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Apostle Islands ice caves may be open this weekend
St. Paul Pioneer Press (2/24)
The ice caves of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore could open this weekend if windy conditions don't spoil the fun. About 90 percent of Lake Superior is covered in ice, including the area that forms the path to ice caves near Bayfield, Wis.
Partially frozen Niagara Falls a hot spot for tourists
WTKR-TV - Norfolk, VA (2/20)
Ice has suddenly blossomed across the Great Lakes, and for the first time in (not quite) forever, Niagara Falls looks pretty much frozen, too.
Michiganís 102nd state park thrives under DNR
The Voice (2/12)
Belle Isle is the largest city-owned island park in the United States at 985 acres Ė about 300 acres larger, thanks to landfilling, than when it was acquired by the city of Detroit, Mich., as parkland in 1879.
Secretary Johnson recognized for support of state parks, outdoor recreation
The News-Herald (2/12)
The Michigan Recreation and Park Association recognized Secretary of State Ruth Johnson as its State Elected Official of the Year for her work supporting Michiganís parks, historic sites, forests and other recreational attractions.
After years of work, the Gratwick Riverside Marina will welcome boaters in the summer
The Buffalo News (2/4)
In Towanda, N.Y., the Gratwick Riverside Marina is expected to be open to boat traffic this summer after several years of work and an investment of more than $2 million in Greenway, state, federal and city dollars.
Sea Life Michigan aquarium is officially open at Great Lakes Crossing
After years of planning and months of construction, Sea Life Michigan aquarium is officially open to the public.
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