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What's New
Chicago Riverwalk extension no cakewalk
Chicago Tribune (8/25)
Building land on water isn't an everyday job, and the $100 million project to extend the Chicago Riverwalk requires more than getting toes wet.

More holes found under Mount Baldy at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
CBS Chicago (8/14)
Geologists investigating the mysterious hole that swallowed a 6-year-old boy last summer have found it’s just one of many under the dunes on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Erosion causes partial closure of Grand Sable Dunes dunes in U.P.
The Detroit News (7/31)
A portion of the Grand Sable Dunes in Grand Marais, Mich. is now closed to the public because of hazardous erosion.

Ontario island set on fire by Parks Canada to help rare pine trees flourish
Prince Albert Daily Herald (7/23)
Starting a forest fire on an island in the middle of the summer is not something people associate with Parks Canada, but that's exactly what the federal agency had been carefully planning for years.

Toledo park could show benefits of river dredgings
The Toledo Blade (7/15)
In Toledo, Ohio an old city park on the Maumee River could soon become a demonstration site — complete with a farm field — to show the beneficial alternative uses of material dredged from the Toledo harbor shipping channel.

Belle Isle boosts state recreation passport purchases in Detroit
Crain's Detroit Business (7/9)
The number of state recreation passports purchased in Detroit has been on the rise since February, when Belle Isle became a state park and visitors were given one year before the special passport would be needed to enter the island.

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General Resources
Great Lakes Network (GLKN)
National Park Service
GLKN is a long-term ecological monitoring program that includes nine national park units in four states adjacent to Lakes Superior and Michigan.

National Park Guide
National Park Service
Search by location, park name, or recreation or historical interest. You can also make online reservations for selected park campgrounds and tours.

Parks Canada
All you need to know about Canadian parks and more!

U.S. National Park Service
Learn the difference between a National Preserve, a National Park and other official NPS designations and visit them by state.

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Dunes
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
National Park Service
Stretching along 18 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, this 14,000-acre park is home to 1,445 species of plants and 2,200 acres of forest, marsh, dunes and beach.

Michigan Sand Dune Protection
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Tracks the history of Michigan sand dunes and the loss of noteworthy dunes by unregulated mining practices.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
National Park Service
This lakeshore perches along the northwestern shore of Michigan's lower peninsula, a hilly region with massive coastal sand dunes.

The Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Part of the Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, the center interprets the sand dunes of the Great Lakes via exhibits, field trips and classes.

Visualizing the Great Lakes
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
A slide collection featuring beaches from around the Great Lakes.

Warren Dunes State Park
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Located in southwestern Michigan, the Warren Dunes tower 240 feet above Lake Michigan, attracting hikers and hang gliders and other outdoor enthusiasts.

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National Parks and Scenic Trails
INDIANA
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
National Park Service
A classic memorial stands on the site of Fort Sackville to commemorate the capture of the fort from British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers by Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen on February 25, 1779.

MICHIGAN
Father Marquette National Memorial
National Park Service
Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum is located in Straits State Park and is interpreted in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Isle Royale National Park
National Park Service
Wolves and moose, the wild North Woods forest, everchanging weather and a cool climate, and the crystal clear waters and rugged shoreline of Lake Superior characterize Isle Royale National Park.

Isle Royale: unoffical site
Dedicated to providing information on Isle Royale National Park

Keweenaw National Historical Park
National Park Service
Keweenaw National Historical Park preserves the heritage of copper mining in this unique setting amid many of the original structures and landscapes of the copper era.

North Country National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
The North Country National Scenic Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in seven northern states.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
National Park Service
Multicolored sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, wildlife and forests of the Lake Superior shoreline beckon visitors to explore the 73,000-acre park.

Warren Dunes State Park
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Located in southwestern Michigan, the Warren Dunes tower 240 feet above Lake Michigan, attracting hikers and hang gliders and other outdoor enthusiasts.

MINNESOTA
Grand Portage National Monument
National Park Service
Reopened in 1951 as Grand Portage National Historic Site, designated a National Monument in 1958, its nearly 710 acres lying entirely within the boundaries of Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation, the reconstructed depot celebrates fur trade and Ojibwe lifeways.

Mississippi National River & Recreation Area
National Park Service
From visitor centers to trails, from industrial centers to Mississippi River backwaters, this park has a bit of something for everyone.

North Country National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
The North Country National Scenic Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in seven northern states.

Pipestone National Monument
National Park Service
As commanded by the spirit bird in the Sioux story of its creation, the pipestone here is quarried by anyone of Indian ancestry.

Voyageurs National Park
National Park Service
The park lies in the southern part of the Canadian Shield, representing some of the oldest exposed rock formations in the world.

Voyageurs National Park: unofficial site
This site is dedicated to providing information on Voyageurs National Park.

NEW YORK
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,174-mile footpath along the ridgecrests and across the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in northern Georgia.

Castle Clinton National Monument
National Park Service
On August 3, 1855, Castle Garden, now leased to New York State, opened as an immigrant landing depot. During the next 34 years, over 8 million people entered the United States through Castle Garden, until it was closed on April 18, 1890.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
National Park Service
Experience the diversity of the Chesapeake Bay through the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network – a system of over 120 parks, refuges, museums, historic communities and water trails in the Bay watershed.

Ellis Island National Monument
National Park Service
Between 1892 and 1954, approximately 12 million steerage and third class steamship passengers who entered the United States through the port of New York were legally and medically inspected at Ellis Island.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
National Park Service
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor covers 524 miles in Upstate New York, including four navigable waterways: Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca; sections of the first Erie Canal; and over 200 municipalities adjacent to the canals.

Gateway National Recreation Area
National Park Service
Park sites offer a variety of recreation opportunities, along with a chance to explore many significant cultural and natural resources.

Governors Island National Monument
National Park Service
Governors Island is a 172-acre island located a half-mile from the southern tip of Manhattan in New York harbor.

Manhattan Sites
National Park Service
Manhattan Sites is a unique urban park that consists of six separate sites representing the Seventeenth through the Twentieth Centuries.

National Parks of New York Harbor
National Park Service
The National Parks of New York Harbor represents a collaboration, or organizational network, of these parks: Gateway National Recreation Area, Governors Island, Manhattan Sites and Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island, as well as one affiliated site, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

North Country National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
The North Country National Scenic Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in seven northern states.

Saratoga National Historical Park
National Park Service
Site of the first significant American military victory during the Revolution, the Battles of Saratoga rank among the fifteen most decisive battles in world history.

Statue Of Liberty National Monument
National Park Service
To better understand this monumental work of art, visitors will be able to view inside the Statue through a glass ceiling, guided by a park ranger and an enhanced lighting and new video system.

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
National Park Service
The longest free-flowing river in the Northeast, it includes riffles and Class I and II rapids between placid pools and eddies.

Women's Rights National Historical Park
National Park Service
The park consists of four major historical properties and a state of the art Visitor Center.

OHIO
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
National Park Service
Just a short drive from the major metropolitan areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects 33,000 acres along the banks of the Cuyahoga River.

David Berger National Memorial
National Park Service
This site honors the memory of David Berger, an American citizen who was one of the 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
National Park Service
Dayton Aviation Heritage commemorates three exceptional men - Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar - and their work in the Miami Valley.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
National Park Service
The park contains nationally significant archeological resources including large earthwork and mound complexes that provide an insight into the social, ceremonial, political, and economic life of the Hopewell people.

North Country National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
The North Country National Scenic Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in seven northern states.

Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial National Memorial
National Park Service
Constructed between 1912 and 1915 by a commission of nine states and the federal government, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial was built not only to commemorate the American naval triumph, but also "to inculcate the lessons of international peace by arbitration and disarmament."

ONTARIO
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Great Canadian Parks
Bruce National Park, located on the Bruce Peninsula, which almost cuts off Georgian Bay from Lake Huron, is a patchwork of limestone cliffs, beach and ancient forest scenery.

Fathom Five National Marine Park
Great Canadian Parks
Fathom Five, Canada’s first national marine park, consists of 20 islands to the north and east of the Bruce Peninsula, 130 square kilometres of surface water, the ecosystem reaching 200 metres below, and the park’s tiny landbase at Tobermory Harbour.

Georgian Bay Islands
Great Canadian Parks
Composed of 59 islands and shoals, this tiny park is part of the largest group of fresh-water islands in the world.

Point Pelee
Great Canadian Parks
Point Pelee, a 10-kilometre sandspit stretching as far south as the northern border of California, contains one of Canada's smallest but most unusual national parks.

Pukaskwa National Park
Great Canadian Parks
Ontario's only wilderness park, Pukaskwa National Park covers 1880 square kilometres of rugged terrain and frigid water along the rocky north shore of Lake Superior halfway between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay.

St. Lawrence Islands
Great Canadian Parks
Primarily a water-based park, its 21 granite islands and numerous tiny islets are a unique river landscape strewn along 80 kilometres of the upper St. Lawrence River.

PENNSYLVANIA
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,174-mile footpath along the ridgecrests and across the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in northern Georgia.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
National Park Service
Experience the diversity of the Chesapeake Bay through the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network – a system of over 120 parks, refuges, museums, historic communities and water trails in the Bay watershed.

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
National Park Service
Come journey through five Pennsylvania counties bursting with heritage and brimming with outdoor adventure.

Delaware National Scenic River
National Park Service
The section of the Delaware River that is designated the Middle Delaware National Scenic River is 40 miles long and is contained completely within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park system.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
National Park Service
This park preserves 40 miles of the middle Delaware River and almost 70,000 acres of land along the river's New Jersey and Pennsylvania shores.

Flight 93 National Memorial
National Park Service
On September 11, 2001, the passengers and crew of Flight 93 courageously gave their lives thwarting a planned attack on our Nation's Capital.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield
National Park Service
Colonial troops commanded by 22 year old Colonel George Washington were defeated in this small stockade at the "Great Meadow".

Gettysburg National Military Park
National Park Service
Gettysburg National Military Park incorporates nearly 6,000 acres, with 26 miles of park roads and over 1,400 monuments, markers, and memorials.

Independence National Historical Park
National Park Service
Independence National Historical Park, located in downtown (called "Center City"), Philadelphia, is often referred to as the birthplace of our nation.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial
National Park Service
The park contains nearly 165 acres and preserves the remains of the South Fork Dam and portions of the former Lake Conemaugh bed.

Lower Delaware National Wild & Scenic River
National Park Service
The river valley houses cliffs rising 400 feet above the rivers that provide for magnificent scenery and habitat unique to the region.

North Country National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
The North Country National Scenic Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in seven northern states.

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
Citizens in the Potomac Heritage Trail corridor are rediscovering history and reclaiming access to rivers and other outdoor places.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
National Park Service
In a small rented room on the second floor of this house, Kosciuszko spent the winter of 1797-98 reading, sketching and receiving distinguished visitors like Vice-President Thomas Jefferson.

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
National Park Service
The longest free-flowing river in the Northeast, it includes riffles and Class I and II rapids between placid pools and eddies.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
National Park Service
Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the collective sacrifices and dedication of the Revolutionary War generation, it pays homage to the ability of everyday Americans to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.

White Clay Creek National Wild & Scenic River
National Park Service
The White Clay Creek is renowned for its scenery, opportunities for birding and trout fishing and historic features.

QUEBEC
Forillon
Parks Canada
Forillo, located at the farthest reach of the Gaspé Peninsula, protects a representative sample of the Notre-Dame and Mégantic mountain regions and certain elements of the Gulf of St. Lawrence marine region.

La Mauricie
Parks Canada
Located in the Laurentians, the mountian range flanking the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Mingan Archipelago
Parks Canada
This national park reserve, located along the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, contains spectacular natural monuments which bear witness to the never-ending wear of the sea and of the centuries.

Saguenay-St. Lawrence National Park
Great Canadian Parks
The first park in Quebec dedicated to the protection of a marine environment.

WISCONSIN
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
National Park Service
These 21 forested islands and 12 miles of mainland Lake Superior shoreline feature pristine stretches of sand beach, spectacular sea caves, remnant old-growth forests, resident bald eagles and black bears, and the largest collection of lighthouses anywhere in the National Park System.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail travels through the edges of the glacier that passed into Wisconsin.

North Country National Scenic Trail
National Park Service
The North Country National Scenic Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in seven northern states.

Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway
National Park Service
Whether solitude or a shared experience is desired, you too can come to know this river.

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State and Provincial Parks
ILLINOIS
Illinois State Parks
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Shabonna Lake State Park
Northern Illinois

INDIANA
Brown County State Park
Nashville, IN

Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

MICHIGAN
Huron-Clinton Metroparks
Southeast Michigan

Mackinac State Historic Parks
Mackinac Island State Park Commission

Michigan Recreation and Camping
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

St. Clair Parkway Commission
Information on recreational activities around Lake St. Clair.

MINNESOTA
Itasca State Park
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Lake Itasca, MN

Minnesota State Parks
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

NEW YORK
Adirondack Park Agency
Search for information about the Adirondack Park and the Agency's (APA) regulations, programs, and functions.

Adirondacks
Great Outdoor Recreation Pages (GORP)

Bear Mountain State Park
Hudson Valley

Fort Niagara State Park
Youngstown, NY

New York State Parks
New York State Department of Economic Development

Niagara Parks Commission
Tourism information around Niagara Falls and the Niagara River Corridor.

Parks of the St. Lawrence
Manages recreational areas from Kingston to near the Quebec border.

OHIO
Cleveland Lakefront Headlands Beach State Parks
Cleveland, OH

Geauga Park District
Geauga County, Ohio

Kiser Lake State Park
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Rosewood, OH

Ohio State Parks
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

ONTARIO
Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitney, ON

Niagara Parks Commission
Tourism information around Niagara Falls and the Niagara River Corridor.

Ontario Parks
Ministry of Natural Resources

Parks of the St. Lawrence
Manages recreational areas from Kingston to near the Quebec border.

Presqu'ile Provincial Park
Brighton, ON

St. Clair Parkway Commission
Information on recreational activities around Lake St. Clair.

PENNSYLVANIA
Moraine State Park
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Portersville, PA

Pennsylvania State Parks
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA

QUEBEC
Parks of the St. Lawrence
Manages recreational areas from Kingston to near the Quebec border.

Québec Parks
Société des éstablishments de plein air du Québec (Sépaq)

WISCONSIN
Willow River State Park
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Hudson, WI

Wisconsin State Parks & Forests
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Search under "Things To Do", then under "Recreation and Attractions."

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Volunteerism and Preservation
ACRES Land Trust
ACRES protects 40 nature preserves in 11 Northeast Indiana counties.

Adirondack Park Agency
An independent, bipartisan state agency responsible for developing long-range Park policy.

Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Initiative
Promotes environmental concerns while respecting sustainable human land uses, in the distinctive region of ON and NY that lies between and embraces Algonquin and Adirondack Parks.

Friends of Bon Echo Park
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Bon Echo Provincial Park located in eastern ON.

Friends of Evansburg State Park
Established for the purpose of protecting Evansburg State Park located in Collegeville, PA.

Friends of Presqu'ile
A non-profit association of volunteers dedicated to enhancing Presqu'ile Provincial Park, located in Brighton, ON.

Friends of Wyalusing State Park
A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Wyalusing State Park, located in southwest WI.

Ontario's Living Legacy
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Ontario Premier Mike Harris has unveiled a Living Legacy strategy that will add 378 new parks and protected areas, increasing the area covered by parks and protected areas in Ontario by one third.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Forests and Forestry in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Historic Sites in the Great Lakes Region
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