day trips.

Until next time friends…

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