Algonac Michigan, rich in boating history and lore, it's a town well worth visiting.

The Past.......
This area has always been the waters of legends. The speedboat was born here. Chris Craft boats were, too. A pilgrimage to Algonac is a field course in marine history. About a century ago, Chris Smith just might have started recreational boating industry here on the North Channel when he fitted his rowboat with an gasoline engine and pushed it to the record speed of 9 mph. But it was in 1915 that Smith hit it big. His boat, Miss Detroit, Won the Gold Cup, bringing the prestigious event to Detroit. Before 1920, Christopher Columbus Smith along with Garfield Arthur Wood known as the Gray Fox of Algonac won the Gold Cup six times consecutively. Together they created boating history as they defined the newly emerging sport of motorboat racing. While they may have been looking for a speed record , they also created fine boats for families to enjoy. Many of the finest, most beautiful wooden boats ever produced were built right in Algonac at the Chris-Craft Factory. Although the factory he founded is long gone from this era, for many years it was the regions biggest employers and supported the US patriotically with their cutting edge marine technology that produced the boats being used during the wartime effort so long ago. The Original Chris Craft water tower has always been a visual landmark for boaters since the early 1900's.

Now...........
Today the original Chris-Craft Plant is home to ALGONAC HARBOUR CLUB, one of the largest most complete marinas in Southeast Michigan known for its friendly staff. And those fabulous, beautiful wood boats - they are still around today being showcased at events such as the Antique Classic Boat Society's Annual Boat Show proudly held at the Algonac Harbour Club. To contact the Michigan Antique Classic Boat Society log onto www.michacbs.com. This area is also renowned for its terrific fishing which earned these parts the nickname "The Pickerel Capital of the World". Algonac is home to the Algonac Lion's Club Annual 4th of July Pickerel Tournament including spectacular Fireworks that can be viewed easily from the the Algonac Harbour Club or on the boardwalk up town as well by boat on the river. The weekend of the Pickeral Tournament includes a Carnival full of small town fun with a Craft and Car show while simultaneously providing other family activities.