Recreation

The Great Lakes are the home to a wide range of recreation -- from sailboat and powerboat races to fishing tournaments. They're also a draw for tourists who travel to distinctive communities such as Mackinac Island.

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Gray wolves in the Great Lakes region should keep their spot on the endangered species list, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday.

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New York's governor has ordered an investigation into the ugly, smelly black blob that fouled the Niagara River, a short distance from the world-famous falls.

The Niagara Falls, N.Y., water board says the mess -- which extended along the Maid of the Mist tour boat dock -- was created by weekend discharges from the local wastewater treatment plant. And it said those discharges were within limits set by the state.

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The first woman to lead the Coast Guard district that covers the Great Lakes is retiring Wednesday. 

In the two years Rear Admiral June Ryan has been Commander of the 9th District, the winters have been mild.  And there hasn’t really been a need for ice-breaking – what she calls the Coast Guard Great Lakes' greatest challenge.


by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls 2017.

Maid of the Mist Capt. Rod MacDonald has been ferrying tourists at Niagara Falls for nearly three decades. Take a look inside the wheelhouse.

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It’s easier to get to Sheila Consaul’s summer home by boat than by foot.  It sits at the edge of an Ohio state park 30 miles east of Cleveland.

“Unless you have a boat, the only way to get here is to park in Mentor Headlands Beach parking lot, walk out through the dunes area to the beach itself, walk along the beach, and then you have to get up on the breakwall,” she says.

  

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