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Rotary Island Park

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Great place to view the river

The park is excellent for viewing ship traffic, up and down bound on the St. Mary's River. The... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2018
William G
A "boatnerd's" paradise!

If you're into freighter watching, this is the place to go (other than the Soo Locks, of course... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2018
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“fishing area”(6 reviews)
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Reviewed 22 October 2018

The park is excellent for viewing ship traffic, up and down bound on the St. Mary's River. The ships pass very close to the shore here.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank William G
Reviewed 19 September 2018

If you're into freighter watching, this is the place to go (other than the Soo Locks, of course!). Bring a lawn chair, a picnic and your camera for a great spot for watching the behemoth Great Lakes Freighters as the go upbound and downbound.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank momE1
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Sit in your car or on the grass and watch magnificent lake freighters pass only yards away. If you're lucky, they'll give you a salute on their horn.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rkram
Reviewed 16 August 2018

This is a great place to sit in your vehicle or close by in a comfortable chair to watch 800-1000 foot ore ships pass at one of the narrow passageways very close to your viewing point. If the weather turns bad just hop back into...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank cmcdou3552
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

We came to the park because our 5 year old wanted to fish and we heard about the kids’ fishing pond here. It’s a great little pond stocked with rainbow trout. He didn’t catch any fish, but we saw several. It’s a really nice area...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AmberAmber27
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Good place to watch the big boats go by. There was an area for 16 years and younger to fish. You can easily bike to it from town.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bluejsong
Reviewed 11 August 2018

We brought our hamburgers from Clyde’s Drive In to this park to eat and watch for ships coming and going to the Soo Locks. The view was perfect and we were not disappointed. We watched several large ships go by us. The park is very...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Connie K
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

The park has a launch for kayaks or other watercraft. It is a protected and nice area for leisurely boating any time of day.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Franci D
Reviewed 8 July 2018

If you want to relax close to the St. Marys River and watch a freighter or more - pull into Rotary Island Park. Ships pass by going upbound and downbound, so there is always something to see; great spot for photos or videos. And usually...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DMY66
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

This park is very family friendly..the view of river, ferry and sugar island spectacular..fishing area stocked and is for children under 16 only..plenty of parking..nice area for walking..kayak rentals available..Clyde's cafe for a quick bite..very well maintained park...easily accessible..will visit again

Date of experience: June 2018
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19 August 2018|
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Response from Glenn A | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely!. The water on the river side is pretty deep and has a strong current, so feel free to fish from the shore or the pier on the landward side of the island. Don't forget to have your fishing license. Enjoy!
Rachel B
30 July 2018|
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Response from DEBH49749 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but please pick up after your pet and use a leash
Michael T
22 September 2017|
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Response from PA-Dan-47 | Reviewed this property |
I believe you can. Very small beech area however, if I recall correctly.