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Feud leaves $1M Customs facility gathering dust
The Detroit News (8/26)
Two years after completion, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have never used a facility built for the agency inside the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Public Dock and Terminal at Atwater and Bates in Detroit, Mich.
Great Lakes cruise ship Pearl Mist able to leave Holland after being sidelined
The Holland Sentinel (8/20)
A 210-passenger Great Lakes cruise ship, the Pearl Mist, has extended its stop in Holland, Mich., due to inclement weather conditions on Lake Michigan.
Group looking at effects of Lake Erie algae bloom
The Morning Journal (8/20)
A Lake Erie visitors bureau is surveying coastal businesses to gather information about the financial effects of the algae blooms affecting Lake Erie water quality.
Trans Canada Trail to fund amenities
The Sault Star (8/19)
Gros Cap Marina Park, near the Government Dock, will become the first of a series of access points to the Lake Superior Water Trail, a paddling route along the lake’s north shore between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, Ont.
New Ohio State Parks mobile app
Enhance your visit to any of Ohio State Parks this summer with a new, free mobile app that allows you to access the most up-to-date park information such as upcoming events, weather conditions and safety alert communications, while taking in the scenery of your favorite parks.
Welcoming the world to Welland
The Tribune (8/17)
Athletes from around the world are ready to make waves at the Welland International Flatwater Centre in Welland, Ont., for the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships.
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