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What's New
Algal bloom spreading into Lake Erie's central basin
The Sandusky Register (8/24)
The harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie is growing and has spread into the central basin, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.

Tests show microcystin levels drop in raw Lake Erie water
The Toledo Blade (8/20)
The city of Toledo, Ohio, reported yesterday that the level of algal toxins near its western Lake Erie water-intake crib have dropped since Wednesday.

The health of Lake Erie
The Beacon (7/29)
As predicted by multiple organizations, there is now a harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie.

Algae toxin level drops slightly at lake intake
The Toledo Blade (7/29)
The level of microcystin in Lake Erie where Toledo, Ohio, draws its drinking water dropped slightly Tuesday, but its presence was still enough for city chemists to stay on guard.

Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis
The Washington Times (7/28)
Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year.

State tracks beach dangers
The Toledo Blade (7/28)
Be wary of where you swim along the western Lake Erie shoreline.

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Great Lakes Observations Explorer

Great Lakes Observations ExplorerClick to view real-time and historic lake conditions; water levels, wave heights, air and water temperatures and more from the station or buoy of your choice.

Developed by the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), a regional node of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) initiative.


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Recent Marine Data
National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service (NOAA)
Real-time data from all US Moored Buoy Stations, Canadian Moored Buoy Stations and C-MAN Stations in Eastern / Western Great Lakes. Dial-a-Buoy phone service is also available.

Lake Erie Open Water Text Forecast
National Weather Service

Surface Weather Forecast
The Weather Underground
Enter a city, state, zip code or station code for the current National Weather Service forecast
Examples: "Albany", "NY", "Albany, NY", "12233", or "ALB"

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Real-Time Water Levels

These maps were prepared in partnership with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS).

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Water Temperatures
Lake Erie Surface Water Temperatures
Michigan Sea Grant
Contour maps of surface water temps. This site uses satellite imagery from the Great Lakes CoastWatch Node to "build" a composite map of surface temps.

Lake Erie Temperature Profiles
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)

Lake Erie Temperature Transects
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)

Lake Erie Water Temperatures
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)

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Beach Monitoring Sample Results
Ohio Department of Health
During the summer months selected public beaches along Lake Erie are sampled for E. coli bacteria. This site will allow you to view current sample results and provide you with information to help decide when it is safe to swim.

Great Lakes BeachCast
Great Lakes Information Network
An Internet gateway to information on Great Lakes beach conditions, including health advisories, weather, monitoring data and more.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality – Online Beach Monitoring System
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
To search for a beach or other location, enter any part of the beach name or waterbody name into the search box on the top of this page and click "GO".

Windsor/Essex Beach Information
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Current beach information for the Windsor/Essex region of Ontario.

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Boating Safety/Security Advisories
Information for U.S. and Canadian Cross-Border Boaters
U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District
Information and requirements for U.S. and Canadian recreational boaters planning cross-border travel on the Great Lakes.

Ninth Coast Guard District Public Information Site
U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District
News on active Coast Guard searches and rescues.

Requirements for Foreign Recreational Boaters In Canadian Waters
Canadian Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety
Information on boating safety and environmental protection regulations in Canadian Waters.

What American Boaters Need to Know When Entering Canada
U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety
Important contact information and guidelines for boaters entering Canadian Waters.

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Fishing Conditions
Michigan Recreational Fishing Report
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Comprehensive Michigan fishing report covering Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Erie fisheries.

Lake Erie Fishing Hotlines
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Phone numbers for Lake Erie fishing report hotlines.

Lake Erie Fishing Hotspots
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Weekly Lake Erie/Niagara fishing report.

Let's Fish Ontario!
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ontario fishing information and resources.

Ohio Fishing Reports and Prospects
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Pennsylvania Fishing & Boating Report
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Weekly fishing report compiled from reports by PFBC field staff. Related resource: Lake Erie Shorline Map.

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Lock & Port Updates
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System : Customer Advisories
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
Updates and advisories for Great Lakes locks and canals.

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Ice Conditions
Eastern Great Lakes Ice Analysis
NOAA National Ice Center

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Weather
GLIN: Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Hydrology
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Flows
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Levels

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