Great Lakes Guide

Your Great Lakes journey starts with Great Lakes Guide! This website is the key to unleashing your inner explorer, guiding you to places where you can connect with water. Our web-based platform will inspire you to discover the Great Lakes and help you unearth the best activities and destinations. From tiny trickling tributaries, to the open waters themselves, the Great Lakes offer endless possibilities to rekindle your relationship with the natural world. Enhancing this connection will improve your physical and mental health, strengthen social bonds, and restore your sense of wonder.



Great Lakes Guide aims to grow the community of people actively participating in outdoor activities in the Great Lakes region. Learn about the region’s ecology, history, and culture from the Great Lakes Guide community as we bring together personal stories, indigenous knowledge, local history, and scientific discoveries. Connecting with this ecologically diverse and economically important area fosters a deeper love and appreciation for it, and helps ensure a swimmable, drinkable, and fishable future. This exciting program is a product of Swim Drink Fish, a national charity connecting people to water since 2001.