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Pure Michigan campaign boosts U.P. tourism
WLUC-TV - Negaunee, MI (3/26)
Thanks in large part to the Pure Michigan ad campaign, Michigan's tourism industry brought in $22.8 billion last year, and this summer is looking to be on a similar track.
Sustainable harbor study moves forward in New Baltimore
The Voice (3/20)
A potential plan for the downtown and waterfront areas of New Baltimore, Mich., is in motion as a sustainable harbor study being conducted in the city moves forward.
Sarnia should be port of call for M.S. Saint Laurent
Chatham Daily News (3/13)
There’s a growing movement to make Sarnia, Ont., an important port of call for a new luxury cruise ship that will begin sailing the Great Lakes this summer.
Major revival being studied for Historic Fort Wayne
The Detroit News (3/11)
A New York City firm specializing in finding ways to create massive urban projects has begun analyzing how to revive Historic Fort Wayne, a long underused 96-acre site on the banks of the Detroit River in Michigan.
Beach closure signs, caution tape at Pere Marquette Park warn of dangerous ice caves, formations
Caution tape and signs have been put in place to serve as a warning to keep eager ice viewers and ice cave climbers off frozen Lake Michigan at Pere Marquette Park in the city of Muskegon, Mich.
Ohio River Trail moves on to Phase II planning
Pittsburg Post-Gazette (3/6)
From Lake Erie to Washington, D.C., the Ohio River Trail is being designed to accommodate walkers, bicyclists, canoeists and kayakers, while linking the river towns together and creating a transportation alternative to motor vehicle travel.
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