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Michigan bill may loosen critical sand dune protection

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It would be easier for property owners to build in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior sand dunes under a bill before Michigan lawmakers.

“The main change of this bill is instead of having the default answer be no, which it kind of is right now, we assume that if you buy a piece of land you are allowed to build a house on it,” said Bob DeVries, chief of staff for bill sponsor Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.


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Ipperwash: Paradise lost, probably never to return

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Shot showing sweep of Lake Huron shore southward with Grand Bend in the foreground and Kettle Point jutting into the lake at the top of the photo. Pinery Provincial Park runs in the middle of these landmarks. Aerial shots of the Grand Bend, Pinery, Ipperwash and Kettle Point areas.

IPPERWASH PROVINCIAL PARK: Once the jewel of Southwestern Ontario parks, Ipperwash Provincial Park has been closed since a deadly clash over a native burial ground 17 years ago. As another camping season looms, QMI reporter Dan Brown finds why the park is fast becoming a distant memory for many in the region, with no end in sight to its ‘temporarily closed’ status. more...


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Sailing’s as close as you can get to God for me...

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Tim Reynolds is cross with himself. ‘I’m sorry, I forgot to bring my adze. It would have been good for the picture. You don’t see many solicitors with an adze.’

He is an unusual and unconventional lawyer. This is borne out by the profile of him in his firm’s glossy brochure.

There’s none of the usual banal jargon and lawyer-speak which so often fills these handouts. I suspect it was written by him because it is shot through with his humour.

It says: ‘As a child Tim was taught how to build boats and walk across deep mud. He has two children who are receiving a similar education.   more...


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Boating tips to keep you from becoming a statistic

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Boating season is here, and whether you plan on leisurely Lake Erie jaunts or heart-pounding regattas, you should always keep safety foremost in your mind, especially given the growing number of boating accidents each year.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s recently released report, boating deaths jumped 12.8 percent in 2011 and are the highest they’ve been since 1998.

Last year, 758 people died and 3,081 were injured in 4,588 boating accidents reported to the Coast Guard. Of these deaths, 70 percent drowned and 84 percent of those who drowned weren’t wearing a life jacket.  more...



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Boating Apps

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You always want to have reliable communication devices when heading out in a boat. But these days, your mobile phone can do a lot more than just make emergency calls.

Most mobile phones now come with a GPS receiver, so an option like Google Maps will work. But you’re relying on a cell-phone signal or wireless service, you may be out of luck. And remember enabling your phone’s GPS will eat up the battery quickly.  more...



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Life jackets, sobriety and education urged for boaters

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When it comes to water safety on the lake, there are three important precautions that Edwin Lyngar, boating education coordinator with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, wants people to remember.

"Wear a life jacket, boat sober and take a boating class," Lyngar said. "If people would do those three things, there would be a tremendous reduction in accidents and fatal accidents."

With the heat rising, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is seeing more people wanting to using the recreation amenities from Jet Skis and boating to kayaking.  more...



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Boating: The art of docking

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Have you ever gone to a waterfront restaurant by boat? Do you know that in a recent survey of non-boaters, they really, really envy people who arrive by boat at the restaurants? Many people have entered the sport of boating just so they can be among those who are envied.

Despite surveys pointing to boaters being happier, more content and better lovers, non-boaters slough off all that and concentrate on their desire to simply stepping off a boat onto a restaurant's dock as the main reason they might one day get into boating.  more...



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Go Grayling!

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Follow the cars hauling canoes, kayaks and fishing gear to Grayling for the full river experience. The editors of Michigan Travel Ideas share their picks for enjoying the Au Sable River, home to some of the state’s best trout fishing. 

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Clustered along the Au Sable River, a handful of outfitters offer canoe and kayak trips. Sign up for a two-and-a-half-hour trip, an all-day excursion or even a five-day expedition to paddle the 120 river miles to Oscoda. more...


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The Forgotten Coast: A Lighthouse Tour of Michigan’s Thumb

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When you think about all the lighthouses in Michigan, where is the first region you think of that has the most lights? Probably the Upper Peninsula, maybe the Lake Michigan shoreline comes in a close second right? The Upper Peninsula does have the most lighthouses coming in at an amazing 57, but truth be told, the sunrise side of the Lower Peninsula comes in second with 34 lights. If you remember your history this all makes sense, because most of Michigan was developed by pioneers and explorers that arrived by ship, thus they arrived at the east coast first.  more...


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Through The Blue

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Raising awareness of postpartum depression by becoming the first married couple to complete a 50 mile ultra-marathon swim across Lake Michigan this summer! August 15, 2012. Help us spread the word.  more...



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Detroit River refuge plans dock, fishing pier

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A new dock for use by school groups and a public fishing pier are envisioned as part of a hub for environmental education and outdoor recreation at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, organizers announced today.

The dock and pier are part of a $2.8 million project at the Refuge Gateway, which is located next to the refuge's 410-acre Humbug Marsh unit. Canadian railroad operator CN is contributing $200,000 for construction of the dock and pier at the former industrial site in the Detroit suburb of Trenton. more...



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What's Going to Happen to Boaters Over the July 4th Holiday?

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For recreational boaters, being on the water for the July 4th holiday is akin to driving to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. Waterways are jammed, launch ramps are mayhem, and getting home after the fireworks end can feel like a California freeway at rush hour — except there are no breakdown lanes. The folks at Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) have seen it all before, and have these three tips on how to overcome the challenges of boating’s busiest day of the year:   more...

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Flood Water Contamination

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reminding folks to avoid contact with flood water, but that warning does not apply to lake superior beaches outside the Duluth harbor area.

State and local public health officials say to avoid unnecessary contact with flood water.  Flood water may be contaminated with sewage, disease-causing germs and other potential contaminates, according to Amy Westbrook, Duluth District Epidemiologist for MDH. more...



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Boating tips to keep you from becoming a statistic

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Boating season is here, and whether you plan on leisurely Lake Erie jaunts or heart-pounding regattas, you should always keep safety foremost in your mind, especially given the growing number of boating accidents each year.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s recently released report, boating deaths jumped 12.8 percent in 2011 and are the highest they’ve been since 1998.

Last year, 758 people died and 3,081 were injured in 4,588 boating accidents reported to the Coast Guard. Of these deaths, 70 percent drowned and 84 percent of those who drowned weren’t wearing a life jacket.  more...



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Boating: The art of docking

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Have you ever gone to a waterfront restaurant by boat? Do you know that in a recent survey of non-boaters, they really, really envy people who arrive by boat at the restaurants? Many people have entered the sport of boating just so they can be among those who are envied.

Despite surveys pointing to boaters being happier, more content and better lovers, non-boaters slough off all that and concentrate on their desire to simply stepping off a boat onto a restaurant's dock as the main reason they might one day get into boating.

In effect, you as boaters have a responsibility to boat to more restaurants. Not just for the great food or the enjoyment of being on the water with friends but to preserve the boating lifestyle. A skillful landing is often more difficult than it seems to non-boaters. Observers often break into animated discussions about a less a skillful landing when the skipper misjudged wind or tide or the speed needed to make the smooth landing.  more...



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