Learn about the lakes by being on the lakes

The best place to spend a warm summer day or evening is on the water. Michigan residents and visitors will have an opportunity to not only cruise the Great Lakes, but to learn a little something while they do it.

Summer Discovery Cruises are sponsored by MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and DTE Energy. They are a great opportunity to explore myriad topics, including sturgeon, eagles, islands, rum-runners, lighthouses, shipping, shipwrecks, wetlands, and Bob-lo Island.
The cruises are open to the public, and both individual (ages 6 and up) and group reservations are accepted. Cost for adults is $15, and $10 for children under 18. Last year, more than 1,200 people from 12 Michigan counties, 7 states and two foreign countries cruised and learned. This summer’s season sets sail June 20 and runs through August 9, with cruises leaving from Lake Erie Metropark and Metro Beach Metropark.

So take a cruise this summer. And don’t forget to thank Steve Stewart, district MSU Extension Sea Grant educator and director of Summer Discovery Cruises, for making the opportunity possible.

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