Home
like us on Facebookfollow us on Twitter
News Calendar Great Links Site of the Month E-mail Lists Information Center About GLIN Search
The Great Lakes Environment Economy Education Maps and GIS Tourism
Tourism Maps and GIS Education Economy Environment Great Lakes
About the photos (©Mahan, except for satellite photo)

Tourism Topics

Recreation
BeachCast
Biking
Birding
Boating
Camping
Canoeing & Kayaking
Cruises
Fall Colors
Festivals
Golfing
Hiking
Hunting & Fishing
Islands
Parks
Scuba Diving
Sports
Tours
Winter Activities

Culture
The Arts
Historic Sites
Lighthouses
Museums
Shipwrecks

Circle Tour
Overview
Lake Superior
Lake Michigan
Lake Huron
Lake Erie
Lake Ontario

References
Agencies & Organizations
Beds & Breakfasts
Cities & Counties
Tourism Maps
Traffic and Construction
Weather and Climate
  Tourism
in the Great Lakes Region

What's New | Overview | General Resources | Agencies & Organizations
Laws | Publications | Research | Discuss

 
What's New
Frozen sentinels of southern Lake Michigan
Huffington Post (1/21)
Winter grips the Great Lakes region of the United States, and that grip has once again manifested itself on the lighthouses that dot the shore of southern Lake Michigan.

Duck boat tours proposed for Chicago River
Chicago Tribune (1/15)
Duck boat tours could be coming to the Chicago River as soon as this summer as a Navy Pier cruise operator submitted a proposal to guide tours on the boats, which run on land and water.

Huge increase in Canalside payments shows the need for tighter controls
The Buffalo News (1/11)
Recent revelations that the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. had approved another $860,020 for the company that manages Canalside demand the complete accounting that board members say is forthcoming.

Maid of the Mist again beats back challenges
ABC 7-TV - Buffalo, NY (1/5)
A state court has denied the latest challenges to the dry docks constructed by Maid of the Mist at the former Schoelkopf Power Plant along the Niagara River, N.Y.

Indiana Dunes featured on cover of state travel guideq
The Times (1/2)
The first image many people considering a trip to Indiana will encounter this year is a view of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter County.

Federal study ahead for boating tourism study of Michigan harbors
Great Lakes Echo (12/24)
A yearlong economic study funded by the federal government will help Michiganís Great Lakes coastal communities capitalize on the growing recreational boating market.

Search GLIN for more news items about    

Back to Top


 
Overview
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.

Back to Top


 
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.

GreatLakesLodging.com
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.

Back to Top


 
Laws
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.

Back to Top


 
Publications
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.

Back to Top


 
Research
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

Back to Top


 

 
News | Calendar | Great Links | SOTM | E-Lists | Info Center | About GLIN
The Great Lakes | Environment | Economy | Education | Maps and GIS | Tourism

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit us at labs.glin.net
Great Lakes Information Network
Updated: January 29, 2015
Maintained by: Christine Manninen, manninen@glc.org
Selected Photos: Copyright ©John and Ann Mahan
Contact Us | Search | Site Index
© 1993-2012