Run With the Sturgeon is a 5k race and 1k fun run along the beautiful Blue Water River Walk on the shores of the St. Clair River. Meet our mascot, Seymour Sturgeon, who will be cheering you on! Stick around after the race for the award ceremony and to see a threatened Lake Sturgeon from Lake Huron up close and personal. Race proceeds benefit Friends of the St. Clair River Sturgeon For Tomorrow and Starting Line Youth Running Fund. We will race rain or shine!!!
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The Sturgeon Festival is a family-friendly event, sponsored by Friends of the St. Clair River, centered on providing close encounters with the “Giants of the Great Lakes”. Browse a dozen indoor & outdoor displays with hands-on activities, drop-in a workshop, touch a live sturgeon and other native fish, or take a ride on our exclusive Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruise.
Sturgeon are phenomenal to see up close because they reach enormous size - weighing up to 150 pounds, growing over 7 feet, and living over 100 years. The St. Clair River ecosystem supports the largest remaining population of free-ranging threatened lake sturgeon. Over 10,000 lake sturgeon call underneath the Blue Water Bridges home which makes it possible to see these majestic fish if given the opportunity. At the Sturgeon Festival, we are bringing this unique opportunity to thousands of families each year.
Lake sturgeon populations have declined since the early 1900’s, not just from historical over-fishing, but from habitat alteration and increasing pollution levels, and as a result were added to the Threatened Species list in Michigan. In recent years, the lake sturgeon has made something of a comeback due to completion of numerous spawning reefs in the St. Clair River. Sturgeon can be used as a spotlight species to gauge the health of the river, and with sturgeon numbers slowly on the rise we are assured that the health of the St. Clair River is also improving. A sustainable fish population and healthy river system is not only important for our health but it means increased recreation opportunities and tourism for the Blue Water Area.
Are you ready for your close encounter with this prehistoric freshwater fish?
Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruise
9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Meet the Scientists Workshops
// Restoration of the St. Clair River – Patty Troy
// Live Sea Lampreys & Invasives – Jill Wingfield
Chalk the Walk Sturgeon Mural
View live lake sturgeon on shore with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and DNR scientists
Learn about the Great Lakes at outdoor exhibits
Special kids’ activities, sturgeon birthday cake, t-shirt sale, give-aways, Seymor Sturgeon mascot, and more!
School Sturgeon Cruise
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.
Sturgeon photos by Greg Lashbrook
The Sturgeon Festival, organized by Friends of the St. Clair River, 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 recently completed local habitat restoration projects in the St. Clair River.
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