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What's New
New museum will provide an interactive Great Lakes experience
Toledo Free Press (4/17)
A new Toledo museum will provide visitors and tourists with an interactive Great Lakes experience.

Marina operators eager for boating season
St. Thomas Times-Journal (4/16)
Higher water levels in the Great Lakes are leaving marina operators and tourism officials hopeful about the coming season.

Cleaner, updated S.S. Badger to set sail on May 16
MLive (4/11)
The S.S. Badger carferry in Ludington is undergoing some major improvements, but will be set to sail on May 16.

Tour Lake St. Clair
(4/10)
Tour Lake St. Clair provides all the information necessary to plan a fun spring or summer getaway to visit Lake St. Clair and the surrounding areas. With over 430 square miles of fresh water and 160 miles of shoreline to explore, Lake St. Clair has something for everyone!

Wonders beneath the water beckon divers to play deep
The Times Herald (4/8)
The Blue Water Area of Michigan comes by its name honestly. With miles of Lake Huron shoreline and riverfront boardwalks, blue water dances around and through the area. It also has "some of the best preserved underwater shipwrecks around,” according to local divers.

Icy lakes made some towns, businesses winners or losers
Great Lakes Echo (3/31)
The record-breaking ice on Lake Superior has been bad news for the steel industry but not for tourism in some parts of the Upper Peninsula.

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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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