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