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Algonac, Michigan
Algonac looking north along St. Clair Drive
Algonac looking north along St. Clair Drive
Location within St. Clair County
Location within St. Clair County
Algonac, Michigan is located in Michigan
Algonac, Michigan
Algonac, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County St. Clair
Settled 1805
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 1.73 sq mi (4.47 km2)
 • Land 1.42 sq mi (3.68 km2)
 • Water 0.31 sq mi (0.79 km2)
581 ft (177 m)
 • Total 4,110
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,844.96/sq mi (1,098.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-01180
GNIS feature ID 1624342

Algonac is a city in St. Clair County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,110 at the 2010 census.

Algonac is located at the southern end of the St. Clair River, just before it splits into a large delta region known as the St. Clair Flats. (Coordinates 42°36′N 82°34′W / 42.6°N 82.56°W / 42.6; -82.56) The St. Clair River drains Lake Huron into Lake St. Clair and is part of the Great Lakes Waterway.

At the center of Algonac is Algonac City Park, a park which contains a half-mile long boardwalk along the St. Clair River. Just to the north of the city is Algonac State Park.

Algonac was the birthplace of Emily Helen Butterfield, an artist and the first woman to be licensed as an architect in Michigan. She was famous for innovations in church architecture. It was the home of the now-defunct Chris-Craft boat company, the maker of the first mass-produced speedboats. It was also the home of Gar Wood, the first great speed boat racer.

Algonac is home to two museums dedicated to its history. The Algonac Clay Community Museum contains many displays of Algonac's local history. The Algonac Clay Maritime museum displays the maritime history of the city and township, with many displays of Chris-Craft boats and Gar Wood boats built there. Both museums are open every weekend from May through October. Algonac is known as the birthplace of modern power boating.


Algonac was first settled by John Martin in 1805. The area was then known as Manchester or Pointe Du Chene ("point of the oak"). In 1836, it was the fourth village laid out on the St. Clair River. In 1863, it was described as containing "a church, two or three saw-mills, a grist-mill, woollen factory, and about 700 inhabitants".


  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2), of which 1.43 square miles (3.70 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
  • Algonac is situated on what is called "the largest fresh-water delta in the world", at the mouth of the St. Clair River. Many canals wind their way throughout the city, which has given Algonac its nickname of "The Venice of Michigan."
  • The city can be considered as in the Blue Water Area, a subregion of the Thumb.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 754
1880 712 −5.6%
1900 1,216
1910 1,204 −1.0%
1920 1,303 8.2%
1930 1,736 33.2%
1940 1,931 11.2%
1950 2,639 36.7%
1960 3,190 20.9%
1970 3,684 15.5%
1980 4,412 19.8%
1990 4,551 3.2%
2000 4,613 1.4%
2010 4,110 −10.9%
2019 (est.) 4,037 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,110 people, 1,756 households, and 1,082 families living in the city. The population density was 2,874.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,109.7/km2). There were 2,040 housing units at an average density of 1,426.6 per square mile (550.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 1,756 households, of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 42.3 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 30.8% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.


Major highways

  • M-29.svg M-29 runs through the city as Pointe Tremble Road and St. Clair River Drive, parallel to the St. Clair River
  • M-154.svg M-154 runs entirely on Harsens Island, roughly southwest to northeast


The Walpole–Algonac Ferry crosses the St. Clair River along the Canada–United States border, connecting Algonac with the Walpole Island First Nation in Ontario.

Near Algonac's city center, ferry service is available to Russell Island. Just to the west of the city, in Clay Township, ferry service is also offered to Harsens Island.


The Blue Water Area Transportation Commission operates a Port Huron-to-Chesterfield Township bus service morning and evening Monday-Friday that passes through Algonac via M-29. This connects with the SMART system of Metro Detroit.

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