INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources has lifted boating restrictions on three northeastern Indiana lake chains because lake levels have returned to acceptable levels.
The DNR said Wednesday it has lifted temporary restrictions for motor boats on the Barbee Lake chain, including Kuhn, Big Barbee, Little Barbee, Irish, Sechrist, Sawmill and Banning lakes; the Tippecanoe Lake chain, including Lake Tippecanoe, James Lake (Little Tippy), and Oswego Lake; and the Indian Lake chain, including Westler, Witmer, Dallas, Hackenburg and Messick lakes.
This year’s fishing season is starting on the wheels of stocking trucks, new regulations and programs to attract more participants.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said its $9 million program is stocking 19 million fish – 370 tons – including eight trout and salmon species and four cool-water species, including walleye and muskellunge.
This year, DNR’s fish-stocking vehicles will travel nearly 138,000 miles to more than 700 spots around the state.
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Minimal construction and marginal seaworthiness should produce maximum hilarity Sunday, May 26, during the 22nd annual Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta. Only boats made of thin plywood and duct tape are allowed in the offbeat Memorial Day Weekend regatta.
The float-or-founder fun is set to begin at noon Sunday off the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St. in Key West's Historic Seaport.
Each six-member team is allowed a single sheet of 4-by-8-foot plywood, two 8-foot-long 2-by-4s, a roll of duct tape and a pound of fasteners to build their boat.
A Great Father’s Day Gift for Dads Who Love to Go Boating: Sea Tow Gold Card Membership For Just 46 Cents a Day the Entire Family Can Have Peace of Mind on the Water™
Southold, NY — May 8, 2013 — For the dad who loves to go boating, it may be one of the most important gifts he receives this Father’s Day; and at a cost of just 46 cents per day, it’s also one of the most affordable – a Sea Tow Gold Card Gift Membership. This valuable gift gives Dad access to the many services, benefits and discounts offered by Sea Tow Services International, the nation’s leading professional on-water assistance provider.
A great present for new and experienced boaters alike, a one-year Sea Tow Gold Card Gift Membership is priced at $169 and comes in a special Sea Tow Gift Box (below). It’s also easy to buy online at www.seatow.com/membership/give-a-gift.
Sea Tow Gold Membership Gift PackageOnce activated, Dad’s Sea Tow Gold Card Gift Membership will bring him Peace of Mind on the Water™ knowing a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Sea Tow Captain is just a VHF radio or phone call away.
More signs of spring in Orleans County as Lake Breeze Marina prepared more than 100,000 king salmon to be released into Lake Ontario.
In an effort to improve end of the season fishing, charter boat captains met on Wednesday to put 106,000 king salmon into pens to later be released into Lake Ontario.
Great Lakes water levels: How did April's rain raise Lake Michigan and Huron, and what is the forecast?
The heavy rainfall in April did have a dramatic effect on the water level of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that the average level of Lake Michigan-Huron rose 5.16 inches from March to April.
That five inch rise is greater than the entire seasonal rise last year. Last year Lake Michigan-Huron only rose four inches from March to July.
The Great Lakes — Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Erie — make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth, accounting for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the planet at 6 quadrillion gallons. The area of all the Great Lakes is 95,160 square miles (246,463 square kilometers).
The lakes are on the U.S.-Canadian border, touching Ontario in Canada and Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York in the United States. About 34 million people in the United States and Canada live in the Great Lakes basin. More than 3,500 species of plants and animals inhabit the Great Lakes basin, including 170-plus species of fish.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two people were issued federal tickets after a Coast Guard law enforcement team boarded their boat, escorted it to land and conducted a series of field sobriety tests.
According to a release from the Coast Guard, the team boarded a 29-foot boat near Kelleys Island around 8:45 p.m. Saturday. There were 12 people on board.
Due to massive cuts in the number of salmon being stocked in Lake Michigan this year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources poured just 59,000 baby Chinook Salmon into the Grand River on Monday.
That’s quite a drop from the 175,000 salmon fingerlings that were planted here the last two years, and the 250,000 that were planted not many years ago.
DEFIANCE, Ohio — An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered next week to help local boaters comply with state law that requires completion of such a course to operate most engine-powered boats.
The May 11 class will begin at 9 a.m. at Five Span Marina, 19687 State Rt. 637, and has a $5 fee for course materials. It covers topics including navigation rules and signs, boating and personal safety equipment, and Ohio boating laws.
Boating with dogs and cats aboard your boat can be a rewarding and pleasurable experience. Before you head out, your pet should receive some initial preparation if it’s to be the first boat trip for your pet.
Consider having an ID microchip implanted in your pet if it doesn‘t already have one. It’s fairly inexpensive and if a lost dog or cat is found any vet or animal shelter can easily obtain the owner’s address and phone number through a national registry.
Compared to the dark depths of the ocean or the frigid ends of the earth, Lake Huron hardly seems like an extreme environment. But sinkholes discovered at the lake’s bottom have conditions just as harsh-and harbor life forms just as unusual-as those of deep-sea hydrothermal vents or Antarctica’s permanently frozen lakes.
And like their marine and polar cousins, the sinkholes’ peculiar occupants-mostly microbes-are providing scientists a glimpse of what early life on Earth might have looked like.