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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Take a Hovercraft Across Lake Ontario Next Summer

There will be a new way to travel next summer. Hoverlink Ontario Inc. will be launching its rapid transit route between Toronto and the Niagara Region. This large-scale hovercraft service will move passengers across Lake Ontario, from Toronto to St. Catharines, in only 30 minutes — a journey that typically takes up to three hours […]

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2023 Fishing Boat Buyer’s Guide

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5 Steps to Catch More Steelhead

Finding and catching more steelhead on the Salmon River, or anywhere else for that matter, starts with good planning and an understanding of your quarry. Here are five tips to help you do just that. 1. Think Like a Steelhead When a steelhead enters the Salmon River, it’s on a mission. To accomplish that, it […]

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Early Winter Fishing for Big Niagara Lake Trout

This lake trout was sporting a fresh wound from a lamprey above its pectoral fin. In the 1900’s, lampreys contributed to the eradication of lakers in Lake Ontario. Since the 1970s, stocking efforts and lamprey population-control methods have allowed the lakers to thrive in Ontario once again. In early winter, the Niagara Bar and River […]

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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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A Little Town with a Big Personality

Photo Courtesy of Wayne County Tourism A fun town with a big boating presence, Sodus Point is a boater’s paradise situated on a beautiful bay on the southern shores of Lake Ontario. Though the town may be small, it is vibrant. As Yoda would say: “Size matters not.” By Margaret Steiss Sodus Point, New York, […]

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September 2022

September 2022 A Little Town with a Big Personality A fun town with a big boating presence, Sodus Point is a boater’s paradise situated on a beautiful bay on the southern shores of Lake Ontario. Though the town may be small, it is vibrant. As Yoda would say: “Size matters not.” by Margaret Steiss Also […]

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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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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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