Latest Lake Michigan News

Michigan man dies in accident on freighter along NW Indiana

Jan. 22, 2022 11:54 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who was a freighter shipmate has died in an accident aboard a 1,000-foot freighter along northwest Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline. Richard Gray of Traverse City died Monday following the accident on the Walter J. McCarthy freighter,...

Long-sought Great Lakes projects get funding under new law

Jan. 20, 2022 18:20 PM EST

A project that will boost Great Lakes shipping in a crucial bottleneck and another intended to protect the lakes from invasive carp will get big funding increases under the Biden administration's infrastructure package, officials said Thursday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said...

27 people rescued from floating ice chunk in Green Bay

Jan. 09, 2022 13:27 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Authorities rescued 27 people from a floating chunk of ice that broke away from shore in the bay of Green Bay in eastern Wisconsin, the sheriff's office said Sunday. No injuries were reported in the incident that happened Saturday morning north of Green Bay,...

Snow continues to pound western Michigan, Upper Peninsula

Jan. 06, 2022 16:00 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Snow fueled by the Great Lakes fell for a second consecutive day Thursday in western Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, with some communities reporting remarkable amounts and bracing for even more by Friday. Ishpeming recorded 23 inches in one location,...

Ohio company will pay nearly $250K for Michigan fish kill

Jan. 06, 2022 10:59 AM EST

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A paper mill in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has agreed to pay nearly $250,000 to settle an investigation of a fish kill in the Escanaba River, state regulators said. A “catastrophic pipe failure” at the Verso Corp. site in Escanaba resulted in a discharge...

Snow slamming western Michigan; more than a foot possible

Jan. 05, 2022 19:14 PM EST

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Forecasters extended a winter storm warning to Friday in western Michigan with some areas likely to get more than a foot of snow. Counties west of U.S. 131 and closer to Lake Michigan were expected to see the largest amount, the National Weather Service said....

South Haven adds Lake Michigan restrictions in bad weather

Jan. 04, 2022 11:12 AM EST

SOITH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan town that swells with summer visitors is taking steps to keep people out of Lake Michigan during hazardous conditions. The city council in South Haven agreed to install gates to close popular piers at certain times. Swimmers also...

New Lake Michigan park near Muskegon now a certainty

Jan. 01, 2022 01:07 AM EST

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The first phase of Muskegon County’s newest lakefront park will open in March now that the sale of the sprawling former sand mine has been finalized. The purchase of 214 acres for Dune Harbor Park was closed on Dec. 16, according to officials with the...

Chicago plans largest NYE fireworks show with COVID measures

Dec. 29, 2021 16:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will host its largest New Year’s fireworks display in city history after canceling last year’s celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told reporters Wednesday that the celebration after last year's hiatus was planned with...

Enbridge seeks federal jurisdiction in oil pipeline dispute

Dec. 17, 2021 11:10 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Energy moved Wednesday to shift to federal court a Michigan lawsuit seeking shutdown of an oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. The Canadian company argued that a 2019 lawsuit filed in a state court by...