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New State Line Energy owner envisions marina, homes with lakefront views
The new owner of the shuttered State Line Energy plant in Hammond, Indiana says he is not planning another industrial use for the lakefront site, but picturing boats, homes and bike paths.
A tour for the birds
St. Catherines Standard (12/4)
Avid bird watchers will tour the Niagara River this weekend where they’ll be sure to see a fair amount of overwintering waterfowl and gulls.
Two Creeks Forest upgrades complete
The Leader (12/4)
The final implementation of improvement projects provided under the $25,000 Great Lakes Community Guardian Fund grant is complete at Two Creeks Forest Conservation Area in South Dundas, Ontario.
Back to Health
Grand Traverse Insider (12/2)
With only about 15 or so Great Lakes coastal marshes remaining along the shoreline of the Lower Peninsula’s Lake Michigan coast, the Arcadia Marsh restoration project has been good news for the more than 150 species of birds that depend upon it, for the many fish and aquatic organisms for which it is an important spawning, nursery and year-round habitat site, and for area residents and visitors.
Gary angler takes fishing fight to the feds
The Northwest Indiana Times (12/1)
Residents of Gary and Griffith, Indiana fight for recreational areas where locals can fish from the shores of Lake Michigan.
Port Authority board hears cruise pitch
The Toledo Blade (11/26)
The executive director of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition made good on a promise he made in October to visit Toledo, Ohio, and talk about how the city could position itself to be a port of call for a future Great Lakes cruise.
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