Friends of the St. Clair River is Michigan's Thumbcoast environmental non-profit showing 40 miles of love to the St. Clair River and its watersheds since 2007. Based in St. Clair County, our service area includes the 40-mile long St. Clair River and five smaller subwatersheds draining directly into Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, and Lake St. Clair.
We are committed to inspiring citizen action through stewardship, monitoring and education to restore, protect and enhance the St. Clair River and its watersheds. Together, with our local, regional, state and federal partners, we implement a variety of initiatives including water and land stewardship, water quality monitoring, river cleanups, advocate for healthy water, lead research-based ecosystem management, and promote responsible water-based recreation.
St. Clair County contains some of the most limited, valuable fresh water on earth and we are here to restore, protect and enhance the future of our waterways. St. Clair County’s waters are a big part of what is known as the “Blue Water Area” which got its name from the St. Clair River; a river of incredible sapphire colors.
Introducing families to our valuable natural resources is our business. Through education, monitoring, and restoration we are committed to helping families learn, explore and enjoy all that the Blue Water Area has to offer. We hope that this love of nature creates a lifetime of memories and stewards that will one day advocate for healthy rivers, clean water, and green spaces.
Our passion for the St. Clair River runs deep here in the Blue Water Area, so welcome and thank you for stopping by! Whatever you do, get out and show our water some love!
- For nearly a decade, volunteers have gathered each January for this annual event. The event has grown from a handful of volunteers at one site to over 100 volunteers monitoring 12 sites.
Experience an aerial view of the Blue Water River Walk
St. Clair River Watershed Facts
- St. Clair County has 58 miles of shoreline along Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, and Lake St. Clair
- Drains 1,000 miles of tributaries across 720 square miles of land
- The 40-mile long St. Clair River forms an international boundary between the U.S. and Canada
- Includes the Black, Pine, and Belle River subwatersheds
- Home to the largest threatened Lake Sturgeon population in the entire Great Lakes
- The St. Clair River current is swift and dangerous at of 2.5 knots (4ft/ second)
- Surrounds 10 islands, six of which are land of the Canadian Walpole Island First Nation
- Forms the 2,500-acre largest freshwater delta in North America, known as the St. Clair Flats
- Home to Michigan’s first National Water Trail, The Island Loop
- Provides drinking water to 60% of St. Clair County’s residents
- Boasts 14 Great Lakes beaches
- Most diverse population of threatened and endangered mussels in the U.S. and Michigan found in the Belle River
- Is a world-class scuba diving, duck hunting, fishing, boating, and freighter-watching destination