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Remembering Bob-Lo Island

October 14th, 2009 by duane

It’s fall in the Detroit area and commercials run regularly advertising Cedar Point’s “HalloWeekends.” While Sandusky, Ohio may be the closest amusement part to Detroit these days, it was all about Bob-Lo Island in the 80’s.

Boblo Island Storage Building

My grade school had annual outings to the island. Though I didn’t especially enjoy the boat ride at the time (approx. 80 minutes), I would love another chance to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the boat. Each had either a dance floor, arcade or both, concessions and of course an amazing view of the Detroit River. The park itself was relatively small with a couple dozen rides ranging from bump’em cars to full-on rollercoaster thrill rides. I was never quite old enough to enjoy the park to the fullest and regret having been afraid of the best rides.

The Screamer

The Screamer

These days, the entire island returned to its residential roots, housing private homes, vacation property, and marina space. Who knows… in another 20 years rides may return and ferries could carry excited Detroiters to that little chunk of Canada (yep… it’s really part of Canada) to appreciate local amusements… though I doubt it.

Here’s some more Bob-Lo Island resources:

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2 Comments. Add your own...

  • 1. AtomicInternet | December 16th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I have pictures of me when I was 5 or 6 years old on the boat and on the rides, but I can’t remember any of it. I was whisked off to Minnesota before they closed it down and never went again.

  • 2. Rob | November 1st, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I was too little to truly enjoy the times spent at Boblo. Even though I was four five and six the three years I go to go I can still remember what it was like for me. The best part was that boat ride down the Detroit river, that was always the greatest thing as a small child. I do have memories of a few rides like the notorious Log Ride, and the Scrambler. I was sill too young to ride a lot of other rides at boblo which is pretty sad especially because Boblo theme park is no more. One thing we can always depend on, is change. Hopefully Michigan’s theme parks, Michigan Adventures, and Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio won’t leave us any time soon. Because those two are all we really have.

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