ROGERS CITY - Despite cooler weather and windy days, good fishing kept boaters coming back to the Rogers City Municipal Marina this summer.
From May 1 to Oct. 15, preliminary numbers show boaters used the marina launch ramp 923 times, not including launches by the 63 seasonal launch pass holders, Harbormaster Roger Wenzel said. Transient boaters reached 380, slightly down from last year, and seasonal slip holders increased to 52. New rates for half-season slip rentals and boats 25 or 26 feet long helped bring new customers, although low water levels may have kept some larger sail boats out of the marina.
The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission, has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,260 cubic meters per second (m 3/s) (79.8 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of November, effective November 4, 2013.
The outflow is as prescribed by Plan 1977-A and is 510 m 3/s (18.0 tcfs) less than the October outflow.
The November outflow will be released by discharging approximately 2,162 m 3/s (76.4 tcfs) through the three hydropower plants and passing most of the remaining flow through the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids.
CLAYTON — The Antique Boat Museum made history in Gulfstream Aero’s Nonstop Magazine as the first non-airplane-related front cover.
This is the second time this year the museum was featured on the cover of a magazine. The first was in the July/August edition of Great Lakes Boating.
Nonstop reaches a readership of 30,000 subscriptions. The article can be found at www.nonstopbygulfstream.com.
“It was a great opportunity for us. The editor contacted me in the spring and we invited her and her photographer out. They spent two and a half days here during the boat show,” museum spokesman Michael J. Folsom said.
COLUMBUS -- Another state lawmaker is calling for a codified ban on drilling for oil and gas under Lake Erie.
Sen. Mike Skindell, D-Lakewood, offered sponsor testimony Tuesday before the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee on SB 87, which he said will protect the lake from oil spills and other environmental harm.
"The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the many accidents that have happened while drilling for oil and natural gas," Skindell said. "The effects of even a small-scale accident like this would be devastating to our state. In addition to the environmental damage, the state would see lost revenue of great magnitude and many jobs lost."
MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says scientists have confirmed the invasive New Zealand mud snail has turned up in Dane County.
The DNR says the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse confirmed last month the snail was present in a sample agency biologists took from Black Earth Creek last year during routine monitoring for aquatic invasive species. The find marks the first time the creature has been discovered in an inland Midwestern stream.
Southold, N.Y.—November 4, 2013—Sea Tow Services International Inc. will join the rest of the U.S. on this Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, in remembering the courageous sacrifices of members of America’s military forces. To express its appreciation for their service and dedication, Sea Tow, the nation’s leading professional on-water marine assistance services provider, is renewing its Sea Tow Membership Freeze Program for the U.S. military.
This special program is available to any active member of the military who is deployed during the duration of his\her Sea Tow membership. To receive the benefits of the Sea Tow Membership Freeze program, all veterans need to do is send Sea Tow their deployment papers. Sea Tow will freeze their membership without penalty until they return.
Duck hunting season in the St. Clair Flats is like religion for many folks. You can blame an early introduction to the sport of waterfowling every time.
I like the idea Holly Vaughn told me about Friday on ways of keeping the duck hunt an American pastime. The state wildlife outreach technician said a 1-day program on Friday, Nov. 8 is designed for an adult to hunt with a youth.
It’s part of a program where a young hunter can hunt one of Michigan’s Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHA) next week.
She said hunters can choose from several dates and locations, and parties with at least one youth will be given priority in the draw at all five MWHAs:
“Parties that have one youth with them will be given priority in the draw,” Vaughn said Friday from her office at the Department of Natural Resources in Southfield.
The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) has elected its 2013-2014 officers and board members. One new officer and four new board members are joining the association’s leadership group.
Ken Smaga of ComMar Sales LLC, Land O’ Lakes, Florida, has been elected to president and Brandon Flack of Atlantic Marketing Co., Stonington, Connecticut, is now vice president. Rob Gueterman of GSW & Associates, Tampa, Florida now serves as NMRA’s new treasurer. Dave Borgaard of Silverlake West, Las Vegas, Nevada joins NMRA’s board as secretary. Kathy Munzinger of Munzinger & Co., Springfield, Missouri is now past president.
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The first day of Ft. Lauderdale’s International Boat Show excursion kicked off Thursday and many people look forward to a weekend full of boats, from small boats to exotic super yachts.
The show is the kick-off of South Florida’s tourist season which brings water-lovers together for a four day affair.
Federal report confirms naturally reproducing grass carp found in Lake Erie
In the past three years the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received increased reports of grass carp being captured in Lake Erie by commercial fishermen. These fishermen have also reported seeing more of this species, as well as specimens of varying age and size indicating there may be a naturally reproducing population in the lake. This assumption has been confirmed by a recently released U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report.
USGS has determined grass carp, a species of Asian carp, are naturally reproducing within the Lake Erie basin. Grass carp do not present the same ecological risk to Michigan’s waters as bighead carp or silver carp, although they are a species of concern because they feed on aquatic plants and can significantly alter habitat required by native fish.
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- A team of New York underwater explorers says it has found the wreck of a Canadian steamship that sank off the eastern shore of Lake Ontario nearly a century ago.
The trio from the Rochester area announces Wednesday that they recently discovered the 128-foot Roberval in more than 300 feet of water 16 miles off Oswego.
Jim Kennard says he and his partners were wrapping up their season of searching for historic shipwrecks when their sonar equipment detected a wreck they later identified as the Roberval. The Ottawa-based steamer was hauling lumber across the lake's eastern end when it sank after being hit by a rogue wave in September 1916.
Of the nine-member Canadian crew, two drowned and seven survived, including four who made a raft out of floating lumber.
BOLLES HARBOR — A hightech device that’s been a friend to western Lake Erie anglers during weather fair and foul this summer was retired Monday, at least for the coming winter season.
Representatives from Limno-Tech, an Ann Arbor firm, towed a $ 50,000 buoy, bristling with weather and water- measuring instruments, into the public launch ramp at Bolles Harbor so they could inspect it and store it for the off-season.
It was part of an Army Corps of Engineers contract to study lake dynamics related to the Corps’ open water disposal of harbor dredgings in the Ohio waters of the lake.
But its real-time monitoring of wind, wave- height, water temperatures, currents and relative humidity made it an invaluable tool for fisherman and emergency response personnel who needed to know conditions out on the lake, explained Ed Verhamme, LimnoTech project engineer.
“One of the key parts of the project is that we also made the data available in real time for the public,” Mr.