February 22 2015
Regardless of the hoopla of back-to-back severe winters in the Midwest, the Great Lakes are once again open to boating enthusiasts of all descriptions. Boasting some terrific marinas for boats of all sizes, all five of the Great Lakes are able to provide safe and interesting cruising grounds for cruising yachters intent on everything from day trips to week, month, or season long expeditions. One of the most interesting challanges, dating back for decades, is the so-called Great Loop cruise which can encompass a trip up the east coast of the United States, entering the Great Lakes through New York, Hudson River, Erie Canal. The trip can be both adventurous and educational not to mention time consuming. Even more adventurous is to enter the St. Lawrence Seaway, and (Montreal) Quebec waterway. Lake Superior is also an option for those willing to make the trip. Although the season can be somewhat short, the sights to behold are well worth the effort. Including fabulous Isle Royale National Park as well as the famed Keweenaw Peninsula, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
For a look at some of Luke Brown's listings already located in the Great Lakes please contact any of our brokers. We currently have several very nice buying opportunities on fresh water yachts in and around the Great Lakes. Fly in, buy a yacht, and let's go boating! No wash down necessary in the Great Lakes. They're UNSALTED.
The Great Lakes holds 6 quadrillion gallons of water, enough to cover the continental US to a depth of 9.5 feet--nearly 20% of the world's surface fresh water supply.
Lake Superior is the largest lake in the world based on surface area--so large that it could contain all of the other Great Lakes plus 3 more Lake Eries.
Lake Michigan's shoreline contains the world's largest freshwater sand dunes.
Lake Huron has the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes including the shorelines of its 30,000 islands--Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the largest freshwater island in the world.
Lake Erie is the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes.
Lake Ontario lies 320 feet (99m) below Lake Erie at the base of the mighty Niagara Falls.
Each drop of water is estimated to stay in Lake Superior for 191 years, in Lake Michigan for 99 years, in Lake Huron for 22 years, in Lake Ontario for 6 years, and in Lake Erie for only 2.6 years.
Data taken from the Inland Seas Education Association