Recent and Featured Beaches & Boating Articles

  • The 2009 Chicago to Mackinac Race Winds Up!

    Was this year’s race from Chicago’s Navy Pier to Mackinac Island the slowest ever?
    The 101st Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race continues into Day 4

  • Tips for a Beaver Island Adventure

    Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island, off the coast of Charlevoix, offers biking, hiking, relaxing, kayaking and wandering through a fascinating history of Morman king, James Strang.

  • Hop on the AuSable River Queen

    Take a two-hour cruise out of Oscoda along the banks of the AuSable River, one of Northern Michigan’s most beautiful rivers.

  • Pick Your Perfect Beach in Petoskey & Harbor Springs

    Three great beach choices in Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Cross Village, including Petoskey State Park, Zorn Park and the Sturgeon Bay Dunes.

  • 2009 Chicago to Mackinac Race: The First Boat Is In!

    DogDayz is the first to cross the finish line in the Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race, pulling into Mackinac Island early Monday morning, July 20.

  • Cruise the Inland Waterway in a Houseboat

    There may be no more relaxing a way to cruise the Northern Michigan’s Inland Waterway than on a houseboat rented from Windjammer Cove and Marina in Oden.

  • Ludington State Park Explore Ludington State Park

    You can’t go wrong whether you wander the moss-covered Island Trail, take the short hike to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse or paddle the canoe trail.

  • Kayak the Upper Chain of Lakes

    Paddle through all six lakes on one trip or break this fabulous landscape into daytrips, either way, you are in for a unique kayaking experience.

  • Concert at the Sleeping Bear Dunes!

    Shout Sister Shout: Steppin’ In It to Perform at the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb,7 p.m. Sunday, July 12.

  • Lake Michigan Ports of Call

    Cruising Lake Michigan’s Northeast Coast from the Traverse area to Petoskey, with stops in Suttons Bay, Northport and Charlevoix.

  • 10 Beaches Charlevoix, Torch Lake and the Chain of Lakes

    Ten Charlevoix/Chain of Lakes beaches of every shape and size, including Fisherman’s Island State Park, Young State Park, Torch Lake and the Antrim Creek Natural Area.

  • The Winner: Your Favorite Room View!

    The voting results are in for favorite “Room With a View,” and Inn at Bay Harbor, on Lake Michigan, comes out on top.

  • Surf’s Up on Lake Michigan

    Learn to surf Lake Michigan in this video as Rod Robertson shows you the basics from choosing a surboard, waxing, wetsuits and more.

  • Your Day in Elk Rapids

    Elk Rapids, a small harbor-town on the coast of Lake Michigan, has everything from food, art, antiques and boutiques to tennis courts and beaches.

  • Petoskey Vacation Guide, Harbor Springs Vacation, Bay Harbor

    Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor Vacation Guide including Petoskey hotels, Harbor Springs hotels, restaurants, cabins, lake houses, events, attractions.

  • Pontoon the Inland Waterway

    Motor the clear blue current from Crooked Lake to Burt Lake, with plenty of lazy stops for beaches and shoreside burgs.

  • Chain of Lakes Cruise the Chain of Lakes, Including Pontoon Rental

    Boat through the Chain of Lakes, from Bellaire to Alden, including Torch Lake, Clam River, Grass River and Lake Bellaire.

  • Indian River Pontoon

    A day floating the Inland Waterway in a pontoon boat from Indian River to the mouth of Lake Huron at Cheboygan.

  • Cold Water Paddling Tips

    The Great Lakes are still cold in Northern Michigan. Take these precautions if you are heading out in a kayak.

  • Diary: Ceil Heller’s fourth day at Ludington Lighthouse

    The latest post from Ceil Heller, temporary lighthouse keeper at the Ludington Lighthouse, on Lake Michigan.