Michigan man finishes canoe trip around Lake Erie

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Petoskey man has completed a canoe trip circling Lake Erie.

The Petoskey News-Review says that 61-year-old Stephen Brede finished the circumnavigation on Wednesday, three months after starting. The beginning and the end of the journey was Pointe Mouillee, northwest of Monroe in Monroe County's Berlin Township. It took him to Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario.

The trip he began June 23 follows his successful canoe trips around Lake Huron in 2009 and Lake Michigan in 2010. He says he decided three years ago to circumnavigate all five Great Lakes.

Brede says Lake Erie is distinctive in several ways. He says the U.S. coast has marshes, big cities and several coal and nuclear plants.

He says the Canadian side has many small agricultural communities, ports and tall bluffs.

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