Jun 012017
 
sunset on Lake Michigan

Photo by Sean Spaetzel


The waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior are vital to Wisconsin’s economy, environment, and quality of life. 1.6 million Wisconsin citizens get drinking water from Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, and half of the state’s population lives within the Great Lakes basin.

How much do you really know about our water supply? Check out some of these books to learn more about the Great Lakes.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Ship Watching on the Great Lakes

Brett Ortler

Ship watching on the Great Lakes is fascinating! It’s hard to fathom how big a 1000-foot-long ship is until you see one navigating on the Great Lakes or passing under a lift bridge. Immediate questions come to mind: Where is it from? What is it carrying? How fast does it go? With this beginner’s guide, you’ll discover helpful tips on where to go to view ships and what to look for, as well as a longtime mariner’s take on life aboard ship. Plus, read information about the U.S. Coast Guard, tall ships, which ships have succumbed to storms and more!

Click here to find A Beginner’s Guide to Ship Watching on the Great Lakes in our catalog

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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Dan Egan

The Great Lakes―Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior―hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

Click here to find The Death and Life of the Great Lakes in our catalog

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The Great Lakes

Pierre Berton

Few natural resources affect the lives of so many Americans and Canadians as do the Great Lakes. These immense bodies of fresh water have shaped the political, commercial, geographical, and cultural history of the two nations and today more than 35 million people live in areas directly affected by the five lakes. Through the use of outstanding photography and a narrative style that brings history to life, Canadian author Berton has produced both a definitive history of the Great Lakes as well as a highly personal account of his love for this region.

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Great Lakes Folklore: Legends of the Five Sisters

Charles Cassady, Jr.

Over the years, the Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario – have carried Native Americans, explorers, immigrants, bandits, miners, warriors, and entrepreneurs and have inspired great tales of life on and around the water. What secrets do the Great Lakes, also known as the Five Sisters, hold deep? With nearly 60 images and illustrations, Great Lakes Folklore aims to answer that question. Relive the saga and tragedy of maritime ships the Success and Griffin. Meet the nefarious Lake Erie monster. Learn the story of Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie. These stories and more await. May they take you to places you have never been before.

Click here to find Great Lakes Folklore: Legends of the Five Sisters in our catalog

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The Great Lakes Water Wars

Peter Annin

The Great Lakes are the largest collection of fresh surface water on earth, and more than 40 million Americans and Canadians live in their basin. Will we divert water from the Great Lakes, causing them to end up like Central Asia’s Aral Sea, which has lost 90 percent of its surface area and 75 percent of its volume since 1960? Or will we come to see that unregulated water withdrawals are ultimately catastrophic? Peter Annin writes a fast-paced account of the people and stories behind these battles. Destined to be the definitive story for the general public as well as policymakers, The Great Lakes Water Wars is a balanced, comprehensive look behind the scenes at the conflicts and compromises that are the past, and future, of this globally significant resource.

Click here to find The Great Lakes Water Wars in our catalog

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Lighthouses of the Great Lakes

Todd R. Berger

The lighthouses of the Great Lakes, for so long guiding ships to safety across the rough waters, still stand as beacons to adventurous travelers. Rich with vintage and contemporary photographs, picturing the lighthouses inside and out, by day and by night, the book takes you into the fascinating history of the structures at Split Rock, Sandusky, Big Sable Point, Old Mackinac Point Light, and Marblehead Light, to name a few. Berger’s stories about keepers and their families, horrific storms, and even encounters with ghosts bring to vivid life the lost world of these historic lighthouses. A thoroughly engaging tour page by page, the book also makes travel to these destinations easy as well as edifying, with maps, directions, and a comprehensive appendix listing all the current lighthouses.

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The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas

Jerry Dennis

The Living Great Lakes is the most complete book ever written about the history, nature, and science of these remarkable lakes at the heart of North America. From the geological forces that formed them to the industrial atrocities that nearly destroyed them, to the greatest environmental success stories of our time, the lakes are portrayed in all their complexity. The book, however, is much more than just history. It is also the story of the lakes as told by biologists, fishermen, sailors, and others whom the author grew to know while traveling with them on boats and hiking with them on beaches and islands.

Click here to find The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas in our catalog

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Mighty Fitz: the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Michael Schumacher

When the Edmund Fitzgerald nosedived to the bottom of Lake Superior, twenty-nine men perished. No witnesses survived, and speculation ran rampant. Thirty years later, the ship’s demise remains one of the great unsolved mysteries in maritime history. Michael Schumacher examines this iconic ship’s productive life and untimely end.

Click here to find Mighty Fitz: the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in our catalog

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Some Like it Cold: Surfing the Malibu of the Midwest

William Povletich

The true story of twin brothers Lee and Larry Williams, whose love of surfing evolved in the most unlikely of geographies: off the shores of Lake Michigan. From their boyhood home in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the brothers trekked to the local beach with their longboards and their dreams to master the waves at spots like the Elbow and the Cove. The next six decades proved that their zeal for catching grinders and barrels was much more than a hobby.

Click here to find Some Like it Cold: Surfing the Malibu of the Midwest in our catalog

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Tall Ships: History Comes to Life on the Great Lakes

Kaitlin Morrison

Seeing a tall ship under full sail is an unforgettable experience it’s like a trip back in time! From full-rigged ships that look like the pirate vessels of old to replicas of the sleek Baltimore schooners that helped win the War of 1812, a variety of tall ships ply the waters of the Great Lakes, and each one carries its own incredible tales. More than 25 ships are featured in this amazing full-color book, complete with vessel and crew details, as well as amazing stories about famous voyages, accidents and storms. Grab Tall Ships, and set sail for adventure!

Click here to find Tall Ships: History Comes to Life on the Great Lakes in our catalog

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