Grosse Ile Paddle Route

This is a network of routes around various portions of Grosse Ile. These routes can be reached from a variety of access points either on GI or on the mainland.

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Travelling through Stony Island
Travelling through Stony Island

Thorofare Canal is a gentle paddle across Grosse Ile

Paddling beside Humbug Island
Paddling beside Humbug Island

Hennepin Marsh (just north of the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge) is home to many swan, ducks and other water fowl.

Down the Livingstone channel by Bob-lo Island
Down the Livingstone channel by Bob-lo Island

The channel between Hennepin Point and Grosse Ile can be affected by vegetation in late summer.

One can paddle through Stony Island and view swans, turtles, heron and the occasional eagle. Sometimes vegetation clogs the exit late in the summer. There is a heron rookery on Stony Island.

A loop from GI waterfront park, around Stony Island, down the Livingstone channel returning via the hole-in-the wall is possible. One must be cautious of the strong current in the Livingstone channel. There can be be significant boat traffic, including freighters in the channel. 


One can often see pied-billed grebe, swans, ducks, american lotus in Gibraltar Bay. 

Grosse Ile Paddle Route Places
Access to River, Lake or Stream Access to River, Lake or Stream
Historic Site Historic Site
Land Formation Land Formation
Lighthouse Lighthouse
Museum Museum
Outfitter Outfitter
Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
Wildlife Viewing Area Wildlife Viewing Area