The Blue Water Sturgeon Festival is a one-day festival offering close encounters with these “Gentle Giants of the Great Lakes”. The lake sturgeon, one of four freshwater sturgeon, is the largest fish and the only sturgeon found in the Great Lakes. The festival will feature a Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruise and indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits along the shores of the St. Clair River showcasing these prehistoric freshwater creatures.
Approximately 30,000 adult lake sturgeon utilize the St. Clair River under the Blue Water Bridges which makes it possible to see one of these majestic fish if given the opportunity at the right time. Lake sturgeon can reach enormous size, averaging 6.5 feet and weighing up to 200 pounds. Lake sturgeon live longer than any other fish species in Michigan, a typical life-span of a male is 55 years and 115 years for females.
In recent years, the threatened lake sturgeon has made something of a comeback. Collaborative efforts at righting environmental wrongs in the St. Clair River have improved habitat conditions, and concentrated efforts to protect native fish and wildlife species have turned sturgeon into a spotlight species. Are you ready for your close encounter with these ancient lake creatures? Come join us!
Get a glimpse of these prehistoric creatures on the first-ever Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruise! Guests will be able to see lake sturgeon in the St. Clair River via a live video feed from professional diver Greg Lashbrook underneath the Huron Lady. Big screen TV’s, courtesy of Best Buy, will allow all guests a personal view of the live action from the bottom of the river. Boarding for the sturgeon cruise begins at 11:40am and the boat will depart promptly at 12:00pm.
Ticket holders: Tickets will not be mailed to you. Please save and print your PayPal receipt as your ticket. You must present your receipt and a photo ID to board the Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruise.
Terms and Conditions: All passengers must purchase a ticket in advance. There will be no tickets available for purchase the day of the event. Only one hundred (100) tickets are available based on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the educational and research nature of this sturgeon cruise, children four years old and under are not allowed on board. There is no guarantee to see a lake sturgeon. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged or traded. The sturgeon cruise will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.
Drop in every half hour in the Maritime Center’s meeting room for our line-up of entertaining and educational workshops. Workshops are 20-minutes long, general seating, and open to all ages. Attend one of the workshops to be entered to win a free Sturgeon Festival t-shirt!
Did you know? The lake sturgeon is often called a "living fossil”. It’s part of a family of fish that has existed unchanged for more than 135 million years.
The inaugural Sturgeon Festival, organized by Friends of the St. Clair River Watershed, is a partnership between natural resource agencies, government, industry, scientists, anglers, and recreationalists in order to highlight the ecosystem approach to managing fish and wildlife in the St. Clair River and to increase interest in restoring the lake sturgeon to higher levels of abundance. With everyone’s cooperation, this “Gentle Giant of the Great Lakes” will be saved from extinction for all to enjoy. Click on “More Facts” to read more about lake sturgeon and local restoration projects in the St. Clair River.