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On the blue water—the Huron Lady II

by David Fleet

June 22, 2011

For more than a decade Goodrich resident Jenny Olsen has hosted the PBS Michigan Out-of-Doors weekly adventure television show.

Now Olsen is exploring a new aspect of the Great Lakes state.

Olsen is co-owner of the Huron Lady II, a 73-foot cruise ship docked in Port Huron. The same group of partners also operate cruise businesses in Munising, Frankfort, Alpena, and Bayfield, Wis.

Olsen narrates the tour aboard the Huron Lady II which leaves from the docks of Water Street on the Black River in Port Huron. The cruise includes passing under the Blue Water bridges, the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse (Michigan's oldest) and gets close to plenty of Great Lakes freighters, said Olsen.

"The history in the Blue Water area is just unreal," said Olsen, a 1986 Brandon High School graduate. "Thomas Edison grew up in this area, there's shipwrecks to learn about in the St. Clair River and checking out some of the 1,000 foot freighters that pass through the area is a real favorite. The cruises on the Huron Lady II will definitely get people excited about what Michigan has to offer."

Capt. John and Camille Rigney began Huron Lady boat excursions in 1995 with the Huron Lady I. They purchased the Huron Lady II in 1999. They will continue to be involved in the business during the transition season.

The Huron Lady II is available for tours or private charters and is designed for families, neighborhood, church, school, civic, senior, or social organizations dinner cruises.

Details: 810-984-1500 or