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Michigan Gets Tough on Drinking and Boating

Michigan Gets Tough on Drinking and Boating

Back in 2003, Michigan changed the legal alcohol limit for driving vehicles from 0.10 to 0.08. However, it failed to change the rules for snowmobiles, watercraft and off-road vehicles. Now, the consequences for driving a boat while drunk just got a little more costly. The Michigan Senate unani...
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Canada and Ontario Sign New Great Lakes Agreement

Canada and Ontario Sign New Great Lakes Agreement

The governments of Canada and Ontario signed the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health (COA) last week, renewing their commitment to restore, protect and conserve the Great Lakes. The five-year agreement will: take action to address algal blooms; complete ac...
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SS Badger’s New Coal Ash System Ready for 2015 Season

SS Badger’s New Coal Ash System Ready for 2015 Season

In Lakeland Boating’s May 2014 issue, we wrote about the ongoing renovations to the beloved Lake Michigan Carferry (LMC), the S.S. Badger — the last coal-fired ship on the Great Lakes. Now, according to Terri Brown, director of media relations for LMC, the 411-foot carferry purchased a n...
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Shepler’s Ferry Service Adds to Fleet

Shepler’s Ferry Service Adds to Fleet

The iconic Mackinac Island ferry service, Shepler’s, recently announced that it would expand its fleet of passenger ferries and that the new boat, Miss Margy, would hopefully be ready for business by Independence Day 2015. Shepler’s has been chartering passengers from Mackinac City...
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Traverse City Creates International Tourism Videos

Traverse City Creates International Tourism Videos

Traverse City Tourism is broadening its reach. This year, German, British, Canadian and Chinese travelers will learn about Traverse City’s vibrant culinary scene, outdoor recreation and the wonders of Sleeping Bear Dunes, thanks to a series of promotional videos just released by the tourism or...
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115-Year-Old Shipwreck Discovered in Lake Superior

115-Year-Old Shipwreck Discovered in Lake Superior

In 1899, the 199-foot, three-masted schooner, Nelson, sailed head-on into a spring gale, tragically claiming the lives of nine passengers. Recently, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) located the burial site for Nelson on the bottom of Lake Superior near Grand Marais, Michiga...
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Sign Up for GLCCS Webinars

Sign Up for GLCCS Webinars

For those boaters who only need a touch-up on their boating skills, or those who need a complete set of basics, the Great Lakes Cruising Club School (GLCCS) is now offering more than 40 new educational webinars starting in November. The webinars are taught by industry specialists and GLCC-accr...
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12 Million in Great Lakes Grants Announced

12 Million in Great Lakes Grants Announced

Sustain Our Great Lakes Partners recently announced that 31 projects will receive close to $12 million in grant funding for ecological restoration in the Great Lakes. Grant recipients also will match the new grant funding with an additional $11 million, making a total impact of $23 million towards G...
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Remembering the <em>Edmund Fitzgerald</em>

Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald

Monday, Nov. 10 marked the 39th anniversary since the Great Lakes largest freighter, the Edmund Fitzgerald, sank in the chilly waters of Lake Superior. During a severe storm on Lake Superior back in 1975, the 729-foot-long ship sank and claimed the lives of 29 passengers. The ship left Sup...
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New Chicago Boathouse to Boost Recreation

New Chicago Boathouse to Boost Recreation

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city officials gathered along the Chicago River on Sunday, Nov. 9, to celebrate the grand opening of the new $1.4 million boathouse at River Park. The boathouse is part of the city’s effort to boost recreation on the river. This is the third boathouse o...
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