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Be safe on the waters this weekend
Do you know how to be "current smart" when swimming in the Great Lakes? Learn simple tips from the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network to keep you safe on the beach and avoid harm from dangerous currents and high waves. Enjoy a wonderful weekend on the lakes - and remember, safety first!
Marquette ore docks a reminder of the city's maritime and mining heritage
Michigan Radio (9/1)
One of the most striking features of the waterfront in Marquette, Mich., is the Upper Harbor ore dock that was built in 1912, and still in use today.
Luxury on the Great Lakes: the era of ‘palace steamers’
WKAR - FM Michigan State University (8/31)
An examination of the Great Lakes' “floating palaces” from Detroit Historical Society Joel Stone, whose recent book profiles the history of the Great Lakes steamship industry.
COMMENTARY: A tour of Lake Michigan, my inland sea
The New York Times (8/27)
Chicago, sand dunes, a ferry crossing. A voyage around Lake Michigan reveals striking topography, time-worn communities and the reassuring permanence of an unchanging lake amid it all.
Feud leaves $1M Customs facility gathering dust
The Detroit News (8/26)
Two years after completion, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have never used a facility built for the agency inside the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Public Dock and Terminal at Atwater and Bates in Detroit, Mich.
Great Lakes cruise ship Pearl Mist able to leave Holland after being sidelined
The Holland Sentinel (8/20)
A 210-passenger Great Lakes cruise ship, the Pearl Mist, has extended its stop in Holland, Mich., due to inclement weather conditions on Lake Michigan.
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