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EDITORIAL: Enjoy the Riverwalk. But don't go in the water
Chicago Tribune (9/18)
In Chicago, Ill., the new Chicago Riverwalk is lovely, but the water of the river still contains pathogens. It is the most visible reminder of an outdated water management system.
Mackinac Island nabs spot on best U.S. islands list
When it comes to the best islands in the United States, TripAdvisor says Mackinac Island, Mich., ranks among tropical destinations such as Hawaii and the Florida Keys.
Restored St. Joseph beacons appear as they did in 1932
St. Joseph, Mich., has had several lighthouses, dating back to 1832. After an extensive restoration, the lighthouses now appear as they did at that time.
Should tourism support environmental protection?
Great Lakes Echo (6/27)
Itís too early to know if national and international attention on the municipal water crisis in Flint, Mich., may tarnish the Great Lakes regionís image of pure water. But there is a tie between the perceived quality of water and its value, experts say.
Communities struggle with tourist influx at Pictured Rocks
The Associated Press (6/27)
Communities in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are struggling to deal with a growing influx of tourists visiting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore growth impacts local economy
WWTV-TV - Cadillac, MI (6/24)
In Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park's popularity is growing across the country. More than 1.5 million people paid a visit to the park last year. This year, they are already ahead of their usual number.
Outdoor recreation in the Great Lakes region is a way of life. The Great Lakes offer outstanding tourism and recreation opportunities, ranging from pristine wilderness activities in national parks such as Isle Royale and Pukaskwa to waterfront beaches in major cities. A well-defined four-seasons climate supports many types of recreation from ice fishing, skiing and snowmobiling in the winter to golf, fishing, boating and swimming in the summer. The eight Great Lakes states have about 3.7 million registered recreational boats, or about a third of the nation's total. Michigan and Minnesota lead the nation in the number of boat registrations, and six Great Lakes states rank in the nation's top ten in total number. The commercial and sport fishing industry is collectively valued at more than $4 billion annually. Diving on shipwrecks is a growing Great Lakes sport, thanks to many underwater preserves and parks throughout the lakes. Off Lake Superior's Whitefish Point, better known to sailors as the "graveyard of the Great Lakes," it is said that more than 300 ships have been lost to Superior storms. For people who don't dive, the shipwrecks can be studied at many of the maritime museums throughout the region.
The Great Lakes Circle Tour
Ride along on the 6,500-mile Great Lakes Circle Tour: a scenic, international road system connecting the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River! For new visitors to the region, this online travel guide offers informational maps, road routes and estimated mileages, and links to major cities, camping and recreation areas, and natural attractions.
Find lodging, travel and vacation information on the various regions around the Great Lakes. Read about current weather conditions, events and helpful maps for planning your trip.
An insiders guide to travel in the upper Midwest. Midwest Weekends is an independent guide featuring stories about the Great Lakes region with comprehensive trip-planning tips.
The Great Lakes of North America
This industry web site provides information on tourism in the Great Lakes region, industry news, a photo gallery, and information on each U.S. state and Canadian province in the region.
Government of Ontario
Travel Tips, including custom and duty information, to make your Ontario visit more enjoyable.
U.S. Customs Service
Official information for foreign nationals traveling to the United States including merchandise restrictions, visa requirements, and more.
Lake Superior Magazine
The magazine about the world's largest freshwater lake and the people who live and visit there.
Featuring travel, dining, home & garden and shopping in the Midwest.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
A subscription magazine about he Prairie State's great natural and cultural resources.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Experiencing Indiana's valuable natural resources.
The Northern Michigan Journal
Articles, reflections and news from and about northern Michigan.
Travel, events, dining and news from Up North.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Featuring Ohio's natural resources.
Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Articles and photographs featuring Wisconsin's natural resources.
The Great Lakes, a Great Place! To live, to work, to visit
Great Lakes Commission
Trends in Tourism Visitation - Duluth, Minnesota: 1980-1994
Minnesota Sea Grant