Nine academic initiatives — seven of which are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan — are focused on environmental concerns in the Great Lakes from invasive species to mapping the lakebeds.
Summer is the best time to fish the Great Lakes, although some might argue for the joy of ice fishing.
The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total area, and they are also some of the busiest inland waterways in the world.
The highest predicted climate risk for the Great Lakes region is from heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding, which many cities have seen in recent years.
The Great Lakes offer abundant opportunities to visit “blue spaces” that help lower stress and improve overall mental health.
Another environmental oddity of the Great Lakes region is the existence of snowbelts or large areas impacted by lake effect snow.
The majority of pumpkin acres in Illinois are devoted to varieties that get turned into pie filling or other food products. By comparison, just 3% of pumpkin acres in Michigan are devoted to production.
Thirty million people live within the Great Lakes Watershed, which make up roughly 10% of the US population and 30% of the Canadian population.
Hundreds of shipwrecks have been mapped out but researchers believe more are out there.
Are there enough charging stations to drive your electric vehicle to the most scenic places in the Great Lakes? Our mapping expert answers that question.
There are billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs in Great Lakes shipping.
Aging housing is prevalent all around the region, but in some cities the old infrastructure lingers more than in others.
Around the region, you can find power plants for hydro, solar, wind, coal and more. In this map, see where those plants stand.