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Amphibian conservation at the Shedd Aquarium
If you’re lucky enough to live near a pond or wetland where frogs peep, chirrup, bark, or trill a deafening spring chorus, you might not realize that amphibian numbers are plummeting around the world. Shedd Aquarium's new special exhibit, Amphibians, features information about habitat and conservation efforts for a variety of amphibian species.
Volunteers ready SS Meteor for summer
Duluth News Tribune (4/26)
The SS Meteor, constructed in Superior, is the last surviving whaleback freighter designed by Capt. Alexander McDougall; Saturday marked 119 years since she was launched.
Coast Guard station to hold open house
The Times Herald (4/24)
The U.S. Coast Guard Station in Port Huron, Mich., will welcome visitors during an open house during which people will be able to learn more about the station and tour the crew's 25-foot and 45-foot response boats.
Apostle Islands ice caves profit to go toward 'snowbulance'
This winter's conditions allowed for only nine days of visits but still attracted 37,800 visitors. The park collected about $140,000; a portion went to the national office but $134,700 remained for local use.
State parks commissioners tour new Maid facilities
Niagara Gazette (4/17)
State parks commissioners got a first glimpse recently of the new U.S. facilities for Maid of the Mist tour boat operations at Niagara Falls.
Lake Erie Love campaign produces substantial return on investment
Ottawa County Beacon (4/8)
The Lake Erie Shores & Islands 2014 advertising campaign, that promoted visitation to Erie and Ottawa counties, has been proven to be highly effective at generating economic impact for the region.
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