Great Lakes Ice Coverage is Down

Lake Huron, January 13, 2023 PHOTO COURTESY OF NOAA COASTWATCH GREAT LAKES Mild temperatures this year have impacted ice coverage and thickness on all the Great Lakes, reports CBC, a trend that is consistent with years over the past decade. According to Jay Austin, who studies Lake Superior at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large […]

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On Michigan’s Sunrise Side, Cheboygan Shines

Photo Courtesy of Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce Discover the surprising small city at the Eastern edge of the Straits of Mackinac. By Kath Usitalo Visitors are waking up to the charm of Cheboygan, located at the top of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula along the US 23 Heritage Route. The area where the Cheboygan River meets Lake […]

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Float like a Cockroach

New robotic catamarans gain unparalleled ocean stability from a bug-like frame. Tech Advancements Lead to Autonomous, Floating, Bug Bots? Imagine a vessel steady enough to execute accurate hydrographic surveys in Lake Huron, high tech enough to analyze the ocean’s fish populations and pollution levels and fast enough to chase off intruder vessels and protect Navy […]

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Capable Cat

A one-eyed dog and its owners take on the American Great Loop aboard an Aquila 44. All photos courtesy of April and Larry Smith. Capable Cat Aquila 44 A liveaboard couple discovers that cruising the Great Loop is even more comfortable on a catamaran. For most of their adult lives, April and Larry Smith had […]

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Paradise Found

Photo Courtesy of Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Whitefish Point, on Lake Superior’s “Shipwreck Coast,” is long on tales of mariners lost, natural wonders and spectacular skies, and short on hustle and bustle. By Kath Usitalo On a sunny summer afternoon, the parking lot at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is filled with vehicles sporting license […]

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2023 MLF Bass Pro Tour Schedule

Major League Fishing (MLF) announced Friday the schedule for the 2023 MLF Bass Pro Tour. The fifth season of professional bass fishing’s most prestigious circuit will showcase 80 of the top bass anglers in the world competing in seven regular-season tournaments around the country for millions of dollars, valuable points in the Bally Bet Angler […]

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New Project Sets Out to Map Great Lakes

PHOTO COURTESY OF GREAT LAKES OBSERVING SYSTEM A Thunder Bay project on Lake Huron manned by NOAA scientists is just one in a series of projects whose goal is to map the bottom of all five Great Lakes. Named Lakebed 2030, the overall project is supported by a coalition of academic and government organizations in […]

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August 2022 Issue

August 2022 Issue Summer in “The Snows” Tucked into the northern coastline of Lake Huron, the communities of Hessel and Cedarville remain anchored to their history while cruising toward their future. Also In This Issue… Boat Test: Maritimo M60 — True blue: Maritimo’s latest model is a reminder of where it all began for the […]

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Summer in the “The Snows”

Photo Courtesy of Les Cheneaux Islands Chamber of Commerce Those who have explored Michigan’s 36-island Les Cheneaux archipelago realize what a hidden treasure this area is. Tucked into the northern coastline of Lake Huron, the communities of Hessel and Cedarville remain anchored to their history while cruising toward their future. By Dianna Stampfler The narrow […]

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Make-A-Wish Rides And The 1,000 Islands Breakfast Club

<!– Event Coverage: Make-A-Wish Rides And The 1,000 Islands Breakfast Club –> Between long days on the water and reunions of long-lost go-fast boating friends that often last late into the evening, poker runs don’t lend themselves to early wake-up calls. And yet there we were today at 7 a.m., on the docks of the municipal […]

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Gary Adkins Wins NPFL Bass Tournament on Saginaw Bay

Story by Justin Brouillard | Photos by Tanner & Travis Lyons The only angler targeting smallmouth all three days, Gary Adkins brought in just enough on the final day to edge Trent Palmer by 4-ounces. Adkins added 16-pounds, 7-ounces to bags of 19-pounds, 12-ounces on day one and 15-pounds, 10-ounces on day two to finish the event with a […]

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Great Lakes Cruising Returns for a Record Year

PHOTO COURTESY OF CRUISE THE GREAT LAKES After a two-year hiatus, cruising on the Great Lakes is back and 2022 is expected to be a record-breaking year with more cruise ships serving more passengers than ever, according to Cruise the Great Lakes, the region’s cruise marketing program focused on bringing economic value and growth to […]

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