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What's New
Importance of Port Robinson ferry to be showcased
Niagara this Week (7/31)
In Ontario, Thoroldís new tourism operator is planning to showcase the importance of the Port Robinson ferry by getting regional politicians to hop aboard the boat on a ride across the Welland Canal this month.

Chrysler Beach to get new bathrooms, fish cleaning station, picnic, play area
The Voice (7/31)
New bathrooms, a fish cleaning station, concession stand, picnic grounds and a playscape are the newest improvements slated for Chrysler Beach and the Marysville, Mich. riverfront.

The Great Lakes: Trip of a lifetime
The Telegraph (7/30)
With a fifth of the worldís freshwater and covering an area of around 95,000 square miles, North Americaís Great Lakes are like inland seas, offering many areas for tourists to explore.

DNR awards nearly $250,000 for projects along Iron Belle Trail
(7/30)
The Mich. Dept. of Natural Resources has awarded funding to develop Michiganís newest (and longest) trail, the Iron Belle. Each grant recipient was awarded up to $25,000 for planning, engineering and design projects along either the hiking route or the bicycle route of Michiganís Iron Belle Trail.

Beaches losing ground as lake levels rise
The Sheboygan Press (7/22)
Tourists returning to Sheboygan, Wisc. this year have noticed something a little unusual about the lakefront: the beaches seem to be shrinking.

Heed the warning flags on the beach!
(7/21)
A recent Michigan Sea Grant video highlights the importance of the color flag warning system, which helps swimmers determine what the risk of wind, waves and dangerous currents is throughout the day. The warning flags are based on National Weather Service forecasts.

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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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