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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 It is the most visible reminder of an outdated water management system.

Great Lakes northern lights hunters are a phenomenon all their own
Star Tribune (11/19)
Most of us value our beauty sleep, but to members of the Facebook group Great Lakes Aurora Hunters (GLAH), catching a few winks is vastly overrated when you have a chance to see the sky phenomenon known as the aurora borealis, aka the northern lights.

Pelee Island tourism on the rise
Windsor Star (11/18)
In Ontario, the ferry system that serves the Pelee Island in Lake Erie already had more passengers than all of last year, with 90,551 passengers by Oct. 31 which beats the number of passengers in all of 2014 (89,645 people) and could surpass the 2013 (90,628 passengers).

Waterfront project gets the go-ahead
The St. Catharines Standard (11/18)
In Welland, Ont., developers will have until the end of January to submit ideas for the banks of the recreational canal downtown.

Outdoor activities that boost economy can influence restoration
Great Lakes Echo (11/13)
According to a new study, ecosystem assets in the Great Lakes region, such as sport fishing, boating, beach use, park visits and birding, contribute significantly to the tourism economy of shoreline communities and can help shape restoration priorities.

Hornblower, Maid set passenger records
Niagara Falls Review (11/13)
There’s enough business on the Niagara River for two giant tour-boat companies. Both Hornblower Niagara Cruises, which operates on the Canadian side, and Maid of the Mist Corp., which operates on the American side, have set attendance records this year.

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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.

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General Resources
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.

Midwest Weekends
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.

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Travel Tips
Government of Ontario
Travel Tips, including custom and duty information, to make your Ontario visit more enjoyable.

Traveler Information
U.S. Customs Service
Official information for foreign nationals traveling to the United States including merchandise restrictions, visa requirements, and more.

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Lake Superior Magazine
The magazine about the world's largest freshwater lake and the people who live and visit there.

Midwest Living
Featuring travel, dining, home & garden and shopping in the Midwest.

Outdoor Illinois
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
A subscription magazine about he Prairie State's great natural and cultural resources.

Outdoor Indiana
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.

Traverse Magazine
Travel, events, dining and news from Up North.

Wild Ohio
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.

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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

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