The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes, covering almost 95,000 square miles, played a very important role in American history. The waterways provided access to the central part of the United States for discovery and exploration by French trappers, traders, and adventurers. In 1608 the French established a settlement in Quebec, and just a few years later Samuel de Champlain set out to explore the region. He discovered Lake Ontario in 1615.

Today the Great Lakes are a serene paradise for boaters and fishermen as well as a busy commercial waterway for shipping. Michigan, which borders three of the five Great Lakes, ranks number one in the United States in registered watercraft with 747,949 as of June 1996.

Please browse the Great Lakes links below and explore the history, the lore, the romance, the shipwrecks, the beauty, and the recreational boating offered by this fabulous resource.

General Information

The Great Lakes Information Network
Aquatic Habitat and Wetlands
Great Lakes Race Information
Lakeside Yacht Club (One of many in the area)


University of Michigan Sailing Club