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Boating Industry Association Announces List of Top 10 Boating States

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Summer is here, and millions of Americans are looking for ways to escape with loved ones without traveling too far or spending too much. The U.S. recreational boating industry’s trade association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), today announced the 2009 top ten boating states based on annual sales. In conjunction, Discover Boating, the industry’s non-profit awareness program, has identified affordable, must-visit boating destinations within each state.  more...


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Cutter's mission a smash

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In a five-hour mission, the Hollyhock went out onto the St. Clair River to break an ice jam that stretched from Marysville south beyond St. Clair. It is part of the regular winter routine, spending time breaking ice on waterways from Lake Huron to Lake Erie.   more...


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Denis Sullivan leads Tall Ships Challenge

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This summer an international fleet of 15 tall ships will race the Great Lakes to promote water conservation and environmental protection of one of the world’s largest freshwater resources. Leading them will be Milwaukee’s own lake schooner S/V Denis Sullivan.

The Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge will stop in six ports: Toronto (June 30-July 4); Cleveland (July 7-11); Bay City, Mich. (July 15-18); Duluth, Minn. (July 29-Aug. 1); Green Bay, Wis. (Aug. 12-15); and Chicago (Aug. 26-30).  more...



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WOMAN DROWNS WHEN CAR SLIDES INTO POND

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An Illinois woman drowned Monday morning when the vehicle she was driving apparently slid off an icy I-94 and into a pond near the Indiana-Michigan border.

According to investigators, 75-year-old Srisangud Tulayasook was eastbound headed toward New Buffalo, Mich., around 6 a.m., when her Chrysler P-T Cruiser left the road and came to rest in some five feet of water 40 feet from the shore.  more...


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Congress approves $475M to restore the Great Lakes

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Congress approved legislation that includes $475 million to restore the Great Lakes by combatting invasive species, cleaning up highly polluted sites and expanding wetlands. President Barack Obama has signaled he'll sign it.  more...

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Local Authorities Searching for Boat Banditos

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EUCLID, Ohio - Pirates on Lake Erie? A local fisherman is robbed at gunpoint after bandits ambush his boat. Monday, a fisherman takes off on his 18-foot boat from Wildwood State Park in Cleveland to spend a day on Lake Erie. Whether or not the fish are biting would turn out to be the least of his worries. Investigators have not yet released the name of the fisherman who was robbed. "This could be an ongoing thing maybe if they don't get these people caught," says another longtime fisherman Andy Hospodor.   more...

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New Coast Guard ice breaker passes in congress

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Friday authorizing $153 million for a new Coast Guard ice breaker for the Great Lakes. The legislation will now be forwarded to the U.S. Senate for approval.  more...

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Police help boaters trapped on Lake Michigan

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Chicago Police helped two men safely escape a boat stuck in the turbulent waters of Lake Michigan Saturday morning on the North Side.

The police Marine Unit and Town Hall District officers responded about 7:45 a.m. to call of a boat in distress in Lake Michigan just north of West Belmont Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.

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Court won’t silence Michigan tour boat’s whistles

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A man who can’t tolerate the repeated whistle blasts of a paddlewheel boat in this popular tourist town took his complaint all the way to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The court’s response? The legal equivalent of “cover your ears.”   more...



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Treasure hunters seek Lake Superior's 'Holy Grail'

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ImageNinety years after their disappearance in a Lake Superior blizzard, shipwreck hunters are trying to find two French warships that vanished without a trace, taking two Canadian Great Lakes captains and 78 French sailors with them.  more...



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Boating tragedy calls for rules re-examination

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Tragedy has become a way of life on the waters of Spring Lake. With two deaths this boating season and numerous injuries, the community is wondering what's going on out there in Stahl's Bayou and other parts of the beautiful lake. The fact that boating deaths have become almost an annual occurrence on Spring Lake is unacceptable. The most recent accident during Labor Day weekend involved a group of longtime teenage friends. They also were experienced boaters. Communication between the personal watercraft and the ski boat couldn't have been higher.  more...

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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y.: Tour boat operator drowned in suicide

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 man with family ties to a 2005 boating accident in upstate New York that claimed the lives of 20 people on a fall tour — including three from Downriver — has drowned.

Authorities report that the operator of the ill-fated tour boat drowned himself in the Adirondack lake that claimed the lives of 19 Michigan residents and one person from Ohio.

The Associated Press reported that divers recovered the body of 44-year-old Matthew Quirk of Queensbury on Saturday from Lake George, 50 miles north of Albany. The death was ruled a suicide.  more...



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As Others See It: A court battle over beach blankets

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A beach-blanket legal battle in Allegan County is kicking up a sandstorm of potential trouble for public access to one tiny but important kind of Lake Michigan attraction — road-end beaches.

The state Court of Appeals in Grand Rapids is expected to rule on the case, which could make a big splash by affecting public access rights to other road-end beaches along the Lake Michigan shore, including several in Ottawa County.  more...


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Aquatic Sciences Chronicle

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The summer 2009 edition of the Aquatic Sciences Chronicle is now available online. The Chronicle delivers the latest news from the Aquatic Sciences Center, the administrative home of the Sea Grant and Water Resources institutes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. more...

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Bridge collapses into lake

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Investigators are working to determine exactly what happened. No one was killed and there were no life-threatening injuries.

Hidden Lake Park remains closed because of the collapse. Officials plan on removing the debris and continuing their investigation to figure out how and why that bridge became packed with several dozen people before it collapsed.  more...



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