Marine News from the Great Lakes

Metro Boat Show Celebrates 10 Years With Bigger Show, More Boats

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Michigan Boating Industries Association is celebrating 10 years of producing the Metro Boat Show at Lake St. Clair Metropark this September 12-15. The show has grown each year and is the largest in-water boat show in the Midwest, spanning more than a mile long into both the North and South Marinas. The picturesque setting along Lake St. Clair adds to its appeal.

“The marina atmosphere with boats in the water and on land, entertainment including live music, plus beer tents and food trucks, it makes this a one-of-a-kind event that attracts boaters from all over the Great Lakes,” said Show Manager Nicki Polan. “Attendees really enjoy the show in a different capacity than our indoor winter and spring shows.”

Boats are the big attraction at the show with boats potentially up to 60-feet. “We see more larger cruisers, yachts, and sailboats at this event because it’s easier for dealers to transport bigger boats by water,” said Polan. Both new 2020 model debuts and end of season pricing on current inventory make this a great place to purchase a boat.

This year, the show is expanding again, while keeping the main Boardwalk on the water through the entire show. Because of its growing size, show management is providing a trolley service for boaters along the show perimeter.


The Metro Boat Show is produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA).

For more information, current promotions, and contest information, visit General park information can be found at or by calling 1-800-47-PARKS. Limited transient boating is available.

The Metro Boat Show is sponsored by the Huron Clinton Metroparks and Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, the official publication of the Metro Boat Show.


This article first appeared in the Summer Issue (Jul/Aug) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Lake Erie, Lake St Clair, Boat Show

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