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Exploring the frozen caves of Lake Superior
In northwestern Wisconsin, crowds of people flocked last month to trek on a frozen-over Lake Superior to reach dramatic ice caves accessible on foot for the first time in several years, courtesy of the long frigid winter.
Ice caves along Lake Superior draw 78,000 since mid-January
The Associated Press (3/2)
According to the National Park Service, nearly 78,000 people visited the ice caves near the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin along Lake Superior from January 15 through the end of February.
Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide
Is the cold weather starting to get to you? Take a break and think spring with the new Pure Michigan Spring Summer Travel Guide. The 112-page full color publication is offered in a free digital edition and highlights sights to see, places to go and activities to participate in through the year in Michigan.
Tourism industry up north welcomes the cold
Wisconsin Radio Network (2/26)
Bayfield and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is known for attracting tourists, but the ice-covered sea caves are generating a level of attention not seen before — thanks to the power of social media.
St. Lawrence Parks will complete 1000 Islands Recreational Trail Project in 2014
The Morrisburg News (2/24)
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) has announced plans to move forward with a major project to complete the final phase of the refurbishment of the 1000 Islands Recreational Trail along the 1000 Islands Parkway between Gananoque and Brockville, Ont.
What gradual climate warming could mean for Michigan tourism
Detroit Free Press (2/22)
The gradual warming of the climate could mean more tourism in Michigan, especially along the lake shores.
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