The Changing Shape of Michigan Maps

ALTHOUGH the Great Lakes of Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior all played a vital role in the lives and histories of the Native American people living along its shores, it’s only been in the last five hundred years that printed maps of the Great Lakes have existed. The first printed maps and charts were Read More

2018 Best Golf Courses

You can feed your craving for golf by hitting balls off your boat’s foredeck and into the ocean with no pin in sight. Or, you can plan a birdies-and-bogies dream cruise to some of the world’s top golf courses — many of which just so happen to be located on luxury resort properties with superb Read More

Our Houseboat Adventure

If you live in the Midwest and you want to experience life on the water, you don’t have to go very far. From small rivers to the Great Lakes, there are options for every kind of boater and skill set. In June of 2017, when we decided to remodel our house in Chicago, my family Read More

A Lake Huron Getaway for Great Lakes Boaters

Located on the southern shores of Lake Huron and only a two and a half hour cruise from the metro Detroit area, Lexington is a popular weekend getaway for Great Lakes boaters. Boaters can leave their homeports on Friday afternoon, cruise past the spectacular Blue Water Bridges, then across Lake Huron and be in the Read More

Cruising The Straits of Mackinac

A spectacular cruising destination and a dream trip for many Great Lakes boaters, the journey to the Straits of Mackinac is a vacation of a lifetime! Boaters cruise north across Lake Huron, enter the Straits of Mackinac and then enter the adjoining Lake Michigan. As they pass from one Great Lake to another, the largest Read More

Top 10 Maritime Museums

As you cruise around America’s coastline, do you ever gaze at the night sky wondering what it was like to navigate a boat by the stars instead of a GPS? Do childhood fantasies of cavorting with pirates still stir in your heart and conjure up dreams of sailing with rum-guzzling scoundrels? And when veterans reminisce Read More

Cruising the Lake Erie Islands

ENDLESS ADVENTURES await the boaters who venture to the numerous islands located off the southern shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. This chain of islands has been a top cruising destination for boaters from all over the Great Lakes. The 20-plus islands are all in close proximity to each other which makes for great “day Read More

Land Between the Lakes – Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina

Tucked away just south of the Cumberland River on Lake Barkley in Grand Rivers, Kentucky is Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina. The marina is smack dab in the middle of both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, which surrounds a 170,000-acre playground called “Land Between the Lakes.” This National Recreation area is a perfect escape Read More

Great Lakes’ Beaches Rival Florida and California

When thinking about loafing around on a beach, Florida, California and Hawaii immediately come to mind — the Great Lakes, not so much. But they should. The Great Lakes have almost 10,000 miles of shoreline, more than three times the combined coastlines of Hawaii, California and Florida. And while the Great Lakes may not be Read More