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Water Tourism and Exploration
Water on the Web

Here's an opportunity to explore waters both at home and around the world without leaving your seat. Wisconsin's Water Library offers links to sites that will take you on explorations with the world's greatest travelers. Interested in taking a trip around the Great Lakes or in exploring the waters of Wisconsin? There are many Web sites to help you plan your travels around the Great Lakes.

Wisconsin's Water Library is interested in hearing from you - do you have some suggested links to sites for the armchair traveler or for the world explorer? Just Ask Water and will include them here.

World Exploration and World Travel

Lewis & Clark Expedition from National Geographic
Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their Corps of Discovery to find a water route to the Pacific and to explore the West. He thought they would find woolly mammoths, erupting volcanoes, and a mountain of pure salt. Starting out in 1804, what they did find was no less mind-boggling at the time. Interactive site features journey log, video, and articles, documents and photographs from the expedition.

Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance
Nova Online site devoted to the legendary explorer's 1914-1916 Endurance expedition. Shackleton's expedition is one of the greatest survival stories of all time.

United States Exploring Expedition 1838-1842
The Digital Collection from the Smithsonian Institution has primary source documents online and available to the public. Narratives and logs are supplemented by materials from the areas explored and information on the legacy of this expedition.

Great Lakes Tourism, Narratives and History

GLIN Tourism in the Great Lakes Region
Perhaps you are not up to the 6,500 miles of the Great Lakes Circle Tour, but the Great Lakes Information Network has many other suggestions.

Lake Michigan Fisheries Home Page
Those planning a Lake Michigan fishing trip should find much of interest at this site from DNR’s Bureau of Fisheries and Habitat Protection. Included are fishing news and reports, weather forecasts, water temperature, fish identification information, fishing regulations and more.

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has many suggestions for water-related recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, paddling and tubing, waterfalls, waterparks and more!

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