Clay Township

Vibrant city nestled in the heart of Michigan

Welcome to Clay Township

Clay Township is located on the St. Clair River, about 40 miles from Detroit, Michigan. The township surrounds the city of Algonac and is bordered by the Ira and Cottrellville townships to the north. Clay Township encompasses 37 square miles, including Harsens Island, Russell Island, Dickinson Island, and St. Johns Marsh. Ferry Service connects Harsen's Island with the Mainland.

Clay Township is part of several concentric circles of communities located along the St. Clair River. The communities in these circles include Algonac, Marine City, Port Huron, and Sarnia, all of which are connected by ferries that provide transportation between the Mainland and the islands on the river.

What to Love

  • Waterfront properties
  • Public pier located off M-29 at Pearl Beach
  • Beautiful rivers
  • Center of water recreation 
  • Ample accessibility by water

Local Lifestyle

The township has a rural feel but is also home to a progressive community that values education and lifestyle. Most residents own their homes, and countless professional and recreational opportunities are available. The school system is excellent, and the town's residents are active in their civic organizations.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

On the Rocks Smoke House & Tiki Bar provides a great atmosphere while serving delicious food and cocktails. It is a fantastic place to relax after a day exploring Clay Township and offers a variety of tropical drinks, burgers, sandwiches, and other American cuisines. Cabana Blue Lakefront Sports Bar & Grill is perfect for grabbing a bite while enjoying fantastic views of the lake. The restaurant is known for its delicious seafood dishes and extensive selection of craft beers.

Johnnie Lega's Restaurant & Tavern is famous for its delectable Italian dishes. The tavern is set up to provide customers with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Antonio's Corner Cafe is a quaint breakfast and lunch spot for residents in the area, serving up classic American fare, including omelets, sandwiches, and burgers.

For groceries and everyday items, shoppers can head to Colony Party Store. It is a well-loved convenience store offering groceries, beer, and wine. Rachel's Corner is where you find unique gifts and items for your home. The Waterfront Shoppe is also worth visiting for its selection of nautical-themed merchandise. 

Things to Do

Algonac State Park has more than 14 miles of hiking and biking trails, including a two-mile loop around the park's perimeter. The area covers 1,450 acres along the St. Clair River, two miles north of Algonac in St. Clair County. 
Visitors can also enjoy swimming, fishing, and canoeing on the St. Clair River. For exceptional fishing, look no further than Munchies Bay, home to various fish, including bass, catfish, and perch. Saint Clair Flats State Wildlife Area is another great place to see wildlife in its natural habitat, with deer, foxes, rabbits, and birds.


The Algonac Community School District serves Clay Township schools.

  • Algonquin Elementary School, Grades 2-6
  • Algonac High School, Grades 7-12
  • Millside Elementary School, Grades PK-1
  • Pte. Tremble Elementary School, Grades PK, 9-12

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