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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Drones Launched in Lake Superior

In August 2022, two Saildrone uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs) were launched in Lake Superior on a 25-day mission. The USVs, which have a zero-carbon footprint and operate virtually silently, carry sensors to measure fish distribution data around the clock. The Saildrones will enable U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists to better understand the effects of large […]

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Logbook: Dream On

  Is there a better boating adventure than the Great Loop? There’s something about the end of the year that conjures dreams of The Great Loop. In a complete coincidence both Bill Prince and Mike Smith use their columns this month to discuss this nautical endeavor. Bill addresses boaters that wait until retirement to tackle […]

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PHOTO BY CHRIS GUIBERT Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, a 500-acre resort at the top of the Keweenaw Peninsula surrounded on three sides by Lake Superior, is the headquarters for the newly-designated Keweenaw Dark Sky Park named to the program by the International Dark-Sky Association. It is the third IDA-certified Dark Sky Park in Michigan, and the […]

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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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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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Climate-Monitoring and Maritime-Safety Buoys Deployed in Lake Superior

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SUPERIOR WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) announced the deployment of three climate-monitoring and maritime-safety buoys at Marquette, Munising and Grand Marais on Lake Superior, reports The Minging Journal. The three buoys will collect critical data for recreational and commercial boating use as well as climate planning data like wave […]

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2022 Women Making Waves

By Boating Industry Staff Women Making Waves is Boating Industry’s effort to recognize the multitude of women in the industry who have made and continue to make great contributions to its success, propel its growth and lead their organizations and peers into the future. Now in its fifth year and becoming a part of Boating […]

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Master Technicians in the field

ABYC is certifying more women than ever before. Here are some of their stories. By Sarah DevlinABYC Content Director The number of women seeking certification as marine technicians continue to increase. Here, we profile five female technicians who show us that Certified Marine Technicians enter their careers for a variety of different reasons, from a […]

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Explore the Keweenaw Waterway with Keweenaw Boat Tours

PHOTO COURTESY OF KEWEENAW BOAT TOURS Keweenaw Boat Tours launched this year to provide visitors with a scenic exploration of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula the best way you can see it: via boat. Started by retired U.S. Coast Guard serviceman Jason Swain, Keweenaw Boat Tours explores the 25-mile waterway that bisects Michigan’s northernmost peninsula. “The Keweenaw […]

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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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