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New York State Fair shipwrecks exhibit
The Great Lakes Signature Exhibit presented by New York Sea Grant and The Great New York State Fair has added new displays and expanded in-water demonstrations. The exhibit is located in and along the reflecting pool at the mini-New York State Park at the fairgrounds. The state fair runs through Sept. 1.
Chicago Riverwalk extension no cakewalk
Chicago Tribune (8/25)
Building land on water isn't an everyday job, and the $100 million project to extend the Chicago Riverwalk requires more than getting toes wet.
Michigan business owners sue over 2010 Enbridge oil spill
Lansing State Journal (8/21)
Two Michigan men testified that a 2010 oil spill into the Kalamazoo River, Mich. destroyed their business and they want Enbridge Inc. to pay for it.
More holes found under Mount Baldy at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
CBS Chicago (8/14)
Geologists investigating the mysterious hole that swallowed a 6-year-old boy
last summer have found itís just one of many under the dunes on the Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore.
Lake Michigan Water Trail moving ahead
The Grand Rapids Press (8/10)
State and federal officials and local planning agencies are working to bring the Lake Michigan Water Trail to fruition. Parts of the trail are now in place, but a good deal of work is still ahead.
Wyandotte transient marina committee members chosen; tasked with finding funds for Detroit River project
The News-Herald (8/6)
The fate of a proposed transient marina in Wyandotte, Mich. is now in the hands of 10 people asked to come up with ways to fund the project without taking money from the cityís general fund.
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