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The 115-year-old boat house, like the city of Detroit, is evolving. Since its inception in 1839, the building has been known as the Detroit Boat Club. However, as we usher in this next chapter of Detroit’s narrative, our building will no longer be defined by exclusion—but by the stories, both old & new, that emerge from this space. We welcome you to get reacquainted with the Belle Isle Boat House as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

With well over a half-million invested in ongoing renovations, the memory of the historic boat house’s original grandeur can be felt radiating throughout the labyrinthine halls. Yet, the physical marks of antiquity are what give the space its undeniable charm—it is a historical repository for Detroit.

Perhaps the most substantial appeal of the boat house resides in the reciprocal influence it inspires between itself as a historic space and your event. In the same way that the building’s Spanish-inspired arches, terracotta crests & gaping riverside views can shape your event with a visually arresting backdrop, your event can help to reinvent the boat house as a full-fledged event venue: a distinctive space where history isn’t just preserved—it’s created.
The Space
Room Capacity Strolling Banquet Theater Sq. Ft
Entire Boat House 600 - - 7925
Ballroom 250 200 300 2000
Dining Rooms 250 200 300 2000
Bar (main floor) 20 - - 600
Conference Room - - 20 475
Lounge/Bar (2nd floor) 150 - - 1350
Studio (2nd floor) 75 - - 675
Bandshell - - 100+ 2496
Garden & Picnic Area 200+ - 350+ 19625
Entire Boat House +
Strolling 600
Banquet -
Theater -
Sq. Ft 7925
Ballroom +
Strolling 250
Banquet 200
Theater 300
Sq. Ft 2000
Dining Rooms +
Strolling 250
Banquet 200
Theater 300
Sq. Ft 2000
Bar (main floor) +
Strolling 20
Banquet -
Theater -
Sq. Ft 600
Conference Room +
Strolling -
Banquet -
Theater 20
Sq. Ft 475
Lounge/Bar (2nd floor) +
Strolling 150
Banquet -
Theater -
Sq. Ft 1350
Studio (2nd floor) +
Strolling 75
Banquet -
Theater -
Sq. Ft 675
Bandshell +
Strolling -
Banquet -
Theater 100+
Sq. Ft 2496
Garden & Picnic Area +
Strolling 200+
Banquet -
Theater 350+
Sq. Ft 19625
Entire Boat House Featured Historic Ballroom Featured Dining Rooms Featured Main Floor Bar Featured Conference Room Featured Second Floor Bar/Lounge Featured Studio Space Featured Outdoor Bandshell Featured Garden/Picnic Area Featured
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Contact our event manager Ryan Abney for more details regarding venue rentals.