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What's New
Plastic Waters: from the Great Lakes to the Oceans
(9/4)
What do the Great Lakes and a camelís stomach have in common? Find out at Plastic Waters, an exhibit that shows the harmful effects of plastic pollution on our lakes and oceans ó and some inspiring solutions that can sustain our waters.

Lake Michigan ferry fight builds big lobbying tab
USA Today (9/2)
There is a battle going on in Washington, DC, involving two Lake Michigan ferry companies and the operations of the S.S. Badger, the only coal-fired steamship left in the United States and a multimillion-dollar linchpin for the economy of Wisconsin's historic lakeshore town of Manitowoc.

Buffalo waterfront history tours do a booming business
Buffalo News (9/2)
When Rick Hilliman started his Queen City history tours in summer 2012, he said, there were days when only two people would join them. This summer, the tours often reached their capacity of 40 people.

Tall ship Peacemaker sails into Erie, Pa.
Erie Times-News (8/29)
The tall ship Peacemaker sailed into Presque Isle Bay on Thursday. Tours will be given through Monday.

11 Mackinac Island ferries are subjects of federal lawsuits
Upper Peninsula Breaking News (8/29)
The future of Mackinac Islandís longest running ferry service is in doubt Ė will it be the last Labor Day weekend for Arnold Line and its 11 vessels?

New York State Fair shipwrecks exhibit
(8/28)
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.

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Overview
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.

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General Resources
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.

GreatLakesLodging.com
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.

Midwest Weekends
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.

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Laws
Travel Tips
Government of Ontario
Travel Tips, including custom and duty information, to make your Ontario visit more enjoyable.

Traveler Information
U.S. Customs Service
Official information for foreign nationals traveling to the United States including merchandise restrictions, visa requirements, and more.

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Publications
Lake Superior Magazine
The magazine about the world's largest freshwater lake and the people who live and visit there.

Midwest Living
Featuring travel, dining, home & garden and shopping in the Midwest.

Outdoor Illinois
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
A subscription magazine about he Prairie State's great natural and cultural resources.

Outdoor Indiana
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.

Traverse Magazine
Travel, events, dining and news from Up North.

Wild Ohio
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.

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Research
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

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