Lake michigan

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S/V Denis Sullivan schooner, now 20, won't sail and needs your help

Published July 2, 2020

While it celebrates its 20th season, the S/V Denis Sullivan replica three-masted wooden lake schooner won't host visitors and students and will have only a "bare minimum crew" on board to handle maintenance work this season. Still is has costs.

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Where to rent a boat or kayak in The Good Land

Published June 25, 2020

Whether you are an experienced boater or a total newbie there's a float-astic experience out there for you and, best of all, you'll only have to social distance from the fish.

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On this day in 1953, the railroad finally arrived on Jones Island

Published Feb. 5, 2020

On this Feb. 5, 1953, a Milwaukee Road locomotive pulled a short train across Chicago & Northwestern tracks and onto Jones Island. For the city of Milwaukee, this concluded a 26-year struggle "to open the harbor to all shippers and carriers on equal terms."

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Remember when "tin stackers" wintered in Milwaukee?

Published Jan. 24, 2020

Each year, the Soo Locks are scheduled to close between Jan. 15 and March 25. Ice typically makes the passage impassable and the Corps of Engineers needs time to perform annual maintenance. For the most part, this brings an end to the shipping season and transportation companies must find a place to park their boats.

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Local surfer and maker shapes lake-friendly boards

Published Jan. 15, 2020

As a 50-something psychologist, Ken Cole is not the "surfer dude" stereotype, but he is, in his words, "obsessed" with both the sport of surfing and the art of board making.

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The time Queen Elizabeth sailed past Milwaukee

Published July 10, 2019

Sixty years ago this week - on July 7, 1959 - Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, escorted by six destroyers, sailed past Milwaukee. On board were Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Neither made an appearance during the approximately half-hour Britannia was within site of the city.

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Urban Spelunking: Wind Point Lighthouse

Published Nov. 6, 2018

Today, even after many Lake Michigan lighthouses have gone dark, the need for Wind Point Lighthouse's glow remains important. We stopped in for a tour to get a look at the history, and to climb the 144 cast-iron steps to the top, of this 1880 Racine County landmark.

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Indiana Dunes offer a new perspective on a familiar friend

Published July 26, 2018

You've been to Bradford Beach, you've walked the dunes at Kohler-Andrae, you've camped at Harrington Beach and you've done Door County to death, but you still want a Lake Michigan outdoor adventure? Why not head south and check out the beautiful Indiana Dunes?