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 Detroit River - Boat Ramps 

The Detroit River has nine public boat ramps on the American side.  The major boat ramps are Lake Erie Metro Park, Elizabeth Park, Wyandotte, and Belanger Park. Generally speaking the boat ramps at the south end of the river open earlier in the season and have better facilties - launch lanes, parking, and lighting. 

The Detroit River boat ramps are listed in order from the southern end of the river near Lake Erie to the northern end of the river near Lake St Clair.

Erie Metro Park Boat Ramp            

32481 Jefferson Avenue              

Rockwood, Michigan 48173        

(734) 379-5020

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Lake Erie Metro Park boat ramp is located on the west end of the lake where the Detroit River enters Lake Erie.  Great launch site with 12 lane ramp and lots of parking.  Facilites include restrooms, fishing along a seawall, and a small picnic area.  The ramp moves pretty quickly in the morning but can become backed up in the afternoon as people are taking their boats out.  Caution: the channel to the lake is extrememly shallow.  Do not get outside the channel markers and be careful opening up the throttle before you hit the first dropoff to deeper water.  The area to the right (south) is also very shallow once you hit Lake Erie.  About a 10 minute trip to Lake Erie at minimum wake.    

Fees: Launch fee is $5.00 for boat and you will need to pay $5.00 for your car too.  If you buy a season pass it will cost $25 for your car and $30 for your boat.  Passes are good for a full calendar year.   

 

Directions:  Easy to find.  From I-75 take exit #29 (Gibralter Rd) and go east until you hit Jefferson Avenue (about 2.0 miles).  Turn right (south) on Jefferson and the park entrance will be on your left side about 1.7 miles down Jefferson.  The ramp is near the back of the park to the left once you pass through the toll booth. 

Elizabeth Park Ramp                  

202 Grosse Ile Parkway              

Trenton, Michigan 48183            
(734) 675-8051

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Great ramp with 10 launch and retrieve lanes and adequate parking.  The ramp is one of the busiest on the Detroit River during April-June and you may experiece a significant backup particularly in the morning.  Immediate accesss to the Detroit River and the Trenton Channel.  The ramp is about 10 minutes from the mouth of Lake Erie.  Restrooms are available but no live bait.     There is also a marina in the park for overnight dockage. 

 

Fees: Launch fee is $5.00

 

Directions:  Easy to find.  Ramp is located just south of Trenton.  Take Jefferson Avenue south to Grosse Ile Parkway and take a left (east) - there is a light at this intersection.  Ramp will be on your left about three blocks from Jefferson - if you cross over the bridge to Grosse Ile you have gone too far. 

 

Harrison Ave (Rotary) Ramp

Harrison Avenue                                 

Trenton, Michigan

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This is a relatively small launch facility with one dock.   It's very close to the river current and came be diffifcult to use particularly on a windy day.  Restroom facilities and lots of shore fishing from a boardwalk.  Adequate parking and it's generally pretty quiet.  This ramp is OK but the hassle of getting a permit at the fire station makes this one inconvenient to use.

Fees: Ramp fees are $5.00.  You need to get a permit at the fire station located Maple and Jefferson about 0.7 miles south of the ramp (west side of Jefferson with the big flag).

 

Directions: Located about two blocks east of Jefferson on Harrison Ave which dead ends at the ramp.  Look for the BP gas station on Jefferson.  The Rotary ramp is about 1.5 miles north of the Elizabeth Park ramp and south of the Grosse Ill pay bridge.

Wyandotte Ramp                        

711 Jefferson Ave (Biddle)            

Wyandotte, Michigan 48192         

(734) 284-6774

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Located near the mid point of the Detroit River.  Good quality launch site with 2 lane ramp and lots of parking.  Facilities include restrooms, bait, some tackle, and limited sandwiches and sodas.  You can clean your fish at the site.  The ramp moves pretty quickly in the morning and they run people back to the dock with a golf cart to speed up the process.  Immediate access to the river once you leave the launch area.    

Fees: Launch fee is $6.00 for your boat.  Downriver Walleye Federation members save a couple bucks.     

 

Directions:  Easy to find.  From I75 or I94 take Southfield Road south until you hit Jefferson.  Make a right turn and the ramp will be on your left side 1.1 miles down Jefferson (Biddle).  Turn left on St. Johns at the Speedboat Bar & Grille (there is a light at this intersection ) and the ramp will be right in front of you.  Jefferson is also called Biddle Ave in the Wyandotte area.  Ramp is north of the city of Wyandotte.

Ecorse Ramp                          
4633 W. Jefferson Avenue         
Ecorse, MI 48229                     
(313) 285-0318


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Located near the mid point of the Detroit River.  Good launch site with 2 lane ramp and adequate parking.  Facilites include restrooms, bait, some tackle, and limited sodas.  The ramp moves OK in the morning but there is limited dock space once you launch your boat.  Immediate access to the river once you leave the launch area.    

Fees: Launch fee is $5.00 for your boat.       

Directions:  Easy to find.  From I75 take Southfield Road south until you hit Jefferson.  Make a right turn and will see the ramp on your left side less than a half mile down the road.  Turn left into the parking lot.  If you cross over a small channel bridge you've gone too far.  Ramp is south of the city of Ecorse.

Belanger Park Ramp   

Belanger Park Rd (East of Jefferson)

River Rouge, Michigan

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This ramp is between the steel mills and River Rouge entrance to the Detroit River.  From the river you can see the white lighthouse at the end of the park.  This is a two lane ramp (one dock) but lots of parking.  Actually a very nice facility with picnic tables, gazebo, a boardwalk for shore fishing, and restrooms.   Easy access to fishing from Mud Island to the Ambassador bridge.    

 

Fees: Cost is $10 for non-residents

 
Directions
: Located about one mile east of Jefferson Ave.  Turn east on Coolidge off Jefferson and go for 0.5 miles to Industrial Drive.  Turn north (left) on Industrial Driver and go one block.  Turn east (right) on Belanger Park Rd and the ramp will be 0.5 miles down the road.

Delray Ramp         

Jefferson & Ft Wayne        

Detroit, Michigan 

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This is a two lane ramp that is OK.  Good access to the north end of the Detroit River.  The surrounding area is a very rough neighborhood.    Jefferson Ave in this area is in terrible condition with potholes everywhere.  Use extreme caution particularly after dark. Open April 1-Sept 30.

 


Fees: Launch fee is $5.00 for boat.     

 

Directions:  This ramp can be a little difficult to find.  It located on Jefferson few blocks south of Livernois next to historic Fort Wayne.  You will see it just south of Ft Wayne on the satellite map link.  Also about two miles north of the River Rouge bridge.  

St. Jean (Reids) Ramp   

St. Jean Street                 

Detroit, Michigan 

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Good quality ramp located near the northern end of the Detroit River - directly across from the northern tip of Belle Isle.  Easy access to key areas like Peche Island (Canada), the Roostertail, and the south end of Lake St. Clair.  This ramp has been cleaned up a lot in the last two years.  New homes built along the entrance road and a different ramp manager.  Still use caution particularly after dark. 

 


Fees: Launch fee is $6.00 for boat.     

 

Directions:  This ramp can be a little difficult to find.  It located a few blocks east of Jefferson Ave on St Jean Street where it dead ends at the Detroit River.   St Jean Street is located north of the Belle Isle bridge or about 0.2 miles south of Connor Ave.  You'll go east on St. Jean off of Jefferson for about a half mile until you hit Freud St.  Make a left on Freud St and then a quick right back onto St Jean and go until it dead ends at the ramp and the river.  Signage is poor for the road and the ramp. 

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