The M&M Twin Cities Marinette, Wisconsin and Menominee Michigan
The M&M Twin Cities
The neighboring towns of Marinette, Wisconsin and Menominee, Michigan offer boaters plenty of fish to catch, sailing races, festivals and tasty eateries.

Where bay and river meet The two states and towns are divided by the Menominee River, which forms from the confluence of the Brule and Michigamme Rivers northwest of Iron Mountain, Michigan. This is a good fishing area that’s known for clean water and — as the folks in the Welcome Center...

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Where the Water Never Ends Oswego, New York
Where the Water Never Ends
Whether you’re planning a trip through the Erie Canal or cruising Lake Ontario, Oswego, New York is worth the trip. Known as “The Port City of Central New York,” this small town is big on things to see and do. Rich on both military and nautical history, Oswego is a water and history lovers’ dream.

As you cruise into Oswego, you pass by the historic West Pierhead Lighthouse. Looking down the Oswego River offers views of a mix of old and new, industrial buildings still in use or repurposed for current needs. It’s readily apparent that this town has history. When you want to stand ...

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Munising is Rockin’ Munising, Michigan
Munising is Rockin’
The Grand Island National Recreation Area, a shipwreck preserve, waterfalls, plenty of eateries and, of course, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, make Munising, Michigan a stunning tourist destination.

Millions of years in the making, the geologic formations that line the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have fascinated humans for centuries. The colorful sandstone cliffs, sculpted by wind and water and painted by seeping minerals, inspired stories and awe in the ...

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Picturesque Pentwater Pentwater, Michigan
Picturesque Pentwater
Just steps from both an inland and a Great Lake, Pentwater, Michigan offers historic charm in a resort setting.

Midway up the western coast of Michigan, tucked in the Pere Marquette State Forest between Silver Lake and Ludington, the village of Pentwater is the perfect place to spend the day, the week, or the entire summer. The serenity and natural beauty of this coastal village is on full display, and its ea...

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More than a Skyline Chicago, Illinois
More than a Skyline
Chicago, Illinois is more than just the Cubs and White Sox, skyscrapers, tasty deep-dish pizza and the city’s notorious wind. Thanks to waterfront development, riverfront revitalization and endless activities, the “Second City” is a true Great Lakes destination.

Chicago’s skyline from Lake Michigan is breathtaking, especially as the sun begins to dip, silhouetting the city’s many skyscrapers. Visiting boaters could be tempted to spend all their time anchored out on the lake, drinking in the city’s beautiful architecture from a distance. ...

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Rust Belt Renaissance Buffalo, New York
Rust Belt Renaissance
Who would have thought that the New York Times would include Buffalo, New York on its 2018 list of “100 Places to Visit in the World”? But there it is, testament to the fact that Buffalo is buzzing and making a big comeback from its Rust Belt image. The waterfront leads the way after a decade-long redevelopment, with new hotels, restaurants, patios, parks and bike trails dotting the shoreline and attracting boaters of all stripes.

Check out Canalside Start your visit to Buffalo at Canalside, where the Buffalo River and City Ship Canal converge at Buffalo’s Inner Harbor. Here, the city is repurposing historic buildings for entertainment, dining and recreation, turning its long-dormant grain elevators into tourist-worthy...

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Sandusky by the Bay Sandusky, Ohio
Sandusky by the Bay
A small town with a grand Lake Erie location and two centuries of stories to tell.

The sounds of Sandusky epitomize the many reasons why this small Ohio town is a huge Lake Erie tourism hub: The long blasts of a horn on the Jet Express ferry; the caw of gulls scavenging for fish; the courthouse clock ringing on the hour; the cheerful clink of wine glasses; the periodic shrieks of ...

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Maples, gourds and sunsets Port Elgin, Ontario
Maples, gourds and sunsets
Once known as the Town of Maples in reference to its tree-lined streets, Port Elgin, Ontario has long been a popular destination for Great Lakes boaters thanks to its delightful harbor, inviting beaches and one of the largest pumpkin festivals in the world.

While many towns and villages along the Great Lakes have engaged in massive revitalization programs to restore their once-industrial waterfronts into inviting recreational areas, the little village of Port Elgin, Ontario has never had to do so — it’s beautiful waterfront has always been ...

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A Great Lake and Two Rivers St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, Michigan
A Great Lake and Two Rivers
St. Joseph and Benton Harbor — both quaint and charming southwest Michigan towns — offer boaters a fun mix of fishing, food and a PGA golf tournament.

Around 1780, William Burnett built a trading post on a bluff overlooking the St. Joseph River as it flowed into Lake Michigan; the mouth of this waterway was an important point of Native American travel and commerce. By 1825, a mail route — albeit a very slow and sporadic one — exist...

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Cruising the Comeback City Detroit, Michigan
Cruising the Comeback City
Visiting Detroit, Michigan by boat is a unique way to see this resurgent city. Starting at the riverfront — as the earliest settlers did more than three centuries ago — provides a great opportunity to explore a batch of new breweries, trendy restaurants, world-class museums, eye-catching architecture and bustling public spaces. From their riverside playground — Detroit’s dynamic front-door — Motor City residents warmly welcome boaters and are eager to show off the city they call “The D.”

Ray Batt has a vivid memory of the summer day 10 years ago when he took a dozen business associates from across the country on a cruise of the Detroit River aboard his 42-foot Meridian, The Batt Cave. From the upper helm on the bridge, bound for Lake St. Clair, he felt great pride as his collea...

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