Monday, October 14, 2019

Boating in Lake Superior

As the largest freshwater lake systems, the Great Lakes attract thousands of boating enthusiasts worldwide. The lakes have something to offer for any kind of boater, whether a newbie or a seasoned sailor. The lakes are not just known for their waters, but it’s a combination of breathtaking scenery, unique wildlife, and historical sites. 

A seasoned sailor can stay for months navigating the Great Lakes as it’s connected. There are many waterways and canal that boaters used to cross the lakes. Many passed through the Erie Canal and Saint Lawrence Seaway as a passageway between the lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. It doesn’t have great marina but one can easily find a good dock strategically spaced along the coastline of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Another way to reach Lake Huron is through the Soo Locks. 


First discovered by Brûlé in the north, the lake was named after the French word “lac supérieur” meaning upper lake. Lake Superior stands not just as the largest of all the Great Lakes but also the largest freshwater lake in the world. It the northernmost of all the Great Lakes and has the shortest boating season and is always cold to swim. 

Most boaters seek adventure in Lake Superior’s waters as it offers a vast playground and many water activities topped with great sceneries. The northern area of the lake offers natural beauty and popular destination for power boaters and sportsmen. Lined with great national parks, Lake Superior never disappoints with its stark and beautiful sceneries. Stop at the Painted Rocks National Lakeshore to see a collection of steep sandstone cliffs, illuminated by Turquoise waters splattered with swaths of orange, red, and colors. This makes it even more popular for both hikers and mountain climber enthusiasts. 

Another great destination, the Isle Royale National Park is a great biological community that helps with thriving the wolf and moose population in the area without interference by man. Lake Superior also hides many shipwrecks dating back as far as the early 1800s. Because of the water temperature, the lake magnificently preserves these shipwrecks. 

When traversing Lake Superior waters always keep a sharp eye for wildlife. Whether onboard a boat or on the road, at any given time, it’s common to see wolves, deer, moose, fox, and some rare sightings of a lynx. Of course, one cannot sail on Lake Superior’s water without reeling in a great catch of fish. 

Fishing in Lake Superior is so good that anglers often flock the area every year as soon as its boating season. Lake Superior is home to a variety of fish, anglers from around the country and its borders, spent the season reeling in walleye, muskellunge, large and smallmouth lake trout, and northern pike. However, keep in mind that there are limits to the number of fish that can be reeled in. 



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Boating Tips in Lake Michigan

The Great Lakes is one of the biggest wonders Mother Nature gifted us. It’s so vast that it borders two countries, the US and Canada. Boating is a very popular recreational activity in these parts, as it provides a combination of breathtaking scenery, unique wildlife, historical sites, and all in is within the boundaries of great cities that lined the Great Lakes shores. 

All of the five Great Lakes offer great boating experience for all types of boaters; a sailboat, large pleasure boats, and small ski boats. As these Great Lakes have its characteristics and temperament, one should be wary about the different conditions of the lakes. For those who are trying to venture the Great Lakes for the first time, there are tons of boating information available. Here is one of them. 

Tips When Boating In Lake Michigan


Most of the lake stretches the shorelines of Michigan and Wisconsin crossing small borders of Indiana and Illinois. Many great cities are surrounding Lake Michigan but the most popular remains the city of Chicago. Boaters often time follow the Great Lakes trail starting from the east saving the best for last wherein the final destination will be Chicago, as it lies to the southwest area of the lake. 

Lake Michigan is known as one of the windiest lakes and waves can be choppy. The best time traverse its water is during high summer when it’s usually calm enough to run a boat on flat or smooth sailing. For those who are not yet a fun of tides and great waves, consider boating Lake Michigan during this time. 

One can never run out activities and things to do in Lake Michigan, both on the waters and when docking. The northern area of the lake is known for its major iron ore extraction and states like Wisconsin and Northern Michigan offers tours to these sites. Littered yet properly mapped, there are many shipwrecks enticing divers for great adventure underwater. Indiana and Michigan are known for their beautiful coastlines and pristine waters decorated with sand dune parks. 

Families can also enjoy swimming in many of Michigan’s great beaches while adrenaline junkies will have a great time in a famed coast guard station in southern Michigan. These parts are more popular for its extreme water sports because of its steep waves. It’s the same waves that draw out the perfect wind for windsurfing, surfing, and parasailing. 

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