Great Lakes Essential Resources: Military
The Great Lakes have played a vital role in several major North American conflicts, especially during the War of 1812. Even in the 20th century, the Great Lakes region was used during the World Wars for training, manufacturing, and transporting valuable materials.
Many historical fortifications remain standing in some form or another and are open to visitors as museum or parks.
The Toledo War
War of 1812
World War II
Great Lakes Fortifications
Numerous military installations such as forts, bases, missile parks, and shipbuilders lay along and around the Great Lakes. Besides military use, forts also served as centers of commerce and trade. Many of the forts are listed below but patrons can view a full list of these military installations here. The list covers past and present fortifications. Present day country location or site are indicated next to each fort.
Fort Howard (U.S.)
Other Nearby Forts
ºFort Meigs and Fort Miami are/were located on the Maumee River, which connects to Lake Erie.
¹The site of Fort Malden is located at the mouth of the Detroit River, connecting to Lake Erie.
²Fort Wayne sits on the Detroit River, linking Lake Erie to Lake St. Clair.
³Fort Brady sits on Saint Mary’s River, which connects Lakes Superior and Huron.