Bob-Lo Boat – Cool Place to Visit in Detroit #12

Boblo Boat Detroit Michigan

Image courtesy of Colin McConnell

  • Bob-Lo Island Amusement Park ran from 1898 until its closure on September 30, 1993.
  • The island is a five-minute ferry ride from Amherstburg, Ontario, and 18 miles from Detroit.
  • For more than 85 years, the park was serviced by the SS Ste. Clair and the SS Columbia excursion boats.
  • The Amusement Park was famous for those two steamers, the “Bob-Lo Boats,” which went between Detroit and the island.
  • They could hold about 2,500 passengers each.The excursion boats were sold in November 1991.
  • The park was located on Bois Blanc Island, Ontario. It lies just above the mouth of the Detroit River.
  • The Nightmare, Falling Star, Wild Mouse, Sky Streak, and Screamer rides, a Ferris wheel, a zoo, and a carousel were the signature attractions.
  • The people of Detroit, Michigan characterized it as that city’s Coney Island.

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Where is the Bob-Lo Boat docked?

“Former Boblo boat SS Ste. Claire was moved Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 from a dock in Ecorse to a place on the Rouge River near South Dix Street. The roughly 4.5 mile trip took more than two hours.”

Additional Links of Interest

Boblo Boat Restoration Project 

Detroit Free Press Article

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